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The NFL Is Back: Here Is Your 2016 Season Preview

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

The NFL season kicked off Thursday night (Sept. 8) on NBC with a Super Bowl rematch, featuring the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. The Broncos reigned supreme defeating Cam and the Panthers in comeback fashion. That was the appetizer. Now, we look forward to posting up on an NFL Sunday and taking in all the action along with some beers and wings over the course of the day.

When the NFL isn't in season it seems like something is missing. Now, the world is back to normal. Here's a preview of the upcoming season's contenders and a prediction on who will be meeting in Super Bowl LI down in Houston.

AFC

The Favorites

New England Patriots: Death, taxes and the Patriots winning the AFC East. They have won 12 out of the last 13 division titles and that doesn't look to be changing any time soon. With Brady suspended the first four games, we will see how deep the rest of the team really is. At the end of the day though, with Tom Brady and Coach Belichick at the helm, you can pencil them in for double digit wins and always a threat to make the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers: If LeVeon Bell can stay off the weed and on the field, this team is going to be very dangerous. We already know about the Big Ben t0 Antonio Brown connection, but with Bell on the field he brings a totally different dynamic. The defense will need to be better especially at the back end, which they tried to address this past off-season.

Kansas City Chiefs: Finishing 2015 on a 10 game winning streak, the Chiefs look to continue their success into 2016. Getting Jamaal Charles back should give the offense a boost. With the AFC West wide open, look for Kansas City to assert themselves as the creme of the crop in the division.

Indianapolis Colts: It's a quarterback driven league and the Colts have one of the league's finest in Andrew Luck. Now if only the offensive-line can step up and keep his jersey clean, they should have a solid season and be back on top in the South for the fourth time in five years.

NFC

The Favorites

Green Bay Packers: Setting up for a great rebound year at Lambeau Field. Getting Jordy Nelson back in the mix along with a slimmer Eddie Lacy means big things for Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense. My favorite to win it all this season.

Arizona Cardinals: Zona' was a powerhouse last season, don't expect much to change this year. The high powered offense with an attacking defense will make them the class of the NFC once again. Can Carson Palmer get it done in the big game? That is the question.

Seattle Seahawks: Seattle will be in the thick of it as usual. They’re a dominant home team that knows how to get it done in the big games. I won’t be the one to doubt them even with the losses they suffered like Beast Mode. Russell was running for his life last year so the o-line needs to step up and the offense should soar.

Carolina Panthers: Keep Pounding. The Panthers answered the bell every time people doubted them, and they delivered. I don't think they'll be as good as they were last year, but being in a weak division along with getting Kelvin Benjamin back, Carolina should have a shot to make some noise.

*Super Bowl LI Prediction*

Green Bay Packers over Pittsburgh Steelers

Enjoy the season everyone!

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LaVar Ball Is Requesting $3,500 From Anyone Planning On Recording Son During Tournament

As we know, LaVar Ball goes above and beyond in terms of making sure his sons become the superstar basketball players he wants them to be. His youngest son LaMelo is currently playing for SPIRE Institute in Ohio, and they have an upcoming tournament taking place in Kentucky. Mr. Ball is reportedly asking outlets to pay $3,500 at the door to videotape his son playing.

"All games are free to film except for the Spire Institute games,” an email reportedly sent by LaVar read. “To film either of the 2 Spire Institute games, you will have to present $3,500 at the gate, as per rules of the Big Baller Brand media credential… If you accept these conditions, you may present this email at the gate as proof of our approval where you will be given a media pass.”

While a few Internet folks are scoffing at the idea of having to pay that sort of money, others are pointing out the fanbase of LaMelo, stating that there are outlets who certainly would (and have) paid the fee for the chance to record LaMelo and SPIRE moments from the game. According to Forbes, this is one of many revenue streams for the Ball family.

"The Ball Sports Group in November entered into a partnership with FloSports Inc. to live stream five SPIRE games featuring LaMelo, beginning with one on Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Brush High School in Ohio," the site reports. "FloSports Inc. agreed to pay $5,000 per game, according to the contract which was signed by Foster."

Here's the email telling video outlets they must pay $3,500 to film LaMelo and @SpireBasketball this weekend in Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/XoiiorNxVr

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 17, 2019

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Louisville International Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Louisville, Kentucky's hometown hero will have an airport named after him.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people."

The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali's 2016 death. Ali would've been 77.

Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali's family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy," the mayor added. "And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII

As reported by the National Football Leauge (NFL) and CBS, Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 53rd Super Bowl event. The Motown legend will usher in the final game of the season in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In more recent years, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, and many more have performed the anthem on this stage.

Alongside Knight, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), will have a performer and deaf activist by the name of Aaron Loggins sign the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are currently underway.

Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/8rH0O5OAAo

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

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