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Super Bowl XLIV

We interrupt the drivel that’s usually posted here to have a little rant on the Big Game this Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts, led by quarterback supreme, Peyton Manning, and the New Orleans Saints, led by Drew “What the heck is on my face – you’d think I could afford plastic surgery” Brees.

What has become a de facto national celebration usually turns out to be a really boring game. At least that’s the way it used to be. It seems that the last two Super Bowls have been close, exciting affairs. SuperBowl XLIII, where Pittsburgh won when Santonio Holmes caught a touchdown pass from Ben Rothlisberger with 35 seconds remaining to win 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals. To be fair, it WAS boring until the Cardinals mounted a 4th quarter comeback, but it was exciting nonetheless. Super Bowl XLII pitted the then undefeated New England Assholes Patriots against the underdog NY Giants with Eli Manning, youngest of the royal NFL family of Manning . In what was an amazing game, the Giants pulled out an unbelievable upset of the Pats, 17-14.

Given the recent history of the Super Bowl then, could this be a close one? Not only might it be a close one but the game could very well be a shootout. Both these teams can put up points in quick bunches. Both have speedy wideouts going against average secondaries. The fact that the Colt’s Dwight Freeney is hobbling makes for some concern as he is the edge rusher expected to pressure Brees. The Colts defense, much maligned, is much better than most think but is also missing Bob Sanders, the heart and soul of the secondary.

The Saints defense, coached by cocky ex-Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, led the league in takeaways but was vulnerable to big plays, as evidenced by the NFC Championship game where Minnesota shredded the defense. True to form; however, they did record 5 turnovers. So who are the people to watch? Aside form the obvious ones, Manning, Brees, Reggie Bush, Marques Colston, Dallas Clark, et al, keep an eye on New Orleans (and W&M grad) Darren Sharper at safety. He has a knack for making a big play off the turnover. Also pay attention to the Saints DE, Will Smith. If he can get to Manning and frustrate him it will make for a close game.

I predict three things:

1) Brees will be able to mitigate the pass rush of Indy by tossing screens to Bush in the flat.
2) Manning will get hit a few times and turn the ball over at least twice
3) It will be a close, high scoring game

Tune in next week as I berate myself for being wrong on all three counts.

Prediction: New Orleans 33 Indianapolis 28

New Orleans will be united in celebration and set fire to the French Quarter. FEMA will be back on the scene in short order.

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  1. PTZ
    February 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    It is tradition for me to avoid watching the game unless the Raiders are playing.

    • Ody
      February 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

      Yeah but you still will go to a party, yes? And I still remember that awful Super Bowl my Redskins lost to the Raiders, 38-9. Ugh.

  2. Jim
    February 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I remember the Super Bowl our Redskins lost to Miami 14-7. Remember which one that was? When Mike Bass intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown?

  3. Ody
    February 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Yep. 1972, Garo Yepremian made an ill-fated pass attempt after a flubbed FG attempt. *sigh* Will you be watching in Deutschland?

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