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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? I said are you ready for some FOOTBALL? You must be living under a rock if you aren’t ready for Super Bowl 50. Its Super Bowl weekend folks and you’re probably asking yourself, ailment who, sovaldi sale what, search where, when and why. Don’t worry we have you covered (Sorry, Bears fans; maybe next year).

First check out this INCREDIBLE video trailer that the NFL produced to get you excited about this Sunday’s game. It literally gave me chills!

Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos (Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST on CBS) could be one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in recent history. There are tons of storylines, super star quarterbacks, and more to absorb before Sunday’s kickoff. We breakdown a few that you should know, or pretend to know at your overindulgent Super Bowl party.

Here we go!

The Match Up:

The Panthers-Broncos matchup marks the second time in Super Bowl history that the No. 1 scoring offense will play the No. 1 scoring defense. You might remember this from two years ago, the Broncos had the top scoring offense and the Seahawks had the top scoring defense. We all know that didn’t favor or help the Broncos in that game.

Cam vs. Peyton:

These two quarterbacks could not be more different, and many media outlets have been pushing this as a major storyline. So if you take away anything from this post, it’s Cam vs. Peyton. Let’s break it down.

First there is Peyton Manning. At 39 years young, he is a legend hands down. He is an amazing pocket passer, even though he isnt very mobile he can still make the big play. Manning is the classic NFL quarterback of the past; he is beyond gracious and VERY marketable.

Next up the young bun Cam Newton at 26, he can crush your team with both passing and running. He is known for his “dabbing” in the end zone, giving away footballs to young children, and his off the wall style; the exact opposite of Manning.

Many are reporting that Manning has told his inner circle that Super Bowl 50 will be his final game. Newton’s NFL ride is just launching.  If the Panthers win on Sunday this would make Newton the first quarterback in history to win and Super Bowl, a college championship and the Heisman Trophy. Many predict Newton is a shoe in for the NFL MVP as well; no other quarterback has won all four of those as well.

The media is only adding more fuel to the comparison and contrasting of these two QB’s, expect tons more stories to come out on these two before kickoff on Sunday.

The Broncos:

  • Denver’s defense has two big beasts in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware they are ruthless rushers who will be vital in containing Cam Newton and his running ability. Look out for Denver’s defensive mastermind Wade Phillips, he may be old school, but he isnt clueless.
  • Receiver Demaryius Thomas is another key for the Broncos to pull off the upset (Vegas has the Panthers as six point favorites). If he can help get some of the pressure off Manning the Broncos have an excellent shot.
  • A win would make Manning the oldest winning quarterback in Super Bowl history, but the legendary signal-caller is showing his age in a major way. Manning will be tasked more with managing the game then putting the team on his shoulders and winning it all by himself.

The Panthers:

  • Carolina has jumped out to HUGE leads in both of their playoff games. They led Seattle by 31 points at halftime, and led Arizona by 17 points at halftime of the NFC Championship. I don’t think that Denver will dig itself a whole that deep. The Panthers however, want to continue that trend.
  • Carolina’s offense is the best in the NFL and soaring, its defense resembles the walking wounded. Cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Bene Benwikere are out with season-ending injuries, other key players are doubtful for Super Bowl 50 or their injuries have slowed them down, BIG TIME. However these two names need to be in your arsenal on Sunday, linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Josh Norman, they are the Panthers best on defense and will have an immediate impact on the outcome of this game.
  • Newton is assumed to be named league MVP, however he is not the only reason that Carolina is the NFL’s top scoring offense. Ted Ginn Jr. caught 10 regular-season touchdowns, Jonathan Stewart is a bulldozer on the running game, and Greg Olsen has been LIGHT OUT at the tight end position. The Panthers averaged 31.3 points per game this season, but Denver’s tough defense will knock that average down a few notches on Sunday.

The Bottom Line:

Manning is a legend, but this is now Cam Newton’s league and his coming out party will be Sunday. Denver’s defense will be tough, but Newton will rise to the occasion. Panthers 24- Broncos 21

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The rumors are true my friends, pharm six weeks ago my future husband and I relocated to Charlotte, NC, and I am now required to love all things Charlotte, including the Panthers. How can this be?! I bleed the Blue and Orange, I love Black and Blue football, I can’t lose my identify and cheer for an NFC South team?! Is that even respectable division?! The answer is… Oh hell to the yes; it houses the best team in the NFL the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers destroyed the Atlanta Falcons last week 38-0, and they are a lucky 13-0 on the season, and secured a first round bye. You are probably wondering why the hell you should care about the Panthers. Well if Sunday’s crushing Bears (5-8) loss dashed your hopes of the playoffs its ok to get on another bandwagon, especially one that has many familiar former Bear faces.

First let’s start with the Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. Riverboat Ron as he is called down here in the South should sound familiar. Rivera was one of the key factors in the Bears 1985 Super Bowl Championship team, and Rivera was the Bears defensive coordinator for the 2004- 2006 Bears teams. I am not sure if you remember those defenses but they were top five in the league each season. Not sure, how he slipped through our hands.

With injuries depleting their pass rush, the Panthers acquired some much-needed aid early this season. The Bears traded away pass rusher Jared Allen to them, for a sixth round 2016 draft pick. Not a lot eh? You are right. Allen never found his groove in Chicago.  However, I don’t think the Bears really set him up for success.

Charles “Peanut” Tillman, this one stings, the Bears drafted Tillman in the second round of the 2003 draft; he played twelve seasons with the Bears. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and was the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013. Peanut was/is beloved by everyone in Chicago. His cover skills and ability to force fumbles is something the Bears are lacking this year. The Bears decided not to sign Peanut this past off-season and the Panthers took a chance on him. Even though Peanut hasn’t had a fantastic year, you can see how his leadership and experience has ignited this young Panthers team. Let’s face it we ALL miss the PEANUT PUNCH!

Greg Olsen is still a Bears trade that pisses me off. I can say that because it is true. We gave up on him, and it hurts my heart. The Bears drafted Olsen in the first round of the 2007 draft. The years Olsen spent with the Bears are when the offensive coordinator job had a revolving door at Halas Hall. How can one succeed, with a pile of crap that they are handed?  I really loved the Cutler/Olsen combination in 2009 and beyond. Let’s face it quality tight-ends are hard to find, and we had a beast. However, then in 2011 we traded him away to Carolina for a third round pick in the 2012 draft. Every year since his trade Olsen has gotten better and this season is Cam Newton’s number one target. He has set Panthers records for career receiving years and receptions for a tight end. One additional note, is that Olsen and his wide Kara stated The Greg Olsen Foundation in 2009, which helps fund cancer research.  Greg’s mother is a cancer survivor and is the inspiration for his foundation.

One of his fundraising events includes Kicks for a Cure Kickball Tournament, the world’s largest charity kickball tournament. The large scale event is held annually each summer in Chicago’s Grant Park and hosts over 1,000 people. Kickball teams compete and have fun in an effort to raise money for cancer research. If you haven’t attended this event I HIGHLY recommend it, it is a blast and raises money for an amazing cause.

One Panther that wasn’t a Bear (we can only dream), but we can’t talk Panthers without mentioning him is Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. I have had the pleasure of watching Newton grow in this league and this year I love him even more. He is, in my mind a “done deal” for NFL MVP, he continues to get better every game. You might not like his Dab Swagger, but the guy can play and continues to throw up monster numbers week after week.

Even though the Bears season is shat to hell.. this is a bandwagon you shouldn’t feel guilty jumping on especially if you refer to them as Bears 2.0. Up next for the Panthers are the New York Giants on Sunday at noon, can they make it 14-0?! #BearDown #KeepPounding

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