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Super Bowl XLVII Champions: Baltimore Ravens defeat San Francisco 49ers 34-31

Ravens QB Joe Flacco named Super Bowl MVP

UPDATED 9:56 AM EST Feb 04, 2013

The Ravens celebrate winning the Lombardi Trophy for the second time.

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The Ravens celebrate winning the Lombardi Trophy for the second time.

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NEW ORLEANS —The Baltimore Ravens have defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to become Super Bowl XLVII champions.

The Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to become Super Bowl XLVII champions, and fans took to the streets to celebrate.

A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation’s biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour Sunday, interrupting an otherwise electric, back-and-forth game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

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Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes to cap an 11-TD, zero-interception postseason. Jacoby Jones returned the second-half kickoff 108 yards, a Super Bowl record, to give Baltimore a 22-point lead.

Moments later, lights lining the indoor arena faded, making it difficult to see.

“Power has been restored. We sincerely apologize for the incident,” Superdome spokesman Eric Eagan said in a statement released a short time later.

“Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available,” an NFL spokesman said in a statement.

When action resumed, the 49ers scored 17 consecutive points, getting as close as 31-29. But Baltimore stopped San Francisco on fourth-and-goal from the 5 with under 2 minutes left.

Flacco became only the sixth quarterback in 47 Super Bowls to throw for three scores in a first half, connecting with Anquan Boldin for 13 yards, Dennis Pitta for 1, and Jacoby Jones for 56.

And the unassuming guy who played his college football at Delaware finished Baltimore’s four-game run to the title with 11 TD passes and zero interceptions. It was an impressive run that included road victories against two of the game’s best QBs, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Now it’s time for Baseball!  EDB


Mark Teixeira Believes He’s ‘Not Very Valuable’ in Terms of Current Contract


(Featured Columnist) on February 3, 2013

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The New York Yankees have been synonymous with massive contracts for as long as we can all remember. But large contracts worth unreasonable amounts of money have been especially prevalent over the past several seasons.

First, it was Alex Rodriguez and his $275 million contract—and we all know where that’s gotten he and the Bombers.

Rodriguez definitely set the precedent for obscene MLB contracts over the past several seasons, and the Yankees broke the bank for yet another star prior to the 2009 season.

On a $180 million contract spanning eight seasons, first baseman Mark Teixeira was brought to the Bronx to help propel the Yankees to the team’s first World Series championship since 2000.

Granted, he did just that in his first season wearing pinstripes.

His strong season was essential to the team’s success. He hit .292/.383/.565 with 39 home runs and 122 RBI. He finished second in AL MVP voting while also taking home a Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger award for AL first basemen.

While Teixeira has still been an above-average offensive player since that season, he has come nowhere close to matching his 2009 production. In the three seasons since, he’s posted batting average of just .256, .248 and .251, respectively. He did post home run totals of 33, 39 and 24, respectively, which shows that his power is still there.

The problem is, Teixeira continues to age, and his skills at the plate seemingly continue to diminish.

On February 1, Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal published a story with quotes from Teixeira acknowledging his semi-lack of value:

Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it. You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.

To some extent, he’s right.

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It’s extremely difficult to justify giving a guy that much money per season. One can also argue, though, that Teixeira’s 2009 season was worth it. He produced exceptional numbers while also leading his new team to a World Series championship.

The age-old argument of paying for championships then comes into play, but I’m of the belief that winning the World Series should come first before considering money spent.

Since that season, Teixeira has been worth nowhere near $20 million per season.

While he’s a stellar defensive first baseman, the Yankees paid him to produce at the plate. And when he’s not hitting like he should, the Yankees lose a dynamic force in their lineup.

Admitting to his decline is a nice, refreshing story in baseball. Most former stars—cough, A-Rod, cough—never admit to hit and keep giving fans hope for the next season (or the next, or the next).

Teixiera’s admittance to decline could be a sign of things to come for the popular Yankee. Maybe he’ll finally give in and adjust to hitting the ball the other way in order to beat the shift, or maybe he’ll stop looking to pull absolutely everything over that short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium.

Whatever the case may be, the Yankees can only hope that Teixeira can reestablish himself as a guy who can hit near .280 with 20 home runs instead of 30. He’d still be knocking in runs, but he’d be more valuable as a guy that moves runners along more frequently with hits rather than groundouts.

If Teixeira wants to earn back some of the support he lost after his down 2012 season, his first step should be adjusting his game. Maybe this admittance is a precursor to just that.

I have to disagree as to how much Mark helped the Yankees win a championship in 2009.  Using the “old stats” approach and my eyes and brain, I did not see much.  Texierra hit .167 with o Hrs and 1 RBI in the ALDS: .222 with 1 Hr and 1 RBI in the ALCS, he did win a game with that homerun and .136 with 1 Hr and 3 RBI’s in the World Series.  It has been pointed out that players like Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill have had b poor series.  Although this is true, when Williams and Oneill were good, they were really good.  I watch almost every Yankees game and we all know how Mark Texierra has had difficulty knocking in a man from third with less than two outs.  He is home run or nothing, like most of the Yankees lineup.  Mark will be 33 on April 11th.  He mentions getting old and I wonder why.  Derek Jeter does not mention getting old and he hit over .300 at the age of 38.  I know that Derek is exceptional. I believe the difference between Mark and Derek is Mark’s lack of confidence.  It would be nice to hear words of confidence from Texierra and how he will change his approach.  Although, I do appreciate Mark’s honest concerning his contract, he greatly concerns me.  EDB