Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII: 49ers V/S Ravens - It's Almost 'Party' Time


Well it's Super Bowl Sunday again. The biggest sports game of the year. With thousands of Super Bowl parties kicking off across the country, folks are getting ready to get their party on.

With Alicia Keys singing the national anthem, Beyonce performing at half-time and new super bowl commercials making their anticipated debut, the main event [the game], should be just as entertaining.

So it all begins in a few hours... the 49ers and the Ravens go head to head in a battle to see who is the NFL's best.

Via Huffington Post:
NEW ORLEANS -- The journey to this Super Bowl wound through bounties and replacement refs, eventually bringing the big game back to the Big Easy – with a replacement quarterback, a sibling rivalry and a grand exit for one of the NFL's greatest players, clouded by the obscure healing powers of deer-antler spray.

It is a Super Bowl of comebacks, of firsts and lasts, and – if San Francisco wins – the best. A win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday gives the 49ers six championships, matching Pittsburgh's titles in the Super Bowl era.

Unlike the Steelers, the Niners have never lost one. Of course, they haven't won one in 18 years, either. "There's a tradition with the San Francisco 49ers, but I think these guys are paving their own way," said Hall of Fame receiver and three-time champion Jerry Rice. "They're playing with a lot of swagger." Or as owner Denise DeBartolo York said, "We've come full circle and the dynasty will prevail." New Orleans has come full circle, too.

Ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, losing a quarter of its population, abandoned by the Saints for an entire season, the city couldn't imagine hosting another Super Bowl. But as New Orleans recovered and rebuilt, it envisioned staging what Patriots owner Robert Kraft calls "the pre-eminent sporting event."

The NFL agreed it was time to return. And even if Commissioner Roger Goodell is despised here after slapping the Saints with suspensions and fines in the bounty scandal, the vibes from the French Quarter and Warehouse District this week have been supportive, even uplifting. "It's also terrific for us to be back here in New Orleans," Goodell said, joking about voodoo dolls in his likeness. "Our 10th Super Bowl here, the first since Katrina, and it's clear this city is back bigger and better than ever."