It’s Time for Super Bowl XL — Who Wins?
Yes, we used the phrase Super Bowl. Super Bowl XL is this Sunday and we’re not scared of pissing off the National Football League. Finally, all the regular season awards have been given. Media Day has come and went and it’s finally game day. The Carolina Panthers are seeking their first championship, while Peyton Manning hopes to win a second ring. Are you ready? Have you called your bookie? What are your box numbers and who’s organizing the prop bets? Odd Shark (as seen on Bleacher Report) has the Panthers -5.5. Of course, this article is not an endorsement of illegal gambling. The spread is strictly for entertainment purposes. Remember, if you think you have a gambling problem, you can get help.
HD Better than Being at the Super Bowl Live
Have you ever noticed how crisp NFL games look on a 60′ flat screen? It’s almost like you are there. The first time I saw an NFL game on an HD television, I said, look at the flakes on the helmets. The comment was odd and it has become an inside joke amongst my boys. I admit I may have been drunk at the time. But, when you are watching today, look at helmets and the individual cuts of grass you can see. It’s kind of cool.
What’s Your Pick?
Super Bowl XL is the third consecutive year both No. 1 seeds reached the Super Bowl. Prior to 2013, that had only happened three times since the NFL adopted the current seeding system and the 12-team playoff format in 1990.
The Panther’s ball-hawking defense has lost playmakers, with DE Jared Allen, CBs Charles Tillman and Bene Benwikere all injured in recent weeks. Now, LB Tommy Davis is in doubt. But the Panthers do have Luke Kuechly and all-pro CB Josh Norman, two of the best pass defenders in the game. Both could victimize Manning. But much of the Super Bowl’s focus will also be on the Panthers’ No. 1 scoring offense — their 500 points were 145 more than Denver — against the Broncos’ top-ranked defense, which allowed the fewest yards this season, the fewest passing yards, the fewest rushing yards per attempt (3.3) and recorded the most sacks (52).