Countdown to Super Bowl 50: We made it!

It’s finally here! Super Bowl Sunday. Two weeks ago today we started our Countdown to Super Bowl 50 series, bringing you a more personal look at the memories myself and our writers had of the games as opposed straight recaps you can find almost anywhere else.

So, as you ready to down a few cocktails, eat a few 100 wings and watch some of the best commercials of the year, get caught up with the Countdown series below.

Click for direct links to all Countdown to Super Bowl 50 stories!

NCAA Baseball: DII champion Tampa looks to defend their crown

Many of you know that I cover DII Sports for the official site of the NCAA. It’s a job I absolutely love. The head coaches and players in Division II are very talented, some of the most talented at what they do in the nation, but they simply don’t get the coverage that Division I gets (and understandably so).

There is always a willingness and excitement to speak to me when they get the chance, and it is really what makes it enjoyable. Sometimes, I like to share those experiences with my readers here.

Carry onward to read my DII Baseball preview

Countdown to Super Bowl 50: Dilfer becomes a legend

There is only one day left. Whether it will be Cam Newton hoisting the trophy or Peyton Manning, in less than 48 hours, the world will have it’s answer. Should Peyton win that one last Super Bowl, well, he may be the quarterback with the worst season to do so since good ol’ Trent Dilfer.

Read more on Super Bowl XXXV

Countdown to Super Bowl 50: The T.O. Show falls just short

SUPER BOWL MEMORIES: THE T.O. SHOW

by Ryan Law | Wayniac Nation Contributor

The Wayniac has been posting some great Super Bowl moments leading up to the big game on Sunday, so when he asked for me to write about my most memorable moment, I shuddered at the idea. Why? My moment is excrutiating to think about. My moment haunts me and every other Eagles fan to this day. My moment had everyone baffled, including the opposition. My moment happened on February 5th, 2005. My moment followed 2 weeks after the Eagles finally — FINALLY — overcame the reputation of being known as the poor man’s Buffalo Bills of the early 90s by making it beyond the NFC Championship game. My moment is the last 5 minutes and 40 seconds of Super Bowl XXXIX…Eagles vs Patriots.

Read on for Ryan’s Super Bowl memory!

The Wayniac Nation Third Annual Super Bowl Special

I won’t lie, Wayniacs. This is my favorite piece of the year. One of the driving inspirations behind this blog was that group text I’ve told you about 100 times. The Thread. The Thread has changed over the years, it’s name has been altered and some of the members of the billion-text group message have come and gone, but every year come Super Bowl time, they lend me a few minutes of their time and make their annual Super Bowl predictions for my loyal viewing audience (which I am proud to announce has been setting record numbers every month).

Read onward for The Thread’s Super Bowl picks

The New York Mets and the Legend of Tom Terrific

This year’s Hall of Fame vote saw history in the making. Ken Griffey, Jr. behind a whopping 99.3% of the vote entered the Hall of Fame with the highest amount of yeses in the history of the game.

So, now there is a new trivia question. The answer to “Who has the most votes in Hall of Fame history?” is no longer the same answer it had been for the past 24 years.

Tom Seaver is out, and The Kid is in.

It doesn’t take away from the greatness of the mighty righty flamethrower who almost single handedly (or was it single-armedly?) led the New York Mets to relevance. Seaver’s career in New York was much like those Miracle Mets… Amazin’.

Still, he was one of the least likely people to sit atop the Hall of Fame top vote charts for 24 years. Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax. If that was who garnered the most votes in MLB history, it would make more sense, but instead Tom Terrific held the dubious honor for a very long time.

Maybe that’s because he was one of the greatest right handed pitchers to ever play the game. He won three Cy Young Awards and should have won a fourth. Two of those Cy Young Award winning seasons found the New York Mets in the World Series, winning one behind one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history and losing the other to an Oakland As team right smack in the middle of their “Threepeat” as World Champions.

Seaver wasn’t merely the best pitcher on the Mets, he was their most valuable player year in and year out.

He would be traded to the Cincinnati Reds at the 1977 trade deadline. The deal would be called the Midnight Massacre as the Mets plummeted into obscurity. It would take six years for Davey Johnson, Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden to rebuild the Mets. I told you, Seaver made the Mets go. The Mets would finish in last or second to last every one of those years, and remember this was the era of six-team divisions.

You can say Seaver got so many more votes than the likes of Greg Maddux or a Aaron because of his induction class. It may be the case as he and Rollie Fingers were voted in together. The rest of that ballot did have some future Hall of Famers on it, but they all paled in comparison to Tom Terrific.

In the January/February issue of Baseball Magazine I take a closer look at the career of the greatest New York Met in their history. Dr. K looked like he may be headed for that title, but off the field issues (and the Mets insistence on him throwing that curve) deprived fans of seeing what could have been. This new staff certainly has some young arms that could one day challenge Tom Terrific, but that’s a story still being written.

Click the link below to read my full feature at Baseball Magazine (page 7):

THE LEGEND OF TOM TERRIFIC

The Law Dog’s Top 10 Super Bowl Performances of All Time

Keeping with our Super Bowl theme of the past two weeks, The Law Dog returns with his latest Top 10. I asked him to do the Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials of All Time or the Top 10 Players Never to Win a Super Bowl.

In typical Law Dog fashion, he did neither. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sit back and enjoy another great one from the Law Dog and don’t forget to chime off where he went wrong in the comments!

Read on for The Law Dog’s latest Top 10

Countdown to Super Bowl 50: Peyton gets his ring

Super Bowl 50 is a mere five days — and 700 hours of pregame shows — away from kickoff. There is the very high likely hood that we may be seeing the greatest quarterback of all-time play in his final game.

The Super Bowl has rarely been kind to Peyton Manning. Heck, the playoffs have been a constant struggle throughout his 18-year career. I have said it 100 times before and I’ll say it a million more: no sport’s greatness is judged more by the rings on your finger than the NFL. Especially for a quarterback.

That’s why it was so important that Peyton at least got one under his belt.

Continue reading about Peyton’s championship season

The New York Yankees and Tim Lincecum?

I have seen this idea pop up a few times on several sites and New York newspapers over the past few weeks. Tim Lincecum is leaving the San Francisco Giants and will hit the free agent market. I thought it was a dead story, the idea of having The Freak in the Bronx, but it won’t go away.

So… should the New York Yankees give Lincecum a shot?

Read on to see if Tim Lincecum is a good fit for the Yankees

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