Another year of a blog on Super Bowl Sunday with myself and others doing picks.
But first up, somehow on January 16th, 2012 I predicted the media coverage of this year’s game.
I decided before the 2012 AFC/NFC Championship games to write on what the possible Super Bowl
storylines could be. Since Baltimore-San Francisco was an option last season this was what I
thought might happen.
“49ers-Ravens. By far, the one the media would have the easiest time with. John Harbaugh, coach
of the Ravens. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. 2 brothers against each other. They played each
other this season on Thanksgiving Night, so they can grab the videos done for that week and
recycle them quite easily. Piece of cake.”
Got that one correct. I’ve seen those Thanksgiving clips so much during the last 2 weeks it’s
crazy. John and Jim before the game, the brothers with their parents after the game, etc. It
took 12 months but that paragraph came true.
I’ve gone back and forth on who might win. First other people and their choices.
One of the many Queen’s Alumni that are around, Andrew Bucholtz. Who runs the Yahoo! Canada
“55 Yard Line” blog.
“I’ll go San Fran 28, Baltimore 24. Kaepernick and Gore too tough for Ravens to stop, in my
Matthew Bisson, who I used to work with at the CFRC Sports department. Now a News Editor at 1310
News in Ottawa.
“Cheering for the 49ers, but expecting a Ravens win. Just seems to be their year. Hope I’m
Another Queen’s/CFRC Alumni, Julie Stewart-Binks. Sports Anchor on CTV Regina and also
involved in hockey scouting.
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Julie went with the 49ers as did Jody Vance who is now at Breakfast Television at City in
Formerly known as CityTV. They all dropped the “TV” part of the station name this month. Just
“City” now. One of those random little tweaks a company will do.
Up next a pick from Natalie Thomas, who is on maternity leave from The Weather Network. Someone
who defeated me in 2011 doing NHL playoff picks on this blog. You can look that up and see.
She had it clinched before the finals. We both picked Boston over Vancouver since obviously
that was the only choice.
“Hmmmm. I’m out of the loop…but I’ll take Baltimore. :)”
Since Natalie just had a baby girl in January that explains her being out of the loop. Finally BJ Stewart,
Weather Network Morning Show Producer
“Geography says I should go with the Ravens…but I kinda like the 49ers grit. Think I’ll go with SF”
I’m picking Baltimore to win, 24-13. I can see 49ers winning but after the Ravens knocked off Manning
and Brady in back to back weeks they are on a roll. Also the 49ers defense hasn’t been great lately.
I’ll be rooting for the Niners since Ray Lewis is unbearably annoying at this point.
Since I predicted the media coverage a year ago, I will predict the shot from this game that will be
run for years to come. The handshake or hug at the end of the game between the coaches. Easy
prediction of course. One brother just won the biggest game of his life, and the other one
just lost it. You never see the coach’s handshake in the highlight package but every channel
will be showing that on Monday morning.
NFC/AFC Championship today. 3 out of the 4 teams were all in the same place last season. For all the talk of “parity” we get a rematch of Patriots/Ravens and the 49ers are back again after losing to the Giants a year ago. Both games are tough to call, so I could 2-0 or 0-2 pretty easily.
Ravens at Patriots
Baltimore always plays well against New England. Steam rolled them in the playoffs 4 years ago. Almost beat them a year ago to make the Super Bowl. The Week 3 game where Baltimore won in Foxboro was one of the ‘replacement ref’ games. Which I haven’t heard one person mention this week. A win is a win, but that game was one of the worst games when it cames to the officials. The game dragged, it was on national TV Sunday Night with the announcers pointing out the bad calls. And at one point the crowd started a “BULLSH*T” chant after a call. What crowd gets that riled up about Week 3? And Bill Belichick grabbed an official after the game. It was that bad.
Saying that, I am picking New England. Pats easily beat Houston last week. And they had a first round bye. Usually that can help a team, but Baltimore is also coming off a Double Overtime game. A game where running back Ray Rice said it was one of the toughest games he’d ever been in with the cold conditions. I see their run of playoff wins coming to an end.
No way I’m picking a team that messed up like that. Atlanta was up by 2 so a long Seattle field goal would’ve won it for the Seahawks. 49ers are better coached than that.
Cowboys won a playoff game after 13 years and I didn’t have a blog up with my predictions last week. I’m a Redskins fan but would’ve liked to write about it. Reason for no blog last week was my midnight shift job, 3 CFRC sports broadcasts in 4 nights, along with my radio show and that the games started on Saturday. I write the NFL blogs late on Saturday night when it’s quiet so that didn’t happen last week.
On Twitter I did pick Eagles, Patriots, Jets and Cardinals. 2-2 which is better than most did. Crazy thing was last week I heard the amount of people betting on the Packers kept going up and up as the week went along. Huh? Thought they were pretty even but I gave Arizona the edge. Nothing worth putting money on though.
This is where an American blogger would say “of course sports betting is illegal outside of Nevada” but we have ProLine in Canada. Go to a local convenience store and fill out a ticket for what team you want and put some money down. Maximum of 100 bucks. So it’s not crazy.
As for this weekend, I’m going with “4 C’s”. When I wrote them down I noticed they all start with the letter “C”.
Cardinals over Saints. Never thought I’d call Arizona a “playoff tested” team but here we are after a run to the SuperBowl last year. And they held off a valiant Packers team who kept fighting back. Saints looked bad after the loss to Dallas. No excuse for losing at home to Tampa Bay the following week. New Orleans have seemed to peak in that Monday Night game against New England. If the Superdome didn’t help them against the Bucs I think the Cards will win this game.
Colts over Ravens. Back and forth on this one. But key for me was Ravens QB Joe Flacco throwing for 34 yards last week in a win. Really think Colts could lose this one but 34 yards is a number sticking in my head too much.
Cowboys over Vikings. Dallas got their first playoff win since the Clinton administration last Saturday. They’ve played well over the last month, surprisingly. Minnesota the opposite. And I ignore their last game against the New York ‘rolling over and not trying’ Giants.
Chargers over Jets. Matchup is a good one for the Jets. San Diego can’t run well this year, NY defense stops the run. NY is a good running team, SD can’t stop the run. Comes down to the QB’s and I think Rivers will have enough for the win, but a close game.