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The New Orleans Saints won their very first Super Bowl with a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Miami Florida. At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led 10-0. By half-time the Saints had pulled it back to 10-6. The players and fans then enjoyed a halt-time medley from The Who which consisted of their hit songs: Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Riley, Who Are You, See Me Feel Me and Won’t Get Fooled Again. After the end of the third quarter, the Saints had closed the match to a 17-16 Colts lead. But something must have been in the Saints’ oranges or whatever they have during a break in America, because they scored 15 unanswered points in the last quarter to win the match 31-17 and claim their first American and technically world championship.

After what the city of New Orleans went through in 2005 with what Hurricane Katrina did to it and its people, they deserve to have one of the biggest boosts in the states. My congratulations to the Saints, but the 49ers will be out to take your crown away from you next season.

I would have posted the above last night. However the internet wasn’t working for me. This was actually a blessing in disguise because I can add this extra piece to my Super Bowl summary.

Super Bowl XLIV was watched by at total of 106.5 million Americans. That means that M*A*S*H’s last ever episode, ‘Goodbye, Farewell and Amen’ losses the record for most watched single TV programme. The series finale of in my opinion the greatest television programme ever made, was watched by 105.9 million people when it was first broadcast on 28th February 1983. However, if you take into account the audience share percentage of the pair, M*A*S*H blows the Super Bowl out of the water. ‘Goodbye, Farewell and Amen’ received an audience share of 77%, whereas the Bowl received only 68%. The 42nd (1970) Academy Awards holds this particular record with a 78% audience share.

Incidentally, the records for most watched British TV broadcast for an episode and one-off event are, the EastEnders episode where Den divorces Angie (30.15 million), and the 1966 World Cup final (32.30 million) respectively.

Globally, nobody can really be sure, but it is probably the funeral of Princess Diana, which attracted a global audience of around 2.5 billion people.

NOS Quarterback Drew Brees with the Vince Lombardi Trophy

 

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England will play Wales in Euro 2012 qualifying group G. We will also have to play: Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro. I believe that this is one of the easiest groups that we could get. Our world ranking at the moment is 9. Whereas Switzerland are ranked 18th, Bulgaria 30th, Montenegro 72nd and Wales 76th. The first games will be played in early September and the last in October 2011.

The Logo

Yesterdays Merseyside derby fight/football match saw Liverpool beat Everton 1-0. 😀 Both sides finished with 10 men and we were lucky that none of our players suffered any serious injuries. Dirk Kuyt was knocked to the ground, and big haired Marouane Fellaini decided it would be a good idea to kick the ball at his face from point-blank range, and to follow through with his foot. Fellaini was then taken off injured after our man Sotirios Kyrgiakos took him out. But he was then sent off, despite Fellaini making him need stitches in his foot. Tim Cahill missed a sitter just before the end of the first half that 99 times out of 100 he would put in. In the 55th minute, Kuyt headed in a corner from 3 yards out. You can see the mark Fellaini left on his face in the picture below. In stoppage time, Everton’s Steven Pienaar got what he deserved when he was sent off for a second bookable offence after he sent Steven Gerrard tumbling. He should have gone in the first half after he nearly broken Javier Mascherano’s leg. Fortunately, it was just his shin guard which snapped.

See Kuyt’s bruise by clicking here –> http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8500212.stm

The first game of this year’s six nations was won by reigning champions Ireland. They beat Italy by 29 points to 11 at Croke Park. I watched England vs. Wales on the telly last night and as usual with the six nations, I got slightly carried away. Whenever we scored a try I went mad, and when Wales scored their try to pull it back to just a five point gap, some of the things I was shouting weren’t very PC at all. Both teams weren’t at their best, with numerous kicking, throwing and passing errors. When Wales had a man in the sin-bin, England took full advantage and ran in two converted tires. England triumphed by a 30-17 score line and next play Italy in Rome. PS: France beat Scotland 18-9.

The New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44 tonight in Florida. It is rather fitting that the two best teams in America this season are in the Super Bowl this year, with 13-3 and 14-2 league records respectively. The Colts are looking for their third win, their last was in the 2006/07 season in Florida, so their omens are good. The Saints are by contrast making their maiden Super Bowl appearance. My blog tomorrow will feature the match, and hopefully have some videos of the famed half-time show, this year being put on by The Who.

South Africa are currently on tour in India and loving it. At the close of play on the second day of the first Test, India are 25-0 and chasing South Africa’s huge total of 558-6d. Kallis and Amla put on 340 runs for the third wicket, scoring 173 and 253 not-out respectively.

And finally, Tennis’s wonder mum Kim Clijsters – along with daughter Jada – have been immortalised as Barbie dolls. The unique dolls were unveiled on the opening day of the Nuremberg toy fair, the largest toy fair in the world. The dolls are based on the moment when little Jada walked onto the court after her mum had won last year’s US Open. I can’t see Andy Murray becoming a Ken though.

Kim & Jada Clijsters at the US Open

Kim & Jada as Barbies

Let’s see now…

Mercedes showed off the livery of their new F1 car on a 2009 Brawn. Why did they need to do that? It was going to be silver with some green bits on it. In fact I would have been surprised, alarmed and saddened in that order if they had chosen any other colour than silver. Silver is the national racing colour of Germany after all. Why do you think Ferraris are red, it’s their colour. In fact while I’m on the subject, I get very picky about what colour a car should be, it’s just the way I am.

US F1 have finally named a driver for this year. He is Argentinean Jose Maria Lopez, he is 24 years-old and used to be a test driver at Renault. Argentina hasn’t had a driver in F1 since 2001 when Gaston Mazzacane left the old Prost team. No, I don’t remember him either.

Come and go Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa, 38, has joined the Sauber team after spending the last few years as McLaren’s test driver. So far his best result was second place at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix, the very same race that saw World Champion Jenson Button score his first and only win out of a Brawn car. In fact, 2006 was the last season de la Rosa raced in F1, standing in at McLaren for Juan Pablo Montoya decided he was bored with Formula 1 and went off to race in NASCAR half way through the season.

Finally, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is now the chairman of the Formula 1 Team’s Association (Fota). 🙂

Andy Murray is in to the Semi-Finals of the Australian Open after Rafael Nadal was forced to retire with a right-knee injury in the third set whilst Murray was 6-3 7-6 3-0 up. He is the first brit in 33 years to reach this stage in the Ozzy Open, and will play the Croat Marin Cilic for a place in the final.

In the African Cup of Nations, the scores for the Quarter Finals are as follows,

  • Ghana 1 – 0 Angola
  • Algeria 3 – 2 Ivory Coast (AET)
  • Egypt 3 – 1 Cameroon (AET)
  • Nigeria 0 – 0 Zambia (AET)    Nigeria beat Zambia 5 – 4 after a Penalty Shoot-out.

In the semis, Ghana will play Nigeria, and Algeria will play Egypt.

Super Bowl XLIV will be played out between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams where the best teams in both of the leagues this season, with records of 13-3 and 14-2 respectively.

Away from sport, and the film ‘Avatar’ has surpassed ‘Titanic’ as the highest-grossing film of all time. James Cameron must be rolling in it since he: directed, co-produced and wrote both of them. Due to ‘Avatar’s’ monumental success, Cameron has hinted at the possibilities of their being an ‘Avatar 2’ and an ‘Avatar 3’. Now you couldn’t get that with ‘Titanic’ could you?