Super Bowl XLVIII: The Future is Now

Peyton Manning congratulates Russell Wilson on his Super Bowl victory. (Photo: Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning congratulates Russell Wilson on his Super Bowl victory.
(Photo: Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

I still can’t believe it. I woke up this morning thinking, “Did it really happen like that?” Was Super Bowl XLVIII really the smackdown of my foggy morning memory?

And then, I remembered the conversation I had with my dad before I went to bed last night. He said, “Heather…it was a changing of the guard. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the quarterbacks of the past. The NFL belongs to Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck now.”

And you know what? He’s right.

One of the things I loved about the matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks was that storyline. The guy who was the blueprint for the modern day quarterback meets…the modern day quarterback. Only this time, the blueprint is a little different. Today’s modern day quarterback is younger, stronger, shorter (in Wilson’s case), and a little more mobile (ok, a lot more mobile).

The writing was on the wall during the 2012 draft. We saw the new class of NFL quarterbacks emerge. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson didn’t just come out of college ready to play…they came out ready to win. Throw in Colin Kaepernick, who started in his first game for the San Francisco 49ers in November of 2012, and in just two seasons…all of those quarterbacks have taken their teams to the NFL playoffs, won playoff games, two (Kaepernick and Wilson) have appeared in Super Bowls, and now…Russell Wilson has won one.

The NFL has always been a young man’s league. But, at no time has that been truer than now.

So, what does that mean for football fans? Well, for me…it means a couple of things.

I am going to enjoy every last game I get to see Peyton Manning and Tom Brady play in. I will cherish every memory the future hall of famers have given me over the years and hope to add to that collection for seasons to come.

In the meantime, I will appreciate watching the new franchise faces of the league as they emerge from the shadows of the Bradys and Mannings, come into their own, and start writing their Road to Canton stories. Just like Russell Wilson did last night.

The future of the NFL is in good hands.

Welcome to the future.


Letter from the Baltimore Ravens to the Orioles

Dear Baltimore Orioles,

We don’t know if you noticed, but a few months ago your city’s football team went to New Orleans to play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. And you know what? They won! And that’s kind of a big deal. You remember what that was like…back when you last won a world championship. In 1983.

Well, one of the honors the NFL grants the Super Bowl winning team is a home opener to kick off the NFL season with a tailgating party for fans. The NFL is having problems scheduling this event on September 5th, because the Orioles have a game at the same time which utilizes some of the same facilities.

One solution was to ask the Orioles to move their game up to accommodate the NFL World Champions and their fans. By the way, these are the same fans who packed the stadium all season, rallied around the team and the players, and stood outside in freezing temperatures for hours to welcome them home with the Lombardi Trophy.

We know you will work with the NFL, the Ravens, and the City of Baltimore to make this celebration possible for the team and the fans. Because, we would venture to guess…some of the fans of the Baltimore Ravens also support the Baltimore Orioles.

Give the Ravens their day. Give the fans their day. They’ve earned it and they deserve it. Also, people like football better than baseball.

And retired or not…we wouldn’t want Ray Lewis on our bad side.

Just saying.

The Baltimore Ravens



Broncos’ Von Miller wins prize for first Super Bowl XLVIII guarantee


The NFL offseason had been kind of quiet. Too quiet. Something was missing. Or amiss.

I thought it would happen. It always happened. But what if it didn’t happen? What would happen then?

And then…it happened.

On March 5, 2013 at 3:17 AM, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tweeted the following:


And with that, ladies and gentlemen…we have our first Super Bowl guarantee of the 2013 NFL season.

Miller may have been first. But he probably won’t be the last. There will likely be a few more Lombardi Trophy winners declared before the start of the season. New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan is always good for one. And last season, Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to do so.

How did those teams fare? Well, the Panthers didn’t make the playoffs. And the Jets? Oh, you know the story. No one wants to go back and relive that. Suffice it to say, there are no photographs of Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan hoisting the Lombardi Trophy together. There may be a tattoo though. I’m not sure.

The first Super Bowl XLVIII victory declaration has been made. And Von Miller wins the prize. Unfortunately, the prize is not the Lombardi Trophy. In fact, the prize is usually an early trip to the offseason or, for a lucky few…an all expense paid trip to the NFL Pro Bowl.

But that doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t deter.

The only question now is…who’s next?

In 3…2…1…


Super style is always a winner

Meesh & Mia Super Bowl Collection

Meesh & Mia Super Bowl Collection

The stage is set for Super Bowl XLVII. Where will you be watching? Will you be in New Orleans for the big game? Or will you be watching from home? Are you going to a party? Or hosting? And more importantly…what will you wear? Not sure yet? I think I can help.

In collaboration with the NFL, our friends at Meesh & Mia have debuted their first ever Super Bowl line. The limited edition Super Bowl Collection consists of jackets, vests, tops, dresses, and leggings…embellished with crystal accents, faux fur, and snakeskin fabric, along with the official NFL Super Bowl logo. The Champions Collection adds the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers team logo to select items.

Super Bowl XLVII Denim Bling Jacket by Meesh & Mia

You can shop the collection online at: The NFL shop and Meesh & Mia. It will also be available at the NFL Experience and the NFL Style Lounge during Super Bowl week in New Orleans. No matter who you’re cheering or where you’re watching, one thing is certain…you’ll be Super stylish!

And even if your team lost…you can still win! Meesh & Mia has partnered with Pigskin ‘N Pearls to celebrate this fashion milestone and they want to share it with you…by giving away two $50 gift cards.

Stay tuned to find out how you can win…



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