Men of Action: Super Bowl XLVII is Set – Ravens vs 49ers!

The Baltimore Ravens will meet the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans (photo by Infrogmation, via Flickr Creative Commons)

Here we go! We’re on the road to Super Bowl XLVII. The Baltimore Ravens will meet the San Francisco 49ers on February 3rd, after both teams pulled out fantastic comebacks this past Sunday in their respective matches.

The Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots 28-13 after battling back in the second half. Quarterback Joe Flacco scored 2 touch downs in the fourth quarter, leading them to their first Super Bowl since 2001!

‘It was pretty awesome,’ declared Flacco. ‘We were here last year and thought we had it, but came up a little short. Guys came in the second half and made plays… we put pressure on them like that and it worked pretty well’

But the comeback kings were the San Francisco 49ers, who turned a score of 17=0 against the Atlanta Falcons into a final score of 28-24. This is now the biggest comeback in NFC Championship history! Running back Frank Gore performed a 9 yard run half way through the 4th quarter, but enjoyed the challenge the Falcons brought to the field:

‘I take my hat off to Atlanta. They played hard. They’ve got a great team. But we fought, man. We fought and we deserved it’

Both the Ravens’ and 49ers’ comebacks are reminders of how to tackle adversity. They refused to quit and made every second, every decision, count. Just as The Wild Geese did in 1691. The outcome of the first half was not going to determine their destinies.

Anticipation is already building for Super Sunday, but the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be keeping a cool: ‘Going out on the field frantic isn’t going to help you score points. You have to stay calm. You have to try and lead your team


Super Bowl XLVI: Team Spirit

We’re only a few days away from the Super Bowl, when the New York Giants will meet the New England Patriots. Each team has a huge Irish American following and this will be a game that we’re sure Wild Geese will be tuning in to.

Over the past week, the Super Bowl adverts have been airing on TV and the excitement is already starting to build.

The Giants and Patriots have faced off at the 2008 Superbowl, when the Giants 17-14. So all eyes will be locked to the screen to see how this year’s Superbowl turns out.

Although the excitement is searing through the US, Tom Brady must feel like the world is on his shoulders, as he was on the field at Superbowl XLII as well. This will be Brady’s fifth start as quarterback and has worked with New England Coach Bill Belichick for twelve years!

Speaking about their relationship that has lasted over a decade, Brady describes Belichick:

It’s a clear bet that the team will be heading in to Sunday’s game prepared. With the team training as equals, keeps them moving in the same direction. Although Brady attracts countless media attention, on the field, he’s part of the team – one of eleven. 
Like The Wild Geese, the Patriots will need to depend on each other in order to achieve success. Patriots offensive lineman, Brian Waters puts this into perspective:
Although they’re not quite fighting to survive and succeed, this is what the mind set of The Wild Geese was – working together and giving 100%.

In the last few days, Tom Brady’s wife, the glamourous Gisele BΓΌndchen has been rallying support for her husband and his team:

And that’s exactly what Wild Geese are doing according to Connell Gallagher, publisher of the Irish Emigrant newspaper in Boston: