Super Bowl XLIV (Super Bowl 44) Predictions

Super Bowl Sunday! Can not believe that it is here already. What a great year we’ve had. We’re left with the two teams who for the most of the season were picked to be here. The two teams that started this season a combined 27-0. For the first time since Super Bowl XXXV when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants (incidentally Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator on that Giants team) I find myself with a Super Bowl where I don’t have a team that I really would like to see win over the other. I know it is cliché but I’m just hoping for a great game.

If the Saints win, the party might never end in New Orleans. Everyone knows that this is a city that loves to party . City officials have already announced that there will be a parade whether the Saints win or lose. Is there another city in America (Detroit?) that just needs something to celebrate at this point? How can you root against this team? How can you root against Drew Brees? He went to New Orleans and has done great charitable work in the city through his “The Brees Dream Foundation”. When he signed with them, a lot of people questioned what exactly he was thinking. This was a franchise that had never won anything. There were plenty of talks of moving the franchise out of New Orleans altogether in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was great to see the NFL and Saints ownership stick by this city and be a symbol of what needs to be done to rebuild the city.

What more can you say about Peyton Manning? When all is said and done he’ll probably go down as the greatest to ever play the position. It is a shame that the Colts chose to lay down in the final two regular season games because this team should be playing for a perfect season right now and what would have been one more major notch on Peyton Manning’s legacy. Another championship for Peyton Manning means that we can stop the ridiculous group of people who try to argue that that Brady’s been half as good as Peyton Manning. Had Manning played with the defense that Brady had earlier in his career he might have had 5 rings already. The injury to Freeney is a big setback for the Colts.

This is a big day for the Manning family who are widely recognized as the “First Family” of New Orleans. The patriarch Archie Manning played 11 good years on a really bad Saints team. He never did win a Super Bowl. He was an analyst for Saints radio broadcasts but gave up that job once Peyton Manning came into the league. The Saints were playing the Colts that year and Archie didn’t feel like he could keep things he found out from meeting Saints coaches and players from his son. We all know what a career Peyton’s had. He won his ring in Super Bowl XLI. Eli Manning won his ring the following in Super Bowl XLII. There are those in New Orleans who think a Saints win today would be in part be dedicated to Saints legends of the past like Archie. Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has his own indirect ties to the Manning family. He was the Chargers Quarterback who get let go after the Eli/Phillip Rivers/Big Ben NFL Draft.

I went 0-2 vs the spread last week which dropped me to 5-5 in the playoffs.. We’re coming off of two straight all-time great Super Bowls. I just get the feeling that we’re due for a bad one. There are projecting a high scoring game. Steve Young on ESPN earlier today picked the Saints 45-42! This has the potential for a shootout with these two offenses but Super Bowls usually don’t end up that way. As someone mentioned on TV yesterday, offenses are usually a little jumpy in the first 7-8 minutes so the defenses get a nice head start. With that being said and done I am going to take the Colts -6 to come out on top. You’ve had a nice little run New Orleans and America owes you a debt of gratitude for eliminating Brett Favre last week but this one is about Peyton Manning’s legacy. Colts win 38-20.

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