The Denver Broncos won football’s ultimate prize on Sunday: the Superbowl. It was the 50th anniversary of the big game that is held every year at this time.
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The trademark for the name “Redskins” used by the Washington Redskins football team, has been cancelled.
The Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII in grand style. Seattle crushed Denver 43-8.
Seattle’s number-one ranked defence was commanding. In fact, the defense of Seattle kept Denver scoreless for the first half of the game.
Denver’s number-one ranked offence was pathetic.
It was the first time since 1990 that both the number one-offence and the number-one defence played against each other in the Super Bowl.
Peyton Manning, Denver’s quarterback did try his best, though. He set a record with 33 completions (the number of times a ball is successfully passed to a teammate). Nevertheless, he had a night to forget.
Super Bowl Sunday is nearly here.
On February 2, professional football’s biggest and most important game — the Super Bowl — will take place.
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will be battling each other for league supremacy.
Denver enters the game with the league’s number-one offence. Seattle enters the game with the league’s number-one defence.
Denver has one of the best quarterbacks ever to play football: Peyton Manning.
He is the only player ever selected league as the National Football League Most Valuable Player four times. He’s expected to become the first five-time MVP when the league’s year-end awards are announced on Saturday.
The NFL (National Football League) is in full swing and many exciting stories have already begun to unfold.
Although the league opened just three weeks ago, teams have already surprised their fans, for better and for worse.
Seven of the 32 teams in the league are now 3-0 (3 wins – no losses).
But it may not be the teams you would expect.
Favourites such as The Seattle Seahawks, The Denver Broncos and The New England Patriots are 3-0, but so are The Kansas City Chiefs, The Miami Dolphins, The Chicago Bears, and The New Orleans Saints—four teams that didn’t even make the playoffs last year.
Women’s soccer superstar Christine Sinclair has won the 2012 Lou Marsh Award.
The award is given out each year to Canada’s outstanding athlete. She is the first soccer player to win the award.
Sinclair, 29, is from Burnaby, British Columbia; she is captain of Canada’s women’s soccer team.
She led Canada to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
She played a spectacular tournament, scoring an Olympic-record-setting six goals.
A judge has ruled that the mayor of one of the largest cities in North America has to step down.
Toronto’s Mayor, Rob Ford, has been removed from office–in other words, forced to stop being the mayor.
The judge’s decision takes effect two weeks from now. That’s when Ford must be out of his office.
Ford was elected in 2010 and had another two years to go, in his term as mayor.
Ford was found to have violated “conflict of interest” laws.
That’s because when Ford was a councillor, he raised some money for the football team he coaches, using City Hall stationery.
The city’s integrity commissioner — the person who advises elected officials about ethics — told Ford he had to give the money back. Ford refused.
When he became mayor, Ford asked council to reverse the decision.
In other words, he asked councillors to vote to let him keep the money and not have to give it back. Ford also voted in that vote.
The judge said that the mayor voting in this way was a conflict of interest.
On Sunday night, Canada celebrated a great game and a big anniversary.
It was the 100th anniversary of the football championship that decides who takes the most important prize in the Canadian Football League — the Grey Cup.
Across the country, and all over Toronto, Canadians were cheering for the Toronto Argonauts or the Calgary Stampeders.
At noon on Sunday, fans converged on Varsity Stadium in downtown Toronto for a “fan march,” a big parade of Canadian football fans.
The Argos’ mascot, Jason, bounced around the crowd giving people high-fives.
The Stampeders’ mascot, Ralph, made his way through the mostly Toronto crowd.
But it didn’t matter who you were rooting for–the real celebration was about the game itself.
“The only play is the next play,” the coach for the Argos told his team before the big game.
At the same time, in the other dressing room, the coach for the Stampeders reminded his team that, “one word — team — is why we’re here.”
Excitement is building as Canadians everywhere are getting Grey Cup fever.
The fever is particularly high in Toronto. Not only will the game be played there, but the Toronto Argonauts are one of the teams vying for the championship.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup championship, which decides which Canadian Football League (CFL) team is the best.
It is played between the winners of the CFL’s East and West Divisional playoffs.
The Toronto Argonauts are set to play the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday.
The winner will take home the trophy known as The Grey Cup.
Toronto was the site for the first Grey Cup, back in 1912.
The 2012 game will also be played in Toronto, at the Rogers Centre.
It’s unusual for the city hosting the Grey Cup to also have their team playing in the Grey Cup.
The last time Toronto won the Grey Cup while playing at home was in 1952.
Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, is in the middle of another controversy.
It happened last week. He was on the field with the high school football team he coaches, the Don Bosco Eagles.
The coach of the other team got into a confrontation with the referee.
Police were called in to deal with the situation.
That’s where the situation gets confusing.
The police called the Toronto Transit Commission. Police asked the TTC to send a bus to the field to pick up Ford’s team.
Unfortunately, that meant kicking passengers off two buses—stranding them in the rain—and sending those then-empty buses to the field to pick up the high school football team.
The mayor said when the buses didn’t show up promptly, he called the head of the TTC and left him a message.