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February 05, 2005

The Superbowl Thread

If you're so inclined, you can kibbitz and predict here.

The Eagles are tough team -- hell of a defense -- and a dangerous team. The fact that I despise them (being a Giants fan) can't cloud my judgment that they are, in fact, hellagood.

But...

The Patriots. For some reason, I just never think the Patriots are really that strong of a team, but damnit if they don't just go out there and win virtually every week. Maybe it's that whole "team" mentality; maybe it is the unquestionable genius of Bill Bellichick.

NRO's The Corner posts stats that teams with recent Superbowl wins tend to beat the competition, time and time again.

So I'm going with the Patriots, not just because they're my second-favorite team, but because, damnit, Bill Bellichick is some sort of lesser deity of football strategy and preparation.

And let's face it, the Pats have already played two Superbowls in the past three weeks, against teams that were better than they (and better than Eagles, probably, too), at least on paper. They didn't just beat the offensively-potent Colts; they made the Colts look, as Shannon Sharpe said (approximately), "foolish."

And the next week out they made the mighty mighty Steelers look foolish as well, making all-time winningest rookie QB Ben Rothlisberger look like a, well, rookie, and shutting down the powerful running tandem of The Bus and the Duce.

I'm predicting a bit of blowout, not because I think that the Patriots are actually that much better than the Iggles, but because most of Superbowl history demonstrates that whoever wins wins big.

Patriots, 44 to 21. And eleven of the Iggles points (FG plus TD w/2 point conversion) come in the garbage-time of the late fourth quarter. There will be no need for Adam Vinateri late-game heroics this time around. His primary duty will be place-kicking and PAT's after touchdowns.

Johnny Coldcuts Update: The foul-mouthed time-travelling baloney sandwich informs me that Teddy Bruchski will score two touchdowns, one on offense and one on defense.


"Teddy gets to dance in the paint twice. You can bet your dirty asses on, ratfuckers!"

And remember: he predicted the Red Sox World Series sweep back in June.

Then again, he's a substance-abusing moron. And a sandwich, too.

Thanks to Enjoy Every Sandwich for the photo, and EES's generous permission to use this pic of Johnny on occasion.

Update: Dave notes a trend of alternating close contests and blowouts in the history of the Superbowl.

If the (approximate) pattern holds, this year should be a blowout.

What's the Wife Gonna Do While You and Your Buddies are Watching the Superbowl and Gang-Farting? SondraK has a suggestion, although it might be too late to order.

Sigh.


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