Super Bowl XLIV is Sunday in Miami; here is a preview for Sunday’s game.
I fully expect a competitive game between New Orleans and Indianapolis. Peyton Manning has a lot riding on this game in terms of his legacy and that can’t be ignored. New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has stated publicly that his team will have a similar game plan to strategize against the Colts. I expect Manning to get hit a lot like Brett Favre did in the NFC Championship game. Of course I’m sure the NFL and the officials will emphasize and stress late hits, especially those against Manning.
Indianapolis is questionable only in terms of Dwight Freeney being injured. The All-Pro defensive end is a question mark with his ankle injury and it will be interesting to see how he affects Sunday’s game. Saints’ left tackle Jermon Bushrod (talk about just pulling letters out of a hat to come up with a name!) and teammates played admirably against Jared Allen and the Vikings so I’m not sure Freeney’s impact would have been as huge as assumed.
Factor in the Colt’s have played the majority of the season without starting cornerback Marlin Jackson and safety Bob Saunders so it’s probably business as usual for this crew.
New Orleans certainly has offensive weapons to exploit Indy’s D so they can’t be ignored. However since losing to Dallas on Dec. 19th, the Saints have lost to a pitiful Tampa Bay Bucs (At home, vs. a rookie QB) and a mediocre Carolina Panthers squad (featuring the immortal, as the Vikings found out, Matt Morgan at QB.) While beating a really banged up Arizona team that completely rolled over in the playoffs, and squeaked a game against a superior Minnesota squad who, combined with some questionable officiating, really beat themselves. Before the Dallas game they pulled a luck rabbit’s foot out of their ass in two consecutive weeks Dec. 6th at Washington and Dec. 11th at Atlanta.
New Orleans last impressive, decisive win was Monday, Nov. 30 when they demolished New England 38-17. That’s so long ago Tiger Woods only had a couple mistresses and Lady GaGa was still considered a woman!
I’m completely in the camp that New Orleans doesn’t deserve to be at the Super Bowl this weekend and I’d think that even if I weren’t a Vikes fan. Luck has prevailed for this team. I should note that is still a really good team, but I also think this team could easily be 9-7 next year. Just a hunch.
Of course the Saints’ are dedicating this for their fans in New Orleans, the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Because they didn’t dedicate the whole 2005 season to the victims and they didn’t dedicate there 2006-7 run to the NFC championship to the victims.
It’s kind of like how the 2008 Giants dedicated their Super Bowl title to victims of 9/11, or the Twins dedicated their playoff tie-breaker win to the victims of the 35W bridge collapse, and it’s reminiscent of the White Sox dedicating their 2005 World Series title to the victims of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.
If you can’t tell I was being sarcastic. I’m of the political, sociological, and economic mind that the City of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, and the entire Gulf Coast in general will never flourish and prosper until they move and quit playing the victim card.
It’s this simple: You had a faulty levee system for your area and a NATURAL disaster happened. FEMA, Mke Brown, and George Bush dropped the ball, and hundreds of millions of dollars and countless hours have been volunteered to help you back on your feet. I’m not saying your ungrateful, that’s not to say I wouldn’t feel incredible grief and burden had I lost all my possessions, but Hurricane Katrina was going to happen sooner or later. You weren’t victims of a disaster like a terrorist attack.
During the pre-game for the NFC Championship Fox 9 had some talking head doofyus mingling with fans walking around the Superdome about their thoughts. One slightly inebriated Saints fan said, and I’m paraphrasing “Sorry Vikings fans, but today is our day. Come down here and spend money, we need it but the Saints are going to win. Who Dat?!”
A drunken man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts. What a completely hateable comment.
So as I snap out of my conservative political rant I’ll predict the Colts take home the giant, quasi-phallic Vince Lomabardi trophy (soon to me renamed the St. Brett Favre trophy sponsored by Wrangler.) 30-24.
Prepare for a flag-fest. If someone in Saints Gold even smells Manning he’ll get flagged. New Orleans has a furious 4th quarter comeback but falls short. Interestingly the Saints had to make a major comeback versus the Dolphins on Sep. 3 in the stadium where the game is being played.
• All this talk about the Tim Tebow and Man Crunch commercials are blown way out of proportion. The liberal media slant against the Tebow spot is a joke, the conservative groups bending out of shape over the gay-dating sight is out of touch. Put it this way: a service nobody has ever heard of like “Man Crunch” cannot afford to pay for a Super Bowl spot without bankrupting themselves, so by you getting all whipped up over it and crying fowl in the media you just gave them all the FREE publicity they need! I say let the fairies do whatever they want.
• I suspect The Who will be pretty dreadful at halftime. Lead-Singer Roger Daultry was struggling to hit notes in 1978 and that was more than 30 years ago. Some of their biggest hits like Who Are You?, Won’t Get Fooled Again, and Babba O’Riley are all over 5 minutes long, So the condensed medley fire storm that is the halftime show will be awkward anyways. How can you condense Baba???
• My vote for next years show? Eagles, Bon Jovi, or Whitney Cummings
• Interesting prop bets that I’d bet the house on:
1. Number of camera shots on Kim Kardashian?: Over/Under 2.5
2. How many times will Hurricane Katrina be mentioned? Over/Under 2.5.
• I would bet everything in your possession on the OVER for both. And by the way, if I’m the CBS’ producer in the truck for the Super Bowl don’t I give like five grand to a friend, tell him to place the over for the Kardashian one and go out of my way to show Kim three times in the first quarter? Or if I’m Jim Nance don’t I say Hurricane Katrina three times in thee opening segment??
• I love how the NFL trademarked the words “Super Bowl.” Every time I see a TV commercial saying something like “Buy that big screen in time for the “Big Game” or head on down to Super Value to stock up on queso dip for your “Penultimate Vase” party. I can just see an old person being really confused. NFL un-trademark “Super Bowl” now and get extra free publicity.
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