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First,

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORLD CHAMPION NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Now, let me see how I did on my picks:

I would bet the Saints win the coin toss.
--- Right on this one!

The Saints will also score the first points.
--- Wrong.

The Colts will lead at half-time.
--- Right!

The Saints will score last in the game.
--- Right.

The Saints win Super Bowl XLIV.
--- Right!

4 out of 5 is not bad.

Who dat black! Who dat gold! Who dat won the Super Bowl!

chrisbrad: Red Sox (Default)
Well, the big day has arrived. My friends, it is Super Bowl Sunday (cue heavenly music and lighting).

Before I begin with my predictions, let me give you the latest TV start times (central time):

ESPN's coverage begins at 5.30 AM with SportsCenter, The Sports Reporters, and Outside the Lines.
Their main coverage, NFL Countdown, begins at 9 AM and goes until kick-off.
ESPN will have score updates throughout the evening, and their hours-long post-game coverage starts anew just after the game ends.

But over on CBS, you can watch the actual game!
Here is the CBS schedule:
Road to the Super Bowl (HD) 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Phil Simms All-Iron Team (HD) 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
The Super Bowl Today (HD) 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Kickoff Show (HD) 5:00 - 5:25 p.m.
Super Bowl XLIV (HD) 5:25 - 9:00 p.m


Now on to some predictions:
I would bet the Saints win the coin toss. (The NFC has won for something like 10+ years in a row.)
The Saints will also score the first points. (I am betting a field goal.)
The Colts will lead at half-time. (By three points or less.)
The Saints will score last in the game. (Overcoming a small deficit.)
The Saints win Super Bowl XLIV. (By a close 38-35 score.)

There you go.


 


chrisbrad: Red Sox (Default)
Today is the day for fans of the Saints, Vikings, Jets, and Colts.

My quick predictions:

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
The five seed Jets are playing at the one seed Colts. The Jets, led by rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and coach Rex Ryan, have stunned the football world by making it this far into the playoffs. They were decimated by the Saints in week 4 and had a rough six weeks after that. But the Jets made a miracle recovery and squeaked into the playoffs. They managed a convincing win last week, defeating the red-hot Chargers, and look to continue their winning ways. Their outlook is so positive that Coach Ryan is already selling Jets in the Super Bowl merchandise. That is either some mighty moxie or the stupidest bold move in this NFL season.

But the Colts, led by future Hall-of-Fame  QB Peyton Manning, are on a roll. They won 14 games during the regular season earning the number one seed. Last week, the Colts put a beatdown on the Ravens. The team can put the ball anywhere they want on the field, can stop the run, and have an excellent pass rush defense.

Look for the Jets to blitz early and often. But look for Manning and the Colts to do what they do best: Score under pressure.

Jets 17, Colts 23


NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
The two seed Vikings are on a roll themselves. They made a great post-season statement last week by embarrassing a vaunted Cowboys team, keeping Dallas to 3 lowly points. Minnesota, led by another future Hall-of-Fame QB in Brett Favre, has no problem working outside the pocket. With the explosive running game from Adrian Peterson, they can also stay on the ground. But it is perhaps their defense front seven, led by Jarrad Allen, that can stop the Saints.

The New Orleans Saints are led by NFL-leader in completions percent and touchdowns, Drew Brees. The man is becoming a legend before our eyes. He can do anything he wants with the ball. The Saints also have three great runners and four awesome receivers. Add to that a defense that strips away the ball often along with the home crowd energy and things will go well.

Look for the Saints to continue with what has worked: Strike with precision passes, but run the ball for an even pass/rush ratio.

Vikings 28, Saints 34
 

 

 


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