Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Prediction

Whenever I pick a game, I always preface it by telling you that I am a lousy predictor. Of course, that was before I ran through the post-season on fire. After a poor start in the Wild Card round (Brett Favre let me down), I have picked every game perfectly since. So, if ever you were going to believe I know what I am typing, this would be the time. I am on fire, so keep feeding me the rock, and I will keep shooting until I leave the zone.

Super Bowl XXXIX – The Patriots attempt to find immortality, while the Eagles try to win the big one. All sorts of story lines that make you lean in Philadelphia’s direction under normal circumstances. Terrell Owens appears back in some capacity, Donovan McNabb has the look of a man on the brink of superstardom, and Andy Reid looks unshaken by this whole scene. However, these are not normal circumstances.

They play a juggernaut that must be treated with reverence. They play a team that has not lost a post-season game in YEARS. They play a team that could cement its spot in football lore with this game’s outcome. Seldom is a team close to immortality, so when it is there, it is generally locked in on its destiny. This is not about a game to New England, it is about being placed with Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Green Bay as the 5th dynasty of the Super Bowl era.

And for that reason, I cannot in clean conscience do anything other than believe what my eyes have been telling me since last February in Houston. If a team wins every game of consequence it plays, then regardless of “superstars” or “cool nicknames” you are a fool to not buy into its dominance. They could lose to Philadelphia, but chances are they will not.

Of course, if you read this regularly, you do not need to be told how much I despise the premise of the Eagles winning the Lombardi Trophy. But, I believe I have set that aside to analyze these playoffs, and have picked them to win comfortably versus the Vikings and Falcons. But this is not at home, and this is not against a team that went 8-8.

I take the Patriots not because the Eagles are not worthy. They are worthy, and in most scenarios, you would have to admit that they would be a fine champion. But not this season. Not against this team. I pick the Patriots because they are destined. They embody winning. They shun egos, and they play for the common cause of greatness.

Until someone beats them (and yes, it could happen Sunday) I WILL NOT pick against them.

Patriots 27, Eagles 21

Links:

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Dan Shaughnessy compares the Eagles to the Red Sox …which proves wise men sometimes write dumb things….

Players vote worst fields in the NFL St Louis and Indianapolis win


According to a survey conducted by the NFL Players Association, the playing surface in St. Louis was rated as the second-worst in the league. The RCA Dome, home of the Indianapolis Colts, was rated as the worst playing surface in the league.

More than 1,500 players participated in the survey.

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6 comments:

meredith said...

Did you just call Dan Shaughnessy a wise man?

Now THAT is proof that sometimes wise men write dumb things.

JIM said...

-This just in.....

Michael Irvin will have to wait for at least one more year to make the HoF........

And maybe a thought needs to percolate in the minds of Cowboys Fans:

-The Cowboys Ring of Honor needs to become the primary point for honoring your heroes. After Irvin was rejected to half court today, why should any Cowboy Fan see the HoF is a place where Dallas Cowboys players past and present that have not been inducted yet will be honored now and in the future....

It's a joke....... and now an appeal must be made to make the Ring of Honor more important then ever...

Also, It's easy to see that the Cowboys must preserve their history because the HoF will not preseve their history objectively.....

Observer said...

Just so it is on the record somewhere, I think this will be yet another Super Bowl blowout. I'll go 38-17 in favor of the Patriots.

jeffrey said...

You've got to be kidding me! No Irvin? No Pearson or Harris or Hayes or Wright either.... Could somebody please enlighten me as to what Lynn Swann and Mel Blount have ever done that Pearson didn't?? Win Super Bowls? Irvin, in 16 post-season games (including 3 Super Bowl victories), put up 87 catches for 1314 yards! That's like playing an entire season against the best teams in the league -- no Saints or Bengals on that list. And he won freaking 3 Super Bowls! What the hell else do the voters want? AAAUUUGGHHH! I feel like F***ing Charlie Brown getting the ball yanked away once again.

big smooth said...
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X-factor said...

C'mon "happier man"....but, Irvin made a horrible name for himself off the field. and no matter what anyone else thinks...those that have the power take into heavy consideration what kind of legacy the player has left behind. Irvin better enjoy his movie fame, because I don't see him joining the hall anytime soon.