I know it’s Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday and we will get into the Super Bowl talk in a minute.
I just want to say that the Michigan and Michigan State basketball game last Saturday was a true battle on the hardwood.
These two rivals went toe to toe for 40 minutes. Michigan prevailed, 80-75 and knocked off its third top-10 team in a week. Two of them were No. 3s in Wisconsin and MSU, both on the road.
Michigan won in the Breslin Center for only the second time in 15 tries. I realize the Spartans have injuries in Adreian Payne, who missed his fifth straight game with a foot injury, and Branden Dawson’s broken hand. Michigan, of course, was missing big man Mitch McGary. We all know injuries are part of the game and cannot be used as excuses ever, in my opinion.
The Spartans’ role players stepped up and played well, I thought. Nik Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr. were dynamite for Michigan, as was Gary Harris for the Spartans. The rematch will be Feb 23 at Crisler Arena. Hopefully, both teams will be healthy (McGary is done for the year). Let’s all hope the rematch is as good the first game. College basketball in the state of Michigan is in fine shape with both these two schools playing great hoops.
Back to the Super Bowl now. The No. 1 seeds will meet for the second time in the last 20 years. It’s ironic that Peyton Manning was involved in the last one in the 2009 Super Bowl. Peyton’s Indianapolis Colts lost that game to the New Orleans Saints. I remember it well. I was in Las Vegas and cashed a huge ticket on the Saints! How about Seattle, they have nobody on their team that has ever played in the Super Bowl.
The last two years in the playoffs, Seattle is 3-1 in playoffs and 3-1 against the spread. Denver has Peyton, who has played in two Super Bowls and is 1-1. In the last three years, Denver has played five playoff games and has a 2-3 record. Seattle’s franchise is playing in its second Super Bowl while the Broncos are playing in their seventh.
We all know by now that the Broncos have the No. 1 offense and the Seahawks the No. 1 defense. How about that for a match up?!
It’s only the fifth time that has happened. What about the previous four outcomes, you ask? The offense has won one and the defense three. This is the 19th time the No. 1 offense has played in the Super Bowl and the previous 18 games are 10-8. This is the 16th time the No. 1 defense has made the Super Bowl. The previous 15 have an awesome 12-3 record. I guess the old saying — defense wins championships — has some mojo with those numbers.
How about Seattle’s offense? Well, it’s ranked No. 17.
The Denver defense is No. 13.
I had to throw those in there because nobody is talking about them too much.
This game comes down to whether or not Seattle’s defense gets pressure to Peyton? The defensive backs for Seattle — Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor — are lightsout defenders. Can Denver receivers Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas get open?
Seattle will try to pound Marshawn Lynch at Denver’s defense and Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton.
The wild card for Seattle is Percy Harvin. If he plays the whole game, it’s a match-up nightmare for the Denver “D.” The sentimental choice for this game is Peyton Manning. I absolutely love Peyton.
The Fat Guy Sharp Cheddar Crystal Cheeseball Super Bowl prediction: The Great Far West Defense 26 and OMAHA, OMAHA 24. Sorry, Peyton!