Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Who will win the big game?

Will it be all smiles for Rex and Da Bears or will Indy steal the show???

Superbowl XLI features Da Bears versus The Colts in what seems to be an almost David vs Goliath battle as the NFC proved to be rather weak this season when compared to the likes of the Chargers, Patriots, Ravens, etc. All of that is out the window at this point however, as it all comes down to one game and we all know that anything can happen on any given Sunday.

That being said, I still like the Colts to pull this one out and it could get very ugly unless Da Bears bring Da Defense and bring it hard. If Urlacher & Co. come out sluggish, expect Manning to take full advantage and run up the score early to set up a hand off frenzy in the second half. Lovie Smith will want to make sure the defense is fired up from the get go to get a couple of sacks & turnovers or else we may be in for another snooze fest after the halftime show with your girlfriends/wives talking about how they can't wait until the weather warms up so they can wear their new swim suit while you are left to ponder what is in the cheese dip that makes it so good and hope that the commercials are at least worth your precious boob tube time. I and most men who love the game of football are hoping against hope that it doesn't come down to that and I think we will be in luck at least for the first 3 quarters of the game.

I could actually see the Bears taking an early 6-0 lead or even keep it close through 2 and a half quarters, but when the defense starts to wear down under the constant audibles of Peyton and hard running of Addai & Rhodes, the Colts will pull away in the fourth and win by double digits. I am not saying it will be a blow out but I will be surprised if the last five to ten minutes of the game will be worth watching unless Chicago miraculously comes up with 4 or 5 turnovers and Rex in Effex goes off to shock us all (including himself). Final score: Colts 27 - Bears 16. Peyton Manning tosses 2 TDs and Rhodes rushes for the 3rd Indy score, but Marvelous Marvin Harrison comes away with the game MVP after hauling in 8 catches for 144 yards and a TD.

If my prediction of the outcome of this game is as good as my preseason predictions, I will be expecting a phone call from ESPN first thing Monday morning asking me to replace Joe "T-Bag" Theismann on MNF in 2007 and sign me to a lucrative analyst contract through the year 2014....we all can dream. Go Bears!!