Football 101 for Girls – Your Guide To Super Bowl XLIV (44)

Ladies… ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!?

Let’s hope so because the big game is just around the corner (Sunday 2/7/10 – 6:30 PM ET),  but just in case you aren’t and would like to be ready, read our guest post at YepYep giving you a comprehensive but simple guide to Super Bowl XLIV (44) or just continue reading the Sports Bra Reports – Girls Guide to Super Bowl XLIV (44)!

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Ladies - ever find yourself bored or not having a clue during about the game during Super Bowl Sunday? Well, have no fear - The Sports Bra Reports is here to help!

We all know how big the Super Bowl is to most Americans, including many of our male significant others, brothers, cousins, dads, etc –  but what about us ladies? Do we love the Super Bowl as much as our male counterparts?

In some cases, the women are just as into it as the men and can spew the facts and stats about the game just like any other football fanatic. In other cases, some women feel as confused and left out as a man at a bridal shower.

But have no fear ladies! Here at the Sports Bra Reports, we have decided to roll out, what will become a yearly special The Girl’s Guide To The Super Bowl! In this guide, you will have all the information you need to feel like you can talk about Super Bowl XLIV (44) like you have followed the NFL all season long.

Let’s start with the basics:

Teams:

Indianapolis Colts (Indiana) Colors – Blue & White vs. New Orleans Saints (Louisiana) Colors – Black & Gold

Date: February 7, 2010

Stadium: Sun Life Stadium

City: Miami, Florida

Kickoff Time: 6:30 PM ET

TV Network: CBS

Rules: Check out the NFL’s Beginner’s Guide to the Rules here.

Who to Root For:
Trying to pick a team to root for in the Super Bowl can be a little tricky if you don’t know too much about the game or the teams playing, but here are a few suggestions:

  • Root for the team that has players or coaches that you like. For example, if you like Peyton Manning because of his appearance on SNL or his funny commercials with Justin Timberlake, root for the Colts.
  • Family members, boyfriends/girlfriends or friends root for either the Colts or Saints.
  • Root for the home team or the teams which location that is closest to you.

Here’s a little background on each team playing in these year’s Super Bowl in Miami – that way when the conversation comes up about Manning’s & the Colts year, you’ll be able to join in on the topic without hesitation and churn out interesting points such as:

“Yeah, I think the Colts should have gone for the perfect season, but Coach Caldwell did achieve the results he wanted by having a healthy team in time for the Super Bowl.”

Trust me ladies, your man/friends/parents, whoever you’re watching the game with will definitely be impressed.

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts Team Logo & Helmet

Season Story: The Colts had a chance at perfection heading into week 16 of the NFL season, they decided not to go for the perfect season by opting to rest their players to have them all ready for the playoffs. Which in theory worked as they made it to the Super Bowl.

QB (Quarterback) – Peyton Manning #18: Manning is this year’s NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP). He won it for a record-setting 4th time this year. He is one of the most accurate QB’s – expect him to carve up the Saints Defense just as he did against the Jets.

TE (Tight End) – Dallas Clark #44: One of Manning’s favorite targets and can be lined up anywhere on the field.

WR (Wide Receiver) – Reggie Wayne #87: Manning’s number 1 receiver is expected to have a big game against the Saints secondary.

DE (Defensive End) – Dwight Freeney #93: Freeney has partial torn ligaments in his ankle; he will be a day-to-day decision. But if he doesn’t play expect the Colts defense to be significantly weakened.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints Team Logo & Helmet

Season Story: Hailing from a city that a few years ago was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the Saints put the city on it’s back and gave them all something to cheer for. Also like the Colts, they too had a chance at a perfect season but faltered a bit towards the end of the season losing 3 out of their last four games.

Key Players:

QB (Quarterback) – Drew Brees #9: Brees had almost as good of season as Manning did, throwing for over 4,500 yards and 34 touchdowns. Expect him to test the Colts defense with his high-powered offense.

RB (Running Back) – Reggie Bush #25: Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend is an explosive all around player for the Saints. He helps the team by returning punts, kickoffs and playing running back/wide receiver. Expect him to make a big play or two.

S (Safety) – Darren Sharper #42: The 34-year-old, is a 13-year league veteran, that is one of the most feared defenders in the league. If Manning makes a mistake; Sharper will make him pay for it with a pick (interception).

Ladies, just in case all this is way to much – here’s a brief article by actor/comedian Denis Leary on the “8 Things Not to Talk About During The Super Bowl,” a funny and poignant piece.

So there you go ladies and gents, a short but effective preview of Super Bowl XLIV (44). Expect this to be a great game as both the number 1 & 2 teams in the NFL face off in Miami. It will definitely become an instant classic.

Ladies now you have all the info you need to kick back a few brews & enjoy the game.

The Sports Bra Reports Prediction:

Anticipate Manning & the Colts to come out firing on all cylinders. He will guide the Colts to an early lead, but Drew Brees and the Saints will battle and stay in the game. Peyton Manning will orchestrate the final drive and he will win the game on a late touchdown pass to Dallas Clark or Reggie Wayne.

Final Score: 41-34, Colts.

New Orleans Saints

Season Story: Hailing from a city that a few years ago was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the Saints put the city on it’s back and gave them all something to cheer for. Also like the Colts, they too had a chance at a perfect season but faltered a bit towards the end of the season losing 3 out of their last four games.

Key Players:


QB (Quarterback) – Drew Brees #9:
Brees had almost as good of season as Manning did, throwing for over 4,500 yards and 34 touchdowns. Expect him to test the Colts defense with his high-powered offense.

RB (Running Back) – Reggie Bush #25:
Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend is an explosive all around player for the Saints. He helps the team by returning punts, kickoffs and playing running back/wide receiver. Expect him to make a big play or two.

S (Safety) – Darren Sharper #42:
The 34 year old, is a 13-year league veteran, that is one of the most feared defenders in the league. If Manning makes a mistake; Sharper will make him pay for it with a pick (interception).

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7 Responses

  1. OMG! I LOVE your site! Your content is awesome!!!!
    I’ll definitely be linking to your articles from my own site to send my readers this way. Fun, yet really insightful and not ESPNy!

    I run Stiletto Sports and would love to talk to you about working together. I love your voice and love the ideas you come up with! Well, except for the Colts winning…….. I don’t think I’m picking them 🙂

    Have a wonderful super bowl sunday!!

  2. Great post Liz. A must read for all the ladies who want to be more involved but just don’t know where to start!

  3. […] talk just about any sport with just about anybody!  So, she took it upon herself to write “Football 101 For Girls” over at her own sports blog The Sports Bra […]

  4. Ahhh The Colts defense hasn’t been playing without 3 main starters for a long time. Powers needed to get better which is why he didn’t play against the Jets. Brock is still a starter just not at DE because Mathis and Freeney are so good. The Saints on the other hand have a bad defense and Manning will light them up. Brees will fumble the ball at least once and turn it over. He lost 6/10 fumbles for the season. The saints defense will lose it for them. On the other hand The Colts defense has gotten better each game. The saints arent very good closers, the Colts are the best at playing 60 mins. Colts by at least 2 tds.

  5. @ Stilleto Sports Jen – Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting. I really appreciate it! 🙂
    As far as working together – most defintiely! Looking forward to it – we ladies gotta stick together.
    And as for the Colts – I think that Manning just won’t let this opportunity of winning a Super Bowl pass him by… I hope you have an awesome Super Bowl Sunday!!!

    @ Scott – Thanks bud, I’m just trying to help!

    @ Jonathan – all very good points… I’m with you on the winning team.

    Hope every one has a happy and safe SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

  6. Wow, you are the coolest, man. Thanks for this. Once again you blow us all away.

  7. I will probably get flamed for what I’m about to say.I do not dislike the Colts, even though I grew up in Nashville. What can someone hate on about Peyton? Hes got game gifted by Lord, don’t forget Daddy Arch, and he says hes a to be a humble guy. Every time somebody mentions his killer records Peyton says something to the effect of I just feel humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as those players.The Holy Ones 31 The Baby Horses 28

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