Apparently there’s some big football game going on later tonight, so there’s no girls hoops on the schedule today.
On a serious note, no, there are no basketball games today, so sit back and enjoy the Super Bowl. If you’re in any pools, best of luck (I’ve got Denver 5, Seattle 4, so I don’t like my odds). My detailed rankings will be up later; the list is posted on the home page, but my notes on each will be up later since I have some other things to work on (and since this week’s rankings are nearly identical to last week’s).
Just for kicks, here’s my prediction for tonight’s big game:
Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle Seahawks 19, Denver Broncos 17
For the sake of my pool, and because I don’t particularly care for Seattle, I’m hoping for a 35-34 Broncos win; but I think this one will be on the lower-scoring side. Both teams are used to playing in crummy weather, so I don’t expect the teams to be that affected by it, per say. I think Seattle has that “magic” that some teams in the past, such as the 2013 Ravens and the 2012 Giants, have had and will take it home. Denver is older, and a little banged up, health-wise. My colleague Jermaine and I discussed this in the office on Saturday and were both pretty much on the same page: If Denver scores early and often, it will likely win; if the Broncos let the Seahawks hang around into the fourth quarter, Seattle will win it.
Richard Sherman is the big hype around this game, and is the anchor of the league’s top defense. Peyton Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time, leads the league’s top offense after winning his fifth MVP award following a record-breaking season. If there was ever a game to test the, “Defense wins championships” theory, this is it. Manning, despite having won a Super Bowl, has been historically poor (by Peyton Manning standards) in big-time games. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, as well as most of the team, are so young that perhaps the reality of playing in a Super Bowl really hasn’t sank in and will allow them to play nerve-free.
Super Bowl MVP — Marshawn Lynch, Seattle: Lynch rushes for 122 yards and two touchdowns en route to MVP honors. The running back goes into “beast mode” in the fourth quarter, scoring a go-ahead touchdown to put Seattle up, 19-14. Following the celebration, Lynch gives an epic interview to the media scrum which will include the word, “boss” at least once.
I don’t watch football — the Super Bowl is one of a handful of games I watch a year. I see the season as merely a place holder until baseball season returns. Still, I guess I have as good a shot as any to pick the correct score, right?
Who do you got?