Jan 29, 2014

The Corcoran Super Bowl Prediction!

The mouth versus the mind. The two-man chess match between legendary Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and Seahawks all-world cornerback Richard Sherman is the number one match-up fans will have on their minds when the two teams take to the field at MetLife Stadium Sunday night. After twenty weeks of hard work, preparation and execution, the NFL's top two teams are set to determine who will hoist the famous Lombardi trophy. 

While we wish we could watch our beloved Patriots chase another Super Bowl crown this weekend, we will still have the privilege of watching the two most talented and polarizing teams in the sport. The Broncos, paced by their prolific and record-setting offense, come into the Meadowlands with the greatest passing attack the league has ever seen. With a core of Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, and former Patriot star Wes Welker, the Broncos have plenty of options for their quarterback to choose from. The Seahawks, the confident, hard-hitting and trash-talking bunch from the Pacific Northwest rolled through the NFC this season en route to the Super Bowl. Second year QB and leader Russell Wilson brings a mental toughness and poise that is rarely seen in a 24-year old. Of course all eyes will be on #25, Richard Sherman, the outspoken leader, and without doubt, the best shutdown corner in the league.

The unknown winter weather in the New York-New Jersey region serves as a important variable in each team's game plan and execution. Whether there is no precipitation or a blinding blizzard, we expect to see a game that will come down to one final possession in the fourth quarter. It is sure to be an exciting game and we can't wait until 6:37 Sunday night for the kickoff!

The Corcoran Prediction: 27-21 Seahawks

The Broncos will have a chance to take the lead with one minute left, however a Wes Welker drop followed by a Peyton Manning interception leads to a parade in downtown Seattle. 

Jan 10, 2014

Back to the Playoffs: 2014 Edition

Christmas shopping, Santa Claus, cold weather, and a Patriots home playoff game, those are the among the certain things in life this time of the season. Year-in and year-out the football club from Foxborough runs the table in the AFC East and is poised to be hosting a conference rival on a mid-January weekend. This years test, the upstart and ambitious Indianapolis Colts, led by superstar second year quarterback Andrew Luck. 

Polarizing temperatures, specifically those that were a direct result from last week's "polar vortex", won't be in play Saturday when kick-off commences at Gillette Stadium. The preliminary forecast is foreshadowing a game that will be rain-soaked with temps holding steady in the mid 50's, quite the opposite of last week's -20 degree game in Green Bay. Kickoff starts exactly at 8:15 P.M. so whether going to the game, enjoying it from a local bar, or just staying warm and cozy from the comfort of your home, be sure to tune in for what should be one of the more entertaining games we have seen this year.

If you’re looking for the perfect bar or restaurant to watch Brady and the boys try to pick apart the Indianapolis D, then take a look at our quick guide below on the best spots in Boston with the best T.V.’s!

1. The Harp - 85 Causeway St (right across from TD Garden)

Great food, great drinks, great times at one of Boston's favorite spots. Not only does The Harp feature numerous projection and LED T.V.'s throughout the bar, but their nightlife dancing and live music will not disappoint! 

2. Jerry Remy's Bar & Grill - 1265 Boylston St (Behind Fenway Park) or 250 Northern Ave (in the Seaport)

Whether you chose the location next to Boston's cathedral of baseball, or their brand-new seaport location with waterfront views, Jerry Remy's offers a great atmosphere for any game.

3. Coogan's - 2 Milk St (Financial District) 

Although not large, Coogan's present a lively and festive atmosphere which translates perfect for a Patriots playoff game. The best part of Coogan's is there affordable drink and food menu which offers great discounts on comfort food and beverages. 


Jan 6, 2014

Happy New Year!! Some Fresh and Thoughtful Resolutions for 2014

Now that the Holidays have passed and 2014 is already off and running, isn't it time you find yourself a new, and possibly out-of-the-box resolution idea for 2014? With a little help from the International Business Times' article here are some great suggestions to make the new year the best one yet!

1. Get specific about your weight-loss goal

It's one thing to say, "I want to lose weight." It's a whole other thing to say, "I'm going to lose weight by jogging Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and by only eating fast food once a month." Make specific goals for yourself. They don't have to be big; simply walking home from work instead of taking the bus is a step in the right direction. 

If you have a specific weight range you want to target, try drawing up a tailored workout plan to achieve that goal!

2. Get your finances in order - and keep them that way

First of all, don't spend money you don't have. Has that credit card balance added up? Shred the plastic. Making too many compulsive purchases? Realize you don't need half the stuff you think you do. Eating out too much? Get a cookbook and visit a grocery store.

Trouble tracking and documenting your spendings? Try Mint.com. It's a fun and free way to see your portfolio.

3. Clear out the clutter

Clutter and stress go hand-in-hand. That week's pile of mail on the dining room table is actually a bundle of stress. That staircase riddled with stacks of clothes, laundry detergent bottles in various states of emptiness, and workout gear? Also stress. Clear the clutter.

Take the time to purge your apartment or home of things that no longer serve you, and organize the things that do. Set up three large boxes in your living room. Separate everything by things to "keep," things to "donate" and thing to "throw away."

4. Be more positive

"Positive thinking doesn't mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life's less pleasant situations," Mayo Clinic notes. 

Being positive can do wonders for your psyche. It can also have a desirable effect on your overall health. Studies have shown a correlation between positive thinking and increased life span, lower rates of depression, better resistance to the common cold, lower levels of stress and better coping skills during adversity. 

5. Turn your smartphone off more often

Apps are addicting, games are fun, and has anyone else noticed how other people's face just aren't interesting as my smartphone screen?

If friends constantly call you out on your iPhone addiction, maybe your New Year’s resolution for 2014 should be to put the phone down and just…talk. We get it; the second that cell phone glows with a new message, it’s hard to stifle the intrigue. But really, it can wait. Engage with the people around you and pledge to give the messages and emails a rest.

6. Watch less TV

It’s simple: read more. Reading will expand your vocabulary, and give you something else to talk about at dinner parties other than the dog or the weather.

Maybe you’re not a novel kind of person. In the age of social media, where 140 characters seems like a lifetime of words, it’s hard to have the attention span for something with 300 or more pages. We get it. Instead, subscribe to a weekly magazine or two.

11. Get more fresh air

It’s important to get outside more often. According to Prevention, kids who get more “vitamin G,” a shorthand way of saying more time in green spaces, have less stress, perform better in school and have fewer ADHD symptoms.

Find ways to spend more time outdoors. Pick up gardening, or get a dog. A dog is as good an excuse as any to take a walk around the park. Or, find day trips you can do outside the city. Even a winery will do!

2014 is already full of bright and positive outlooks. If you’re looking to make the most of the year to come, just try one of these fresh ideas to springboard you forward in the coming year!