Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories of the week!
Redemption – NOT met – in Super Bowl 46. The New England Patriots were looking to get back their loss to the New York Giants from the Super Bowl 4 years ago, but fell to the Giants once again on Sunday 21-17. It was dejavu all over again as Giants quarterback Eli Manning took his team on an 88 yard drive within the final minutes that concluded with an Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown. The game ended on a final hail mary heave by Tom Brady, that just missed the finger tips of tight end Rob Gronkowski. Eli Manning was named the game's MVP for the second time. The Giants, who were 7-7 in mid-december now have 4 Super Bowl wins all-time…they are the first Super Bowl winner with a 9-7 regular season record.
Keeping it in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers took home the MVP for the regular season, in a landslide, getting 48 of the 50 votes. Rodgers is the first Packers MVP since a guy named Brett Favre won the award in 1997. Saints Quarterback Drew Brees won Offensive Player of the Year for the second time, after shattering Dan Marino's passing record, while Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs took home Defensive Player of the Year.
Hopefully offering some sobering perspective, some tragic events unfolded in Egypt last week, one player stating "it was like a war" when at least 74 people died and hundreds injured in a malay following a soccer game in Port Said. Fans of the home team Al Masry rushed the field while police and military failed to intervene. In fact the police that stood by had reportedly been told by government officials to not take action against fans since political protests had resulted in deaths with such action back in November. It is the worst soccer violence worldwide since 1996. The state prosecutor of Egypt has ordered an immediate investigation while the Egypt Football Association ordered an indefinite suspension of the League matches.
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