I don’t know if anyone was prepared for what an epic showdown the big game was.
Well – it’s tough to get excited about this Superbowl, considering that the Patriots beat the Ravens by a nose to reach it. So deflated balls or not, spirits were already deflated around Baltimore – but the show must go on, right.
Now – let’s get real, these are two despised franchises around the country.
Take it away, FGR: “If you were sending-out invitations to the Tournament of the Hated, the Patriots would definitely be on the “A” List along with the 1980 Soviet hockey team, the prison guards from the The Longest Yard (the original version), Christian Laettner’s Duke Blue Devils, the German national soccer team in Victory and every Yankees and Red Sox team ever. The Seahawks don’t warrant quite that level of detest but they certainly belong on the “B” List with teams like the mid 80’s Celtics (I’m detecting a theme), the Italian cycling team from Breaking Away and any team coached by Nick Saban or Urban Meyer.
Alas, it’s the Super Bowl so we have to give it its due. As we proceed with the analysis, we’re going to assume that the cheating on both sides will cancel-out so we’ll have a “fair” game kind of like your typical big city mayoral election where everyone is so shady that the overall playing field ends-up being somewhat level. (Also see anything involving the United States Olympic Committee).* On the other hand, don’t count-out Bill Belichick a/k/a the Douglas C. Neidermeyer of the NFL as he may still have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Let’s see if we can tease-out a few factors in this game that have nothing to do with (a) how we expect certain players to perform or (b) the X’s and O’s because we really have no way of predicting (a) and I know next to nothing about (b). The Patriots have the edge at quarterback and coaching while the Seahawks have a better running game and defense but no one really knows if those edges will hold on Sunday and how much weight to give each one. However, here are a few things we do know:
(1) The majority of the current Seahawks just dominated the last Super Bowl proving that the moment was not too big for any of them. Meanwhile, the Patriots haven’t been here since 2012 which doesn’t seem that long ago until you consider that their leading rusher in that game was BenJarvus Green-Ellis and their leading receivers were Aaron Hernandez, Danny Woodhead and Deion Branch. Besides sharing the fact that all of those Patriots either played with or are an alleged murderer, they also share the fact that they are no longer Patriots. In all, the Patriots only return seven offensive and defensive starters from the team that played Giants in 2012. The Seahawks will start fifteen of the twenty-two players who won last year.
(2) Since they began playing the Super Bowl back in 1967, eleven teams have won it and then made it back the next year and those teams are 8-3 in their second trip which makes sense because (a) they had to be pretty damn good to win it the first time and (b) they are still basically intact from a roster standpoint (like this year’s Seahawks).”
So that’s some breakdown from FGR. He went on to say that the Seahawks will win by 10 or more. I hate to disagree, but the Patriots aren’t going to lay down to Seattle. My guess is that Seattle wins in a squeaker – a field goal or less – but don’t be surprised if we see OT.