Hey, it's Super Bowl time!
Posted Friday, February 3, 2017, at 4:45 PM
Sunday is the big game. The one night a year where football fans and those who really like silly TV commercials all gather around different TVs with their adult beverages, sodas, pizzas, wings, chips, dips, and any other edible product one can enjoy during a football, sorry veggie plate fans.
This year’s Super Bowl, the 51st, will be on Fox on 5:30 in the best standard of time, Central. We’ll be serenaded by none other than the immortal Joe Buck. Love him or hate him, I’m in the latter camp, he does sometimes do a decent job and he’ll be joined by former Cowboys quarter, Troy Aikman. Our halftime entertainment will be Lady Gaga.
Small tangent before I get to the game. Why do we continue to get pop performers for a game that’s violent and bloody? I’m not hating on Lady Gaga, she has a great voice, but she doesn’t invoke violence for a violent sport. Why are metal bands not getting the stage at the halftime show? Give me some Metallica, Iron Maiden, anything that gets my blood pumping and throw stuff around the room.
Not that I really need music for that excuse while watching football anyways.
Sunday night we’ll see the Atlanta Falcons, a team that no one expected to reach the biggest game of the year, and the New England Patriots headed by Tom Brady who will hoist another MVP trophy and Darth Belichick. An upstart team led by a quarterback who had a break through season against the most hated team in the NFL. If you hadn’t heard, the Pats are indeed the most hated team in the NFL this season.
It’s easy to hate the Pats. They’re dominant, they have a pretty boy quarterback married to a model, a head coach that gives short interviews and a tight end that spends his time hurt or partying like an overgrown frat boy. They’ve been a beacon of success since Tom Brady filled in for Drew Bledsoe in what seems to be eons ago. Since New England upended the St. Louis Rams in 2001, they’ve become probably the best dynasty in the NFL.
That really hurt me to type, but it’s the truth. New England has been able to continue their success in the salary cap era where great players take huge contracts from terrible teams. Somehow, through some way, the Pats have always been at the top of the NFL.
Atlanta, on the other hand, has only one Super Bowl appearance in their history after their historic upset of the Vikings in 1999. Sorry for the bad memories, Vikings fans. The Falcons had the “Dirty Bird” dance that year and faced a hall of fame QB who played in his last game. This year? They’re facing a hall of fame QB who might have another few years left in him. All teams can’t be lucky when they reach the big game, but as history has shown us, when New England is at their best, they still produce classic Super Bowl contests.
All but one of their appearances in the Brady era have been great games, sorry Philly. I don’t see the trend being bucked this year. Atlanta has maybe the best wideout in the league with Julio Jones and it will take a lot of great game planning by the Pats staff to slow him down, but the Falcons have two speed running backs and a few other options in the pass game to put up the points.
We all know by this point Tom Brady could throw to the guy in fifth row and get him 100 yards through the air. I don’t see either defense slowing down the other offense Sunday night. Usually the Pats have been in more of a low scoring affair in the Super Bowl, sans the year they played the Panthers which was a high scoring affair if I remember correctly.
This has been the year of the offense and this game will showcase it. Atlanta’s defense hasn’t been great but the key is to get at Brady with four pass rushers. New England will do whatever they want on offense and defense and see some success.
If you had to get me to make a prediction, well, I hate to type it but I see New England winning this one, 30-24. Brady is a man possessed this year after his four game suspension and Atlanta doesn’t have the secondary to slow him down if their pass rush isn’t there.
I just hope we get a great game Sunday night and enjoy the company of friends and family. Oh, and great commercials.