Pocket Doppler Prognosticators – Super Bowl Edition
Each week last season, the 3 Founding Fathers of Pocket Doppler (Wally, Harland O. Dog & Chris Richards), Senior Angel Colleen and favored stepson Rich 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 going to make another valiant attempt at it this year. Unfortunately Chris had to bow out for this season (or happily escaped, take your pick) so Angel Kelly has joined the team. We’re continuing on into the playoffs now & adding to the regular season totals.
Harland O. Dog: 39
It seems that we have a winner, folks. For the second year in a row, Colleen has taken the prize. (Editor’s note – *bows* Now I’m just waiting for Charlie, I mean Wally, to fire me so I’m not able to make it a threepeat.) It was a close contest for a long time, and we all really did well, overall. This is kind of an anticlimactic season, in that the Packers are not unfortunately playing for a 14th World Championship, but I’m sure there’s plenty of opinion flying around at any rate. Let’s see what everyone has to say.
Harland O. Dog
“Super Week” has brought us everything from a homophobic rant to a revelation on the health benefits of deer antler spray (Who knew Ray Lewis was such an avid outdoorsman?). But, at its heart, this Super Bowl matchup has to be an affront to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. After all, Goodell has spent most of his tenure trying to legislate hard hits out of the game, yet the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens represent the last vestiges of old-school, smash-mouth football. Since other teams tend to emulate the most recent champions, it’ll be interesting to see how they reconcile that fact with Goodell’s new lightweight vision of the NFL.
As for the game itself, you have to be impressed with how young 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has maintained his poise to lead comeback victories in the first two playoff games of his career. But that might actually work against him in this game. If they fall behind the Ravens early, they might not find it so easy to come back on that defense. As I look at this game, everything seems to point to a San Francisco win. On the other hand, the Ravens seem to be on a mission to send Lewis into retirement as a Super Bowl champion. In the end, I think they’ll find a way to pull it out, probably as a result of a missed Davd Akers’ field goal.
Harland O. Dog’s pick: Baltimore Ravens-27, San Francisco 49ers 24
Here we are at the official end of another NFL season, although for a lot of us the season ended back in the middle of January. That being said, I have to grudgingly pay some respect to the 49ers as they’re a solid team that deserves to be playing this weekend. This next admission is even harder as I have to give credit to Jim Harbaugh for having the cojones to bench Alex Smith in favor of the rookie Kaepernick as it pretty much has turned out to be a genius move. On the other side of the field, I really didn’t expect the Ravens to be here in this position. Even though I had picked them to get this far, it was more out of spite for the Patriots than any actual belief they could actually advance to the Super Bowl. For my pick here, I’m going with the Ravens because I think they’ll be able to contain Kaepernick and also because I won’t pick the team which knocked the Packers out of the picture.
Wally’s Pick: Ravens
49ers vs. Ravens: How do I diplomatically chose the strategically placed meteor? Honestly, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzdon’tcare. No, really, I don’t care. Don’t care about the Harbowl. Oddly person who hasn’t said something completely offensive is Colin Kaepernick, but he’s too busy grooming the merkin growing on his chin. Meanwhile I could make the obligatory Ray Lewis joke, but he and his Finding Cheebus shtick just bore me at this point. Not sure if this makes Kaepernick and/or Flacco elite quarterbacks, but one of them is going to likely be Super Bowl MVP. Beyonce could do do her entire halftime show in Morse Code. Again, don’t care. But the game will likely be a good one. Running QB vs traditional air game. But the more pressing issue: will any Super Bowl ad feature chimpanzees?
Kelly’s pick: Ravens
Ah…the Super Bowl. Would that it meant something in the grand scheme of things to Packer fans. Really, other than the fact that yet another team who bested us in the playoffs might be the Super Bowl winner (something I take no pride in, really) there’s not a whole lot in this game for most of us.
Most of us.
At the risk of being publicly criticized for sharing my opinion or being emotional about something (I am what I am, folks)….I hope and pray that Colin Kaepernick gets a Super Bowl ring. What this season has meant to the University of Nevada for recruiting purposes alone is something that I think anyone who isn’t an alumnus can’t understand. As a fan of his from the instant he went into the game when Rick Graziano got hurt (I see a pattern here), a fact cemented by the fact he led a team to beat Boise State as well as be in the top 25 for the first time either ever, or in over 60 years, I am as I have often stated terribly proud of him.
I want him to get this ring, and then the 49ers can suck like Hoovers for the remainder of his career. But I don’t want him to be another Dan Marino, in the Super Bowl loss respect at least. It remains to be seen what, if any, other comparison can be made between the two gentlemen. (Wait, I just heard about Dan. I revoke calling him a ‘gentleman’.)
The Ravens have been playing very well, and yes, they may pull this off, but I’m going to be wearing my Nevada t-shirt Sunday and probably sitting in my hotel room alone because either no one will be talking to me (oh well) or I’ll get murdered in a bar for screaming ‘Go Colin, go!’ If nothing else, this season has turned my firstborn child into a fan of the NFL. So there’s that. Now, it’s on to molding him to like the right team, and not the 49ers.
I don’t care about the ‘Har-bowl’. The only thing I think of when I hear ‘Joe Flacco’ is @Packerdan77 and his friend Chachi. I don’t care about Ray Lewis, Jerry Rice fumbled, and I hate the fact that Randy Moss will get a Super Bowl ring if the 49ers win. Maybe it will turn his finger green. Still.
GO COLIN! BATTLE BORN. WOLF. PACK.
Colleen’s pick: 49ers
Remember that scene in The Dark Knight Rises when Bane triggers the explosives and an entire football field caves in? That’s how I feel (metaphorically speaking, of course – please don’t send cops to my house) about watching this game. Vaya con Dios, Packers fans. Hasta en el otoño.
Rich’s pick: 49ers