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February 2, 2013

The Daily Star Super Bowl XLVII Predictions

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Unfortunately, I will be missing the game this year racing around delivering pizza after pizza to hungry football fanatics who, hopefully, won’t forget to tip.

But enough about me, let’s talk about the game. The past years, I’d ask myself, “Are the Patriots going to win again, or will something interesting actually happen this year?”

I can only imagine the pressure on Jim and John Harbaugh, and what a win will mean for both of them and their families. The real weapon to utilize in this huge game is the will to win, and I haven’t seen a team play with as much heart than when I watched the Ravens beat down on the Pats for the AFC title.

If you ask me, any team that can crush the Patriots like Baltimore did in the AFC title game is capable of a Super Bowl victory. The hype around Ray Lewis stepping down after a glorious 17-year career is one more reason the Ravens will be motivated to win it all. Baltimore is riding too much momentum right now, and I don’t see 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick coping with the Ravens experienced and perseverant defense.

In order to shed more light on this subject, I turned to my longtime friend and experienced pizza maker Dan Marino. I asked him what he felt was important about this Super Bowl, and he brilliantly responded: “You know Eric, that’s a good question. With a game like this, I tend to think less about the hype and more about the will to win. After Ray Lewis’ retirement and these illegal substance claims against him, I feel as though Baltimore’s locker room will remain unified around Ray Lewis. I’ll look for the Ravens to play a little bit harder and pick up a close win over San Francisco.”

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