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Preveiwing Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning – Part XVII


I think you and I are destined to do this forever.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, both two of the greatest quarterbacks of their generation and of all time, will face each other for the 17th time this Sunday with a trip to Super Bowl 50 on the line. As AFC rivals their entire career, the stakes literally could not be higher. Brady is 11-5 in his career vs. Manning, but in their 4 career playoff meetings, each man has come away with two victories. In those four seasons, either Brady or Manning’s team have gone on to win the Super Bowl three times.

Living in New England, Tom Brady, now in his 16th NFL season, has taken on an almost God-like status. Whether you love him or you hate him, you cannot deny how superior the man is at football. Over a 15 year period, the team that represents the AFC in the Super Bowl has almost exclusively gone through Foxboro. Since the 01-02 season, this will be the 10th time (!) that Tom Brady and the Patriots have played in the AFC Championship game. Of the previous nine, they’ve won six, and gone on to win four of those Super Bowls. Brady has a career record of 22-8 in the playoffs, but is only 3-3 on the road, which goes to show how dominant his Patriots teams have been in the regular season. He’s Batman in football form, dispensing his enemies with relative ease all while keeping up the poster boy charm.

Peyton Manning, now in his 18th NFL season, has been the Joker to Brady’s Batman. Manning holds 15 NFL regular season passing records, including the most yards and touchdowns of all time. Manning’s success in the regular season is only rivaled by Brady’s, and where Brady thrives (playoffs) Manning has faltered. Manning is 12-13 in his career in the playoffs, and the only postseason stat in which he equals Brady is in the amount of Super Bowls he has lost (2). Now for a guy to play in 25 playoff games (and counting), win a Super Bowl and have all those regular accolades is an amazing career. But Peyton Manning was put on this Earth to play football at the same time as Thomas Brady, and they will forever be entwined.

While stats are fun for casual conversations with friends, all that matters to Patriots, Broncos, Brady and Manning fans is the outcome of Sunday’s matchup. From now until Sunday you’ll see a million articles about how the game is so much more than Brady and Manning, but when it comes down to it, it really isn’t. It’s all about Brady and Manning. It’s about two guys who love the game of football and are really, really good at it, and for the 17th time they get to duke it out to see who is the better man. I can confidently say we will never see a quarterback rivalry at this level again, and I’m just glad I got to be a fan during their tenures. As for Sunday’s game? Patriots 23 Broncos 16.


H/T 6th ring & SI




Jim Harbaugh Wants WrestleMania 33 At The Big House & I’m ALL IN

WMHarbaugh was so fired up about the possibility of WrestleMania coming back to Detroit that he called back into the radio show a few minutes after his original interview. He had an idea for a host.

“Why not the Big House?” he said. “Why not? 140,000 – I bet we could get in there for Wrestlemania. They’re trying to break the attendance record at Jerry Jones’ stadium in Dallas. (There’s) a great Canadian presence in wrestling. Why not Michigan and the Big House?”


Now that Minneapolis is just about officially off the board for WM 33 hosting duties, Michigan’s Big House sounds like a pretty appetizing option. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see 140,000 wrestling fans pack Michigan’s stadium plus a cameo from legitimate crazy man Jim Harbaugh. My life has been missing Harbaugh since he my left my 49ers for college football, but this might be the move to  bring him back in. WWE is bold enough to make this happen, and now they have new face of Michigan on their side. Harbaugh/Dean Ambrose in a Japanese Death Match or we riot.

Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio Played “Catch” With The World’s Least Athletic Kid

When I first read the title of this video, I pictured Rubio pegging some poor kid Peyton Manning/SNL style. But after watching it, you can’t really blame Rubio here. It’s not the greatest throw, but man this kid is terrible. Not only does he keep his hands spread apart like he’s trying to catch a pumpkin, but he lets the ball hit him in the head and then he falls down. I don’t want to sound mean, but maybe that kids parents should take him for a check up to make sure his motor skills are progressing at the regular rate. It’s one thing to miss a pass. It’s another to let it hit you in the head and fall down. Do less, random child.


Our Favorite Tom Brady Meme’s From Yesterday’s Court Room Sketch

Tom Brady had his day in court yesterday as his never ending battle with the NFL and Roger Goodell over Deflate Gate continues. While everyone is pretty sick of DG at this point, court room sketch artist Jane Rosenberg decided she was going to steal the show yesterday, and steal the show she did. Here is her sketch of Brady during the proceedings:

That is amazing. I honestly picture her in the court room with an oil painting set just having a ball trying to sketch everybody and make them look as sullen and sick as possible. It’s great. Naturally, this led to some amazing meme’s, and since we’re givers here at the Average Nobodies, we collected a few of our favorites for you. Without further ado, the Tom Brady meme extravaganza.


Vernon Davis’s Performance Last Season Makes A lot More Sense After Watching Him On ‘Family Feud’

Vernon Davis didn’t have the greatest season last year. He was hurt, yes, but he played in 14 games and finished with 26 catches and two touchdowns, which is…not good. While his physical ailments may have healed in the offseason, it’s clear from this Family Feud clip that he is also mentally unhinged. While the ‘stripper’ comment was kind of funny, the ‘feet’ comment was just disturbing. There’s no need to go all Rex Ryan on us and air your foot fetishes out in public. Let’s worry about hands and catching the ball so the 49ers don’t suck again.

P.S. Steve Harvey is the best game show host of all the times.

– Ryan

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Mean Tweets: NFL Edition

Mean Tweets is back on Jimmy Kimmel Live and this time the targets of these horrible tweets are NFL players. These people sending tweets better hope they can’t find where you live, becausee i’m pretty confident that Clay Matthews could rip a human in half.


Monster Blog Wednesday: Favorite NFL Beards


The NFL season is getting closer and closer, which is a good thing, because it’s only a matter of time before our bosses figure out we’ve actually been doing mock drafts all day instead of doing actual work. Sticking with our NFL Monster Blog theme, this week we examine the art of the facial hair. It’s no secret NFL player are enormous, powerful men, but just like in the real world, a monster beard is a sign of power. Here are our favorite NFL beards:

Jason Kelce – Philadelphia Eagles


I like Jason Kelce’s beard so much he might just become my new favorite player. Extra points for the beard just flowing right up into his mane like he’s some kind of lion-human hybrid. If you ask me, the Eagles are missing out on a major marketing opportunity here. Remember how crazy everyone (myself included) went for the Red Sox “bearded brothers” thing last season? Why not start a movement in Philly and have Jason be the ring leader? It’s not like the Eagles have anything else to root for, except for praying to the football Gods that Lesean McCoy doesn’t snap his femur. Let the beards flow.

– Ryan

Bret Keisel – Pittsburgh Steelers


I guess Pennsylvania has great beards running through its veins because my beard comes from the Keystone State; which I assume got its name from the great volume of keystone beer they consume (I am being told that is completely false). My beard choice was probably the easiest decision I have ever made on Monster Blog Wednesday. If people with awesome beards started their own country then Bret Keisel would be King of everything and as far as his beard could see. Thick? Yes Overwhelming? Yes. Magical? Well, I’d like to think so. This man’s beard transcends facial hair. This chine mane has gotten to the point where it looks like his beard is growing a beard of its own! I dream and pray for facial hair like this. One day, Matt. One day.



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