Fat Guy’s Corner

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Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Baltimore Ravens will meet on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. How did they get to the Super Bowl? The San Francisco boys went on the road to Atlanta and took down the number-one seeded Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 lead and were rolling. The Dome was rocking and real loud. The noise did not faze the “Niners” or its young quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. They fought tooth and nail to get into the football game and eventually won it in the fourth quarter. Matty “ICE” Ryan? I call him De-Icer, made two critical mistakes that cost him this game. Once again, he threw a horrendous interception like he always does. Then, later with the Falcons driving in San Francisco territory, mishandled a shot gun snap and the Forty-Niners recoverd the fumble. Those two mistakes killed Atlanta and yet they still had a chance at victory in the last minute of the game. Atlanta choked and they couldn’t score, failing on fourth down. Huge Shocker there? Not!! Atlanta is the top choke in the playoffs in the last five years, and so is the quarterback. I believe you can start to fade the Falcons from the NFL playoff picture from now on.

The great Tom Brady loses to the Baltimore Ravens at home in Foxboro? The answer is, yes, he did. Let’s be totally honest about the great Brady for a minute here. He ain’t been so great lately. Flacco, the Baltimore quarterback, has totally outplayed him the last two AFC Championship games. Brady got lucky and won last year’s game. Brady was not so Tom “Terrific” in last year’s Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. I ask the question, “has Tom Brady lost his big game magic?” I would say, yes, he has.

How about Brady’s decision before halftime to run and slide and burn clock and then have to settle for a field goal. Throw the darn ball in the stands and get two more plays! A rookie mistake he should not be making as an MVP quarterback. Hey, Tom Brady is a Hall of Fame quarterback. The bottom line is, he has not played like one in the last two years. How about the play of Joe Flacco? Joe is shutting up his critics (me included) with his 2013 playoff play under center. Big Joe has thrown eight touchdowns and zero interceptions! Stellar, I say!

Ray Lewis is going out in style after 17 years in the NFL with a trip to the Super Bowl. I truly believe the Ravens are rallying around their emotional leader. I feel as though this is an awesome match up between Baltimore and San Francisco. The early line is San Francisco is minus 4 points and the total set at 48. I want you to pay attention next week to my Super Bowl selection. I am 8-2 against the spread in my last 10 Super Bowl predictions. The two losses were New England against the Eagles and Pittsburgh against the Cardinals. Both won the games, but failed to cover. That makes me 10-0 straight up. The prediction and break down comes in next week’s article. Here is a morsel to chew on. The Super Bowl underdog has won eight of the last 11 and four of the last five! Will the Fat Guy lean to the underdog? Wait till next week for my winner! E-mail me your Super Bowl winner, and why.

The Detroit Red Wings looked awful in St. Louis Saturday night suffering a 6-0 white washing. They were a tough watch. They did bounce back with a win over the Blue Jackets Monday night. Home opener tonight (Tuesday). Hockeytown is ready for some hockey!

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