- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The Super Bowl has a point spread that is very close in Las Vegas, but a computer simulator has figured out who will win.
Using an astounding array of analytics, the Predictalator on PredictionMachine.com ran 50,000 simulations of Super Bowl XLIX. And 57.5 percent of the time in its simulations, the Seattle Seahawks beat the New England Patriots.
And from these tens of thousands of simulations, the site has the Seahawks most likely winning by a 24-20 score.
According to the folks who run the Predictalator, the Seahawks are “simply, the team more capable of dominating.”
“ For the second year in a row, we like Seattle when the vast majority of the public – over 70 percent based on available betting information – believes the AFC is going to win. Much of that perception is likely based off of what happened during conference championship weekend,” Paul Bessire, general manager of PredictionMachine.com told Yahoo Sports.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
PHOENIX — One of the more interesting matchups for Super Bowl XLIX could be how and whether the New England Patriots are able to attack the middle of the Seattle Seahawks defense with the power run game.
The Seahawks have looked vulnerable at times up the gut. The Patriots have turned into more of a power-run team over time, especially after the return of running back LeGarrette Blount.
So naturally I wanted to seek out Patriots rookie center Bryan Stork, who struggled early in the season but has improved steadily over the course of the year. That is, until Stork suffered a knee injury against the Baltimore Ravens and missed the AFC championship game.
Stork has been practicing, at least on a limited basis, since then so there's a good chance he'll be able to go Sunday.
Knowing the Patriots' penchant for sidestepping injury talk, I instead wanted to ask Stork about a number of other topics — how the offense has come along since the early-season struggles, how his experience in the national title game with Florida State helped prep him for this moment and how the Seahawks looked defensively inside.
Fairly benign topics, I thought. Boy, was I wrong.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
PHOENIX – Chris Matthews became an unexpected hero of the Seattle Seahawks’ crazy comeback win in the NFC championship game.
It was so unexpected that his dad missed it while working his job as a police officer.
Matthews hadn’t touched the ball in the NFL until recovering an onside kick in the final minutes of the NFC title game against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks scored after Matthews’ recovery to take the lead, and eventually won in overtime.
The rookie receiver didn’t log a catch or fumble recovery in the regular season, but his first NFL touch was a big one. So big that his police-officer father got a bit emotional.
“My dad is kind of a serious dude,” Matthews said. “You won’t catch him too many times smiling or having a good laugh. When he does, it’s special.”
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
PHOENIX – There are countless ways in which Super Bowl coaches Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick differ, at least in public perception.
There was a moment this week when a media member, before asking a question, identified himself. The coach at the podium replied with a hearty "What's up?!?" and we'll let you guess if that was Carroll or Belichick. Hint: It wasn't Belichick.
Carroll is the youngest 63-year-old ever, a bounding ball of energy who is so keen on competing that he sometimes has players shoot baskets and keep score before team meetings. Would you believe it if I told you Belichick is actually younger than Carroll? He is, by about seven months. But Belichick plays the role of the grump, at least when he’s not taking questions about stuffed animals at Media Day.
But maybe the two Super Bowl coaches aren’t so different after all.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
PHOENIX — Media Day typically is a silly affair laced with softball — and oddball — questions about beards, dietary habits, dancing and other follies.
But that doesn't mean there can't be testy moments, too. And, stunner: Richard Sherman found himself in the middle of an interesting one on Tuesday.
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback seldom filters his comments, and he appears to love matching wits with people as much as he does locking up with gifted wide receivers.
Early on in Sherman's media session, someone asked him — interrogated him, really — about the comments Sherman made earlier on how the league's investigation of deflate-gate might be handled and the "conflict of interest" in the case with the cozy relationship between New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
PHOENIX — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows that at 37 years old, this could be his final Super Bowl on Sunday.
If he never made another one, would he be satisfied with his career?
Although Brady will play in his sixth Super Bowl, the most by any quarterback in NFL history, the odds still would be against him getting back to another one a year from now. Even the mighty Patriots can't count on that.
So Brady has tried to approach Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks as not just another Super Bowl, and yet he can't help but think about the possibility that he might not be in another one.
“Well, I think there is a balance between those two things, and I think you’ve got to have ambition and you’ve got to have a belief that you can accomplish those things, or else why would you play?" Brady asked rhetorically. "Why would you work hard if you didn’t think you could accomplish that?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
PHOENIX – Seattle Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse didn't get a podium at Super Bowl media day last year.
They only have 15 podiums per team, counting one for coach Pete Carroll and another wasted on Marshawn Lynch. And Kearse's production, with 537 yards and one touchdown in his third NFL season, didn't indicate he would have one. But he did, because after the NFC championship game, everyone knows who he is.
A kid who was about 10, one of the many kids asking players from both teams questions on media day approached Kearse's podium with the question he'll get asked a million more times before he dies.
"How did it feel to make the game-winning catch against Green Bay?" the kid asked.
"It felt good," Kearse said, going into a lengthy answer about overcoming adversity.
Comedian J.B. Smoove also approached Kearse.
"Amazing catch against Green Bay, right?" J.B. Smoove said.
"Yeah," Kearse said. "I appreciate it."
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
It's tough being a New England Patriots fan. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown and all that.
Sure, (arguably) the greatest coach in NFL history sports a Patriots logo on his sleeveless sweatshirt, and (arguably) the best quarterback of all-time dons a Flying Elvis on his helmet, but every other God-fearing football fan across this great nation has yet to bow at the altar of Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Discussions about football would be a whole lot simpler if everyone could get it through their thick skulls that the game we all knew in a bygone era has since been reinvented by that holy trinity. Instead, you can't log onto Facebook or travel south of Hartford every February without somebody pointing out the Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since the Spygate scandal revealed them to be cheaters.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's non-ballboy-altered episode, we have: • A breakdown of the remarkable press conference Monday by Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots (0:25 mark) • A look at the GQ article digging deep into Roger Goodell's past (9:45 mark) All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast, here every day of the week during Super Bowl week. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Marshawn Lynch needed to come to Super Bowl Media Day. He needed to speak for four minutes and 30 seconds. He did exactly that, and nothing more.
Lynch sat down at the podium and announced that he would be saying only "I'm here so I won't get fined," and that was all he said, for less than five minutes, answering 21 questions the exact same way. He may well have eluded a massive fine (see below), but if he did so, it wasn't by much.
Lynch's deliberate one-note media replies have amused many and frustrated some, but only the threat of financial penalties appears to have impacted his actions even the slightest bit. Of course, Lynch has no problem talking when he's getting paid,as in this Skittles ad, but clearly, the NFL would like him to step up outside of advertisements as well.
Lynch apparently had reason to worry. He was risking an enormous fine, according to Ed Werder of ESPN: