Perhaps you’ve heard by now of the Gisele email that has been making the rounds. She wants everyone to wish her Tommy well on Sunday. She doesn’t sound like much of a football fan. It’s all like, this is important to him for some reason, so I guess it’d be better if he didn’t get Eli-Faced again. I have not seen an email from Abby Manning, though I imagine the Manning clan only sends email within the clandestine Manning network. I think that network is mostly clogged up with emails from Archie talking about how he would have won multiple Super Bowls if the Saints didn’t stink. Hey Arch, you weren’t that hot either, buddy.
Anyway, I decided to pit these two better halves against each other because if we’re being technical about things here Gisele is lacking in the Super Bowl category. There are people out there, crazed Boston fans mostly, who are keenly aware of Tom’s post-season stats with and without Gisele by his side. What can I say? The city is prone to embracing curses. The Brazilian supermodel may have already cost the dynasty a couple more rings. Abby Manning, on the other hand, much like her dazed-faced groom is a perfect 1-0 in the Bowl. In fact, Eli made things official right after that historic 2008 upset. He knew he was peaking, I guess.
I may retire the girls with picks theme for next year. I’m not sure yet. Might be time to try something new. So, if this is the end of an era, I thought this was the proper way to go out. On to the pick…
New England (-3) over New York Giants.
To borrow a phrase from the great Mark Zumoff, I was on the see-saw with this one. Personal spite immediately shifts me to the Pats. Then, I feel that the Pats’ past success has installed them as token favorites. Then, we’ve got the Giants sounding awfully cocky and the majority of money (and experts) coming down on the side of the G-Men. That’s a lot of directions to get pulled in and I honestly could see either team winning this game. The Giants are the “hot” team and you don’t want to discount the fact that they only went 9-7, but the Pats aren’t your typical 1-seed. You could argue they have 1 quality win the entire year(thanks to a shanked kick), and they lost to the Giants in the regular season.
That loss adds a double-revenge factor into the mix for the Pats. And, my head just exploded. Here’s some general thoughts I have on the game. I think both defenses are getting drug through mud a bit. I think Gronk will play and he’ll be effective enough. I think Brady will be pressured, but not necessarily bothered. Lastly, I think the 1st quarter and 1st Pats possession are very key. Like I said, the G-Men are feeling themselves. Any fodder that gets added into that mix is only going to heighten the belief in their own destiny.
I tend to think coaching is overvalued in many sports, but the NFL guys earn their money and deserve all the heat they take. You’ve got a game here where the game-planning could play a huge role. Can Belichick (the author of some historic defensive game plans) come up with another to slow down the Giants passing attack? Can Coughlin out fox him? Or beat him at his own game again? I did a quick scan and might have missed one, but I think this is the first Super Bowl where both coaches have a ring since 1985 (Miami vs. SF), regardless this doesn’t happen often. It’s probably the best Super Bowl coaching match-up of the last 20 years.
In the end I’m picking New England because I think the Giants momentum is going to run out. They’re a little like a hot baseball or hockey team that now had to sit and wait for their next opponent. I think Belichick will find a way to slow down, not stop, the receivers and I think Brady will patient enough in the short passing game to chip away and score enough for the win. And, if there’s any chance Drew is going to be there again to make out with Bob Kraft on the field after the game–I can’t pass up a shot at seeing that. Pats 27-20.
Your Super Bowl Commercial Guide:
I’ve seen plenty of commercials over the years. Some good, many very bad. As someone who once received an “A” in college for a fake Bud Light ad I feel like I am qualified to pinpoint the 5 keys to any successful Super Bowl commercial. If you have these things, you’ve got yourself gold. Gold Jerry, Gold.
- Toddlers or Babies
That’s it. I challenge you to prove me wrong.
Your Non-Super Bowl Weekend Guide:
The Lingerie Bowl: The Philadelphia Passion will play for the Lingerie Bowl Championship this weekend. I could not find a line on the event. If the Philadelphia lingerie football team wins a Bowl before the Eagles win a Super Bowl? I don’t know. I just don’t know.
Sixers: The Sixers inspired me to send out my first tweet in over a year the other night. Are you following me yet? I already have six followers, so I think I’m approaching the limit. Anyway, I’m trying to get the hashtag, “#defensewins3seeds” to catch on. That’s all mine. Trademarked. The Six-Dogs continue the most important stretch in their recent history this weekend with an epic clash. Tonight, LeBron’s (Or is it D-Wade’s) Heat come to town. The Sixers have already knocked off Orlando and Chicago this week, with ease. If they dust off Miami I’d start filing for the parade permits. The Heat are a mere two point favorite (Oh my god, Sixers line!) tonight. It could happen. And then they’d have all that momentum for Kobe on Monday.
Baseball News: Cashman’s got a stalker, Hamilton hit the bottle and the Phillies will probably keep signing veterans at a rate of 2-per week. My favorite part of the Cashman story is that the lady claims he bought some pajamas at TJ Maxxxx for his sleepovers at her place. Any lingering questions about Cashman’s intelligence should be put to rest. He obviously knows where to shop. One more baseball note, here’s a story I saw at Crossing Broad about the Nationals begging their fans to buy tickets to their games against the Phillies so their stadium doesn’t turn into home-field disadvantage. The Nats also signed Chad Durbin. No one knows why.
Golf: There are no interesting golf story lines this weekend because Tiger isn’t playing. Neither is Fred. But, I’m brushing up on my Euro Tour so I can go back to picking stone cold long shots next week.
That’s it for now, everyone enjoy the big game. Remember to pace yourself. It’s a long day, especially for a Sunday. Don’t go out too quick. I’ll see everyone Monday when we can discuss Brady vs. Montana or how I’m supposed to live in a world where Eli Manning has won two Super Bowls.