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Super Bowl LIII: Patriots vs Rams

In Wake of NFL Post-Season Controversies Public Wants Rule Changes for Pass Interference and OT

Nation also ‘tired’ of seeing Patriots in Super Bowl; thinks legalized gambling can lead to scandal

By an overwhelming margin, the public wants instant replay for judgment calls such as pass interference, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.

Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no and the rest having no opinion or saying they did not know.

Among those who said they followed the sport closely, even more, 89%, said yes, while only 7% said no.

Even among the respondents who said they follow the NFL very closely, 85% said yes, they “think instant replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference.” Among that group of very close followers, however, 13% said “no.”

Regarding overtime possession rules, a majority of respondents polled said that each team should get at least one possession in overtime: 58% said that both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.

The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

“In the NFL’s championship games, referee calls and non-calls made a very big difference,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall. “And in some ways, Kansas City’s offense never getting a chance to take the field in overtime was anticlimactic – never a good thing in the entertainment business, and something the NFL may want to pay attention to along with the overwhelming support for instant replay review for judgment calls such as pass interference.”

Nation ‘Tired’ of Patriots

Perhaps the overtime rules wouldn’t have seemed so unfair if the Kansas City Chiefs hadn’t been playing the New England Patriots, who have made their way to the Super Bowl four out of the past five years.

Nearly half of Americans say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

46% said they were tired of seeing them, with only 25% saying their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rose to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who thought their appearance would make the game more interesting.

Tom Brady

The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him. That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October.

Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.

Bill Belichick

Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”

“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Director Gentile, “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”

Legal Sports Betting

Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal. Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.

What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.

This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/2019/02/02/in-wake-of-nfl-post-season-controversies-public-wants-rule-changes-for-pass-interference-and-ot/

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can befound at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

About the poll:

This poll was conducted by telephone January 28-30 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.

Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com; Rick Gentile (917) 881-9489

Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall

michael.ricciardelli@shu.edu, 908-447-3034

The results:

Last year the Supreme Court ruled that betting on sporting events could be declared legal by individual states. Do you approve of this ruling, disapprove or do you have no opinion?

1 – Approve 38%

2 – Disapprove 16

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 46

Former member of congress and ex-NBA player Tom McMillen said last week that as a result of legalized sports betting “There is a 100% chance that there will be a major gambling scandal at an institution of higher education in the United States.” Do you agree or disagree

with his statement?

1 – Agree 51

2 – Disagree 33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 16

Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by players?

1 – Yes 81

2 – No 15

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 4

Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by referees or umpires?

1 – Yes 79

2 – No 18

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 3

Do you participate in any pools or wagering on the Super Bowl?

1 – Yes 11

2 – No 88

3 – Don’t know 0

(If No skip to Question 7)

Would you watch the game if you weren’t betting on it or participating in a pool?

1 – Yes 79

2 – No 20

3 – Don’t know 2

Have you ever participated in any pools or wagered on the Super Bowl?

1 – Yes 31

3 – No 68

4 – Don’t know 1

Would you be more likely to bet on a sports event if it was legal in your state?

1 – Yes 29

2 – No 68

3 – Don’t know 3

If you placed a bet on a sports event would it make you more likely to watch the broadcast of that event?

1 – Yes 71

2 – No 27

3 – Don’t know 2

Is your opinion of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

1 – Favorable 29

2 – Unfavorable 23

3 – No opinion 48

How about Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, is your opinion favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?

1 – Favorable 20

2 – Unfavorable 21

3 – No opinion 59

This will be the 4th time in the last 5 years that the New England Patriots will appear in the Super Bowl. Does that make them more interesting to see play again or are you tired of seeing

them in the Super Bowl?

1 – More interesting 25

2 – Tired of seeing them 46

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 29

How closely would you say you follow the NFL, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?

1 – Very closely 13

2 – Closely 27

3 – Not closely 30

4 – Not at all 30

5 – Don’t know 0

There was controversy regarding the NFC and AFC Championship Games last week because of calls, or non-calls by the referees. Do you think replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference?

1 – Yes 82

2 – No 10

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9

In the NFL if the team that wins the coin toss for the overtime period elects to receive the ball and then scores a touchdown on the first drive, the game is over. This just happened in the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Chiefs. Do you think both teams should have a chance to possess the ball at least once in the overtime period or should the rule remain as is?

1 – Both teams should possess the ball 58

2 – Leave rule as is 33

3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

Nation ‘Tired’ of Seeing Patriots in Super Bowl

Nearly half of Americas say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.

46% said they were “tired” of seeing them, with only 25% finding their appearance making the game “more interesting.”

Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rises to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who believe their appearance makes the game more interesting.

The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

Tom Brady
The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him.  That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October. 

Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.

Bill Belichick
Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”

“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall.  “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”

Legal Sports Betting
Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal.  Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.

What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.

WEIGHING IN ON RULE CHANGES IN WAKE OF POST-SEASON CONTROVERSIES

Replay for Pass Interference
Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no, a result consistent with those who follow the NFL closely.  

Overtime Possession Rule
And on the question of each team getting at least one possession in overtime, even if the first team scores a touchdown, 58% said both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.

This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/

The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.

New Era Celebrates Red Sox

Today New Era Cap Co., Inc., the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, announces the New Era 2018 World Series Champions Collection, available for fans now. This collection will provide fans with five different styles to celebrate the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.

“For 162 games, the Boston Red Sox have come to the ball park, put on their New Era caps giving it their best day in and day out,” said Tim Shanahan, Director of Baseball at New Era Cap. “We are excited that the Red Sox and their fans will now be able to put on their authentic New Era 2018 World Series Champions caps and celebrate their path to a World Championship season.” 

The New Era 2018 World Series Champions Collection is available in the following styles:

  • 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room 39THIRTY® and 9TWENTY®: The official locker room cap worn by the Red Sox after winning the World Series features a team logo with “2018 World Series Champs” written on the front, a World Series trophy patch on the side and the letters “WS” stitched into the back.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room Knit: This special championship knit features “World Series Champs” stitched across the crown while proudly displaying a team logo patch on the cuff, keeping fans warm as they celebrate this victory.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Parade 9FIFTY®: Featuring the iconic World Series trophy, this snapback will be worn by the Red Sox as they celebrate victory with their fans on the streets of Boston.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Side Patch: Available in multiple silhouettes, this cap features a woven or LiquidChrome® side patch commemorating the 2018 World Series Champion with a Boston Red Sox logo in the front. This cap comes in the following silhouettes:  59FIFTY®, Low Profile 59FIFTY®, 9FIFTY®, 49FORTY®, 39THIRTY®, 9FORTY®, 9TWENTY® and Women’s 9TWENTY®.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Lifestyle Side Patch: New for this year, this cap features a matte World Series Champion LiquidChrome® side patch with either a stitched monochromatic team logo or stitched white team logo. This cap is available 59FIFTY® or 9FIFTY® silhouette.

The New Era 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room Collection is available at www.neweracap.com as well as most sporting good and headwear retailers for a retail price between $28-$40 USD.

Grand Opening of Luxury Retreat in New Hampshire!

New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Welcomes New Luxury Retreat

Pickering House Inn in Wolfeboro Prepares

For August 2018 Grand Opening

Overlooking the picture-postcard village of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee is the Pickering House Inn, which, upon its Aug. 1 grand opening, will be the first luxury inn of its kind in the state’s Lakes Region.  The 10-room retreat will be a New England hot spot for discerning travelers seeking exceptional accommodations and services within two hours from Boston.

The historic building, built in 1813 and for many decades the residence of prominent businessman Daniel Pickering, was close to being torn down when in 2016 Wolfeboro residents Peter and Patty Cooke purchased the property.  The couple – along with a team of local companies and avid supporters – brought the stunning Greek Revival structure back to life.  The new Pickering House will provide up to 20 guests with whimsical, laid-back luxury and an ambiance that lends the feel of a being in a friend’s lavish country home.

Interior designs in the guest rooms and common areas, which include the Gathering Kitchen and The Barn, blend rustic chic with modern elegance.  Patty oversaw every detail of the interior design process, fashioning each space with a different look and feel.  A sample of her keen sense of design is found in the “Wall of Doors,” an à la Alice in Wonderland look that came about when she noticed dozens of old doors being thrown out.  The doors, cut perfectly like a puzzle, now accompany the stairs leading up to guest rooms.

In the Gathering Kitchen guests will enjoy sumptuous homemade breakfasts, afternoon treats and evening nibbles with cocktails and wine.  For early risers, each floor will have a nook where freshly baked goods are available before breakfast. The Barn will host Saturday evening Innkeeper dinners showcasing the Inn’s chef as well as visiting chefs from New England and beyond.  Demonstration cooking classes held in the Gathering Kitchen will also be an activity for “at home chefs” in the making.

The Pickering House is a three-minute walk to downtown Wolfeboro, which is dotted with artisan shops, galleries and seasonal eateries.  Guests may also enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee’s many aquatic activities, including stand up paddle boarding, boat rentals, swimming and canoeing, and excursions to other lakeside towns via a boat ride on the M/V Sophie C., the official – and oldest – floating post-office for the lake’s island residents. Additional activities include nearby hiking, skiing, antiquing, tastings at local spirit companies, and the popular Great Waters Music Festival.

For additional information on the Pickering House Inn, please visit www.pickeringhousewolfeboro.com or call 603-569-6848.

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SAMUEL ADAMS NEW ENGLAND IPA

Samuel Adams Releases Juicy, Hazy New England IPA Nationwide

New England IPA Brings a Hazy Punch of Citrus Juiciness to a Hop-Forward Beer Style

New England’s leading independent craft brewer is paying homage to its roots by proudly celebrating the national release of Samuel Adams New England IPA, a refreshingly juicy and hazy IPA. Previously available only in New England, Sam Adams brewers listened to drinkers’ enthusiasm for the beer, which was the best-selling growler of 2017 at the Boston Brewery, and are responding by rolling it out across the country for craft beer lovers to enjoy.

Developed in Sam Adams’ experimental nanobrewery in Boston, New England IPA is a medium-bodied, unfiltered brew with a slight sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the unique combination of Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, Simcoe and Cascade hops. The hops bring a big fruited pineapple and grapefruit hop character to the beer, and at 35 IBUs, the brew is neither bitter nor harsh on drinkers’ palates. At 6.8% ABV, the unfiltered IPA is a mouth-watering refresher with a smooth, clean finish that leaves drinkers wanting another sip.

Compared to West Coast IPAs, which are known for their prominent hop bitterness and light, dry mouthfeel, New England IPAs generally have a juicy and luscious flavor along with a hazy appearance and are best enjoyed fresh.

 

Jim Koch, Sam Adams Founder & Brewer, on New England IPA:

“New England IPAs originated in our backyard, but there are still plenty of drinkers across the country who haven’t had a chance to try this unique style yet. Our brewers worked for more than a year to develop a brew with a distinctive set of flavor characteristics that involve unusual and novel brewing practices to give our version of a New England IPA its hazy, juicy and smooth character. We can’t wait for drinkers to try it for themselves and see what the haze craze is all about!”

New England IPA Availability:

Previously only available on draft at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery and at select bars and restaurants in the Boston area, New England IPA is now available nationwide on draft. Beginning in April, New England IPA will also be available in four-pack 16 oz. cans for a suggested retail price of $8.99 – $9.99. Prices vary by market.

To find where New England IPA is available near you, visit www.samueladams.com/find-a-sam.

About Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams is a leading independent, American craft brewer that helped to launch the craft beer revolution.  The brewery began in 1984 when Founder and Brewer Jim Koch used a generations-old family recipe to brew beer in his kitchen. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life with hopes drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavor and started sampling the beer in Boston.  He named the flagship brew Samuel Adams Boston Lager in recognition of one of our nation’s founding fathers, a revolutionary man of independent and pioneering spirit.  Today, Samuel Adams is one of world’s most awarded breweries and remains focused on crafting the highest quality beers through innovation and experimentation in the relentless pursuit of better.  Samuel Adams remains dedicated to elevating and growing the American craft beer industry overall, including providing education and support for entrepreneurs and fellow brewers through its philanthropic program, Brewing the American Dream, which helps others pursue their American Dream.  For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

Samuel Adams and Sam Adams are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

*Photo credit: Google Images

QT MELBOURNE × YOGA IN THE SKY

THE ROOFTOP AT QT MELBOURNE PRESENTS

YOGA IN THE SKY WITH BENDER YOGA

QT Hotels & Resorts, the leading designer hotel group in Australia and New Zealand, has announced its first-ever pop-up rooftop yoga series at QT Melbourne this March, in collaboration with the immersive Los Angeles-based yoga brand Bender. Set to launch on March 3rd, QT Melbourne’s two-part “Yoga in the Sky” series will provide a unique and empowering yoga experience set to deep house music on the hotel’s Rooftop at QT, the city’s hottest rooftop bar and lounge.

Overlooking Melbourne’s dramatic cityscape, “Yoga in the Sky” at QT Melbourne will bring together talented local DJs and Bender’s team of elite yoga instructors to create the ultimate urban playground for body and soul. “Bender is about authentic connection, being present, and feeling amazing”, says Australian Bender Director, Monica Yates.

Both beginner and veteran yogis can enjoy the high-energy rhythm of vinyasa yoga, while taking in the spectacular city views. Post-flow, participants will be treated to an array of nutritious refreshments, including a selection of Noah’s juices, Fresh Generation coconuts and the option to enjoy grab-and-go coffee and freshly baked croissants at QT Melbourne’s The Cake Shop or settling in for a leisurely á la carte breakfast at QT Melbourne’s signature restaurant, Pascale Bar & Grill. In celebration of this unique experience, activewear brand Stylerunner will offer a 15% discount for attendees to ensure participants are dressed in style.

Dates: Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time: 8am (70-minute flow class)

Price: AUD$39 (approx. US$31)

To book one of the “Yoga in the Sky” sessions at QT Melbourne, please go to:

www.bendermelbourne.com. For more about QT Hotels & Resorts, please visit: www.qthotelsandresorts.com.

Underdogs to Top Dogs – Super Bowl LII

By Kelsey Welsh

As 50 Cent once said, “hate it or love it, the underdogs on top.”

The Philadelphia Eagles triumphed over the New England Patriots in February 4th in Minneapolis, Minnesota and took home the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time in franchise history.

The Eagles dominated the beginning of the season, with sophomore quarterback, Carson Wentz, throwing 33 touchdown passes in the first 12 games, a new single-season record for the Eagles. However, the team suffered a devastating blow in December when Wentz tore his ACL in a match against the Los Angeles Rams in December. His backup, Nick Foles, was able to lead the team to a win in the fourth quarter of the game, but with 3 games left in the season, the team no longer had its superstar and many lost hope.

Despite being the number 1 seed in the NFC, the Eagles were named the underdogs for the Divisional Round, a title in which they embraced. Players took the field wearing dog masks, inspiring fans to do the same. Cries of “Dilly Dilly” echoed through the stadium as the Eagles beat the Falcons 15-10 and went on to destroy the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship.

In the team’s third Super Bowl appearance, the Eagles faced off against the New England Patriots, which meant that Nick Foles, the Eagles backup who had considered retirement after his 2016 release from the Rams, was taking on one of the greatest NFL players of all time, five-time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady.

No one anticipated an Eagles victory. Well, no one except for the team’s devoted fans.

I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia in southern New Jersey that is only a fifteen minute drive from Lincoln Financial Stadium. I was born into a family of super-fans; I could spell Eagles by the time I was 2-years-old. Throughout my 22 years, I have attended countless Eagles games, most of which ended in my dad’s frustration. Despite the team’s continued poor performance over the years, fans like my dad remained loyal and patient.

My dad, has stuck by the Eagles for all 66 years of his life. At 8-years-old, I attended the Super Bowl in 2005 with my family and watched the Patriots had defeated the Eagles 24-21. Going into Super Bowl LII my dad was cautiously optimistic. I had the privilege of attending the February 4th game with my family. Although the game took place in Minneapolis, over 1,000 miles away from Philadelphia, it looked and sounded as if it were a home game. The stadium was a sea of green. Crowds were chanting “E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!” and singing the Eagles fight song all throughout the game. Sure, we may have a bad rep, but there is a certain camaraderie that comes with being an Eagles fan. The fan base can best be described as a family, a very loud family.

The Eagles were the first on the scoreboard, nabbing a field goal early in the first quarter. The Patriots responded with a field goal of their own, but Philadelphia fired back with a 34-yard pass that resulted in the first touchdown of the game. The lead was maintained for the remainder of the game with the Patriots trailing closely behind. At halftime, the score was 22-12.

Justin Timberlake took the field for his halftime performance that received mixed reviews. The “Filthy” singer danced through the crowd, and transitioned smoothly through his greatest hits. In the days leading up to the game, there were various rumors regarding who would be his guest performer. One controversial speculation hinted that Timberlake was planning to honor the late Minneapolis native, Prince, by using a holographic image of the singer. Prince had expressed during his lifetime that disapproved of holographic tributes to dead celebrities and his family tweeted out that they did not consent to the use of Prince’s image in that manner. Rather than a hologram, Timberlake honored Prince by projecting a video onto a large sheet in a way that was reminiscent to Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl halftime show. The sea of green transformed as the wristbands and finger flashlights given to Super Bowl goers illuminated purple. Following Timberlake’s show, Prince’s family tweeted a thumbs up emoji, signaling their approval.

With the second half underway, the intensity of the game picked up. Players from both teams understood what the victory would mean. For the Patriots, it would mark the continuation of a dynasty. For the Eagles, they would be bringing the win home to a city of devoted fans that have waited decades for the title. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots managed to pull ahead by a single point – 33-32 – with 9 minutes left in the game. Tight End, Zach Ertz, caught a pass at the 6-yard line, took three steps, and dove into the end zone with 2:55 left on the clock. Ertz’s wife, Julie Johnson Ertz, a soccer player on the U.S. Women’s National Team and World Cup champion, was at the game to witness her husband’s game winning play.

I was lucky enough to have met Julie Ertz before the game. She was sitting with a friend in the same section that I was in and had been nice enough to take a photo with me. The pair, who many have been describing as #relationshipgoals, may hold the title for the world’s most athletic couple. With two separate championships under their belts, it is undeniable that they are extremely talented people. Their support for one another has been well documented. A video of Julie’s reaction, as she had been unable to attend the NFC championship due having to play in a game with her own team, to hearing that the Eagles had made the Super Bowl went viral. A subsequent video of Zach tearing up when shown his wife’s reaction surfaced, causing them to be one of America’s favorite duos. 

In the final few seconds of the game, Brady, desperate not to lose his MVP status, threw an impressive Hail Mary pass into the end zone but it was knocked down. The crowd erupted as green and white confetti was shot into the air. The Eagles had managed to pull off one of the greatest upsets of all time.

Foles, who threw for three touchdowns and caught another on Sunday, was awarded MVP. He became the first backup quarterback to win MVP since Brady himself had accepted the honor in 2001.

The celebratory parade is scheduled for this Thursday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show 

2018 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Ramps Up

New sponsors and non-profit partner announced as NAHBS makes its debut in New England February 16th – 18th at the Connecticut Convention Center

 

The North American Handmade Bicycle Sow, the world’s largest show for custom-built bicycles, is gearing up for its 2018 show, taking place in Hartford, CT February 16th– 18th at the Connecticut Convention Center.  The annual 3-day event, which changes venues each year, is being held in New England for the first time in the show’s 14-year history.

 

While NAHBS provides an interactive forum for frame builders and cycling enthusiasts to come together to share new products, ideas, and support, the artistry and craftsman of the builders transcends cycling: anyone who appreciates artisanship and craftsmanship will enjoy the show.  With a robust public attendance anticipated and a vibrant collection of handmade bicycles from a wide array of exhibitors — including international companies hailing from Russia, UK, Italy, Australia, Ireland, and Canada, giving attendees the chance to see brands they might not otherwise ever see — NAHBS 2018 is shaping up to be one for the record books.

 

“New England is such a bike crazy region. We’re elated to finally have the opportunity to bring the show to the area and be a gathering place for New England’s bicycle industry,” says Don Walker, Founder and President of NAHBS. “With the great location, all-star exhibitor line up, and amazing partnerships and events in the works, we think 2018 is going to be one for the record books.”

 

NAHBS just announced Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program as its official charity partner for the upcoming show. With its mission to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling, CCAP provides a variety of amazing opportunities including middle and high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs, youth travel teams, and youth events.

 

“We’re very proud to be working with NAHBS in Hartford and to continue to bring cycling to the forefront in Connecticut,” says David Hoyle, CCAP’s Executive Director. “NAHBS is a special opportunity for cyclists and families across Connecticut to experience the nation’s most beautiful and unique aspects of cycling culture, right here in our state’s capital.”

 

Additional NAHBS show sponsors include Boyd CyclingCampagnoloColumbusFull Speed AheadEnigma Bicycle WorksHED CyclingPedro’sShimano, and Titanium Joe.

 

Exhibitor booth space is nearing capacity, although space is still available. Exhibitor application details can be found hereNAHBS is open to the public and attendees can purchase tickets in advance by visiting this link.

 

About the North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Established in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the largest and oldest handbuilt bicycle show in the world. NAHBS is a space for the sharing of ideas and innovation, promoting custom bicycles, and the companies that support the market. NAHBS keeps itself fresh by traveling to a different city each year, and over 175 vendors make the trip for the annual show. For more information, please visit http://www.nahbs.com. Connect with NAHBS socially on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.