This year, I will not even mention the fact that Dean will invoke his professional right as Sports Editor to “blow up” my prediction, because that’s a given and, if I have to be honest, it probably will need to happen. Unfortunately, that is still my mug shot.
Just so you understand, I am 1-0 with my predictions, so I am feeling real good about this one as I look to extend my winning streak. Granted, it was my son, Jordan, who actually made my prediction last year, so I guess he is 1-0 and I am just riding on his shirt tails. I am sure some of you are saying, “Be a man and pick the game yourself.” That’s fair, but why be a man and be wrong when I can lean on a 9-year-old and probably get it right again this year? Plus if it is wrong, it’s because I listened to a 9-year-old.
We .. or rather Jordan … is picking the Ravens. As soon as Ray Lewis announced his retirement as the end of the season, and Jordan’s Cowboys (never said he knew everything) fell out of the playoff race, Jordan has liked and wanted the Ravens to win the Super Bowl. Let’s just say he is sentimental like his dad.
You know it would be a neat story. The Ravens are playing with a lot of emotion right now and their defense is healthy for the first time all year (can’t argue with that now, can you?). Also, Joe Flacco has come into his own during the playoffs and the offense is playing very well right now.
Prediction: Ravens 31, 49ers 24
Once again we approach the Super Bowl, a day of good football, beer advertisements and over a billion chicken wings served. I’m not sure what concerns me more, though - the outcome or the estimated seven million people expected to play hooky the next day. Maybe it correlates to the 325 million gallons of beer predicted to be consumed, but who really cares anyway? The economy will take its annual dose of steroids as consumers quickly empty their wallets in preparation for the big day.