• Football Pros Super Bowl 46 Pick

    46 THINGS ABOUT SUPER BOWL 46

    New York at New England 6:30pm-

    Forty-Six facts, farces and forecasts for a fantastic football fantasy on February fifth. This game really should be a national holiday observed on the Monday after it is played. Or, we could start playing it on Saturday night so we all have a day to recover from the 17 pounds of wings and Doritos we just ate, not to mention the six (dozen) beers, uh, sodas we consumed.

    First, the things that won’t be mentioned:

    1. How the Giants lost to a bad Redskins team in 2007 and 2011 during week 15 before their run to each Super Bowl. (22-10 in 2007 and 23-10 in 2011).

    2. The Tyree catch.

    3. How the Giants beat a one seed and a two seed on the road during the 2007 playoffs and won the Conference Championship in overtime by a field goal after a turnover. You know, like this year.

    4. How a Giants win can give the Manning family a 2-0 record against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl or how Eli can have more Super Bowl wins than his brother.

    5. Any connection between Bill Belichick and the Giants.

    6. Any reference to a winning streak by each team coming into the game.

    7. Any joke talking about how elite cannot be spelled without “Eli.”

    8. Peyton’s neck.

    Didn’t I just mention everything I promised I would not mention? Um..Nevermind. Let’s just move on. Here are things that should be mentioned more:

    9. That Tom Coughlin seems to be on the chopping block every single year, but averages more than nine wins a year and is 7-3 in the playoffs.

    10. That Tom Brady is 3-0 without Randy Moss on his team in a Super Bowl and 0-1 when he is.

    11. That Tom Brady has ten meaningful seasons (Minus 2000 and 2008) under his belt and has a chance for 140 total wins during that time. His record overall so far: 139-40. He is credited with one win as a starter in 2008, so many report this as 140-40.

    Things that matter:

    12. The Giants are a tough match-up for New England because they can provide pressure with their front four. This allows them to mix up their coverages better than other teams. Good quarterbacks who know their offense like Brady does love to be blitzed. They consider it a free 8 yards or more.

    13. The Giants will not be able to run a lot of the plays off guard that Bradshaw likes because Vince Wilfork is two people.

    14. The Giants receiving corps has a big advantage on the Patriots secondary.

    15. The Patriots have a big advantage with the size of their tight ends versus the Giants secondary.

    16. Is Chase Blackburn healthy enough to cover the underneath drags and crosses?

    Things that don’t matter:

    17. Previous records.

    18. The game played earlier this season between the two teams.

    19. That not even the Giants know who Sterling Moore is.

    Fun facts and farces:

    20. Jacquian Williams, the man who forced the Kyle Williams fumble in overtime against San Francisco, went Fort Scott Community College and then played at South Florida. So did Jason Pierre-Paul.

    21. Being the little brother, Eli was picked on by Peyton his whole life. Eli got back at him once when he stole Peyton’s girlfriend after the prom. He even made out with her in Peyton’s room.

    22. Tom Brady had surgery after college to get a more manly, pronounced chin. After the recent UGG commercial, his management team forced him to reverse a portion of the procedure.

    23. Tom Brady doesn’t have to say he is better than any of us, he just is.

    24. Rough life of the NFL. As a rookie in 2006, Steve Weatherford was signed and cut three times in three months. Of course, Pats story Ross Ventrone has had over 20 roster transactions involve him this season.

    25. There are as many players from the University of Massachusetts on the rosters as there are from the University of Alabama.

    26. Bill Parcells once had both Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick on his staff. (I did not technically mention the Giants here. Okay, fine. A Super Bowl article can’t be done without mentioning the Belichick Giants thing or that he has been to 7 Super Bowls in some capacity. Also, that last fact is not allowed to be mentioned within Cleveland city limits.)

    27. The school fielding the most players on rosters: Boston College (6): Chris Snee, Mark Herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, Will Blackmon, Dan Koppen, and Ron Brace.

    28. Contrary to what has been reported, Bill Belichick did not steal lunches in junior high, he just would just make the lunch less effective by taking its' best ingredients away.

    History:

    29. Brady and Manning passed for a combined mark of over 10,000 yards passing during the regular season. This is the most combined for the quarterback match-up in Super Bowl history. In 2007, they combined for over 8,000. That total still ranks 4th all-time.

    30. When the Patriots lose to the Giants during their franchise history, they average about 11 points per game. When they win, they average about 24. The series stands at 5-5.

    31. Of the major players and coaches with the Patriots there for Tom Brady’s first win over the Giants in 2003, only Brady, Belichick and Kevin Faulk remain.

    32. Of the 44 players who saw the first play on each for their teams during SB42, only 14 of them will see action in this one.

    33. There is not one player on the Patriots roster who was on the Giants for any significant amount of time. I really can’t find one on the Giants who was on the Patriots for a significant time, either.

    Possible Headlines:

    34. Sons of Ross Ventrone! (If the Pats rookie with the great story makes huge play).

    35. Giants Cruz to Victory, Eli Owns the House a Manning Built.

    36. Tom is the Most Terrific QB Ever.

    37. Never a More Sterling Ending (If game ends on Sterling Moore pick).

    38. Two For Two, Manning to Manningham (If WR catch wins game).

    39. From The Onion: Peyton Gives Brother Atomic Wedgie After Losing Big Game.

    40. From Sports Pickle: Tom Brady Triple-Dog-Dared Eli Manning to Put His Tongue on an Icy Flag Pole; Damage to Manning’s Tongue Key to Patriots Victory.

    Predictions:

    41. The Giants will not rush for 100 yards.

    42. Tom Brady will throw less than two interceptions.

    43. Mario Manningham will be the game’s leading receiver.

    44. The Giants will record less than three sacks.

    45. The only wardrobe malfunction will be whatever Madonna wears. Also, we may have to get a look at her creepy arms. Seriously, Google “Madonna Creepy Arms,” you’ll hate me for it.

    46. The final score will be Patriots 30, Giants 27. (Council Vote Tally: NE 6-3)

    Football Pros Record For Conference Championships: (2-0)
    Football Pros Record to Through Conference Championships: (183-83) (68.79Pct)

    Comments 55 Comments
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Tom Brady's fave TV show is Dexter. Nuff said!
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Nice breakdown - very entertaining.

      One thing that is amazing to me is that Brady got his 5,000 yards while having a receiving corps that is arguably on a par with the one in Cleveland.

      Giants by 3.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Nice writing, Mr. Polish!

      I hope you submitted something for GoBig's project.

      Anyone ever tally how favorites have fared in Super Bowl history?
    1. DaBearsFan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      Nice writing, Mr. Polish!

      I hope you submitted something for GoBig's project.

      Anyone ever tally how favorites have fared in Super Bowl history?
      Looking at one website I found ( http://www.predictem.com/nfl/previous.php ), I count SB favorites as with a record of 29-15 (SB XVI between SF and Cincinnati was listed as a pick'em). Interesting though, of lines that are listed there as 3 or less (I think the line for this game is Pats by 3), I count favorites are only 3-6. but the last two games that qualify were won by the favorites (GB last year, Baltimore in SB XXXV).

      I'll add that I'm not certain if those lines are right, but the recent SBs seem to have the team that I remember being favored by about what I remember. Feel free to correct as needed.
    1. buzmeg's Avatar
      46. The final score will be Patriots 30, Giants 27. (Council Vote Tally: NE 6-3)
      47.The gambling Gods won't allow a push in this game. The game will not be decided by 3 points.
    1. micha2334's Avatar
      You're awesome Polish, what a great and funny read
      I'll of course go with The Patriots. And for my fellow Patriots girls (Amy and Brauneyz) I hope you'll have the best Super Sunday and that when we wake up Monday we'll all be hung over and happy!
      And for the rest of the "crew" have a great Sunday with friends and family, that includes you too Giants97!

      GO PATS!
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by DaBearsFan View Post
      Interesting though, of lines that are listed there as 3 or less (I think the line for this game is Pats by 3), I count favorites are only 3-6. but the last two games that qualify were won by the favorites (GB last year, Baltimore in SB XXXV).

      Thanks! Very interesting. If we're lucky, the SB will come down to a final play or two, just like the conference champs.
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      Awesome write up Polish! Andy better look out, his job could be in jeopardy.
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      No way the Patriots' D can hang with the Giants passing game. The Giants' defense, however, can occasionally fight the New England passing attack to a draw, given their line and safety play. And Kenny Phillips has been ridiculously clutch all year.

      New York's coaching staff is one of only four or five that legitimately doesn't worry, or need to, that Darth Belichick is on the other side (the others being Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Green Bay. Not to say they'r eunaware, just that they're emotionally unaffected by it.

      No big difference-maker in the kicking game, so New York wins 31-27.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Biggie made me do it.

      In his never ending quest to have an NFL free of defense Roger Goodell has his dream game. Two finesse offenses and two non-existent defenses. With an absence of competent defense we have to look to the quarterbacks.

      On the Patriots we have Farrah Fawcett:



      On the Giants we have The Great Gazoo:


      I don't know about the rest of you folks but I never had a 2X4 poster of Gazoo's nipples on my bedroom wall. Therefore my pick is:

      Patriots 34 (D) - Giants 27 (hat size)
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      I think my Pats can do it, much it's gonna be too ugly-close for me to venture much further. I already need the Pepto-Bismol. Goes without saying I'll be too nervous to be in chat, so good luck all. More than anything I want a good clean game, little zebra action, and no injuries for either side.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      Two finesse offenses and two non-existent defenses.
      Wow.

      NE's D has come alive in the playoffs. And the Giants D has been good since week 16. I think the key to the game will be either (a) Giant's ability to get in Brady's face -- no sacks needed, just pressure; or (b) Vince Wilfork.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      OK, this is what Biggie made me write. Listen up, Clem, this is the key to the game.





      The Patriots media guide lists Vince Wilfork at 325 pounds. Uh-huh. Wilfork’s 325 like Madonna doesn't have pop-up veins. If Wilfork isn’t 400 pounds then Jay Leno is funny.

      Big Vince has put his poundage to work in the playoffs. Against the Ravens, Wilfork played on 95% of the defensive snaps, planted Flacco once, hurried him 4 times, and got hisself 6 tackles, three of them for a loss.

      In the process, GI (that’s GI as in gastrointestinal) Vince has transformed the New England defense from a patsy that gave up 400 yards a game in the regular season to a decent impression of a solid NFL unit in the playoffs.

      Now, Vince didn’t get to 400 pounds by daintily nibbling on steamed kale and broccoli chips. There’s a fair chance folks 300 miles away in Camden, New Jersey know it’s dinner time Chez Vince because of all that noise.

      So how to make sure fatty doesn’t get the wobbles on Sunday?

      The power of visualization. If every time he sees Eli Manning he thinks it’s a stack of pancakes, game over. Ahmad Bradshaw? A 1500-calorie Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger. Brandon Jacobs becomes a 1600-calorie White Castle large chocolate shake. And Giants center Dave Baas is the buffet carver who wouldn’t give him a second slice of that delicious, delicious roast beef.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      Wow.

      NE's D has come alive in the playoffs. And the Giants D has been good since week 16.
      Sorry wxwax. The Patriots gave up 349 points this year. The Giants gave up 400. That is absolute suckitude. They can't turn around and say "well we've been good the last two weeks" after an entire season of crap and claim to be good defenses.

      We're getting two weak, finesse teams in the Super Bowl. Hopefully it will be more entertaining than the pro bowl.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      It's a suave jet setting sex symbol who's married to the top supermodel and rocking a murse in public often vs captain 'aw shucks" who's still struggling to pull his "dark helmet" helmet from his travel bag, as the rest of the "space balls" try to help. Meanwhile he gives every reporter the golden retriever "lack of a train of thought" look before he goes all aaaawwww shucks at media day. I sure hope Eli finds his "Schwartz" in that bag and manages to down "pizza the hut" in the big game.

      @Clem awesome post!!! Definitely spit out my drink! Does the great gazoo have nipples?
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mikesteelnation1 View Post
      Does the great gazoo have nipples?
      Obviously, yes. What else could be holding his belt up around his chest?
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
      Obviously, yes. What else could be holding his belt up around his chest?
      Credible analysis gobig. Perhaps the great gazoo had an expansive FUDA to hold it up there too..Good catch. However, does that change the position Clem had about FF even a scintilla? That was a pretty solid poster FF had... Any 16yr old girls wanna debate the relevance of a tommy boy poster to the posted Farrah fawcett poster Clem posted?
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mikesteelnation1 View Post
      Credible analysis gobig. Perhaps the great gazoo had an expansive FUDA to hold it up there too..Good catch. However, does that change the position Clem had about FF even a scintilla? That was a pretty solid poster FF had... Any 16yr old girls wanna debate the relevance of a tommy boy poster to the posted Farrah fawcett poster Clem posted?
      Dude that same poster lived on my bedroom wall for years when I was a young fella.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
      Dude that same poster lived on my bedroom wall for years when I was a young fella.
      No doubt. A good choice. All time choice. My question is does a chick from. Braintree or danvers with a tommy pretty boy poster want to debate its iconisism in direct correlation? It would be a good debate..... What do our FP ladies of the pats orientation think?
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      Sorry wxwax. The Patriots gave up 349 points this year. The Giants gave up 400. That is absolute suckitude. They can't turn around and say "well we've been good the last two weeks" after an entire season of crap and claim to be good defenses.
      Sure you can. Winning in a playoff situation is all about peaking at the right time. Happens every year.

      Someone was on the other side of the ball when the 49ers went 1-13 on third downs.
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