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Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius – September 9th

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When: Monday, September 9th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius

What: Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it – or to not repeat the parts that should be. We’re in a solemn hour in the cause of freedom, and yes, we’re only ever one generation away from losing it. Allan Bourdius of the Their Finest Hour blog (theirfinesthour.blogspot.com) brings his conservative/libertarian fusion (“conservatarian”) perspective to the events of the day and contextualizes them with facts and history to arm the forces of liberty to better our communities and our society, open eyes, and win converts – so that one day our children, still with freedom intact, can look back and say of us, their parents: “This was their finest hour.”

Tonight: Allan will be talking with Felicia Cravens about Syria, and 9/11. Otherwise, the Steelers didn’t fare so well against the Titans, so there will be at least a little ranting about that! One thing is for certain – you don’t want to miss tonight’s show!

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Packers Prevail: 31 – 25 Aaron Rodgers Straps on Title Belt, Wins MVP

    Superbowl XLV was expected to be  a battle royal between two blue collar teams known for smashmouth football and gritty play , and it certainly delivered on Sunday. The Packers came out swinging, with MVP QB Aaron Rodgers throwing laser-like darts and the defense scoring early as the Packers looked like they were going to blow out the Steelers, in building a 21 – 3 lead right out of the gate. Pittsburgh hung tough behind Big Ben Roethlisberger and their never say die defense, and closed out the first half with a quick touchdown to make it 21 – 10 at the half.

      The game heated up to a fever pitch in the second half, with Pittsburgh’s smothering defense confusing Rodgers at times, forcing them to four straight punts in a row, while closing to within 21 – 17 by the end of the 3rd quarter. This became so exciting that fans seemed to root for Green Bay in the beginning, and then turned to rooting for a  Pittsburgh comeback in the second half.  The momentum swings has everyone on the edge of their seats for the entire second half. Pittsburgh seemed to have solved Green Bays offensive gameplan, while their offense hammered away with the running game, moving the ball at will.  This was truly a heavyweight battle for the ages, with neither team giving an inch in the second half.

    Pittsburgh scored in the fourth quarter to pull within 28 – 25 by topping off the touchdown with a two-point conversion. This set up a finish that had  fans across the country and around the world mesmerized. Pittsburgh had the ball on the 13 yard line with 1;59 left in the game and trailing 31`-25.  They had to drive 87 yards to go for a winning touchdown, with only one timeout left. Pittsburgh had been here before, and usually found the way to pull out the win. Just 3 weeks ago, Pittsburgh was down 21-7  in the playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens and pulled out that win, so many fans considered this Pittsburgh’s game to win. The Packer’s defense had let the Steelers back in the game not once but twice with Pittsburgh scoring seemingly at will, with star Packer’s defensive back Ron Woodson sitting on the sidelines with a broken collar bone. Pittsburgh drove to near mid-field with short passes over the middle with under a minute remaining. On fourth down with a Championship hanging in the balance, Big Ben’s pass was swatted out of the hands of  Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace and the Packers had sealed what many fans thought was an improbable victory. A valiant, furious comeback Pittsburgh victory was denied by the gritty, never-say die Packers. A truly blue-collar win for all NFL fans.

  Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers, whose trademark celebration after throwing touchdowns is a wrapping his arms around his waste as a statement of wanting a title belt, was named Superbowl XLV MVP. In what has to be considered one of the greatest heavyweight battles in Superbowl history, Rodgers strapped on his Title belt, while also taking home MVP honors to boot. How fitting is that ?

                                                                         Notable stats:

   Rodgers completed 24 0f 39 passes for 304 yards, 3 TD’s and no interceptions. Big Ben had a heroic effort in going 25/40 for 263 yards with 2 TD’s and 2 ints.

   The Steelers had 126 yards rushing while holding the Packers to only 50. Pittsburgh led in time of possession with 33:25 to the Packers 26:35.

   Pittsburgh was penalized 6 times for 55 yards, Packers had 7 penalties for 67 yards. 

 Receiving stars : Pittsburgh: Wallace caught 9 passes for 89 yards anda 1 TD, and Ward had 7 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD. Packers Receiving stars: Jordy Nelson had 9 catches for 140 yards and 1 TD and G. Jennings had 4 catches for 64 yards and 2 TD’s.

   So there we have it, Superbowl XLV will see the Lombardi trophy coming back home to Green Bay, Wisconsin, the home of the Packers and Lombardi Stadium. The 2010 Packers have put the “Title” back in Titletown, and the NFL Gods and Coach Lombardi surely have to be smiling today. Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers, Superbowl XLV Champions!!

Aaron Rodgers completed 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions

CDN Sports: Super Sunday is Finally Here!





                    Superbowl XLV

The Green Bay Packers vs The Pittsburgh Steelers



The day all NFL fans have been waiting for has finally arrived.  Today Superbowl XLV will be played in Dallas, Texas’ newest billion-dollar attraction, Cowboys Stadium.  While getting to the stadium could get dicey with freezing rain predicted in the evening, once inside the fans and players will be comfortable in  the climate controlled environment of one of the most glamorous sports venues ever created  .

  Pregame shows will start at the crack dawn and run right up to the big game for hardcore NFL fans eagerly awaiting the crowning of a new champion, while at the same time hating to see the season come to an end. This off-season has fans and players alike uneasy, as the NFL and the NFLPA ( National Football Players Association) are in tough negotiations, which, if not resolved could lead to a strike interrupting next season. Lets move forward towards today’s big game annalysis, and check out the festivities.

   The halftime show will feature the multi-talented group, The Black-Eyed Peas, and it has been rumored to include a surprise appearance on stage with them by 2 Rock n Roll legends. Last years halftime show was watched by an incredible 153 million Americans, not to mention the worldwide attention it garners. This is the biggest day in sports, bar none. The glitz and glamour of the superbowl will be over the top as always, but this is the NFL Championship game, and history will be made today. Lets take a look at the teams, and then I will give you my “conservative” predicition.

     Both the Packers and Steelers were picked by many to be in the Superbowl, yet both teams looked anything but super at times during the season. The Packers were ravaged with injuries that left them without their starting running back and tight end along with half their starting defense for pretty much the whole season. Aaron Rogers brilliant season, the emergence of a running game, and reserve players stepping up to rejuvenate their defense helped the Packers recover from a disasatrous stretch during mid-season and make the playoffs as a wildcard team. The Steelers started off without their starting QB for 4 games, ( which they won 3 of) and while their defense was pretty much stifling oppopnents all season long, their offense seemed to be no more than mediocre at times.  This game has all the makings for a historic clash of titans on the biggest stage ever. Both teams also match up very well, with both defenses ranked near the top, and both QB’s being young future hall of famers.

    When the Steelers have the ball, they should have the advantage in the running game with Rashard Mendenhall a bruising runner with very deceptive speed. The Packers counter this with a stout run defense and rookie Clay Mathews constant backfield pressure and speed. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Caper’s blitz packages will be key to slowing down the Steelers passing game. Pittsburgh QB  Big Ben Roethlisberger has had a steady season where he has proven time and time again that he can find a way to win in big games.  The Packers were 2nd in the league with 47 sacks.

    When the Packers have the ball, they will rely on QB Aaron Rogers laser arm and quick passing attack to thart the dangerous Steelers pass rush. The Steelers linebackers are among  the fastest in the league, led by James harrison and a league leading total of 48 sacks. The Packers will try to slow down the Steelers pass rush with a steady diet of emerging star rookie RB James Starks running the ball. The Packers have a slight advantage in the passing game, with Greg Jennings always a deep threat and complimented by 4 other young emerging recieving stars. Steelers superstar safety troy Polamalu always seems to be in the right place at the right time with 7 ints this season. If Rogers has the time he will pick the Steelers apart with the mid-passing attack. The Steelers need to keep someone  in place to spy on Rogers , as he is very capable of trucking the ball and running for huge chunks of yardage at critical times.

   This game could very well come down to special teams match-ups with two evenly matched teams on offense and defense. The Packers Mason Crosby hit 2 field goals over 50 yards this season while the Steelers Shaun Suisham was 8 of 9 form 40-49 yeards with no field goals over 50 yards. In the punting game Pittsburgh’s Sepulveda had a slightly better average while the Packer’s Mashay had 25 kicks downs inside the 20 yard line. No clear advantage here, unless it comes down to a game winning field goal try from over 50 yards where Crosby has a slight advantage. In the punt return game, Pittsburgh should have a slight advantage with Sanders returning punts vs whoever the Packers send out there.

             Enjoy your Superbowl Sunday and thanks for checking out the new CDN Sports page.     My prediction: Packers 34 –  Steelers 27.