But I’ll leave all the statistical analysis to the professionals. Since the Giants aren’t involved this year, I really don’t care either way. It’s just a matter of who I least want to see win. This is where it gets tricky.
In one corner, the 49ers are led by coach Jim Harbaugh, king of the sideline tantrum (did you SEE him during the NFC Championship game?). There’s also wide receiver Randy “Straight Cash, Homey” Moss, a notorious malcontent who has taken more plays off than a Broadway understudy. Factor in all the Niners’ bandwagon fans emerging from a nearly two-decade slumber and there’s not a lot for the uninvested observer to root for here.
In the other corner: Ray Lewis, master of the cry-face and deflector of all questions about PEDs and murder. “That’s the trick of the devil,” Lewis said in dismissing such questions. Know what else is a trick of the devil? Cheating and murder.
Lewis is reason enough for me to root for two ex-Giants – Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs – to win another ring in San Francisco. Too bad neither will play on Sunday. Just like the rest of the 2012 Giants.
Prediction: 49ers 31, Ravens 21
I grew up in Maryland. Otsego County is the only place I have lived where I have to add, “No, the state of Maryland.” I have a lot of friends who migrated to Baltimore, and who became Ravens fans when the team moved from Cleveland. I am picking with my heart because I like when my friends are happy … as long as my friends aren’t Yankees fans. Or Alabama fans. My cheering for other people’s teams has limits.
I like San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. I am amazed at what he has accomplished in his second season, taking over as a starter midway through the year. But I think his inexperience is going to hurt his team in the Super Bowl. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave the game either from injury or a big deficit.