There is this peculiar rivalry between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens. For some reason, we can’t explain why. They aren’t really regional rivals, and they don’t have the kind of big names that have individual rivalries, such as the case in soccer between Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.
Perhaps the history of the Jets and Ravens has been witness to certain situations within games that have irked both sets of fans. Let us rewind the clock to October 2, 2011. The Jets and Ravens made history on that day, if you recall.
On a massive and crucial Sunday Night Football showdown, the game saw witness to a record five return touchdowns. That’s right, five! It started with a move involving Ed Reed and Jameel McClain, a glorious return touchdown. And then it really took off!
That game was a great watch for fans of both teams, and ended up with the Ravens winning 34-17. Perhaps it rubbed the Jets the wrong way, and ever since Jets fans seem to have a sense of annoyance about the Ravens. Ah well, it’s football and it’s normal. Americans have an almost fanatic devotion to their local clubs and players.
Now, it is true that the Ravens and Jets aren’t even near the favorites to clinch the title as far the current season is concerned. However, they promise to serve up some really entertaining games, if history has anything to say. For the fans, this is gonna be one hell of a ride.
And not just the fans. Think of the drama that would ensure for sports betting companies and gamblers! You wouldn’t have a clue how the game will unfold, and you could experience some wild swings as far as your pockets are concerned.
In the Unites States, we love to associate different things together. And two things that will be forever associated with each other are football and music. I mean, the super bowl is a brilliant example of this. For many, the super bowl has become synonymous with opening acts performed by luminaries such as Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
It is really two things that symbolize us as a nation. While football has been America’s most beloved sport all these years, music has been too. Think about it. Over the centuries, how many great musicians have fascinated us and planted themselves into our souls! It started with Blues and Soul masters such as Ray Charles, BB King and Buddy Holly.
We then moved on to rock ‘n roll legends that arrived from British shores and found themselves welcomed wholeheartedly by us Americans. The Beatles, Stones and Led Zeppelin come to mind. For over two decades, their riffs and solos made many a teenager a real man or woman. We also had one of our own in Jimi Hendrix, perhaps the greatest guitarist to have ever lived, and then the late Prince of course.
American then saw the birth of the original pop king and queen, aka Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. How can we forget that one super bowl in 2001 when Britney and Aerosmith rock the stage for centuries to come! It was as if no one could ever top that. It was the purest blend of pop and rock.
And of course, we have the almost spiritual relation between basketball and hip-hop. The Source, one of hip-hop’s premier magazines, talks about this in detail. The Source, of course, well-known by Americans as it was part of the 1995 groundbreaking events that changed the history of Hip-Hop. You know, the day 2Pac left us and this world.
But still, whatever happens within the realm of music, there is always a common need among musicians to associate themselves with and to bring people together through the blend of sports and music. Let us hope that remains so.
Let’s take a looking at the upcoming NFL season. Ever since the Eagles won the last Super Bowl, there has been a keen interest and expectation on who the next unexpected champion would be. As the preseason kicks off, one can only wonder.
Funnily enough, there has been an upsurge in NFL betting since a few states such as Delaware legalized sports betting activities. The Eagles weren’t really expected to win the last one, and their victory shocked many. It would have also made some lucky people really, really wealthy.
So who is the favorite to win the current season? Many state that it will be a four-way battle between the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings. Each of them is predicted to have either a 12-4 or a 11-5 win record for the upcoming season.
A few are indeed tipping the Eagles to pull another upset and retain the title, although retaining the title is way more complicated since the rest of the league would have learnt by now to counter your style of play. Although it is safe to say that the Madden NFL 2018 video game seems to have the Eagles as among their best teams to play with.
Our feeling is that the Patriots will snatch the title from the Eagles. The Patriots have been, for the past few years, the bookies’ favorites to win the season. The bookies are confident in keeping their pick for this season as well, and betting enthusiasts better take note.