Endurance is a word that is highly respected as a trait in New Zealand.
Merriam-Webster online defines endurance as being:
1. permanence, duration. the endurance of the play’s importance.
From NFL sporting history of cool quotes here’s several things Eli had to say. Check out a blog post I did about it once. (more…)
Rugby’s Richard Kahui of The Chiefs and Aussie girl, Amy Rhodes are the most searched for South Pacific names on the website today.
Rachel Glucina wrote in The Diary: “Waikato Chiefs heart-throb Richard Kahui, 27, has proposed to his longtime Australian girlfriend, Amy Rhodes, breaking collective female hearts around the country. The All Blacks centre, who is out this season with a shoulder injury, popped the question to Rhodes, a teacher, last week.
Kahui’s agent, Kent Hale, confirmed the marriage news, but said Kahui would not comment and is fiercely private about his personal life. Rhodes, who moved from Sydney’s Coogee to Hamilton to live with Kahui, has changed her relationship status on Facebook to, “engaged [to] Richard Kahui”. Blimey! Memo to Kent: Amy may need security asap. :)
[Photo - New York Giants & The Beach Life - RKBS]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.9.12~
Eli Manning news is a request of the pack today. Sports journalists in the USA, have the latest at BR.
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Brian Brownstein of the Sydney Morning Herald gives the break down in the form of guest commentary of Eli Manning‘s triumphant win over Tom Brady‘s team. Read bottom up to get the full picture of this mammoth live blog effort. Incidentally it costs $3.5 million for a 30 second ad in Super Bowl prime time.
The New York Giants have beaten the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. This is how all the drama unfolded. All times are AEDT.
2.30pm: MVP Manning has summed up the drama perfectly.
“It’s been a wild game, a wild season,” he said.
2.15pm: Giants coach Tom Coughlin is revelling in another Super Bowl triumph. That’s two for him now with the New York side.
“To have a finish like that, that goes down in history, that’s a marvelous feeling,” he said.
Giants star David Baas coudn’t contain his excitement.
“This is the American Dream,” he told SEN.
“This is about winning with your family…” he said of coach Tom Coughlin.
“I’ll play for him seven times a week and twice on Sunday.”
2.10pm: Manning is the MVP. He threw for 296 yards and one touchdown. As for Brady, he threw for 276 yards and two touchdwons, but was intercepted once.
2.00pm: Manning is being hailed the hero for the Giants. He was typically nerveless in that fourth quarter. And that pass to Mario Mannigham will go down in folklore.
1.56pm: The Patriots have now lost four Super Bowls.
1.53pm: It’s all over. GIANTS WIN. Brady launched a bomb into the end zone but it was incomplete. Giants 21 Patriots 17
1.51pm: Brady nails two incredible passes. Five seconds left. Patriots have 52 yards to go
1.49pm: Brady is sacked on third down and 10. Patriots have no time outs left, so if they don’t complete this pass (fourth down and 16) it’s all over.
1.44pm: TOUCHDOWN! The Giants remarkably tried not to score to run down the clock, but Ahmad Bradshaw was left with a huge hole to run through (left open on purpose by the Patriots) and went over. He tried to stop himself on the one-yard line but couldn’t. Tom Brady has 57 seconds to get 80 yards to rescue New England. Giants 21 Patriots 17
1.40pm: The Giants are second down and goal with 64 seconds remaining. Time out called.
1.38pm: The Giants are nearing the end zone. They have gone 70 yards in five plays.
1.33pm: Manning throws a 38-yard pass, the longest of the match. Amazing catch by Mario Manningham. The referee reviews the call and it’s good. The Giants are on the march.
1.30pm: Brady is unsuccessful on this drive and New England punt after a 48-yard drive. It’s back with the Giants. Giants 15 Patriots 17
1.25pm: Tom Brady will be hoping to put a winning margin between his Patriots team and the Giants in this drive. The spotlight is on him, but he’s certainly used to being the centre of attention. After all, he is married to Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bundchen.
The power couple aren’t short of a few bob and they’ve recently bought a $20m house in Brentwood, LA.
And it’s not only Bundchen that appears in front of the camera for money. Brady himself does a bit of modelling. Bundchen is so desperate for her husband to win today that she emailed her friends asking them to pray for him. Unfortunately for her, the New York Post got hold of it, and published it.
1.18pm: Manning throws and it’s incomplete. Giants forced to punt and the Patriots have it on their own eight-yard line. Giants 15 Patriots 17.
1.15pm: Manning calls another time out. The Giants now only have one left.
1.07pm: If the game does go to overtime the NFL’s rule - allowing both teams to have the ball if the first possession results in a field goal – will come into play.
1.03pm: INTERCEPTION! Chase Blackburn catches a Brady length-of-the-field bomb and the Giants have the ball. No Super Bowl has ever gone to overtime. Could this be the first?
1.00pm: Patriots coach Bill Belichick stands on the verge of a fourth Super Bowl win as a head coach, which would put him level with legendary former Steelers coach Chuck Noll.
He looks tetchy on the sidelines though. I hope no one gets in his way, like this photographer did.
12.55pm: Rob Ninkovich sacks Manning on third down, the third time the Giants’ quarterback has been sacked in the match.
The Giants have been forced to settle for a field goal. Giants 15 Patriots 17. That’s the end of the third quarter.
12.48pm: The Giants defence does its job and the Patriots are forced to punt from near their end zone. The New Yorkers are now in great field position on New England’s 48-yard line. Five minutes 36 seconds remain in the quarter.
12.43pm: Another break in play and some more adverts.
Elton John appears in a Pepsi commercial as a bored king. It’s not my favourite (I wonder if MAdonna will have anything to say about Elton), but Melanie Amaro, the first X-Factor winner, has an incredible voice.
12.40pm: If you want to watch Madonna’s half-time show again, check it out here.
12.38pm: Field goal for the Giants is good. Giants 12 Patriots 17. Six minutes 43 seconds left in the thrid quarter.
12.32pm: Brady is showing why he is regarded as one of the best ever quarterbacks. He controlled that drive brilliantly.
He’s a strong guy, but when he joined the Patriots he was nothing of the sort. Check out this picture taken in 2000, just before the Patriots drafted him. He was pretty scrawny.
12.29pm: TOUCHDOWN! Patriots score with their first drive of the second half. Brady picks out Aaron Hernandez and they are over. Gostkowski slots the field goal and it’s Giants 9 Patriots 17.
12.22pm: And the second half is under way. Giants 9 Patriots 10.
12.17pm: It’ll be interesting to see how the critics review Madonna’s performance. For me, Michael Jackson showed how it should be done in 1993.
12.14pm: Madonna certainly didn’t hold back with her outfit.
12.04pm: Madonna opened with Vogue and is now singing Music.
11.54am: It’ll be half-time entertainment soon, with Madonna taking centre stage. The Material Girl will be up there for 12 minutes and will give renditions of three old songs [still unknown] and her new track, Give Me All Your Luvin, which she’ll perform alongside Nicky Minaj and MIA.
The 53-year-old follows in the footsteps of the Black Eyed Peas …
11.50am: It’s half-time. Giants 9 – Patriots 10. The New York outfit dominated most of the half, but an amazing 14-play drive by the Patriots saw them steal the lead in the last minute of the second quarter. The rest of the game promises to be a nailbiter.
11.47am: TOUCHDOWN! Brady picks out Danny Woodhead. It was a 96-yard drive – the joint longest in Super Bowl history.
11.44am: Another break and another advert. David Beckham‘s piece for H&M is dominating the Twitter verse.
11.39am: Not everyone is enjoying the game. (Non-American) footballer Wayne Rooney has this to say. “Watching American football, is like watching paint dry.”
11.34am: Finally, Brady gets his arm going, finding Mr Reliable Rob Gronkowski with a 20-yard pass. Grondowski has caught 17 touchdown passes this season – the most ever by a tight end. The Patriots are making good progress up the field.
11.27am: Tom Brady will not be happy with the way the game is going. And he’s not shy of showing how he feels when things are against him. Check out this tantrum …
11.25am: Cruel blow for New York’s Travis Beckum, who has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for a long time. It’s Giants 9 Patriots 3 with 6 minutes 30 left in the half.
11.15am: The Giants have won the past two meetings between the sides, including a 24-20 victory in week nine. Andy Benoit of The New York Times explains why the New York outfit won that clash.
11.12am: The Giants are certainly in control. The Patriots will have to tighten up, with New England in danger of being exposed by Manning’s deep passing game.
11:05am: Make that Giants 9 Patriots 3 as Gostkowski gets the Patriots on the board with a 29-yard field goal.
11.00am: SCORE UPDATE: Giants 9 Patriots 0
10.55am: Brady will now get the chance to redeem himself for his earlier error, but not before another advert break.
An advert costs an unbelievable $US3.5 million for 30 seconds.
And this year advertisers have broken with tradition with more than half of the 50 or so ads that are running today available for viewing before the actual match.
10.51am: TOUCHDOWN! Manning picks out Victor Cruz and the Giants are over. Lawrence Tynes adds the extra point and the Giants lead 9-0.
10.50am: Things go from bad to worse from the Patriots as they are penalised five yards for having 12 men on the pitch. Second down and goal for the Giants.
10.48am: It’s the Giants’ 18th play of the game to the Patriots’ one. New York are on New England’s 11-yard line.
10.45am: The atmosphere sounds incredible in the 63,000 capacity stadium in Indianapolis. Although the fans may not want to eat there after this was revealed in 2009.
10.40am: Brady’s first pass is incomplete, but a penalty is called against New England for intentional grounding. It’s a SAFETY and the Giants are 2-0 up.
10.35am: Manning had made a solid start, but was then sacked twice in three plays. The Giants punt and the Patriots will start their drive on their own six-yard line.
10.31am: Manning gets first chance with ball in hand. In the last five games he has thrown 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
And the great thing about Manning is he never seems to lose his head. This season he has thrown an NFL record 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes.
10.30am: Stephen Gostkowski kicks off Super Bowl XLVI. It’s collected at the one yard line and returned to the 23-yard line.
10.28am: Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls. Check out these highlights (including an amazing pass from the floor at about 1.50 into the video), which show why he’s so highly regarded.
San Francisco 49ers’ legend Joe Montana and Pittsburgh Steeler Terry Bradshaw are the only quarterbacks to have won four. Judging by these clips, Brady will be in illustrious company if his team wins today.
10.24am: It’s the coin toss at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The Patriots have won it and will kick-off.
10.20am: Kelly Clarkson has just sung the national anthem and the crowd seemed to like it. Well, it couldn’t have been worse than Christina Aguilera, who was pitchy and botched the words.
~Reposted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.12~
[photograph - Eli Manning by Doug Mills of the New York Times].
Sam Borden writes from Indianapolis for the New York Times painting a picture of Eli Manning‘s long road of endurance under pressure, before making the Super Bowl final for the New York Giants. Writes Sam:
“INDIANAPOLIS — When Eli Manning was about 3 years old, he tumbled down the stairs of the Manning family house. His older brothers, Cooper and Peyton, watched as little Eli went head over heels and ended up at their feet.
Cooper recalls, “Eli just sort of got up, looked around for a minute and ran off to play. He didn’t cry at all. It was,” he said, “without a doubt the toughest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Until recently that word — tough — was not often associated with the older Eli Manning, the one who is the Giants quarterback. Running backs were tough. Linemen were tough. Big, burly quarterbacks who hobbled around on damaged ankles like Ben Roethlisberger were tough. Manning was not. Or so, at least, it seemed.
Yet, as the Giants weaved through this inconsistent season of failure and well-timed flourishing, Manning displayed a personal grit that most Giants fans had not necessarily seen before, replaced by a steely determination from Manning that carried the Giants to this lofty perch: set to face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Manning’s performance against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago in the N.F.C. championship game was the most recent example, and maybe the most emblematic. (more…)
The Hollywood Reporter does a twitter round up to see what American celebrities will be doing to get into the Super Bowl madness occurring in the US right now. In an article titled Celebrity Super Bowl Smack Down here’s the angles:
Super Bowl XLVI – New York Giants fan 50 Cent made a bet with a Twitter follower that he will post a NSFW picture of himself if his team loses.–Ew!
Harvey Weinstein has been hosting Giants ‘game-viewing parties’ in St Barts, earlier this year.–Better!
Steven Tyler, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are all native New Yorkers living in Hollywood. Big Giants fans.
Super Bowl is always fun to watch in Hollywood. Usually at a local restaurant with one’s hood peeps, is how it’s done in Hollywood for fans of Super Bowl.
Actually, It’s completely strange for me to not be in the US to watch it this year. Oh … well.
The Giants are co-owned by Hollywood Producer Steve Tisch.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.2.12~
Gisele Bundchen sends friends and family an email Tim Tebow styles, asking them to pray for Tom Brady before the Super Bowl. New York does not seem to get Gisele’s modelesque Tebow humorous nod, if you’re going by the tabloids from The Big Apple.
The Amazonian supermodel emailed: “Dear sweet friends and family. This Sunday will be a really important day in my husband’s life.”
“I feel Tommy really needs our prayer, our support and love at this time.”
“He and his team worked so hard to get to this point and now they need us more than ever to send them positive energy so they can fulfill their dream.”
“So I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he feels confident, healthy and strong before this Super Bowl. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this Sunday.”
The Hollywood Gossip wrote: [Puh-leaze!]… Does Melinda Gates pray for Bill‘s continued affluence?
Brady is set to be under a lot of pressure from the Giants and Eli Manning and Victor Cruz.
Despite what Giants fans are writing in the NY rags, I thought Gisele was cute, playing a new version of “American football wifey.” Too funny.
New. New. New at Indianapolis this big Super Bowl weekend. I wonder if New Hampshire will turn up in full force too.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.2.12~
You decide. Watch clip. I thought he rocked!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.1.12~
[Photo caption - Lawrence Tynes (9) celebrates his game-winning field goal that sent the Giants to the Super Bowl].
Manning directed one short, final drive and Lawrence Tynes kicked a game-winning 31-yard field goal in sudden death overtime, sending the New York Giants to the Super Bowl with a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game Sunday night.”
Wall Street Journal via The AP reported earlier, “49ers cornerback Tarell Brown has been helped off the field in the NFC championship game after a hard collision with teammate and safety Dashon Goldson.
Both defenders were attempting to make a play — even a possible interception — on a pass by Giants quarterback Eli Manning with 1 minute left in the third quarter Sunday when Goldson raced up from his position and hit Brown in the helmet area and sent him to the ground.
Brown was down for several minutes, with coach Jim Harbaugh on his knees checking on the player, and a stretcher was brought to the field before Brown got up and instead limped off with assistance. He was moving and talking immediately after the play.”
What a showdown! A rough football game and right down to the wire for a Giants win.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.1.12~
“And the two quarterbacks whom nobody could hang with, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, now have all off-season to hang with each other, because the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are out of the playoffs.
In San Francisco, 49ers faithful are sounding like Saints fans, still wondering, “Whodat dat threw dat?”
That was Alex Smith, the quarterback nearly cast aside by the organization, who Saturday threw one of the greatest touchdown passes in franchise history — a 14-yard strike to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left to upset New Orleans, 36-32.”
Altogether, a smashingly good flex of football fortitude and familiar delivery of honed skill from Smith – when most needed. Read on.
[Photo caption -49ers quarterback Alex Smith finds running room down the sideline on a 28-yard touchdown dash against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter Saturday at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Photo - Jed Jacobsohn for Getty Images, January 14, 2012)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.1.12~
Superbowl 2012 – Indianapolis Update: Jan 1, 2012 – After 17 weeks the 32 teams that were in the running to play in Super XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium have been paired down by NFL to 12 teams. It’s now known who will play who (and when) during NFL Wild Card Weekend:
Saturday, Jan. 7
AFC: No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at No. 3 Houston Texans (10-6), 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
NFC: No. 6 Detroit Lions (10-6) at No. 3 New Orleans Saints (13-3), 8 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 8
NFC: No. 5 Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at New York Giants (9-7), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
AFC: No. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) at No. 4 Denver Broncos (8-8), 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Indiana SBNation.Com writes: “[Above] is the schedule for the wild card weekend. New England and Green bay earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs, while San Francisco and Baltimore each earned first round byes. As the No. 1 seeds, New England and Green Bay will play the lowest remaining seed in their conferences after the wild card round. Green Bay’s game will be played on the Sunday of divisional weekend along with Baltimore’s, while New England and San Francisco will play on the Saturday of divisional weekend.”
In addition to wild-card games, the NFL also released the schedule for divisional games:
Saturday, Jan. 14
NFC: Highest remaining NFC seed at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3), 4:30 p.m, ET (FOX)
AFC: Lowest remaining AFC seed at No. 1 New England Patriots (13-3), 8 p.m. ET (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 15
AFC: Highest remaining AFC seed at No. 2 Baltimore Ravens (12-4), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
NFC: Lowest remaining NFC seed at No. 1 Green Bay Packers (15-1), 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.1.12~
Lamar Odom was disturbed that he was part of the voided Chris Paul trade and did not practice the first two days of Lakers training camp. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. (Photo – Allen J. Schaben for Los Angeles Times).
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
8. Amy Rhodes
New Zealand News
Asia-Pacific News – The Wall Street Journals Take
- Asia in Pictures A lantern-art festival in China, prisoners freed by royal pardons in Thailand, a Google groundbreaking in Hong Kong and more.
For Giants’ Cruz, a Victory Dance Already – Over 13 wild weeks, Victor Cruz, who went undrafted in 2010, has made a habit of big plays at big moments — and salsa danced his way into the hearts of Giants fans.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.12.11~
The Los Angeles Times Sports Blog reports today, “Frank Gore’s latest injury may not be that big of a deal for the San Francisco 49ers. First of all, it doesn’t look to be that serious. Plus, the 49ers really didn’t need their most productive player of the first half of the season during a big victory over one of the top teams in the NFC on Sunday.
Gore, who rushed for 782 yards and five touchdowns on 159 attempts during the first eight games of the season, had six carries for a net gain of zero yards against the New York Giants before leaving the game with a knee injury late in the second quarter.
The two-time Pro Bowler actually started jogging onto the field to start the second half but was called back by running backs coach Tom Rathman.
After the game, Gore said his injury wasn’t serious and Coach Jim Harbaugh was confident Gore would be able to take part in next week’s game against Arizona.
“I felt like I could have played,” Gore said.
It wasn’t necessary. Running back Kendall Hunter ran for a 27-yard touchdown and quarterback Alex Smith completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis (as well as a two-point conversion to Michael Crabtree) in the fourth quarter for a 27-20 victory.”
For more, go here.
Words – Chuck Schilkin & AP reporters. Photo caption – Photo: Frank Gore is stopped Sunday by New York Giants’ Kenny Phillips, left, Jason Pierre-Paul and Greg Jones. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez for Associated Press.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.11.11~