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Matt Cullen is originally from Chapel Hill, NC. He studied Marketing and Professional Golf Management at Florida State University and received his MBA in Sports Marketing and Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, and is an avid Florida State football fan. Matt and his wife Carlie were recently blessed with their first son, Carson.

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Niala Samnarine was born on the island of Trinidad and made her way to Charlotte, NC via Old Bridge, NJ.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her Bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies. Niala loves playing with puppies and enjoys a good meme every now and again. She is also an avid Jets, Yankees and Nets fan. 

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Guest Blog: My Trip to Super Bowl XLVII

 

As a sports fan I can say with certainty that my life is complete after Super Bowl XLVII. The entire day was filled with “Oh my God-s” and “I can’t believe this is real life-s”. The Big Easy was electric.

NOLA Bound

Our team traveled to New Orleans and arrived to gorgeous weather around 10:30 a.m on Super Bowl Sunday. The first thing I noticed was the beauty of the city and all of the signs welcoming us to Super Bowl XLVII. The palm trees had banners advertising the game, the buildings had window sized nods to the contest, even the GARBAGE CANS were sporting New Orleans’ Fleur de Lis and Super Bowl Pride.

During the short wait to collect our tickets and package information from the QuintEvents office, I noticed hordes of excited Ravens, 49ers and football fans, chatting (chanting and shouting in some cases) excitedly—they were about to experience the biggest event in football, can you blame them?

Super Bowl XLVII TicketThen our Events Marketing Manager presented me with the most beautiful ticket I’ve ever received in my life—I WAS GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!
Once I stopped screaming my head off it was time to find parking (no easy feat) and make our way to our hotel. There was insane traffic, but every car was filled with smiling faces, many people bopping along to the music blaring on almost every street. We were finally able to get on our feet and take in the madness that was the streets of New Orleans.

As we walked through the area we saw bars and restaurants in full swing, many of the famous balcony bars had excited tourists and locals showering down beads to anyone who would catch them. There were fans of all ages, from the youngest fans to some of an older generation—all there to complete one of the biggest items on their sports bucket lists.

Every venue we went to was more fun than the last and the excitement was building as we moved through the city. Fans and happy shop owners were not the only people around; security was ramped up for the event and included police in cars, on motorcycles and horses. There were helicopters over head, and everyone at the event was grateful they were there to keep us safe.

NFL On Location Hospitality Venue

After a short tour of the city and a stop at the NFL Shop, we made our way to the NFL On Location hospitality venue. Along the way we saw fans dancing around the bands playing live music, stages filled with hilarious emcees with giveaways to fans, and were greeted with smiles and “Enjoy Super Bowl XLVII!” by all of the fantastic staff at the event. Every where we turned we were offered towels, beads, and all sorts of free merchandise and goodies. (So thankful we were given bags to carry it all around in).

Once we’d had our fill we made our way into NFLOL Hospitality and were greeted through the doors by New Orleans Saints cheerleaders! They were so excited to be there, take pictures and meet fans. The Hospitality area itself was beautifully furnished, had loads of comfortable seating, and an extremely attentive wait staff.

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Then we had to make the tough decision of what to eat and drink first. Hospitality had a huge array of delicious gourmet food offerings, including some NOLA classics such as gumbo, shrimp served several ways, red beans and rice, and some other favorites such as the best Mac and Cheese I’ve ever had in my life and a personal favorite: Turducken, just to name a few. While we stuffed our faces we found ourselves dancing to the live band, and deciding whether to check out the top shelf offerings at the many open bars, have our faces painted, take some pictures in the photo booth or watch the talented contortionist!

I made the decision to get in line and meet Seahawks player Earl Thomas and Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph. Both were extremely nice, funny, and they took the time to chat with all the fans (not to mention Kyle Rudolph is the biggest person I have ever seen in real life!)
We stayed until they were closing Hospitality, and spent the time chatting and enjoying the amenities. Then it was time: We were going to the Super Bowl!

Super Bowl XLVII

Heading into SuperdomeWe walked up the ramp to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome amidst all the other excited fans and found our way to our section. Walking into the stadium we made it to our seats and I was immediately blown away by the energy in the dome. We sat near the top of the Superdome and our view was breathtaking. I didn’t want to blink. There were two of the best teams in the NFL practicing on the field for the biggest contest in the sport. Fans were pouring in, cheering, screaming and incessantly high fiving one another.

Once the time had arrived and the pregame festivities began the stadium’s energy ratcheted up to an entirely different level. I doubt there were many dry eyes in the stadium after the children from Sandy Hook Elementary School and Jennifer Hudson finished their rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and Alicia Keys nailed the National Anthem in a way only she could. The shot of our troops on the jumbo-trons caused the crowd to almost blow the roof off the dome, and other shots of players and coaches from both sides, sent the crowd into a frenzy.

After the coin toss, the game was underway. I won’t give a blow by blow account of the game as we were all able to see it on television or in person, but I’ve never been to any game in any sport with an atmosphere like this. Every play, every flag, every whistle was followed by an uproar from one side or another. At halftime Beyonce and Destiny’s Child brought the house down. Everyone was dancing in their seats, singing along and flashing our blue fingers lights as per stadium instructions. The third quarter started with the phenomenal return by Ravens player Jacoby Jones and the Ravens fans in the crowd went insane.

Then the power went out and the game changed. The rest of the second half had the 49ers and their fans back in it. In what was almost an amazing come back by the 49ers the Ravens were able to hang on and become Super Bowl XLVII champions.

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As we filed out of the Superdome and walked through the streets with other fans, it finally hit me that I did it. I didn’t just go to a football game; I went to THE football game: I went to Super Bowl XLVII and it was the most amazing experience of my life.

Next year Super Bowl XLVIII is set to take place in my home state of New Jersey at Metlife Stadium. So for anyone thinking of going, I can assure you it will be a Super Bowl like no other. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so sign up early to receive updates for our Official Packages for Super Bowl XLVIII.

 

Road to the 2013 Super Bowl: Super Bowl Recap

 

I don’t believe there could have been a more fitting end to what has been an incredible NFL postseason. Super Bowl XLVII was a nail biter to the end and both teams left everything on the field. John Harbaugh got the better of his little brother as the Ravens won 34-31, over the 49ers. Joe Flacco was named the game’s MVP and Ray Lewis will retire after winning his second Super Bowl Championship. For the 49ers, the game was on its way to being a blowout, but then the lights went out. The 49ers stormed back, but fell just short in the end.

John Beats Jim

In the first ever Harbaugh Bowl: Super Bowl Edition, John defeated Jim giving him his first Super Bowl victory as a head coach. With the win yesterday, he is now 9-4 in the playoffs. He has taken a team that has always been built on defense, around Ray Lewis, and given it an offense that took a perennial playoff team, to the Super Bowl. Drafting players like Ray Rice and Joe Flacco, along with key free agent acquisitions like Anquan Boldin, John Harbaugh helped the Ravens to their second Super Bowl in franchise history. The Ravens will need to look into updating their defense in 2013. Ray Lewis is retiring and without Ray Lewis next yearJim and John Harbaugh they will need to look to the Draft in April to look to try to replace him going forward. As for right now, John Harbaugh has done an outstanding job with a good team that he helped make great.

Colin Kaepernick was getting all of the headlines heading into Super Bowl. He led his team on an incredible second half run this season, but it was the other quarterback that stole the show. Joe Flacco has never really received much credit since he was drafted out of Delaware in 2008. When things were going well it was because the defense was playing well, or Ray Rice and the ground game was running well. Many of the sport’s top commentators consider him a game manager. They won’t after last night. Joe Flacco finished the game with 287 passing yards and three touchdowns, while completing 66% of his passes. His stats may not jump off the page, but the throws he made helping keep the ball away from Kaepenick and the San Francisco offense was the key.

The Game

Flacco started the game off carving up the 49ers defense and throwing three touchdowns in the first half as the Ravens took a commanding 21-6 halftime lead. The second half started off with a bang as Jacoby Jones took the opening kick of the second half 109 yards for a touchdown to put the Ravens up 28-6. It seemed all but over, but then, the lights went out. Super Bowl XLVIIA 34 minute delay seemed to reenergize the 49ers and they came out swinging. The 49ers scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter. A Ravens field goal gave the Ravens a 31-23 lead early in the fourth quarter. A Colin Kaepernick touchdown run made it a 31-29 game with 9:57 left. The 49ers marched all the way down to the Ravens five yard line with under two minutes left, but a fourth down fade pass to Michael Crabtree fell incomplete. The Ravens forced the 49ers to use their time outs and intelligently took a safety to put the game out of reach with only four seconds remaining. The Ravens bent, but didn’t break as the defense stopped the 49ers offense when it mattered most.

It was an incredible game. This game had explosive plays and odd moments. The Super Bowl is an experience all its own and next season it will be very different. Super Bowl XLVIII is set for Sunday February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New Meadowlands Stadium will play host to the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl. Be there for the action next year in what will be a historic game and see what team will be crowned Super Bowl XLVIII champions.

 

Road to the 2013 Super Bowl: Championship Weekend Playoff Preview

 

 

It is almost here! Championship Weekend is upon us. We are one step closer to crowning the Super Bowl XLVII Champion on February 3rd in New Orleans. Last weekend had some amazing plays, emotional victories and devastating defeats.

This weekend, the games head to Atlanta and Foxboro as the Super Bowl teams are determined.

In Atlanta, the Falcons survived a scare after they allowed 21 points in the fourth quarter to the visiting Seahawks. A Matt Bryant field goal with only eight seconds left on the clock helped them to win, 30-28. Atlanta will host the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the Green Bay Packers last weekend to make their second consecutive NFC Championship Game.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: The New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship? For the second consecutive year, the Patriots and Ravens will face off for the chance to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Last season, the Patriots narrowly defeated the Ravens 23-20, on a last second missed field goal. Will the Ravens continue to ride the momentum, built on Ray Lewis’ announcement to retire, all the way to a Super Bowl Championship?

Could this weekend be any more exciting?

The first game on Sunday will kickoff in Atlanta at 3 p.m. The 49ers and the Seahawks have very similar coaching philosophies; run the ball and play good defense. The big difference between the Seahawks and the 49ers is the ability of San Francisco’s Quarterback. Colin Kaepernick. Last weekend, Russell Wilson ran the ball seven times for 60 yards against the Falcons defense. Several times in the fourth quarter he was able to extend plays and drivesAtlanta Falcons with his feet, picking up yards and first downs when the plays broke down. The Falcons cannot let Colin Kaepernick beat them with his feet.

Last weekend versus the Packers, Kaepernick set a record for quarterbacks with 181 yards
rushing, while scoring two touchdowns on the ground. The Falcons will need to be aware of Kaepernick and his deceptive speed if they want to make the trip to New Orleans.
The 49ers defense needs to play with the mind-set that the best offense is a good defense. Limiting Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense to as few possessions as possible will help limit their potential for big plays. I think the team that can control the clock and extend drives with third down conversions will win the game and head to the Super Dome in New Orleans.

The second game begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game when the Patriots hosted the Ravens. This year, the Ravens are looking for a different outcome. Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense have been playing much better than they did in the regular season. Last weekend, the defense only gave up 21 points to the Broncos offense and nine points the week before to the Colts.

Tom BradyThe Patriots come into the game with the number one scoring offense in the league averaging 34.8 points per game. If Ray Rice can get in a rhythm early and the Ravens can control the clock they will increase their chances of advancing. Look for the team that can control the line of scrimmage to have the best chance at winning.

It’s going to be an exciting weekend of football. New Orleans is usually a party, but even more so when the Super Bowl is in town. Would you like to be a part of it?

 

 

NFL Fantasy Football: Week Six, Start 'Em Picks

 

NFL Fantasy Football Week Six

A third of the 2012 NFL season is in the books and the countdown begins for Super Bowl XLVII

With a third of the season complete, Fantasy Football players are running out of time to grab those valuable wins, ensuring a playoff berth. 

Each week, I provide my top five fantasy picks, which include my opinions of the hot, cold, dumb, and smart fantasy picks for the upcoming fantasy week. I decided to change it up a bit!

This week, I'm not going to give you five picks, or six picks, or even ten picks! Today I am going to go position-by-position giving you my start 'em picks for week six of NFL Fantasy Football!

Start 'Em Fantasy Football Picks

Quarterback

matt ryan fantasy footballMatt Ryan

A solid 2012 campaign will continue for Matt Ryan. He will pick apart a depleted Raiders secondary giving up 283 yards/game through the air.

Michael Vick

You should always consider starting a mobile QB. Especially if he is facing the Detroit Lions! Giving up over a hundred yards on the ground and 200 in the air, Vick should have a great Fantasy weekend.

Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder is facing a Redskins defense who is giving up the third most fantasy points against QBs and the most passing touchdowns this season. Every reason to start Ponder against them this week.

Running Back

benjarvis green ellis fantasy footballRashard Mendenhall

Mendenhall had a great first game back from injury. He should continue his productive numbers this week against the Tennessee Titans. Titans are giving up almost 150 yards/game and one touchdown per game on the ground.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

The "Law Firm" looks to rebound after his worst performance in 2012. Facing the Browns should help. Look for Green-Ellis to get well over 100 yards this weekend.

Trent Richardson

Green-Ellis' rushing opponent, Trent Richardson, should have another big week against the Bengals. The rookie has 10 fantasy points in all but one game, and is coming off an 81 yard, one touchdown performance against the New York Giants.

Wide Receiver

Demaryius Thomas

Peyton Manning found is favorite target in Demaryius Thomas. Already amassing 500 yards receiving in 2012, Thomas should have another great showing against the Chargers. It's likely to be an offensive shootout between Broncos and Charges, so offensive numbers should be impressive.

jeremy-maclin-fantasy-footballMike Wallace

After a disappointing showing last week, Mike Wallace will rebound against a Titans' defense who gives up almost 280 yards/game through the air. He had six receptions, 82 yards, and a touchdown against them last year, so I expect similar numbers this weekend.

Jeremy Maclin

2012 has been a horrible year for Jeremy Maclin so far as he recovers from a hip injury. The Eagles face Detroit Lions, who have not improved on the defensive side of the ball.  IF Vick is able to target Maclin, which he should, I think Maclin will have a huge week for fantasy owners.

Tight End


Dennis Pitta

Pitta faces a Cowboys defense who locks down opposing receivers. This should open up some holes downfield for Pitta as well as some short crossing routes. 

Heath Miller

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Tennessee has given up the most fantasy points to Tight Ends this season. With four touchdowns already in 2012, Miller should have a fantastic game this weekend.

Kyle Rudolph

Who would have thought that Kyle Rudolph would be a must start Tight End? After a great start to the 2012 season, Rudolph faces a Redskins defense that is giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to Tight Ends this season.  

Kicker

Justin Tucker

The Ravens offense could stall against a stingy Cowboys passing defense. That means field goals! Tucker has been impressive so far in 2012, so look for another perfect showing from him on Sunday.

 

Do you agree/disagree with my Start 'Em picks? Let me know!

Super Bowl 2012 Behind-the-Scenes Video

 

Super Bowl XLVI

Want to see what it was like at Super Bowl XLVI? Check out my video about my Journey to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis!

Super Bowl XLVI Recap

An amazing game, one final play, and a Super Bowl title on the line.

Tom Brady scrambled, threw a Hail Mary into the end zone, the ball was tipped, and fell just short of the outstretched arms of Rob Gronkowski.

Game Over!

The New York Giants win and are Super Bowl XLVI Champions!

Super Bowl 46 Eli Manning QuintEventsHeading into their Week 16 matchup against the rival New York Jets, the Giants were 7-7 and on the verge of missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season. The Giants responded to their slow start by reeling off six straight wins and capturing their fourth Super Bowl Championship in franchise history.

Eli Manning, Super Bowl XLVI MVP, finished the game 30 for 40 for 296 yards and one touchdown. Manning earned his MVP honor during the clutch, game winning drive, completing five passes, starting
with a sensational 38-yard sideline catch by Mario Manningham.

The Giants took a 21-17 lead with 57 seconds left in the game. Tom Brady, who finished 27 for 41 for 276 yards with two TDs and one interception, marched the Patriots to mid-field and gave one last heave into the endzone as time expired. The ball fell just out of the grasp of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, and the Patriots were defeated by the Giants for the second time in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl 2013: Who Wants to Go?

NFL Super Bowl 2013 New Orleans Louisianna Superdome QuintEventsQuintEvents’ Official NFL on Location Ticket Package depostits for Super Bowl 2013 are now open! Visit our website to see how you can attend Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and reserve your spot today!

 

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QuintEvents will bring you the exact Super Bowl Program Package that suits your specific needs. Our packages come with exclusive Insider Extras and your choice of either Gameday only or multi-day options featuring the very finest accommodations available in the New Orleans area.

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