Super Bowl 50: A Tragic Anniversary

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Andrew Mazza: Grade 8

Super Bowl 50. What a terrible way to end 50 years of the Super Bowl. There have been so many great plays in the history of the Super Bowl: Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception,” David Tyree’s “Helmet Catch,” and John Riggins’ “Run To Glory.” The only big play featured in this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7, 2016, was Jordan Norwood’s record-breaking punt return that only occurred because the Carolina Panthers thought he called for a fair catch. Statistically, this was not the most impressive Super Bowl either. Neither of the two teams succeeded in completing more than 20 passes, while the Panthers attempted more than 40. There were a near-record 6 turnovers in total, and the Denver Broncos only converted for 11 first downs. The final score was 24-10 in favor of the Broncos.

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February Premier League Update

Teddy Brita: Grade 8 

February saw another exciting month of action in the Premier League. Arsenal had its usual up and down month, starting with a disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Southampton and then going on to a comfortable 2-0 away win against Bournemouth. The weekend after, they played a massive game against in-form Leicester City, with Danny Welbeck scoring a dramatic 90th-minute winner. Two weeks later, they fell (deservedly, it must be said) to a vintage Manchester United, 3-2 at Old Trafford. At the end of the month, they were in second place.

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NFL Week 12 Wrap Up

Andrew Mazza: Grade 8

Week 12
Source: The Buckley Bark

During week twelve in the National Football League (NFL), there was one major match-up most New Yorkers and people from Washington, D.C., were talking about on Sunday and Monday. The Giants played in Washington and were grilled! In the first half, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and his defense allowed 17 points. Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning was thirsty for a comeback, and he abused cornerback Bashaud Breeland and his miss-match with Odell Beckham, Jr. late in the game. Even though he made an amazing one-handed catch, Beckham, Jr. was not able to make a comeback. The final score was 20-14.

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NFL Week 11 Wrap Up

Andrew Mazza: Grade 8

Week 11
Source: The Buckley Bark

During the eleventh week of the National Football League (NFL), some major games occurred. The Carolina Panthers kept a perfect season alive by clutching a game against the Redskins 44-16. Quarterback Cam Newton recorded a personal record of five passing touchdowns, and luckily for the Panthers, an early pick six was nullified after a penalty on the play. The New York Giants and New Orleans Saints had a bye week, so there was no loss for either team. Quarterback Tony Romo came back and improved the Dallas Cowboys’ record to 3-7 with a victory over the Miami Dolphins. To continue with the NFC East theme, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcame the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17. Quarterback Mark Sanchez started the game off really well but unfortunately could not keep the early lead with a few interceptions.

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NFL Week 10 Wrap Up

Andrew Mazza: Grade 8

Week 10
Source: The Buckley Bark

During the tenth week of the National Football League (NFL), many big plays occurred and many awards were presented. First, I would like to congratulate Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins and Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers for receiving the Offensive Player of the Week in their respective leagues. Next, I would like to congratulate Terence Newman from the Minnesota Vikings and Bacarri Rambo from the Buffalo Bills for winning Defensive Player of The Week in their leagues.

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