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Kevin Powell: As we wait for Liam to lead us and moderate this discussion, I want to go ahead and start the conversation. Who is going to win Super Bowl XLIX, and why?

Miss Genevieve: Patriots. Regardless of the gahbage spit about deflated balls, New England has great team structure & is most clutch when it counts most. Brady, head cold and all, is one of the tightest QBs the league has ever seen and with the offense holding him down, they got this, even when defense has us biting our nails, they got this. Not denying Seattle’s fight, it’s gonna be a helluva game, but I believe in the end the Pats are coming up the Champs.

Dr. Abe: At the risk of sounding like a homer, which I am, a power running game and smothering defense, which are the Seahawk’s calling card, have traditionally been a successful championship recipe …

Trish Walker: Well, being a New England girl, my vote is for the Patriots, but I think it is going to be a really good and really close game. New England has the edge offensively with an experienced quarterback in Brady and his many targets (Edelman, Gronkowski, Amendola, LaFell). However, the Seahawks Wilson will give our defense a run for the money (sometimes literally), but there again we have some great play makers in Revis, Jones, Hightower, and Collins. It should truly be a great game.

Laura Andrews: I am a Patriots fan through and through but agree that it will be a tough game. Some advantages I feel we do have is that some of Seattle’s key players are not 100% and we have Rob Gronkowski playing this time around.

Ann Smith: As a die-hard Packers fan who has not quite recovered from the meltdown in the NFC Championship Game (truth be told, I may never recover!), the Patriots better be looking at the tape from that game. We shut the Seahags DOWN for 55 minutes then just decided to stop playing. And though I pray that the Seahags do not win (I figure if they lose, all the talk of their miracle comeback will die down and perhaps I can get on the path to recovery … if they win, I will never ever stop hearing about that debacle!), truth be told, defense wins championships and the Seahags got that. (sigh) I hate the Seahags and the Patriots. Can we declare that there is NO world championship this year?

Dr. Abe: My moms is from Madison and I got family out there which makes the Packers my 2nd favorite team. However, the more I think about it the more the Seahawks are lookin like a team of destiny …

Chris Rinnert: I am rooting for the Seahawks to win. And really looking forward to the entire day – just hanging with friends and family, eating entirely too much food, and trash talking.

Katisha Nelson: I’m a Giants fan who has some Seahawks ties so of course the Seahawks are going to win! Their running game and defense are both on fleek and let’s not forget Lynch “just wants to play ball! “

Tamara M: I’m not one to make predictions (on anything really). The game will be won by the team who makes the least mistakes, the team whose members communicate the best, the team who executes their plays, and the team who does their job!!

Charlie: I’ve got the Seahawks taking home their 2nd straight title. I think their defense will be able to slow down the Patriots offense enough, and Marshawn Lynch/Russell Wilson and the rest of Seattle’s offense should be able to move the ball and put enough points on the board to come away with a close win. One thing I’ll be keeping an eye on is how often Seattle’s offense utilizes the read option with Wilson and Lynch. In the fourth quarter against the Packers, the read option was a huge part of what allowed Seattle to shake off their offensive troubles from earlier in the game and finally put some points on the board. Belichick will no doubt have his defense prepared for the Seahawk’s read option, but Lynch and Wilson combined for over 2,000 rushing yards this season on 5.4 yards per carry.

Kevin Powell: Two major controversies surrounding Super Bowl XLIX: Did the New England Patriots deflate their footballs against the Colts in the AFC Championship game? And should Marshawn Lynch be fined for repeating the same answer over and over again at the official media day?

Ann Smith: I for one am tired of the BS fines handed down by that blowhard Goodell. The least favorite day for me is Media Day. It’s the same ole stories rehashed a thousand times over and over and over again. I don’t care what any of the players or coaches have to say. Get it together and get me to Game Day! As for the Patriots, I’m kinda over them too. It seems like it’s always something with them. They are a talented team, but their whole “dynasty” IMO is tainted. The thing with the deflated balls is that it was so unnecessary! So, let’s assume that they did it (because I believe they did). It’s not like the deflated balls is the sole reason that they absolutely trounced the Colts. Maybe if the final score had been 21-20 or 24-21 or something like that. But the Patriots absolutely and unequivocally destroyed the Colts. So what was the purpose? To me, it’s just indicative of dishonesty and dirty play. Completely unnecessary. And to me, the bigger question is what’s going to happen? Goodell came down hard on the Saints a few years ago after Bountygate. This is not the 1st time the Patriots have been found to be playing dirty. So what’s he gonna do now that the culprit is his favorite?

Dr. Abe: Thanks For Asking (“Won’t Get Fined” Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/spekulation/thanks-for-asking

Katisha Nelson: I’m so over the Patriots! I do believe they deflated the balls, but I also don’t think this was the only reason they won the game against the Colts. The Colts obviously didn’t come prepared to play and that shows in the blowout score. As far as Marshawn Lynch goes … I think Goodell is so stuck in his own power he feels like fines are his way of saying I can do this just because I’m Roger Goodell. He really needs to get over himself, let Marshawn play football (which if I’m not mistaken, is what he gets paid to do) and leave him alone!! Who cares if he doesn’t want to answer any questions, his football skills speak for him!

Liam Beatus: I think it’s fair to say we are all sick of the “deflate-gate” situation, but would it be better for the NFL trying to get rid of the situation for the Patriots to win or lose? If they win you could make the argument they didn’t need to cheat to win the Super Bowl, or if they lose is cheating the only reason why they were even in the Super Bowl? Curious to hear more input on the implications of “Deflate-gate” as a direct result of the game.

Trish Walker: In regard to whether or not the Patriots deflated their footballs against the Colts in the AFC Championship Game, I find this to be a ridiculous issue that has taken far too long to resolve and taken too much time away from what has been really important over the last couple weeks and that is preparing for the Super Bowl. Do I believe they were responsible? No, I do not. Why? Because every year I have issues with my car tires air pressure when we run into a significant temperature change. Do I have questions? Yes. In particular, it is my understanding that the officials inspect the footballs before the game and have possession of them until the game begins. If that is the case and they are the last to inspect the balls or touch them before the start of the game, shouldn’t they have found a problem with the air pressure? I truly believe that this is being blown out of proportion because it involves the Patriots. Any other team and it would be a non-issue and resolved the next day – two max – Now Marshawn Lynch is a whole other story and I don’t care what team he plays for. He is an incredibly skilled player but being a professional athlete requires more than your athletic ability. I’m sure that it is in his contract that he has certain requirements/obligations that he must fulfill and talking to the media is most likely one of them. That being the case, he is not representing himself or his team in a very positive light by acting so unprofessionally. I don’t care for public speaking but if my boss tells me I need to give a presentation, I surely will not be able to walk into that presentation and say, “I’m only here because my boss made me be here,” for the duration. There is a thing called insubordination and I would surely be written up or even fired over it. So yes, I believe he should be punished for his behavior and if a fine is how they accomplish that then so be it.

Dr. Abe: Well, there definitely seems to be some racial undercurrents in the dynamic between Marshawn and the hordes of White reporters he refuses to talk to …

Laura Andrews: As a Patriots fan I take it quite personally when my team is accused of cheating to win, I did not take the Spygate thing too seriously and it managed to blow over but when Deflate-gate hit and the NFL announced that it was true I started to have my doubts. After the more recent news this week that the officials never officially took a measurement of how much air was in the balls to begin with I am now mad that this clearly got blown up when it should have been investigated behind the scenes and not in the media where things are clearly are guilty till proven innocent. Ultimately the Pats came out in the second half when the balls were corrected and scored more points than the first half so I don’t get then how deflated balls could have helped them win. When the NFL investigates incidents against certain teams, the league should extend the investigation to all teams b/c if one team is stretching the rules then other teams maybe doing them same thing. I guess this is the price we pay for being a winning team.

As far as Marshawn goes I think that it is like any other career where you are in the limelight you need to take the good with the bad and that means speaking with the press about then he should just suck it up and do it.

Ann Smith: @Trish — That’s incorrect. The officials inspect the balls before the game, but the inspection occurs several hours before kickoff, and they are not re-inspected. So there is a big chunk of time where they could be tampered with. And when 11 out of the 12 “Patriot balls” were found to have deflation issues, and none of the Colts balls had the same issues (that I am aware of anyway), I may be cynical but that seems just too coincidental to be coincidental. On a separate note though … Pete Carroll asked for some sort of sign from the refs if the Patriots line up in an “unusual” formation (read: if the Pats try a trick play) and he’s getting it? WTF is THAT about??? Considering it was a trick play that swung momentum in the Championship game … I’m feeling some kind of way about this!

Tamara M: It is disappointing to say the least that any team in a professional league would be investigated for cheating or otherwise inappropriate behavior. The message that is being received by young fans and athletes alike is to win at all costs. The integrity of the game is also at stake. With the thousands of student athletes whose dream is to play a professional sport, it is the responsibility of the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc. to change the mentality of this winning at all costs nonsense. We owe it to our fans, especially our youngest ones. As for the media day question, it also seems to me that when professional athletes sign a contract and agree to a certain code of conduct, it is their responsibility to adhere to it and be held accountable. All players can find a respectful way to address the media. If it were me (and I too would not be thrilled to answer media questions), I would focus all my answers on the team. This is a team sport after all. Old cliché applies … there is no I in team.

Charlie: Ah yes, Deflategate. The bigger question to me isn’t whether or not the Patriots deflated the footballs against the Colts in the AFC Championship Game, it’s whether or not the NFL can prove they did it (As Denzel Washington said in Training Day, “It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove!”). The way I see it, unless there’s video of someone deflating those footballs or someone admits they did it AND says Brady/Belichick (or someone higher-up on the Patriots) told them to do it, the NFL really doesn’t have much they can do. Brady and Belichick already denied it and offered up some half-baked science experiment to try to prove how it happened (which conveniently left out the fact that the same thing should have happened to the Colts football’s, but I digress), and now Roger Goodell is scrambling to try to figure out what he can do to try to save face on this incident. That’s why I think this “investigation” is taking so long. The NFL knows they have nothing now that Brady and Belichick denied it, and they’re trying to get people to talk, but no one has come forward. If that’s the case, what can the NFL possibly do? The circumstantial evidence would indicate that New England did something to those footballs, but can the NFL prove it?

As for Marshawn Lynch, that whole episode is fascinating to me. First of all, no way I think he should be fined. Secondly, I’m fascinated why we’re all so interested in a guy not talking to the media. I may be getting too philosophical here, but I think part of it stems from the fact that it’s difficult for us as a society to process someone who shuns the spotlight. And this isn’t just any spotlight, this is the biggest sporting event in America, and one of the biggest in the world. Besides the fact that a few reporters are angry because Lynch isn’t giving them anything to write about, I think people in general are looking at this situation and thinking, “How could this guy not want to talk? Look at how many people want to ask him questions and hear what he has to say.” To most of us, that doesn’t compute. In essence, Lynch is taking something we’re all told we’re supposed to care about (Super Bowl hype, media day, building your brand, being a character, getting your opinions out there, and caring about how people in the public eye view you), and saying it doesn’t matter to him. I love it. This feels like a separate post for BK Nation. I’ll have to see if I can squeeze that into my schedule before everyone moves on to the next thing they’re busy being faux outraged about.

Liam Beatus: Okay everyone, I am going to take a step in a different direction with this next question. There are two unbelievable cornerbacks playing against each other in Sunday’s game who are both hard to ignore. So my question is, who would you rather have at starting CB, Richard Sherman of Seattle or Darrelle Revis of New England?

Ann Smith: If the shoulder really is “fine” I would take Sherman. He’s ridiculous! But Revis is still one of the best so yeah, I would take either.

Katisha Nelson: Surely Sherman! When he’s 100% the numbers are amazing!

Charlie: I don’t think you can go wrong here, but I’ll take Sherman. He’s three years younger and has been a big part of one of the best defenses in the NFL the past few seasons. His personality might rub people the wrong way, but Sherman is insanely intelligent and after reading a few “Richard Sherman isn’t the guy you think he is” profiles that have popped up on sites all over the Internet, he’s someone I would love to have on my team.

Trish Walker: These two gentlemen are both exceptional athletes. I would take either one of them to be a starter on my team. Sherman is a little younger. Revis has a little more experience. If I had to choose today, it would come down to who is in better health.

Laura Andrews: I think that they will both be key in the game to help with the defense and to put pressure on the offense to make mistakes which could be costly.

Kevin Powell: What do you feel were the big issues in pro football this past season, and why?

Ann Smith: Clearly, off-field behavior was the big issue with most of the focus on domestic violence and drug/alcohol use and abuse. There was a time when these incidents were less frequent, less egregious. Teams could cover it up or sweep it under the rug or whatever. But in this age of Twitter and Instagram and Youtube … when everyone has a smartphone with built in camera and video camera … there’s no hiding anything.

Katisha Nelson: I’d have to agree with Ann and go with off field behavior! I think misbehavior has always happened whether it be drunk driving, fighting, domestic violence, etc., but now it’s more likely to get out in the public via anyone’s camera phone!

Charlie: It’s funny because I think one of the biggest should have been concussions (and should be concussions until there’s a better understanding of what exactly is happening to these players and what the risks are), but that certainly got swept to the side amidst other issues. Domestic violence and players generally behaving badly off the field were certainly big issues that were brought to the forefront for the NFL this year, but to me, those are not issues exclusive to the NFL. What we’re seeing manifest itself in the NFL with respect to domestic violence and other cases of players breaking the law is just a microcosm of what attitudes are held in our society on a larger scale. These problems don’t start or end with the NFL, the players who have served as examples of these problems just bring them to the forefront of our minds and our discussions. Roger Goodell’s ineptitude as commissioner was another one that hit a fever pitch a few months ago, but that died down, showing once again that as long as business is good and people still love football he’s not going anywhere.

Trish Walker: I would say for me the big issues were domestic violence and player health and well-being. Domestic violence was a hot issue in the NFL this past season and really needs to be addressed and a specific protocol for dealing with allegations needs to be developed. In regard to player health and well-being, I know that a lot has been done regarding concussions and I applaud them for that, but there are other player health issues that have bothered me this season; for example, Tony Romo playing with — in essence — a broken back. For me every Dallas game I watched was terrifying. One sack and him landing the wrong way could have been life changing. I know we all want key players on the field for our team. I just found this to be incredibly irresponsible.

Laura Andrews: I think with every sport there are major issues that just have to do with the pressure to be a winning team at whatever cost b/c of course with a winning team comes more money for the franchise which keeps them in business. I also think there is a huge issue with the line of how much can the NFL hold players accountable for things that they do off the field and feel that the NFL will need to make sure they have better policies in place that most companies have a standard policies in place for if an employee gets into trouble outside of work.

Kevin Powell: Does professional football have a major image problem?

Christina Rinnert: I think that the NFL does have an image problem because of some of the off-field shenanigans and bad behaviors. However, I think that they are working towards change and, if they can continue the conversations and public education surrounding the issues plaguing not only the NFL but our nation, then they can change their image.

Katisha Nelson: I do think professional football is having some image problems. I wouldn’t exactly say there’s been more problems this year than any other, however the NFL is a business and just like any other business, it needs to protect it’s reputation. There’s some housekeeping that needs to happen. I think they are headed in the right direction with some of the rules and regulations they have initiated over the last couple of years.

Charlie: I think the media wants to play up that narrative because that’s what sells. The fact of the matter is that 98% (maybe more) of the players in the NFL are good people who don’t break the law, but we usually only hear about the small percentage of players who break the law or are yelling at their teammates on the sidelines or at reporters after a tough loss (not that yelling at people in the heat of the moment makes you a bad person). It’s unfortunate, and I think we definitely spend way more time focusing on the negative than all the positive things NFL players are doing, but that’s the way the local news also works. They spend more time talking about crime than they do positive things that are happening. So again, I think this is a case of the NFL being a mirror of our society itself.

Trish Walker: I think professional football does have a major image issue right now. They need to get their act together and come up with a clearly defined process for dealing with problems so that we don’t have snap decisions and rushes to judgment on some issues that require additional attention and then long drawn out processes on others that are trivial at best. With domestic violence becoming a major issue for the NFL, this really needs to be well thought out and specific plans need to be put in place. I think they also need to stay as much out of the media during an investigation as possible because that seems to be where they get themselves into the most trouble–jumping the gun and making announcements before really looking into the issue and coming to an informed decision. (I am speaking to issues regarding domestic violence in particular, not something frivolous as deflate-gate.)

Laura Andrews: Unlike the steroid scandal with baseball I do not feel that they do have as much of an image problem however with more that players get themselves in trouble off the field for different issues such as domestic violence.

Kevin Powell: Women have been the fastest-growing demographic for professional football, yet the issue of violence against women and girls exploded this past season. How do you reconcile your love of football with this reality?

Ann Smith: I don’t correlate football and domestic violence. Football players are not any more or less likely to hit their wives/girlfriends than anyone else. It happens. A lot. People DID get worked up (understandably so) with the incidents involving NFL players, but where’s the concern when the violent offender is in the US Armed Services? Or a police officer? Those are “heroes” so it’s ok for them to beat their wives? The focus should be on the problem of domestic violence as a whole, not just the sliver of the demographic that creates the most salacious headlines.

Christina Rinnert: Although there not any direct correlations between domestic violence and football, the NFL and other high-profile organizations need to help with the education of our young people. They have to step up and help change the culture surrounding the acceptance of violence that is so pervasive in our world.

And can we please talk about the issues with sex trafficking that increase exponentially with this game coming into any city? Young women — some underage, others trapped by pimps — are sold to men who come to watch the game. Statistics say that 16% of men admit to paying for sex so that percentage multiplied by the numbers of men attending can only mean terrible results for those held and prostituted against their will. In a recent article on Huffington Post, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that over 10,000 women and girls were trafficked to Miami for the 2010 Super Bowl. This happens every year, every Super Bowl. The NFL needs to start addressing an issue happening right under their noses. Pretending it is not their problem is the equivalent of sanctioning it.

Katisha Nelson: I don’t reconcile my love for football with the reality of domestic violence. Domestic violence is particular to a person … not to a sport. I think it happens a lot more often than we know about in all areas whether it be sports, entertainment, politics or wherever. We need to address the issue of domestic violence through education of the young and old. Knowing and acknowledging warning signs is a very important step, as well as not being ashamed to seek help. The more we know the better we can be.

Charlie: I think the way I reconcile this speaks to the point I made above about whether or not the NFL has an image problem. I try to keep in mind that while there are a few players who have engaged in despicable, disgusting episodes of violence against women and girls, it’s far from the majority of the players. Meanwhile, many of the players are participating in charitable organizations (or starting their own), and are generally a part of good initiatives in the community. Above all, the vast majority of them are good people. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t struggle with some of the issues that occurred involving NFL players this season. It took an activity that a lot of people use to find refuge from the real world, and introduced these difficult real-world issues into the mix.

Trish Walker: My love of football is for the sport itself. I am not going to judge all players or the game by the actions of a few. Yes, it upsets me greatly and I am disappointed in the players who have been involved in these actions, but it is not the sport or the teams that have the problem. It is the individual players. For that I hope they are punished justly and receive any help or treatments they can.

Laura Andrews: I love the sport as a sport however I do have a zero tolerance policy for anyone that abuses anyone physically and would expect the teams/NFL to come up with a policy for players that are accused of such incidents. I am not about going to the extreme and pride myself on the believe that people can change so would want this policy to have steps in place to try to work with the individual who maybe willing to get help to resolve why this may have happened but that if there are multiple incidents that more extreme measures are taken including termination from their positions.

Kevin Powell: Who is the better coach, Bill Belichick or Pete Carroll, and why?

Katisha Nelson: I think Pete Carroll is the better all around coach. He seems to connect to his players on and off the field. There’s a family atmosphere with the Seahawks you just don’t see with every team (from past experience). I’d take Belichick if only because I know he would sell his soul to the devil if it meant winning (he might have already done that, to be honest). Belichick’s track record with the Patriots speaks for itself, and even with Spygate and some deflated footballs serving as a potential dark cloud over his legacy as a head coach, it’s hard for me to take a current coach in the NFL over him. I recently wrote something for BK Nation about Belichick’s obsession with winning that I think highlights why I would take him.

shameless plug:

http://bknation.org/2015/01/new-england-patriots-bill-belichick-winning-costs/

He understands that it’s not about whether or not people like you, it’s not about whether or not you look good, it’s about winning. And Belichick has done that with New England for the past 15 seasons.

Trish Walker: I can’t choose. Both coaches are very talented and bring a different style and work ethic to their teams. I respect them both.

Laura Andrews: I think that they are both great coaches for the teams they are with b/c they have built the teams around their style of coaching. When Pete was with the Patriots he was not a great coach b/c it was just not the right fit for that team at that time but for him to have lead his current team to their second superbowl he is clearly doing something right. In the end though just based on his years of experience and the number of playoff/Super Bowls Belichick is the best of the two.

Kevin Powell: People are saying whichever team wins this Super Bowl can claim the “dynasty” label: the Seahawks will have won two in the row, and the Patriots will have won four Super Bowls over 15 years. Which team do you feel is more deserving of the dynasty label, and why?

Ann Smith: Neither. While I recognize the difficulty of going back-to-back, two wins does not make a dynasty. And due to all of the crap that the Patriots pull, I can’t give the label to them either. I admit that the Patriots have been a contender for as long as I can remember, so I guess if I have to choose one of the teams it would begrudgingly be the Patriots. Grr.

Christina Rinnert: I agree with Ann. Not terribly eager to give either one that label!

Katisha Nelson: Yep, I’d have to agree with Ann.

Laura Andrews: I think that yes the Patriots when they win will continue to have earned the right to be a dynasty team with the consistency of playoff wins and our Super Bowl wins. Although I think that the Seahawks going to their second Super Bowl is amazing, they need a couple more years of winning to be called a dynasty.

Kevin Powell: How important are the Super Bowl halftime musical performance and the commercials to you?

Ann Smith: The commercials have pretty much sucked for the last several years so I don’t care much for them but I do enjoy a lovely halftime show. But halftime is usually when I have a bathroom break and whatnot. I watch for the game. I usually catch the halftime show after the game, on Youtube or something.

Christina Rinnert: I usually love the commercials but the one I am most looking forward to is the NoMore campaign commercial. Not that it is perfect but it does get some awareness out there about domestic violence and that is a good thing.

Katisha Nelson: I usually enjoy the musical performances more than the commercials. I’m excited to see Missy Elliott and Katy Perry together … should be a treat! The commercials haven’t quite been what they used to be and with them being released before the game, why stick around to watch them during the game … potty time!

Trish Walker: They are a fun break during the game seeing as we have to have breaks. It also gives sports enthusiasts and non-sports enthusiasts something to talk about around the water cooler on Monday.

Laura Andrews: I only enjoy the music if it is someone I am a big fan off which most of the time it is not but I definitely do enjoy watching the commercials.

Kevin Powell: Is it hard to watch the Super Bowl with people who talk through the entire game, or otherwise do not know the rules, and don’t care?

Ann Smith: I actually usually watch the game at home so that I do not have distractions. This is the first year in a while where I have relented and agreed to a Super Bowl Party. I vetted the situation though, and confirmed that at least the vast majority of people there ARE football fans, so I am cautiously optimistic! LOL!! Besides, people who know me know to hold any questions or comments for commercial breaks. :)

Christina Rinnert: We go to a party where there are several TVs on so that the yellers/talkers can do what they do while the die-hard fans can watch on a tv in another room.

Katisha Nelson: For my own sanity, I prefer to watch the game with people who know the game and love the game. Super Bowl is not the time to try and learn the game, you do that during pre-season!!!

Trish Walker: Fortunately, I have not had any issues with watching the big game in this regard. If there were someone who doesn’t know the game with us and asks questions pertaining to the game, I would have no problem with that. You gotta learn sometime. However, if they didn’t understand that game and just didn’t care about it and talked incessantly, then I would have an issue. We tend to have a separate room set up for people who want to be at the party but not necessarily to watch the game so it’s a win – win.

Laura Andrews: Not really because I find that I zone things out and just focus on the game to the point that I sometimes don’t realize how loud I am being or how much I am talking at the TV. The closer the game is, the worse I get. I was actually being picked on during the Baltimore game because of my reactions and some of the comments I was making.

Kevin Powell: We all know, as serious football fans, that sex trafficking of girls and domestic violence spike in very disturbing ways during the Super Bowl week. What can we do to tackle these issues, especially given the global spotlight on the big game every year?

Cheyenne VanCooten: I think you highlight some shocking statistics that so many people (including me) were unaware of. From my experience, during this season of enjoying the game, watching “cool” new commercials and the halftime show, such dim realities do not seem to be given the media attention the way that they should be!

I think some of the actions we all can take is to continue to bring awareness by sharing links like this through our social media sites among our friends and followers and forwarding this information on via email as well. The fact is if you did not send this link, sadly I probably would’ve still been in the dark about this.

We can highlight the organizations that are on the ground here and all over the world fighting for justice in this space such as The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Sanctuary for Families and the United Nations for Human Rights among others. Furthermore, on our social media sites we can always donate to support these non-profit organizations as well, every dollar counts in the life saving work they are doing.

Lastly, we can check change.org and other similar sites to see if there are any petitions circulating on this and sign and share or even start our own to tell local politicians and media companies to address the correlation between these heinous acts and the Superbowl more effectively.

Let’s keep this conversation going on our bk nation sites, even outside of this blog. I know I will be sharing this information among my networks today and throughout the weekend and on to do what I can to give these unfortunate past, present and soon to be future victims a voice however I can.

Laura Andrews: This is the first I have ever heard of this and am not sure how we can tackle this. Obviously I would want law enforcement to be able to have a better plan in place to figure out why this does happen during this week but if I am honest I am not sure how much I would want to hear about anything outside of how my team is doing, how practice is going and what are we going to be able to do to win during the week leading up to the Super Bowl as part of the reason I am a football fan is because it is an escape from the  reality of day-to-day life.

Christina Stopka Rinnert just posted this to her Facebook page:

The Super Bowl Could Never Not Be Breeding Grounds For Sexual Exploitation:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hon-judy-harris-kluger/sex-trafficking-super-bowl_b_4713627.html