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NBC to Politicize Super Bowl by Televising National Anthem Protests

12 January 2018

The Saints lost at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 1 when these teams last met. Previous anthem singers have included Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, Cher, Neil Diamond and (this is going back a ways) original "Charlie's Angel" Cheryl Ladd. "I was a Raiders and Ravens fan, and I'm telling you, it destroyed my soul when I watched the Super Bowl previous year". With the AFC being the designated home team in this year's Super Bowl, the AFC champion would be assigned the Vikings' practice facility and locker room and the NFC champion would practice at the University of Minnesota and get the road locker room. So the National Football League is accustomed to having plenty of time to prepare the Super Bowl host stadium, without any games being played there.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the top seed in the NFC, but they have been hurt badly by the ACL injury suffered by quarterback Carson Wentz in Week 14. Game broadcasters showed the protests during the initial weeks but reduced coverage of them later. "Home" teams also stayed in hotels rather than their homes. Both teams are picking up their play at the right time, which is essential in having success in the playoffs.

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In this weekend's four playoff games, it's possible that as many as seven of the Alabama alumni will advance to the conference-championship games - or that only one of them will.

The Jaguars are plus-1800 and the Titans are plus-5000, making them the longest shot on the board.

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This time, it's the Vikings with the better defense, and that unit coupled with the Minnesota's home-field advantage, will lead the way to the franchise's first Super Bowl victory.

The Jaguars have had a wonderful season in winning the AFC South title and in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs against the Buffalo Bills, while the Titans pulled off a memorable come-from-behind 22-21 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The 1979 Los Angeles Rams played the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV at The Rose Bowl; and the 1984 San Francisco 49ers played the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVIX, played at Stanford Stadium. In a typical year, that work is already underway at the host site for the Super Bowl, but the National Football League is forced to work around the Vikings as the team prepares to host a divisional round playoff game this weekend, and possibly prepares for a home game in the NFC Championship Game the following weekend. And as Ad Age's Anthony Crupi pointed out, the show's flashbacks provide plenty of opportunities to mine the Steeler's Super Bowl dominance of the late 70s and early 80s.

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NBC to Politicize Super Bowl by Televising National Anthem Protests