Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Preview: Rematches Are Fun, Besides in the NCAA

Here it is.  The game.  I can't write anything that hasn't already been written by hundreds of writers before me.  So enough talking, lets break down the game.

These two teams have something in common.  Both got a little bit lucky to get to this point.  Lee Evans dropped a pass in the end zone to help the Patriots make it (I won't mention Billy "I used to kick for the Cowboys" Cundiff missing a chip shot.  Oh wait, I did.)   And it was even more unfortunate for the 49ers, as Kyle Williams (White Sox GM Kenny William's son, backing up an injured Ted Ginn Jr.)  fumbled two punts that led to Giants points (including the game winning field goal in OT).  The Niners couldn't get their offense going, and it eventually cost them.  Overall though, it was a very exciting and heartbreaking Championship Sunday.  It lived up to the hype.  Now on to the bigger game!


Just kidding.  The Super Bowl, as you may already know, is in Indianapolis.  Cold weather cities are starting to get more and more Super Bowls as the years go on.  Its exciting to see more fanbases and more cities get to experience the magic of the NFL title game being in their neck of the woods.  Miami shouldn't get it every other year. 

The Patriots:  Tom Brady got exposed against the Patriots that he isn't very good in the playoffs anymore, and that with a little pressure, he becomes very average.  The Giants defense is good at doing that, so New England has to protect Brady.  Gronkowski is obviously hurt, as ESPN has a twitter account following how swollen his high ankle is.  They don't really have a running game, or defense, but they keep winning.  Their special teams are solid.  That being said, they are the best team in the AFC, regular and post season.  They have a great coach and will keep this game close.  They rarely have gotten blown out in the last decade.  Some of the team have rings already, but for the most part this team is young and hungry for their first title. 

The Giants: The Giants have a formula to get here.  They are mediocre for most of the year, Then turn it on late to win an overrated division and get a home playoff game.  Then they either lose the first playoff game or go to the Super Bowl.  And the whole time Tom Coughlin is about to get fired.  They have to rely on Eli Manning and try to run the ball, leaving Brady and the Pats offense on the sideline where they can't hurt them.  The Giants defense isn't great, but it does rush the passer well.  They don't have to worry about much else besides getting to Brady and covering the Tight Ends and Wes Welker. 

What will happen: Eli and the Giants make some nice plays on offense to take an early lead, but the Patriots hang right with them for the most part.  The Giants then get their defensive line going after Brady and they start making plays.  Gronk slows down when the ankle begins to get to him.  Eli still makes big plays as the Patriots can't stop anybody.  The G-Men open a big lead and pound the football to put the game away.  Brady gets one last touchdown to make it close, but the final score is 28-24 Giants as Eli gets a second world title for a city who wanted him out not to long ago. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Corbitt Family Playoff Picks Part IV: The Super Bowl Picks

The final week of the NFL season is upon us.   The Corbitt family playoff picks champion has already been decided, and this year your champion is Aaron Corbitt, who has gone 7-3 so far this season.  He has watched a great more deal of football this year and it has definitely paid off.  As consolation, me and my dad picked the correct Super Bowl last week.  Aaron will get a blog of his choice in the near future.  Congrats to my brother and for everyone playing! (they pretty much had to).  Here are the standings before the Super Bowl:

Dad: 5-5
Mom: 4-6
Weston: 5-5
Sam: 4-6
Aaron: 7-3
Mary: 3-7

And here are your final picks, who will the Super Bowl, according to the Corbitt clan:

Dad: Patriots
Mom: Giants
Weston: Giants
Sam: Giants
Aaron: Patriots
Mary: Giants

Tune in tomorrow to see a preview of the big game!

Super Bowl Party Planning: EXCLUSIVE RECIPE INSIDE!

These are the times that try one's soul. This time I'm not talking of politics, finances or even the game. It's what kind of food you will serve at your party. You'd think Thanksgiving or Christmas would be harder. Nope. Holidays are easy. July 4th hamburgers and hot dogs, Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas is traditionally ham but we grill steaks because I don't like ham. Foods for the holidays take a long time to prepare usually but they only have to be special, they don't have to be super. If your turkey is dry nobody really cares. Because the important part is being together. If the game isn't totally exciting, and it probably won't be if your team isn't playing (mine isn't) there could be talk that the food was as bad as the game.
You can always order pizza, but if I invite anyone over I like to have at least 1 thing homemade. I think it says you're important to me, welcome. Now I have it easy this Sunday, it's just us sans a kid or 2. And I think I will just go with wings and nachos. Maybe some brownies. And a treat for the dogs. But if you're going to a party be kind to the host. No matter how cold the pizza or dried out the wings or warm the soda. It's really about enjoying time with your friends or family. You can always stop by BK on the way home.


1 box brownies mix-9x13" pan size. Mix according to directions. Spread into prepared pan.

1 large symphony candy bar. Or 2 if you're feeling daring. Chopped up into larger pieces. Sprinkle over brownies.

You can add some nuts, M&Ms, other chopped up candy or even cookies. Not to much, it all has to fit into pan.

Mix up another 9x13" pan size brownie mix and spread over candy.

Bake 350* for about 45 minutes or until done.
Do not refrigerate. The symphony bar will be almost mousse like. If you chill the chocolate hardens and you can't
make it soft again.

I don't remember where I found this recipe but it's good. Extra nuts/candy layer was my idea. Enjoy.