After my dust-up with the NFL, I wasn’t even going to post anything about The Big Game.
I have to call it that because I don’t want the NFL Police to come after me. You know you’re not supposed to promote yourself or your product alongside the words S _ _ _ _ B _ _ _ unless you are an authorized, official sponsor (i.e. have sent the league a check even bigger than those naughty Steelers have been asked to over the last couple of seasons). Since I was unwilling to provide the ridiculous amount of coin they were asking for to secure exclusive global blogging rights, the Giants-Patriots match-up will be hereby known at this site simply as The Big Game.
I avoid making predictions. I leave that to those who get paid to do so. However, earlier in the post-season blogger SportsChump offered up a Playoff And Super Bowl Pick Em Contest…and I let my guard down and offered the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots would meet in The Big Game.
Which brings me to another reason why I wasn’t going to post anything on The Big Game.
You may recall Kyle attempted to play the role of punt returner for San Francisco a couple of weeks back. That didn’t go so well. I hold him mostly responsible for the fact I’m not on my way to SportsChump’s Contest Championship.
I can’t think of anything that drives me more crazy than punt returners who refuse to run away from a crazed, bouncing football. Have you ever looked closely at the shape of a football? Do you think it is easy to predict how it’s going to fare once it crashes to Earth from high up? Well, for the umpteenth time we all got to see another punt returner go all macho and stand stubbornly in the vicinity of a football landing.
If I was coaching football and couldn’t find a player willing to stand down and walk away from rolling punts I would be a player-coach and field them myself. (Of course, I would fair catch all the ones I could get to…)
Even being a pointed prolate spheroid, I do think a football is able to be protected from the enemy when absolutely critical. This is where Kyle returns to my story…because as you also may recall in another one of his attempts to play the role of punt returner a couple weeks back he punted the ball back to New York when they most savored it.
No, Kyle will not be on my Christmas Card list next year.
If I did send him one, he’d probably drop it in the mud…and then step on it trying to pick it up.
So…between the NFL not giving me exclusive blogging rights and Kyle Williams ruining my rare public prediction of a 49ers triumph…I am in a very grumpy mood as The Big Game approaches.
There are plenty of reasons not to root for either one of the two teams left standing. Geez, we just saw this act a few years ago. Blogger Dubsism is happy to provide several reasons why you shouldn’t cheer for either the Giants or the Patriots.
Heck, if I was a New York Giants’ season ticket holder I would ask for at least a partial refund. This franchise seems to have a knack for skating through the regular season…being content with barely missing or barely making the playoffs…and then springing to life in the post-season. Yet, I thought two weeks ago the San Francisco defense would relentlessly pound Eli Manning early and often. They did. Problem was, the San Fran offense couldn’t generate anything at all against the resurgent Giants defense.
And then of course, there was Kyle.
New England has been great all year hiding a secondary that features a wide receiver playing defensive back. They have had open tryouts all season. Their success is a result of their offense simply overwhelming the opposition with HOF quarterback Tom Brady and two outstanding tight ends that play their position like wideouts. However, one of those outstanding tight ends has a very tight ankle now. If the Giants get to Brady with four rushers…and they have quite the four…all in agreement on each down to meet at the quarterback…he’ll be running for his life looking at seven defenders. He needs Rob Gronkowski to be healthy more than ever playing this particular opponent. We all have seen the replays. It is hard to believe Rob will be very effective. It is therefore hard to believe Tom will be very effective.
And back to that Patriots’ secondary…I’m envisioning Julian Edelman covering Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz and/or Hakeem Nicks.
That might be the time to clear the viewing area of small children, even before Madonna’s halftime show. For that matter, anyone with a compromised or underdeveloped immune system might want to step away from the screen.
I had the Patriots winning The Big Game in my earlier predictions but, a) they ain’t playing the 49ers and, b) the Gronk is now broken and, c) their secondary is terribly porous and, d) Eli Manning is “slightly” better than Joe Flacco and Tim Tebow.
I like New York by 31-24…but feel the Patriots will register some of their points after the outcome is no longer in doubt.
Enjoy The Big Game.
You too, Kyle.