$uper Bowl $unday
2/1/2013 4:48:00 AM
Both winners in conference championship weekend and 7-3 record this postseason means either of couple things for my Super Bowl XLVII prediction. Either I’m on a roll and its time to jump on the bandwagon or I’m overdue for a beating by the gambling gods.
San Francisco 49ers are 3.5 point favorites to defeat the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. The Over/Under for total points scored in the game (both teams) is 47. First some other options for Super Sunday to help you win, in the words of Randy Moss, "Straight Cash Homey"….
Alicia Keys length of the National Anthem. My pick = OVER 2:05
- Something is happening here and I’m not exactly sure what it is but last year was 1:34 for Kelly Clarkson and in Super Bowl XLV (when Christina Aguilera flubbed her rendition) it was 1:55. This is called a “sucker bet” so take “Over”.
Color of Gatorade to be dumped over the winning coach. My pick = YELLOW (5/2)
- Other options are Clear/Water (7/4), Orange (5/2), Blue (13/2), Green (13/2), Red (13/2). Both teams did yellow after their conference championship wins. Professional sport is a very superstitious environment.
Jack Harbaugh to be shown on television how many times. My pick = OVER 1.5
- Too bad most sports books adjusted this since Monday. 2.5 may be the updated prop for live viewer shots of the father of Jim and John. Stay away if so.
(NOTE: We don’t include the coin flip. Both Heads and Tails are -110. Win $50.00 or lose $55.00 on the flip of a coin? No thanks)
For the game...
The 49ers have more team speed and a more talented roster. San Francisco has 15 players on their roster who were once drafted in Round 1. They have the coach (Jim Harbaugh) and quarterback (Colin Kaepernick) that appear most fit to be doing the media rounds and Disney World trips that follow a Super Bowl championship.
Baltimore resembles a NFL champion as well. The “ride into the sunset” factor that worked for John Elway and Jerome Bettis could do the same for Ray Lewis. Mote telling is this…7 times in the last 8 years the Super Bowl involved only 1 team that had a first-round playoffs bye. The lower seed has won 6 of those. There is something to be said for momentum in January instead of regular season record that was front-loaded with wins.
Take the 3.5 points with Baltimore and the OVER. Ravens win by a missed David Akers field goal.
Baltimore – 27*
San Francisco - 24