Last year, each Friday the 3 Founding Fathers of Pocket Doppler (yours truly, BigSnakeMan & Chris Richards) would square off in picking the winner of the Packers, Sunday night & MNF games in an attempt to prove their football acumen and entertain. We’re not sure either of those things happened. So this year, the Founding Fathers will be joined by two Pocket Doppler veterans: favored stepson Rich & Senior Angel Colleen. Like last year, we’ll keep a running tally throughout the season.

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators.  All I’m gonna say is I think we all enjoyed picking the Super Bowl more last year. With that though, we have a new leader in the standings:

Colleen: 47
Wally: 46
Chris: 43
Rich: 42
BigSnakeMan: 42

Yep, Colleen sits a top the pile heading into the Super Bowl. Because, as you’ll see below, Colleen & I did not pick the same winner for the upcoming game a tie could ensue.  Should that happen we have agreed upon using a closest to the cumulative combined points total without going over…Price Is Right Style.

BigSnakeMan

I’ve spent the last two weeks (okay, maybe not entirely ) trying to come up with a reason other than the Patriot ‘mystique’ that New England should be the favorite heading into the ‘Big Game’ (due to NFL copyright, mere mortals are not allowed to use the words consecutively beginning with S and B).  With all the publicity the New York Giants have gotten, it’s hard to imagine that they are the 3-point underdogs.  Sure, the Patriots have the better record, but the G-men have been down this road before.  Never mind 2007-8, New York has already faced off against New England in Gillette Stadium during the regular season and on that day, for the Pats at least, it wasn’t the ‘best a man could get’.  If that wasn’t enough, they’ve already had a dry run in the playoffs by defeating the Packers, a team of some similarity to New England, in the NFC divisional round at Lambeau Field.  The one advantage that the Patriots may have had coming into this one was record-setting tight end Rob Gronkowski, but ‘Gronk’ has been hobbled since the AFC Championship game with the notorious ‘high ankle sprain’; he was listed as a ‘limited participant’ in Thursday’s practice.  The way that NE Head Coach Bill Belicheck has typically treated the injury report, that could mean that either Gronkowski was running wind sprints or that his ankle was about to fall off.  It seems a fair bet, though, that Gronkowski will be little more than a decoy in this game which means that quarterback Tom Brady will have a harder time exploiting the allegedly soft middle of the Giants secondary.   New York’s front seven should be able to put enough pressure on Brady to keep him mostly in check, taking formerly favorite target WR Wes Welker out of the game.  On the offensive side, the Giants should have enough to exploit a shaky Pats’ defense.  I doubt that New England will turn the ball over as Green Bay did against the Giants, so I’m expecting a relatively high scoring game with New York coming out on top to give NY QB Eli Manning championship bragging rights over his more celebrated big brother. New York Giants-34, New England Patriots-31

BigSnakeMan’s Pick: Giants

Chris

It would be woefully inconsistent of me to pick NE over NY. Even the chiseled nature of Tom Brady’s jaw and the stunning visage of his magnificent wife will not change the fact that the Giantics are the more balanced team. In fact, that is why I selected them to unpack GB when they played several months ago in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Pats are chillingly like our Pack, but with perhaps a touch more starch of late in their defense. But on Sunday they will face a plus group along the NY defensive front and will be without the much fabled Gronk at TE. While this doesn’t leave the mantastic Brady bereft of weapons, it will likely post a significant challenge that could slow their prolific offense just enough to open a window for the Giants. Meanwhile an improved yet suspect NE defense must confront the Manning Face in all of its many changing dimensions. Eli might be Peyton’s little brother, but he’s also a damn fine QB. While NY isn’t spectacular in any one aspect, they are overall a more complete team, and I think that will be just enough for the G-Men to send Tom home to the angular and statuesque Gisele a loser…on the field, at least.

Chris’s Pick: Giants

Wally

I’m not feel very ‘super’ about this Super Bowl, but I still have to make a pick so pick I shall.  This is classic offense vs defense so the question will be can the Giants D hold the Patriots enough to allow for the Eli & company to put up the points to win this game?  I’m going to say yes, especially after watching them do it to the Packers who’s offense is just as, perhaps more, potent as the Patriots.  As much as I despise the Giants for what happened a few weeks back, I simply cannot root for the Patriots so I’m picking & hoping not with my head here. Giants win, Eli goes to Disney Land & Brady heads for Rio.

Wally’s Pick: Giants

Tiebreaker, if needed: 51

Colleen

I don’t think any one of us Prognosticators actually gives a tinker’s dam (as my Grandpa used to say) about this game.  My indifference could not be greater, my lack of interest could not be more compelling.  I said all year the Patriots would get in (though I toyed with the Ravens at times), would play the Packers and I was sincerely hoping, somehow, to be in Indianapolis having drinks with Greg Bedard by Friday night.  Of course, sadly, none of that happened.

So, I’ll I’m playing for now is pride; and the fact a female just might actually beat a bunch of guys picking football games, so there’s some bragging rights there too. (Note:  I do not expect to be invited back next year if I win.)  ;)  Fine then.  I’ll forego my usual wish that a meteor would end this appalling pile of dung posing as a football game and pick a team.  Much as I wish Tom Brady would don a pair of exploding Uggs, I’m picking the Patriots.

Ugh.  Now I have to go take a shower. And brush my teeth to get that appalling taste out of my mouth.

Colleen’s Pick: Patriots

Tiebreaker, if needed: 50

Rich

Last year at this time I was bathing in pure euphoria. Green Bay had intercepted the Eagles’ chances of advancing, pasted the Falcons in Atlanta, and kicked Jay Cutler off the playground while simultaneously keeping his ball (and pride) — effectively advancing to the Superbowl for the first time since the 97-98 season.

As a Packers fan, life simply couldn’t get any better. Better yet, we were able to inhale 2 weeks of nothing but national coverage surrounding our team in addition to scoffing at the putridity of those participating in that God-awful flag football game called the Pro Bowl. Yes, life was good.

This year, however, Green Bay was sent packing with barely a whimper, and now the Giants and Patriots are set to face off for the ultimate prize. As such, I couldn’t possibly care any less who wins this game. Is Eli Manning elite? Will Tom Brady further cement his legacy as possibly the greatest QB of all-time? Will Madonna slip a ni…nevermind that. These are all questions that will be answered on Sunday; questions that don’t spark my intrigue one bit.

Yet, we are here to pick a winner. My “expert” analysis? Everyone is choosing the Giants to win, while the Patriots simply wait in the shade for Sunday to come about. I almost sided with New York as well, lest we forget Manning threw 25 interceptions last season en route to captaining his team to a dud of a season. 7 weeks ago, this year was on course for the same results. Sure, sure, you could say the same about Green Bay last season…They “got hot at the right time,” and that’s all that matters.

Maybe so, but I think the team that has been better throughout 2011-2012 will prevail. Patriots, 27-23. As for me, I’ll be playing BINGO at the Potowatami Casino in Milwaukee while sneaking glances at the Heat-Lakers game. Join me, won’t you?

Rich’s Picks: Patriots

 

Last year at this time I was bathing in pure euphoria. Green Bay had intercepted the Eagles’ chances of advancing, pasted the Falcons in Atlanta, and kicked Jay Cutler off the playground while simultaneously keeping his ball (and pride) — effectively advancing to the Superbowl for the first time since the 97-98 season.

As a Packers fan, life simply couldn’t get any better. Better yet, we were able to inhale 2 weeks of nothing but national coverage surrounding our team in addition to scoffing at the putridity of those participating in that God-awful flag football game called the Pro Bowl. Yes, life was good.

This year, however, Green Bay was sent packing with barely a whimper, and now the Giants and Patriots are set to face off for the ultimate prize. As such, I couldn’t possibly care any less who wins this game. Is Eli Manning elite? Will Tom Brady further cement his legacy as possibly the greatest QB of all-time? Will Madonna slip a ni…nevermind that. These are all questions that will be answered on Sunday; questions that don’t spark my intrigue one bit.

Yet, we are here to pick a winner. My “expert” analysis? Everyone is choosing the Giants to win, while the Patriots simply wait in the shade for Sunday to come about. I almost sided with New York as well, lest we forget Manning threw 25 interceptions last season en route to captaining his team to a dud of a season. 7 weeks ago, this year was on course for the same results. Sure, sure, you could say the same about Green Bay last season…They “got hot at the right time,” and that’s all that matters.

Maybe so, but I think the team that has been better throughout 2011-2012 will prevail. Patriots, 27-23. As for me, I’ll be playing BINGO at the Potowatami Casino in Milwaukee while sneaking glances at the Heat-Lakers game. Join me, won’t you?

Rich’s Picks: Patriots

 

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  • http://www.retaggr.com/page/crichar3 Chris

    I won’t speak for my male colleagues, but I know that I certainly have no issues with a woman coming out on top…

    That aside, I want to thank BSM for a) noting the Big Game nonsense that The Shield perpetuates and b) picking the G-Men so that I won’t finish last after a year spent looking up. (Which, come to think of it, dovetails rather nicely with my opening comment…)

    • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

      Fortunately for both of us, I stopped caring around mid-season.

      • http://www.retaggr.com/page/crichar3 Chris

        The Key is to never start caring in the first place.

        • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

          Just when I thought I was out, they sucked me back in.

    • Colleen

      Nice, Chris, nice. I’m glad you don’t have a problem with that. ;)

  • Colleen

    Even the fact that I came out the winner (I did, right?) on this can’t erase the bad taste from my mouth. What a horrible game.