Super Bowl Champions/Season Recap

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning Super Bowl LII! It was an intense back and forth game, but in the end, they defeated the New England Patriots by a final score of 41-33, and giving them their first Lombardi Trophy!

This season overall was up and down for a lot of teams and had a bunch of surprises!

Aside from the Eagles first Super Bowl win, the Buffalo Bills made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. However, they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card Game.

The Minnesota Vikings were trying to become the first team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl in their own stadium. During the NFC Divisional Game against the New Orleans Saints, they were up 17-0 at halftime. But the Saints, came back with a score of 24-23 hoping they would pull off a huge upset. In the end however, it was Vikings WR Stefon Diggs’ 61 yard TD that gave them a huge win by a final score of 29-24. However, it was not enough to get past the Super Bowl Champions as they lost 38-7 in the NFC Championship game. 

The only downfall to this season was that the Cleveland Browns became the second team in NFL history to finish the season 0-16. The only other team that did this was the 2008 Detroit Lions. 

With football season over with, the offseason has officially begun! Players being traded to other teams or getting contract extensions during the free agency, former college players testing their skills during the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in March, the NFL Draft to see what teams they’ll play next season, and training camp during the summer.

Before you know it, it’ll be a long journey to find out which two teams will compete in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA and who will end up with the Lombardi Trophy.

As I said in previous blogs, I’ve been stating that my designs would include the NFL. Over the past week, I started working on those projects, including “A House Divided,” where fans can argue on their favorite teams. Plus, it’s fun when rivals square off against each other! As I develop these projects, I plan to have them up on the website, so everyone can root for their favorite team!

To all the NFL teams out there, thanks again for another season and good luck to the new players, coaches, and referees next season!

 

Super Bowl LII

With the regular season over and the playoffs finished, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will face off in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota.

The last Super Bowl they met was in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005 when the Patriots won 24-21, earning them their third Lombardi Trophy.

Since winning the last Super Bowl over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, they are on the verge of winning their sixth to tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The only team the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl was the New York Giants twice. First time was 10 years ago in Super Bowl XLII in Arizona, when they were one game away from becoming the first team to finish the season 19-0. However, it was Giants WR David Tyree’s helmet catch that became part of the huge upset. The second time was in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis in 2012.

What will become the overall outcome of this game? A sixth Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots, or a first for the Eagles? You never know what’ll happen!

May the best team win!

2018 CFP National Championship

Congratulations to Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the 2018 CFP National Championship!

This was definitely one of the most intense match ups because the Georgia Bulldogs were up 13-0 at halftime and thought this was going to be an easy win for them!

During the second half, Alabama came right back and tied the game with 20 points for each time, which sent the game into overtime. Georgia scored first with a field goal and thought they had a shot at winning. In the end, it was the game winning touchdown that Alabama scored on 2nd & 26, which led them to a 26-23 victory.

With college football over for the season, it’s off to the NFL for a majority of students with stops at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas to see which teams they’ll play next season.

As mentioned in previous blogs, I’ve been really interested in seeing all the potential match-ups in the NCCA such as the Pac 12, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, ACC, lower ranked schools, and even inner conferences because it’s fun seeing all these rivals squaring off against each other and you’ll never know who will play in the next bowl game or CFP National Championship.

One of my projects that I plan on doing is “A House Divided” series with all the rivalries using the NCCA schools and also NFL, MLB, and NBA because of all the creations I’ve seen at past art & wine festivals and you’ll never know who will play next!

To all the NCCA schools, thanks again for a great season and good luck to the students playing college football next season and to future NFL players!

College Football Bowl Games

In case anyone missed the College Football Bowl Games, here’s a recap of the final scores of a majority of them, including the New Year Six:

Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State- 38

Oregon- 28

 

Potato Bowl

Central Michigan- 14

Wyoming- 37

 

Hawaii Bowl

Fresno State- 33

Houston- 27

 

Cactus Bowl

Kansas State- 35

UCLA- 17

 

Foster Farms Bowl

Arizona- 35

Purdue- 38

 

Camping World Bowl

Virginia Tech- 21

Oklahoma State- 30

 

Alamo Bowl

Stanford- 37

TCU- 39

 

Cotton Bowl

USC- 7

Ohio State- 24

 

TaxSlayer Bowl

Louisville- 27

Mississippi State- 31

 

Liberty Bowl

Iowa State-21

Memphis- 20

 

Fiesta Bowl

Washington- 28

Penn State- 35

 

Orange Bowl

Wisconsin- 34

Miami- 24

 

Outback Bowl

Michigan- 19

South Carolina- 26

 

Peach Bowl

UCF- 34

Auburn- 27

 

Citrus Bowl

Notre Dame- 21

LSU- 17

 

Rose Bowl (2 OT)

*Georgia- 54

Oklahoma- 

 

Sugar Bowl

*Alabama- 24

Clemson- 6

 

With one final game on the line, Alabama and Georgia will square off at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta in an SEC Showdown during the 2018 CFP National Championship Game on January 8.

May the best team win!

 

 

 

 

2017 World Series Champions

Congratulations to the Houston Astros for winning the 2017 World Series! It was an insane back and forth 7 game battle between them and the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the pennant. In the end, the Astros won it all by a final score of 5-1.

With baseball season over with and all the 2017 champions complete, it’s now a long journey to find out who will win the College Football Playoffs, Super Bowl LII, the 2018 March Madness Tournament, the 2018 NBA Championship, and the 2018 Stanley Cup. Before we know it, there will be another World Series champion in 2018. Who knows if it’ll be the Astros again,  or maybe someone else!

As mentioned in my interest in sports, my future projects will have some sports theme involved no matter if it’s my favorite team or someone else’s.

No matter what sport people watch on TV, or if their favorite team has a bad year, or even if some are overrated, one thing’s for sure is that every team is a winner! 

UCLA/Stanford Game

Last night, my friend Justin and I watched the Stanford Cardinal take on the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. The tickets were courtesy of my uncle David Lambros, who is part of the Pac 12 officiating crew. This was Justin’s first ever college football game, and my third overall.

One of the craziest moments was when two players were ejected from the game due to targeting, which is hitting a player with the crown of the helmet. One was against UCLA in the first quarter, and one against Stanford in the third. In the end, we managed to destroy UCLA by a final score of 58-34.

The highlight of the night was meeting a lady named Kelly Macabe, who was sitting directly behind us. She asked us if we went to school at Stanford, and obviously we didn’t. Then, I told her that Dave got us the tickets, and that’s when we realized that she knows him because her husband, Mike is also a Pac 12 official, who happened to be officiating the game. We thought that we were talking to a random person! Of course, I had to tell her about my web page.

In link to my interest in sports, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the biggest rivalry games because even though I enjoy watching my favorite teams, the rivalry ones to me are more intense. My future project might have something to do with all the rivalry games in sports, especially college football, such as Stanford/CAL, UCLA/USC, Army/Navy, etc. This would be a great way to decide which side people are on!

Of course, my paintings will never go away since there the one thing everyone can agree on! It’s just a way to mix things up a little! 

Back to Football

Tonight, the 2017 NFL season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at 5:30 pm PST on NBC.

Sunday will feature a bunch of match ups, featuring the Tennessee Titans hosting the Oakland Raiders at 10:00 am PST on CBS, the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Carolina Panthers at 1:25 pm PST on FOX, and the Dallas Cowboys hosting their division rivals, New York Giants at 5:30 pm PST on NBC. The bad news is that the Battle of Florida match-up between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins is postponed due to Hurricane Irma, and will be rescheduled for week 11.

Monday Night will feature a doubleheader on ESPN with the Minnesota Vikings hosting the New Orleans Saints at 4:10 pm PST, and the Denver Broncos hosting their division rivals the Los Angeles Chargers at 7:10 pm PST. It’ll be a long journey to find out which two teams will play in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on February 4, 2018, and who will take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

For anyone whose a football fan and can’t find any greeting cards with that theme, I have just what you’re looking for. As of now, my current ones have an actual football on it, and it’s currently one of the most popular. To continue with the theme, I’ll try to create some for both 49ers, Raiders, and all other NFL teams, so everyone will be happy. It may not look exactly the same, but they should sell like hotcakes.

To all of the NFL teams out there, good luck and have a great season! 

San Francisco 49ers Game

Last night, my friends, Justin, Sam, and I watched the San Francisco 49ers final preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi’s Stadium. This was Justin’s first time to watch a live football game, my second time, and Sam’s third time.

When Sam and I went to the game two years ago, our seats were way up high, and we had to walk all the way to the top, even though it was a nice view. This time, we were closer to the field near the 10 yard line and we got to watch the game much better.

In the end, we got an easy win with a final score of 23-13. Highlights included a 62 yard TD by quarterback CJ Beathard and 92 yard punt return by Victor Bolden.

The real highlight for me was saying hi to referee John Hussey, and him waving back at me, although I did want to talk to him in person.

With the regular season just around the corner, I’ll start designing cards with an NFL theme, although I do have one with an actual football to start with. 

Third Times the Charm/Giveaway

Last night, my friend Justin and I returned to the Oakland Coliseum for our third consecutive A’s game this year, and also for the free Rickey Henderson jersey giveaway. Even though we managed to arrive at the stadium early, the lines were pretty long. At least we were able to get the jerseys!

Although we lost twice to the Houston Astros the first two times, we were able to get a miracle win, thanks to a walk off homer by A’s LF, Khris Davis, and a final score of 5-3.

Speaking of giveaways, even though I plan to sell my cards, I also plan to give them away for free, especially for people who never ask, so that way, they won’t feel left out.

For example, after buying a used suitcase from a local garage sale, I was generous enough to return the offer by giving away some of my cards to the sellers.

Whether it’s buying a card, sending a card to a love one, or giving them away to other people, the cards just keep coming around!

Oakland A’s Game

Last night, I watched the Oakland A’s take on the Houston Astros with my friend, Justin. Even though it was scoreless the first 5 innings, we ended up losing 5-1.

As mentioned about my interest in sports, my next set of greeting cards may include the A’s logo in different colors of green, gold, grey, and white. They may not look exactly like the real one, but it’ll have my own custom flair to it. In addition, I’ll also include the San Francisco Giants for those who follow them, even though I don’t.

For football season, I’ll create some for both the 49ers and the Raiders, along with the NFL logo and other teams as well for my passionate of football.

For basketball season, I’ll create some for my Sacramento Kings and the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. If I just created cards for my teams only, people may feel left out! So it’s good to include other fans as well!