The Big Game is almost upon us, and realizing the fact that I've gone underground for about a month, I think, today is a great time to come out of my den, kind of like Punxsutawney Phil, I guess you could call me "Cabin John". Although for the home team, it looks like more than six weeks of winter. (more on that later)
First, the playoffs didn't offer a whole lot of excitement with the exception of the NFC Championship Game. Although, number 4 provided some nice drama with the predictable outcome, boy, are the Vikings wasting their time not to mention the $12 mil, hell, Sage might have won that game.
As I look at the Super Bowl, it's hard to pick against the Colts, even with Freeny gimped. I don't think people realize how good their defense really is. They're a mirror image of the offense, in the sense they don't get the collywobbles when things get iffy. Manning is a commanding presence, but they are a solid team from top to bottom with no real weakness, because of their unusual ability to adapt to any situation. They have a great team psychology and Jim Caldwell has done everything correctly, specifically resting his players at the end of the season. Bill Parcells still rules, when it comes to the NFL, "you're judged by the jewelry you wear".
I'm not counting the Saints out, but they were not the team I thought them to be in the NFC Championship Game. The reason, I believe, is the defense is suspect. But damn, how can one not pull for these guys. If the offense can kick it back into the 'passing' gear they displayed for most of the regular season, then we've got the makings for an interesting game. Big plays early will do a lot for their state of mind. I wish for both teams that they feel they played their best this Sunday.
Now turning to the local team, it seems as though, the inferno that blazed during the fall of '09 has ebbed to smoldering coals. But, if I know Snydley Whiplash, like I think I know him, we'll all have to be alert for any signs of smoke. To that end my partner Tod and I have been working a tower this past month from which to spot and report any and all fires that breakout on a regular basis in the world of sports and life in general. It should be announced within the next 48 hours. It's going to be a blockbuster ballbuster and a helluva lot more. Can't wait 'til you know what I know.