Serena aces Aussie Open

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Serena Williams was able to serve eighteen aces en route to winning her sixth Australian Open championship.

She defeated Maria Sharapova for the fifteenth time in a row. The last time Sharapova was able to beat Serena was in 2004.

Williams, who has now won 19 majors, moves past Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. She is only three back of Steffi Graf and five shy Margaret Court.

“Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen” Williams said.

Which begs the question…

With 19 major championships, is Serena Williams the best women’s tennis player ever?
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Open Sud de France Preview

Event Name:   Open Sud de France
Where: Montpellier, France
Dates: 2/2-2/8
Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Gael Monfils
Runner-up:      Richard Gasquet

Gael Monfils will look to retain his championship at the Open Sud de France next week in Montpellier, France. It was his second time winning the title as he defeated Ivan Ljubicic in 2010. It was his fifth win since turning professional.

There are three tournaments being played so players are spread out around the world.

Notable players in the field:

Gael Monfils Giles Simon
Philipp Kohlschreiber Julien Benneteau
Richard Gasquet Jerzy Janowicz

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Farmers Insurance Open Preview

Event Name:   Farmers Insurance Open
Course: Torrey Pines South
Where: San Diego, CA
Dates of the event: February 5-8
Course Yardage: 7,569
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Scott Stallings
Purse:  6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday/Friday)                                   CBS (Saturday/Sunday)

One of my favorite tournaments on the PGA Tour is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The course is beautiful and quite challenging.

Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour after taking the last five months off because he wanted to seek professional help for personal challenges. He has won at least one event each year since 2008. You may expect him to come out hot but he may some rust to knock off.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Dustin Johnson Paul Casey
Phil Mickelson Jimmy Walker Hideki Matsuyama
Rickie Fowler Camilo Villegas Davis Love III
Jordan Spieth Luke Donald Ryo Ishikawa
Justin Rose Ryo Ishikawa Angel Cabrera
J. B. Holmes K.J. Choi Stewart Cink
Jason Day Jeff Overton Seung Yul Noh
Marc Leishman Padraig Harrington Bill Haas
Charley Hoffman Sung Joon Park Rory Sabbatini
John Senden Harris English Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings Nick Watney Mike Weir

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Scott Stallings -9
T2 K.J. Choi -8
Graham DeLaet
Jason Day
Pat Perez
Marc Leishman
T7 Charley Hoffman -7
Ryo Ishikawa
Will MacKenzie
T10 Seung-Yul Noh -6
Russell Knox
Justin Thomas
Brad Fritsch
Gary Woodland

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T16 Keegan Bradley -5
T19 Jordan Spieth -4
T43 Bill Haas E
T47 Hunter Mahan +1
MDF Tiger Woods
CUT Jimmy Walker
CUT Rickie Fowler
CUT Vijay Singh
WD Phil Mickelson

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Super Bowl Preview

Wow, I can’t believe that I have now written twenty-one NFL previews this season. For those of you keeping score at home that’s seventeen regular season, three playoff games, and one Super Bowl. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for someone who has read all of these previews.

Before we get to the game, let’s remember that Katy Perry will be performing at halftime with Lenny Kravitz. You can view the Katy Perry top 10 songs here.

Anyways, let’s get back to football. This Sunday the New England Patriots will face Seattle Seahawks.

I’m sure you already know about Deflategate, so I we will stroll around that topic.

New England’s offense will have to depend on someone besides Tom Brady and the Gronk. Everyone knows that Bill Belichick will have some trick up his sleeve. People are expecting LaGarrette Blount to have a huge game, but will Belichick go to Jonas Gray instead. The Patriots also have a great defense led by a vacation destination Revis Island. New England is solid team that will be tough to beat.

Quick question: If the Patriots win, is it fine to say that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time? He would have four rings in six trips to the big dance. The same question applies for Belichick. Reply below with what you think.

The Seattle defense will have to set the pace for the offense, however they are banged up. Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas were both injured in the Seahawks last outing against Green Bay. Both players have been participants in practice all week.

”I feel so much better. Each day, it’s surprised me because this is my first time with the injury and you don’t know what to expect. It has been just positive results from the trainers.” Thomas said.

Russell Wilson has been the heartbeat for the Seahawks all season. He personally, has engineered the offense. It surely has not been his lifeless teammates known as receivers.

Mr. I’m Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined will also need to have a beast mode type of game.

Who wins?

This game is really the battle between good and evil or old vs. young. Will we see a changing of the guard? Can the Seahawks defeat another Hall of Famer in the Super Bowl? I am going with the New England Patriots. This team was left for dead at the beginning of the season. Someone even asked Coach Belichick if Brady should be benched. Regardless of how you feel about this team, you have to acknowledge their success.

Score 31-27

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Tiger Flops (not the golf swing)

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The first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open got underway today and Tiger Woods, well he disappointed. Arguably, he is the greatest player from around the green and he proved that was a myth in the opening round.

“I’m just having a hard time finding the bottom. Because of my old pattern, I was so steep on it, that I have a new grind on my wedge and sometimes it’s hard to trust. This is a similar grind I used to use back in the early 2000s, but it’s a different grind. Some of my shots were into the grain with tight pins, and either I flop it or bump it, one of the two. I chose to bump it,” Woods said post round.

Through the first four holes he was +4. He was able to calm down and get into the tournament. On the 13th Woods was able to get his first eagle since the 2013 Firestone Invitational. He finished at 2-over for the day.

His playing partners didn’t play much better. Jordan Spieth finished at -1 and Patrick Reed concluded at even.

If you don’t know who else is in the field you can view the Waste Management Phoenix Open preview here.

Also, Darius Rucker will be performing at the Birds Nest tonight. You can view his top 10 songs countdown here as well.

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Venus bounced, but inspired

Though Venus Williams was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, everyone should still be inspired by the way that she performed in the tournament.

It was not long ago when she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes fatigue and joint pain. She announced that in 2011 missed a great deal of time on the court. When she was on court she was knocked out early in events. In the past four years, she has not gotten past the fourth round in any major. Williams had been bounced in the first round three times in that span.

In 2015, however, Williams has already defeated Caroline Wozniacki to win the ‘ASB Classic and in the Aussie Open she defeated sixth ranked Aga Radwanska.

There are a lot of positives for Venus to take into the remainder of this season. At the young age of 34, Williams is playing her best for the first time in a long time. Be on the lookout for her to win at Wimbledon.

I can’s speak for everyone, but Venus Williams has showed me what it’s like to battle adversity and fight for what I love.

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Haas shoots 67 to win the Humana Challenge

Bill Haas was able to shoot four rounds in the 60s en route to his sixth PGA Tour title.

He was able to hold off beat Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele, Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, and Matt Kuchar by one stroke.

Phil Mickelson could not recover from a first round 71. He finished at -15 tied for 24.

The Tour will move on to TPC Scottsdale. You can view the preview of next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open here.

Top 10:

Player Place Score
Bill Haas 1 -22
Charley Hoffman T2 -21
Brendan Steele
Sung Joon Park
Steve Wheatcroft
Matt Kuchar
Webb Simpson T7 -20
Boo Weekly
Justin Thomas
Colt Knost T10 -19
Francesco Molinari
Ryan Palmer
Erik Compton

 

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
David Toms T24 -15
Patrick Reed
Harris English T30 -14
Billy Horschel T41 -13
Keegan Bradley T48 -12
Paul Casey CUT
Zach Johnson CUT
Ryo Ishikawa CUT

FedEx Cup Standings

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 957
Robert Streb 2 814
Charley Hoffman 3 575
Sang-Moon Bae 4 721
Ben Martin 5 655

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Super Bowl Halftime Performer Katy Perry Top 10

This week’s top 10 features the Super Bowl XLIX halftime performer, Katy Perry.

Perry joins Bruno Mars, The Who, Prince, Beyoncé, Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson, and many other previous headlining acts.

As of now we know that only Lenny Kravitz will be performing alongside the Grammy-winner.

Every Friday on the Breakfast Club, a weekday syndicated radio show on Power 105.1 out of New York, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God perform a karaoke version of Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)”. It’s a man jam that we can all sing and belt out, regardless of gender.

The Super Bowl will be on NBC in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on February 1.

The Songs that did not make the top 10.

California Girls


Part of Me


Wide Awake


The Katy Perry Top 10.

10. The One That Got Away


9. Hot N Cold


8. Waking Up in Vegas


7. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) 


6. E.T.


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Mr. Cub dead at 83

Ernie Banks died Friday night at the age of 83 in Chicago.

He was the very first African- American to play for the franchise and he did so from 1953- 1971.

Banks hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs. He had 14 All-Star selections and won two MVP awards. He was a 1977 Hall of Famer.

Ernie Banks was known for saying, “Let’s play two!”

Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs said:

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.”

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview

Event Name:   Waste Management Phoenix Open
Course: TPC Scottsdale
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates of the event: 1/29-2/1
Course Yardage: 7,216
Par:      71
Defending Champ: Kevin Stadler
Purse:  $6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is his first time playing the course since 2001 when happened to ace the par-3 16th in the third round. The last time Tiger played in a competitive tournament was his Hero World Challenge where he came in tied for 17th. He has a new swing consultant and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first outing of 2015. Rickie Fowler is making his first start on the PGA Tour in Scottsdale. He played at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month. He finished T66 2-under. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Coors Light Birds Nest He will both be performing on January 29th in Scottsdale. You can view the top 10 Darius Rucker songs here.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Jason Dufner Bill Haas
Jordan Spieth Keegan Bradley Brandt Snedeker
Phil Mickelson Bubba Watson Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar Patrick Reed Billy Horschel
Kevin Stadler Hunter Mahan Kevin Na
Geoff Ogilvy Hideki Matsuyama Zach Johnson
Gary Woodland John Senden Kyle Stanley
Robert Streb Kyle Stanley Mark Wilson
Kenny Perry J.B. Holmes Angel Cabrera
Retief Goosen David Toms Mike Weir
Padraig Harrington Ryan Moore Ryan Palmer
Sang-Moon Bae Aaron Baddeley Kevin Streelman
Martin Laird K.J. Choi Ben Crane
Matt Every Charley Hoffman Russell Henley
Carl Pettersson Scott Verplank Bo Van Pelt
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Camilo Villegas
Seung-Yul Noh Ryo Ishikawa Charles Howell III
Stewart Cink Jhonattan Vegas Nick Watney

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Kevin Stadler 1 -16
Graham Delaet T2 -15
Bubba Watson
Hunter Mahan T4 -14
Hideki Matsuyama
Charles Howell III T6 -13
Brandon Steele
Harris English 9 -12
Webb Simpson 10 -11

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Matt Jones T12 -9
Kevin Na T19 -7
Gary Woodland T37 -4
Phil Mickelson T42 -3
Martin Kaymer T53 -1
Vijay Singh 77 8
Lee Westwood CUT
Rickie Fowler CUT
Keegan Bradley CUT

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5 Things to watch instead of the Pro Bowl

Personally speaking, the Pro Bowl and all other all-star games are jokes. Yes, it’s great that all of our favorite players come together for one night, but really there’s no game. No one takes the event serious. It’s just another way for the NFL to expand revenue and we, as football lovers will watch anything that has football in the description.

However, there are 7 things that will be a bit more exiting than the Pro Bowl Sunday night, which is at 8 PM EST.

1. Catch up on House of Cards. It returns February 27.


2. The Royal Rumble will be happening on the WWE Network for $9.99.

Picture by: Jonathan Bachman Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar
Picture by: Jonathan Bachman
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar

3. Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT

boyhood


4. 4th Round of the Australian Open

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5. Cutthroat Kitchen

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Kirk Franklin Top 10

Kirk Franklin has been continuously putting out records that have inspired and motivated people of faith and even non-believers. In addition, he has had more choirs than I can name which keeps his sound ever changing. Tamela Mann, David Mann, Myron Butler, Isaac Carree, and others have all done backup roles for Franklin before having their solo success. From Dove Awards, to Grammy Awards, and Stellar Awards, Kirk Franklin has already become a legend in the gospel music genre and as a crossover artist. Not bad for someone who can’t carry a tune. The reason I like his music so much is because it is always modern. For example, he took classics like “Why We Sing” and “Something About The Name Jesus” and made them new while respecting their historical significance.

First, a few that did not make the countdown.

Give Me 


Hide Me


Silver & Gold


A God Like You


He Reigns/Awesome God


 Something About The Name Jesus


  1. Hosanna

  1. Declaration (This Is It)

  1. Melodies From Heaven

  1. Lean On Me

  1. Brighter Day

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Falcons new stadium is… WOW

The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2017 season inside a brand new home.

Below is a video of what the new stadium will look like inside and outside.

The new home is being estimated at $1.2 billion dollars.

The Dirty Birds have played in the Georgia Dome since 1992.

This is not only stadium that is being constructed in Atlanta. The Braves will open SunTrust Park also in 2017.

For a an up to the minute update on the Falcons new playground you can head to newstadium.atlantafalcons.com/.

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Jerry’s World to host WrestleMania

It was announced Tuesday that WrestleMania 32 will take place April 3, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

This will be the third time that wrestling’s big event takes place in the Lone Star state. Both WrestleMania X-Seven and The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania were both held in Houston.

Vince McMahon said in a press release:

“WWE thanks the city of Arlington, city of Dallas and the Dallas Cowboys for their tireless efforts to bring WrestleMania to AT&T Stadium,”

“We look forward to making history at WrestleMania, while adding AT&T Stadium to the list of iconic venues that have hosted our annual pop-culture extravaganza.”

When the 2010 NBA All-Star Game had a crowd of over 108,713 in this very building. Expect the WWE to try fit more people into the building.

WresteMania XXX was in New Orleans, LA. The event generated a record-breaking $142.2 million, which resulted in more than $24 million of additional tax revenue.

A few wrestlers took to Twitter.

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Walker wins the Sony Open by 9

Jimmy Walker won the 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii by a record 9 strokes. He was able to shoot four rounds in the 60s to win this title in back-to-back years. On Sunday, Walker recorded a 63 on his scorecard to claim the tourney. This was his fourth career title.

The next tournament on the PGA Tour is the Humana Challenge.    You can read the preview here.

Top 10:

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 -23
Scott Piercy 2 -14
Gary Woodland T3 -13
Harris English
Matt Kuchar
Jerry Kelly T6 -12
Brian Davis
Zac Blair
Rory Sabbatini
Max Homa
Shawn Stefani
Justin Thomas

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Webb Simpson T13 -11
Jason Day T17 -10
J.J. Henry T30 -8
Kenny Perry T37 -7
Jhonattan Vegas T44 -6
Camilo Villegas T44 -6
Luke Donald T51 -5
Sang- Moon Bae T51 -5
Zach Johnson T64 -2
Matt Jones 70 +2
Davis Love III Cut
Geoff Ogilvy Cut
Vijay Singh Cut
Angel Cabrera Cut
Matt Every DQ

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del Potro to miss the Aussie Open

Juan Martin del Potro will miss the 2015 Australian Open due to a nagging wrist injury. This injury has plagued him for nearly the entire 2014 season. Ten months to be exact.

Last week, del Potro played in the Apia International Sydney to prepare for the Aussie Open. There he did win two matches before losing.

He said this in a Facebook post:

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The 2009 US Open champion also said this recently:
“I have to do what the doctor says. I’m still positive. I want to play tennis. It doesn’t matter how. But after seeing my level in Sydney, I think if I am in good shape and I’m healthy, without pain, I could be competitive again very soon.”

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Australian Open Preview

Event Name:   Australian Open
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 1/19-2/1
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: Both
Defending Champ: Stan Wawrinka & Li Na
Runner-up:      Rafael Nadal & Dominika Cibulkova

It feels as if the 2015 tennis season just started and players are already down under for the first major of the year. Many different storylines at play for this year’s tournament.

Women’s Side:

  • Is Serena poised for #19. Last season, in the first three major championships she did not make it into the quarterfinals. She is seeking her fifth championship.
  • If Maria Sharapova does go against Serena in the finals, can she figure out a way to beat her?
  • Can someone break through to get their first major title? Players like Simona Halep, Aga Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki.

Men’s Side:

  • Will Stan Wawrinka prove that last year was no fluke?
  • Does Roger have one more push left in him?
  • Can an American make it to the Round of 16? At this point they all seem hopeless.

Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the tournament. Click here for the story.


Seeded Players:

Seed Male Female
1 Novak Djokovic Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray Aga Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic Caroline Wozniacki
9 David Ferrer Angelique Kerber
10 Grigor Dimitrov Ekaterina Makarova
11 Ernests Gulbis Dominika Cibulkova
12 Feliciano Lopez Flavia Pennetta
13 Roberto Bautista Agut Andrea Petkovic
14 Kevin Anderson Sara Errani
15 Tommy Robredo Jelena Jankovic
16 Fabio Fognini Lucie Safarova
17 Gael Monfils Carla Suarez Navarro
18 Giles Simon Venus Williams
19 John Isner Alize Cornet
20 David Goffin Sam Stosur
21 Alexandr Dolgopolov Shuai Peng
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber Karolina Pliskova
23 Ivo Karlovic Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
24 Richard Gasquet Garbine Muguruza
25 Julien Benneteau Barbora Zahiaviva Strycova
26 Leonardo Mayer Elina Svitolina
27 Pablo Cuevas Svetlana Kuznetsova
28 Lukas Rosoi Sabine Lisicki
29 Jeremy Chardy Casey Deliacqua
30 Santiago Giraido Varvara Lepchenko
31 Fernando Verdasco Zarina Diyas
32 Martin Klizan Belinda Bencic

For personal reasons, I want to see Serena and Federer win the titles. Who do you want to see take the title home? Comment below.


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Humana Challenge Preview

Event Name:   Humana Challenge
Courses: Arnold Palmer at PGA West- Host Course

Jack Nicklaus at PGA West

La Quinta Country Club

Where: La Quinta, CA
Dates of the event: 1/22-1/25
Course Yardage: Palmer: 6,950

Nicklaus: 6,924

La Quinta: 7,060

Par:      All three courses are par 72
Defending Champ: Patrick Reed
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Welcome back Lefty! Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance of the season at the Humana Challenge. This is his first start since the Ryder Cup. He will be looking to get off to a hot start in 2015 because his 2014 season was awful. Lefty had twelve top 25 finishes. The highest finish he had was second at the PGA Championship to Rory McIlory.

Defending champ, Patrick Reed will look to become the first repeat champion since Johnny Miller did it in 1975-76. At this event last season he became the third player to win this event wire-to-wire.

Players in the field:

Phil Mickelson

Patrick Reed

JJ Henry

Kevin Streelman

Keegan Bradley

Jason Dufner

Billy Horschel

Matt Kutcher

Francesco Molinari

Tim Clark

Ben Crane

Charley Hoffman

Kevin Na

Jhonattan Vegas

Scott Stallings

Luke Donald

D.J. Trahan

Paul Casey

Chad Campbell

Stewart Cink

John Daly

Ryo Ishikawa

Ryan Moore

Sung Joon Park

Rory Sabbatini

Mark Wilson

Scott Piercy

Ryan Palmer

Retief Goosen

Lucas Glover

Mike Weir

Scott Verplank

Brandt Snedeker

David Toms

Bo Van Pelt

Nick Watney

Jerry Kelly

Charles Howell III

Bill Haas

Jeff Overton

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño


Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Patrick Reed 1 -28
Ryan Palmer 2 -26
Zach Johnson T3 -25
Justin Leonard T3
Brian Stuard 5 -24
Bill Haas T6 -23
Brendon Todd T6
Chad Collins 8 -22
Stuart Appleby T9 -21
Charlie Beljan
Ben Crane
Charley Hoffman

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Jerry Kelly T13 -20
Keegan Bradley T18 -19
Webb Simpson T23 -18
Ryo Ishikawa T25 -17
Rickie Fowler T44 -16
Kevin Na T48 -14
J.J Henry T82 -7

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Rascal Flatts Top 10

One thing Rascal Flatts is not is a boy band so don’t compare them to *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys. The trio of Joe Don, Jay, and Gary sold over 22.5 million album and more than 28 million digital downloads. They’ve had 15 #1 singles, which led to their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a membership into the Grand Ole Opry. Gary LeVox, lead singer, has a voice that is completely unique. This is one of my favorite groups because their music is soulful and quite meaningful.

I must admit I enjoy being a Flatthead.

Please enjoy the Top 10 song made by Rascal Flatts.

10. Rewind


9. Banjo


8. Dancing on the Ceiling with Lionel Richie


7. Fast Cars and Freedom


6. Easy Featuring Natasha Bedingfield


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2015 NFL Championship Preview

The playoffs continue this weekend with two rematches from the regular season. Now I’m not one to brag, but in my preseason Super Bowl selection I said that Seattle would face Indianapolis in Arizona. I also said that Jay Gruden would win Coach of the Year, but that is beside the point and has nothing to do with this conversation.

The playoffs continue this weekend with two exact rematches from the regular season. Now I’m not one to brag, but in my preseason Super Bowl selection I said that Seattle would face Indianapolis in Arizona. I also said that Jay Gruden would win Coach of the Year, but that is beside the point and has nothing to do with this conversation.

Green Bay vs. Seattle 3:05 PM EST FOX

In the regular season opener Seattle manhandled the Packers 36-16. Russell Wilson passed for two touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two scores. Aaron Rodgers threw one pass for a touchdown, but the running game never got going for GB. The team had a total of 80 yards on the ground. Also, in that game Rodgers did not consider challenging Richard Sherman.

For Green Bay to win this week they will need a healthy Rodgers because the Seattle D will make him move around to make plays. Eddie Lacy will have to touch the ball early and often.

The Seahawks will need to do more than lean on Russell Wilson. In a lot of the games late in the season he had to make plays with his feet to stay alive. Good thing Wilson has the Legion of Boom on his side.

Who wins?

I have to stay true to my preseason selection and go with the Hawks. The defense has been on fire since they have become healthy. I also believe that Rodgers’ calf injury will play a huge part in this game. Last week he was able to adjust, but please know that the Dallas D is not the Seattle D.

Score: 24-17


Indianapolis vs. New England 6:40 PM EST CBS

In the first meeting between these two AFC foes the Pats ran over the Colts. Remember the name Jonas Gray. Don’t worry I didn’t remember him either. Gray had his coming out party that Sunday night in Indy. He rushed for 201 yards and four scores. Ahmad Bradshaw injured his lower left leg in the contest and was later put on IR along side the Indy running game. The team also has a little media attention. You can read the articles about Trent Richardson and Josh McNary here.

To me the Colts are still a mystery. Andrew Luck in just his third year in the NFL is the only threat the Patriots really need to be aware. Daniel Herron appears to be a good back, but he is not consistent. Reggie Wayne and TY Hilton are both healthy so expect Luck to be passing all game log. Maybe he might take a trip to Revis Island.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are gonna have some type of new offensive strategy for this game. Maybe they will use four linemen again. It’s possible that LeGarrette Blount may lead a heavy rushing attack. Who knows?

Who wins?

The right thing for me to do is to go with my previous selection and select the Colts. However, that is not the team that will win this contest. New England wins because of experience and a more balanced attack.

Score: 38-24


There it is New England vs. Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX


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