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February 2, 2013

The Daily Star Super Bowl XLVII Predictions

(Continued)

As I sat squarely on the fence teetering each way from moment to moment, I got a phone call from friend and co-worker Eric Scheer, who told me he had been attacked by a large black bird while breaking down athletic equipment in a local gymnasium.

Aha! It’s an omen!

I understand a that bird trapped inside is a fairly common occurrence during an upstate New York winter, certainly more common than an infestation of pickaxe wielding gold-miners, but I am quite sure this was a sign.

The Baltimore Ravens will win Super Bowl XLVII and they will do it the old-fashioned way, on the ground. Overlooked by the talented, young Kaepernick and the somewhat elite Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is that this game features two of the best running backs in the NFL. The Niners’ Frank Gore and Baltimore’s Ray Rice will be heavily utilized in their respective gameplans. With both teams touting stout defenses and marquee backfields, I expect scoring to be down from other playoff games this season. I think we are in for a good, old-fashioned slugfest, and the team that can capitalize on one key mistake will earn the win.

Predictions: Ravens 24, 49ers 17; Ray Rice wins the MVP; and heads on the opening coin toss.

Bob Goble

Sports Clerk

Well it’s that time of the year again – another late-night email from Sports Editor Dean Russin (3 a.m.) requesting our Super Bowl predictions.

You may recall (or maybe you don’t) that I wondered aloud who is up at 3 a.m. sending off emails, let alone actually working. Well, I have known Dean long enough to know that this is his “me” time (he mentioned this last year) and this is the time of day he works best, so it is not a surprise any longer.

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