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Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:21 pm

So yeah, the Packers choked and now we get this matchup. I like the Giants to cover, but the Pats to win. They just have too many weapons. The key to this game IMO is Brandon Jacobs and the Giants O-line. If they can run the ball, they'll keep Brady and co. off the field and wear down a veteran (read: old) Pats defense.

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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:30 pm

I'm really pulling for the upset, and I think the Giants have the tools to do, and certainly the confidence after their last meeting. Brady's wearing some sort of Aircast too, what's that about?
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:37 pm

I hope that the Giants will win, but I voted for NE. Same as has been said: too many weapons. NY does have a chance (see previous about keeping the NE offense off the field), but I think New England will take this one. :cry:
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:39 pm

Is there anyone west or south of, oh, Philly that really cares about this? They might as well host it halfway between the two... which would be at ESPN's headquarters in Connecticut.

I'm not even looking forward to the commercials this year. Snore.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:42 pm

UberGerbil wrote:Is there anyone west or south of, oh, Philly that really cares about this?


I care about the point spread, the over/under and whatever numbers I end up with in the squares pool. Does that count?
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:17 pm

idchafee wrote:
UberGerbil wrote:Is there anyone west or south of, oh, Philly that really cares about this?
I care about the point spread, the over/under and whatever numbers I end up with in the squares pool. Does that count?
So you care about the score, but not the game. Kind of like an investor in AAPL who doesn't own anything made by them. Or a commodities trader who doesn't care if he never sees an actual pork belly.

I realize the Superbowl is an event in itself, and as an excuse for a party has kind of broken free of its origins -- kind of like Halloween. But beyond that, and beyond the people who are betting, and the people in the northeast for whom this is yet another variation of Yankees-Red Sox, do there remain any actual fans of pro football who watch the game for the game itself, regardless of who wins?
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:24 pm

Yeah, I watch the game every year even though I don't have a rooting interest. Last year I recorded all of the playoffs + Superbowl so I could have some football to watch in the off-season.

This year has seen my wife gaining a rooting interest in the Giants (even when they were doing badly) so I'm kind of latching onto that. I might end up a Giants fan, but I'm more of a pro football fan than anything else.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:53 pm

I want NE to win. They had a season worthy of a supebowl win.

Also I'm tired of anything Manning. Everytime Eli would even adjust his jock, they would pan up to his Dad to see his reaction. :roll:

Next year I hope someone off the radar wins, like maybe Cleveland. Although I will still cheer for NE over teams like Washington, Indy and both New York teams.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:05 pm

I'm a big football fan who would watch the Superbowl not matter what.

Heck, I would watch the last game of the year, even if it didn't have Championship implications, and no the Probowl doesn't count.

Anyways, I will be rooting against the Patriots. Can't stand their fans, and ESPN will just go nuts if 19-0 happens. I have a feeling the Giants will come close, but at the last minute, however.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:29 pm

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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:41 pm

PRIME1 wrote:Also I'm tired of anything Manning. Everytime Eli would even adjust his jock, they would pan up to his Dad to see his reaction. :roll:


HAHAHA! I know, I'm so sick of those damn Mannings getting all the attention! The Patriots and Brady have really flown under the radar this year thanks to the Manning family stealing their spotlight.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:06 pm

5150 wrote:
PRIME1 wrote:Also I'm tired of anything Manning. Everytime Eli would even adjust his jock, they would pan up to his Dad to see his reaction. :roll:


HAHAHA! I know, I'm so sick of those damn Mannings getting all the attention! The Patriots and Brady have really flown under the radar this year thanks to the Manning family stealing their spotlight.


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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:56 pm

I want the packers to win.

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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:34 pm

Like everyone else in the country, I will be rooting for Eli and the Giants to defeat the evil Patriots.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:50 am

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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:33 pm

I don't want either of these teams. It's like ESPN's wet dream and we get to hear all about Tom Brady's booted foot and how a Manning brother could win back-to-back super bowels. WTFever, just get it over with...I'm probably not going to be watching.

can it end MLB All Star Game style, in a tie?
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:06 pm

I'd like to see the Giants win, but the Pat's most likely will.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:53 pm

Go Patriots!
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Postposted on Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:33 pm

So, how is everyone going to watch the game? A group of my friends and I are meeting up at a guy's house who could care less about football :) But he has a *second* house right next to his first and his parents went out and bought a 42 inch LCD screen just for the party last year.

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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:28 pm

You're taking the over? Have you looked at any of the other propositions? It's like the gamblers go crazy with these on the Super Bowl since it's the last game they'll be able to bet on for over half a year.
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Team to get first first down - New York +110, New England -140 - This is a different way to potentially extract value from the coin flip. If you are going to bet that the Giants will win the toss then you know that they will receive, so it seems like a reasonable bet that they will get a first down, and +110 is a lot nicer than -105.

First offense to cross 50-yard line - New York +120, New England -150 - Again, if you think that the Giants will win the toss you might like the better price by risking that they will get to midfield with their first possession.

First team to call a timeout - New York -120, New England -110 - It seems like a certainty that Manning will be more flustered than Brady, so I would be willing to bet that he will be forced to call a timeout to get himself under control first.

Will the game ever be tied after first score? - yes +130, no -160 - The Giants have been tied four times in three playoff games, and the Pats have had two tied scores in their two games. At +130 it seems worth a gamble that the teams will tie it up at some point here.

Which team will record the first sack? - New York +120, New England -150. Brady is tough to sack, but the Giants live and die by the pass rush, so they will be firing on all cylinders. It's worth a shot that they will succeed at the price.

Team to have most first downs in first quarter - New York (+2 -155), New England (-2, +125) - My vision of the game definitely has the Patriots settling down faster than the Giants and being more efficient early. That means that their price provides reasonable value here.

Double result - Giants win first half, Patriots win game - 5/1 - I am firm in my belief that the Patriots will win the game. There is a decent chance, though, that the Giants will take an early lead before the Patriots start firing. That's what happened last time the teams met, and at 5/1 it might be worth betting it will again. That's much more attractive than betting that the Pats will win the first half and the game - the odds there are 2/9.

Exact number of points scored by New York - 4 - 2000/1 - It is very unlikely that this will happen, but at this price I might put down a buck or two just in case it did happen. That would be three lifetimes worth of bragging rights.

Eli Manning's first pass will be? - complete 1/2, incomplete 8/5 - I think Manning will struggle early because the New England defense will be prepared and he will be overwhelmed by the setting. Given that, I love the price for an incompletion.

Will Brandon Jacobs score a touchdown? - yes +110, no -140 - Jacobs has scored in four of his last five games, including each playoff game. I'd be willing to bet that he will score here again at the price.

Will Tom Brady throw an interception? - yes +120, no -150 - Brady looked very shaky at times against San Diego. I'll take the juicy price to bet that he will have a non-Brady moment during this game and throw an interception, too. This is especially a good chance if the Giants' pass rush is working.

Will Randy Moss score two or more touchdowns? - yes +250, no -325 - Moss has not been good in the playoffs. I think he'll be motivated to change that. Moss has eight multi-touchdown games, including the last time he played the Giants. At this price I will happily risk that he will do it again. The conditions will be perfect for his success.

Will Wes Welker score a touchdown? - yes +105, no -135 - Welker has a touchdown in each of the playoff games. He's the most reliable target Brady has, and he will see lots of action on his short routes if the Giants can pass rush effectively. That will see him get the ball a lot, and could see him score. I'll bet on the positive price.

Stephen Gostkowski total points o/u 8.5 - over +110, under -140 - The last time the teams played the Pats kicker had 12 points. I don't expect the offense to be any less effective, so I could certainly see him go over again. The price is right.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:40 pm

Will Tom Brady throw an interception? - yes +120, no -150 - Brady looked very shaky at times against San Diego.

Could all of those Brady interceptions against San Diego be part of a Belichick mind game?

I'm starting to think that Belichick is some kind of evil genius.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:43 pm

themattman wrote:So, how is everyone going to watch the game?

I had a huge party planned at my new house.

My new house is not finished, so I will most likely watch the game at home with my wife (who may not watch much of it).

Maybe next year I can have a big party....maybe.

Either way I both look forward to the game and mourn the end of another season.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:00 am

I like the giants....but I think NE is going to win this one.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:09 pm

PRIME1 wrote:
themattman wrote:So, how is everyone going to watch the game?



Either way I both look forward to the game and mourn the end of another season.


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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:23 pm

I think NE has this one all the way.

On a side note I just came across this.

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If this comes out to be true I wonder how sportswriters and talk show hosts are going to continue to talk the Pats up so much.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:42 pm

Giants ftw! Pats are going down.
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Postposted on Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:43 pm

I want the Giants to win but New England will take it.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:50 pm

Giants D is going to harrass Brady bunch all day. Giants by 10 :lol: If Eli has a game like he did against the Pack ...this will be a very good game.
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:05 am

themattman wrote:So, how is everyone going to watch the game?

LIke just about every year... in the highlights package in the news that evening (Mon local time)
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Re: Super Bowl XLII

Postposted on Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:23 am

I like the Giants with points and possibly to win.
I have to think that their week 17 loss is still fresh in their minds.
They have some defense. Good pass rush. If Manning maintains poise and doesn't make mistakes it's doable.
That said. If the Pats win, it will finally shut up those geezers in Miami.
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