Super Bowl XLVII will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Lombardi Trophy will end up in San Francisco or Baltimore. I will let you know the city and team at the end of this article.
I am on a 10-0 run in picking Super Bowl winners and 8-2 against the spread. I have studied this game in depth and analyzed it thoroughly. We have the battle of brothers in Jim and John Harbaugh. Let’s think about this for a second. This could easily have been last year’s Super Bowl teams. San Francisco lost to the Giants in a heartbreaker and Baltimore dropped a pass in the end zone and then missed a last-second field goal! However, a year later, the two teams have made it. The two brothers met on Thanksgiving in 2011 and the Ravens won that game, 16-6. John has one win and Jimmy zero in the battle of brothers. The brothers both made difficult decisions in order to get here. John fired his offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, in December. Jim Caldwell took over the play-calling duties for the Baltimore Ravens. Jim made a controversial switch at quarterback benching Alex Smith and inserting Colin Kaepernick. I say gutsy moves by both coaches.
Time to break down this Super Bowl and pick a winner. Obviously, quarterback play is essential in winning a Super Bowl. Here are the six quarterbacks who have won the last nine Super Bowls: Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers. A pretty impressive list, if I do say so myself.
Let’s look at the two quarterbacks in this football game. Joe Flacco is playing at a different level right now. He has tossed eight touchdowns and zero picks. He is averaging 16.7 yards per completion! He has thrown 162 passes and no picks spanning over 19 quarters of football. He defeated Brady and Manning the last two games to get to the
Super Bowl. Flacco has improved in finding the one-on-one match-ups down the field instead of forcing throws to double coverage. Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin are good receivers and will make catches. Colin
Kaepernick is the man with the third least amount of regular-season starts before starting in the Super Bowl. I say wow! The zone option read will be tough for the Baltimore Ravens to defend. Baltimore hasn’t faced it in the playoffs until now. He has speed and a strong arm. Colin, since inserted as the starter, and the “Niners” average almost six more points per game. He also has nice receivers in Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and the ancient one, Randy Moss. Let’s be honest, football fans, we have all waited for Flacco and Kaepernick to fail in a big game. Well, they have not, and both will play well in this one. The San Fran defense and Baltimore defense have also been tremendous. Baltimore is better now in playoffs and San Fran was better in the regular season. The Niners sent nine players to the Pro Bowl and Baltimore, six. San Francisco has the better O-Line, D-Line, L-Backers, and DBs. A football game is won in the trenches and with defense. The huge edge tilts San Fran’s way. I know Ray Lewis will inspire the Ravens, but it won’t be enough. Sorry, Ray, you ride off to retirement without the Lombardi Trophy.
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ALLEN PARK — Now that the 2012-13 varsity wrestling season is winding down and the Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason championship tournaments are just around the corner, Carman-Ainsworth is looking to peak when it matters most. This meant not scheduling the Cavaliers’ weekly Saginaw Valley League-South dual meet and instead leaving Jan. 23 open.
Carman-Ainsworth did travel to the Allen Park Invitational last Saturday, though, and went 5-0 to claim the event title. Victories for the Cavaliers included edging out Woodhaven by just five points, Gibraltar Carlson, Erie-Mason, Romulus Summit Academy and Dearborn Fordson, 60-15 in the finals. At this event in 2011-12, Fordson beat Carman-Ainsworth by just one point. Also competing at this tournament were Dexter, host Allen Park, Utica Ford and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.
The Cavaliers had several wrestlers go 5-0 for this event, including Tae Pendleton at 189, Malik Dawkins at 140, Shaquel Polacek at 135, Darrien Vaughn at 130 and Aaron Dupree at 119. Carman-Ainsworth also got 4-1 performances from Demetric Hall at 103, Jawanza Edwards at 112 and heavyweight Jeron Thomas.
According to www.michigangrappler.com Dupree, a senior, is currently the seventh-ranked Div. 1 wrestler in the state at 119.
The Cavaliers ended the regular season at Birch Run yesterday with a non-conference dual meet in preparation for the SVL meet tomorrow at Midland.