By: Dan Leach
So it was going to start out as a regular Thursday night filled with watching some college and pro hoops, a few Sprites out with some beautiful women, and late night Texas Hold Em at the DTM Man Cave. What it turned into was an absurd night that has made me firmly believe that my Super Bowl Bagels and Locks pick can’t lose.
Literally at the last minute I was offered a free Bobby Brown ticket to his show at Soundboard Thursday night and being a fan of New Edition and BB since well before I was line dancing at Bar Mitzvahs, I could not pass it up. I almost even turned around as there was a horrendous backup on the Lodge, but yet something was pulling me towards the sweet sounds of a childhood hero.
Bobby came out to the montage theme from Rocky IV, which was totally epic. He then proceeded to play hits spanning his career from his anthem from “Ghostbusters II”, “On Our Own”, to some new songs and familiar classics, all leading up to his closer, one the best R&B songs of all time “My Prerogative”. While it wasn’t the BB of 1992, it was definitely a show that left you with a smile on your face and memories of a simpler time.
Then as I was about to leave I ran into my good friend DJ Lawton Lunce and his beautiful wife Ashlee. Lawton who is even a bigger fan of BB then me and often plays his tracks at his various DJ gigs convinced me to stay and play slots for a little while. I found out I had a 10$ comp and said what the heck, “When In Rome.” Well all I can say is a couple minutes and three Sizzling 7’s later a Jackpot was won, bells rang like crazy, Bobby Brown came and give me a high five, and in that moment I saw who was going to win the Super Bowl. Either that or the exorbitant amount of Red Bulls I had drank caused me to hallucinate.
Super Bowl XLVII
San Francisco 49’ers (13-4-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (13-6) 6:30PM Est. TV-CBS (San Fran -3.5 Total 47.5) – New Orleans Superdome
Well….here…..we….go! This is the day all football fans wait for all year long, hoping their favorite team is in the biggest game in the world. If they aren’t though you are always fired up about the pageantry, the epicness, the all day pregame show, the commercials, the chicken wing shortages, the super bowl squares, of course for entertainment purposes only, the National Holiday that is the Super Sunday. Unfortunately unless you are a Lions fan and know there is no chance they will ever be playing in the game so it’s sadly just another Sunday. I kid the Lions fans as you know I am one of the nuttiest thinking they will not only go to a Super Bowl, but win one in the next five years. I wear it like a badge of honor, one that often leaves me the butt of many jokes, but I digress.
The two teams that are in the big game have had nothing short of miraculous seasons. From the retirement announcement right before the playoffs of Ray Lewis, one of the greatest NFL defensive players ever, inspiring his team to go on some kind of run. To the unbelievably bold move of Jim Harbaugh leading to the rise of Colin Kaepernick out of nowhere. To the Ravens going on the road and beating the one and two seed in the AFC as a double digit underdog in both games, making NFL history. To the Brothers Grimm historically facing each other, and on and on. The story lines could not be any juicier.
This is still a football game though and as big as the Super Bowl has become, it will still be played on a 100 yard field with all the same rules as any other game during the season. The intensity though is a whole different story. Being lucky enough to have attended Super Bowl’s in the past, I can say there really is something special from the start and both teams know they are in the midst of history. This game is going to come down to which team is able to grab that moment and rise to the occasion. Both teams have great defenses that can take over a game. Both teams offense have been playing out of their minds and have big play capability. Both coaches are amazing in their own right and it just happens they are brothers, making these two teams going head to head even more special.
This is the type of game that could come down to one big play on offense and one moment of weakness on defense. I truly think these teams are so evenly matched that we could see the first OT game in Super Bowl history. That being said I think the team that wins this game will win it because of a huge game from one of these two players. For the Niners one of course is Colin Kaepernick, can he handle the pressure, can he use his legs to create separation from the aggressive and field-shortening Ravens D? Randy Moss is the other as he is not the best WR ever as he would like to think, but is capable of the big play that can turn this game.
For the Ravens one is Ray Rice. Can he find holes in the NFL best Niners front seven and extend the field in all directions? If Rice can use the run to set up the pass the Ravens offense can be deadly. The other is Ray Lewis, who comes into this game with more baggage, both good and bad, then most in Super Bowl history. The team has been inspired by him throughout this entire playoff run and Lewis has played great the whole way. I think Ray is in for one of the best games of his career and no matter how you feel about his off the field drama, after this game you will marvel at how he left everything on the field, always.
Prediction (Based on a 1-10 Bagels and Locks Scale)
10 Bagels on the Ravens +3.5 -You could say my Thursday night at Motor City Casino was a tale in destiny and so is the Baltimore Ravens. They have simply done the almost impossible on their road to New Orleans and there is no reason to think it will stop now. The Niners are a phenomenal team and I think this will end up being one of the better Super Bowl’s in recent memory. In the end though it will be Joe Flacco and his cool confidence, Ray Rice and his game changing speed, and Ray Lewis and the Ravens Defense. The Ravens D that will be just a little better than the Niners and will be the biggest reason they hold the Vince Lombardi trophy as the confetti flies.
Baltimore Ravens 31 San Fran 28 OT
MVP- You guessed it….The greatest LB ever to be addicted to Deer Antler Extract- Ray Lewis!! He will ride into the sunset as a hero? A cheater? Who cares, it makes for a great story and isn’t that what we crave for in sports? I wish all of you a wonderful Super Sunday with friends and family. Truly one of the best days of the year.