Super Bowl XLIV will officially start on February 7, 2010. The show will also be aired live via CBS. And because of the event's popularity, it has always been considered almost as a national holiday in the US. Fans fondly call the event the Super Bowl Sunday. It is also the day when most families are out enjoying the food and the activities in and around the area. The NFL championship is almost as popular as Thanksgiving Day.
More than the championship itself, the half time shows during the Super Bowl games are highly anticipated as well. Many big stars have graced the game through their intermissions numbers during half-time. Among them are Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paula Abdul, Madonna, and Tom Petty. For 2010, there are negotiations that Bon Jovi will do the half-time show. However, Bruce Springsteen and his band had initially aired their willingness to do the half-time show so it is most likely that they will end up as the next Super Bowl half-time performers.
Being one of the biggest events in 2010, Super Bowl XLIV will definitely make Florida a very busy state with all the tourists and the fans traveling to the place just to watch their favorite game live. As the designated hosts, the Tampa Bay area has signaled an 'all systems go' alert for the event. Even the highways and the transportations are ready to take both the locals and the tourists to the stadium. The hotels and inns are all geared up for the event as well. The restaurants have their menu all straightened out as early as now to feed the multitudes of hungry fans who are ready to join in the fun.
The Landshark Stadium has a seating capacity of more than 65,000 and it can hold as much as 75,000 people if needed. The stadium has the best amenities too, with the 195 luxury suites being the best seats in the house. Watch your favorite game in a private room complete with restroom, bar, television screens, retractable windows, and air conditioning systems.
If you intend to watch the NFL 2010 championships live, you better secure your tickets and parking this early. With the number of people all ready to enjoy the big event along with their families, it could be hard to get last chance tickets along the way. Right now, the tickets for Super Bowl XLIV can easily be ordered online and then delivered to your home or be scheduled for pick up. As the event nears, the prices and the availability of these tickets could change greatly.
The month of July means a lot of things: Independence Day, barbecues, warm weather, and baseball. For some people, it also means preparing for their NFL fantasy drafts. After playing fantasy football for a few years, some may think that the drafts feel similar, with names like Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, and Tom Brady always near the top.
However, the league also has impact rookies every year. Noticing these players and having the foresight to draft them in the right places can often be the difference between ultimate success and failure. Here are some of the draft's biggest potential impact players among this year's rookie class.
Ryan Matthews, Running Back, San Diego Chargers: Simply put, Matthews is the right guy in the right system at the right time. After letting LaDainian Tomlinson go in free agency, the Chargers knew they needed to draft a running back because Darren Sproles is a third down specialist and likely not capable of being a feature back. Matthews was their choice to assume that role and head coach Norv Turner has big expectations, saying people can count on Matthews getting at least 250 carries and 40 receptions this upcoming year. He is uniquely talented to fit this role with a great combination of size and speed. Matthews is even more of a sure bet because he'll be playing on a great team that doesn't need to rely on him. Phillip Rivers has become an elite NFL quarterback and defenses won't be able to focus entirely on the running game. It would be a surprise if Matthews doesn't rush for at least 1,000 yards.
Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys: Getting the draft's best receiver with the 24th pick was a virtual steal for the Cowboys. Although the team was already skilled at receiver, Bryant has tremendous potential. At 6'2" and 220 pounds, he brings a formidable combination of size and speed. Battling with Roy Williams for the starting spot opposite Miles Austin, it won't really matter in the end if Bryant starts right away. He will get plenty of playing time and with Tony Romo maturing, big numbers could be in the forecast for Bryant.
Jahvid Best, Running Back, Detroit Lions: Best brings his electrifying running skills to a rebuilding Detroit team with other explosive young offensive options. He is in a great position to succeed because the presence of standout wide receiver Calvin Johnson will prevent teams from putting too many men in the box. Best should make an impact in the receiving and return game also.
Toby Gerhart, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings: Fantasy owners may shy away from Gerhart due to the presence of Adrian Peterson on the Vikings roster. However, this would be foolish because the NFL is continuing to trend towards a two-back model. Even last year, Chester Taylor got many carries in Minnesota as Peterson's backup. Gerhart wowed the college football world with his prodigious production at Stanford last year and it's a safe bet to assume he'll take advantage of his chances in Minnesota. His physical running style should lead to many red-zone carries and touchdowns, giving him even more value.
Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks: By the end of the season, Tate's time in the NFL should be known for more than one ill-fated late-night doughnut excursion. He will be arriving on a team with no clear-cut number one wide receiver and a coach who believes that no spots are guaranteed. Tate has already surprised throughout spring and summer and jerseys online may become the game-breaking receiver sought by the Seahawks. He is extra valuable because of his potential impact as a punt returner.
Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Carolina Panthers: Clausen's placement here is contingent upon him winning the starting job. However, after being bypassed in the first round of the NFL Draft, this may have been the best franchise for Clausen to wind up with and have a chance at starting right away. He has a legitimate shot at beating out Matt Moore and perhaps just as importantly, has the personnel in place to ease his transition into the NFL. The Panthers have always been a run-first team and may have the NFL's best running back tandem in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Clausen won't have to throw the ball too much and when he does, he'll have standout wide receiver Steve Smith as a target. Clausen showed tremendous poise and ability at Notre Dame last year and there's no reason to think his production will end in the NFL.
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