February 2, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII: Brother v Brother, Undefeated Streaks, Ray Lewis Retires, And Beyonce

Maybe you’re like me and you kind of check out of football once your team is eliminated from the season, (in this case my Redskins).  So, there are only a few things that could possibly make the Super Bowl exciting. Perhaps a bet if you’re a gambler, in fact; bet enough on anything and it will become interesting. Or maybe a good story. This Super Bowl offers us just that, a good story.

Both teams are undefeated in Super Bowl history, San Francisco with five victories in the Super Bowl, their last one in 1995; and the Ravens (team created in 1996) made their first Super Bowl appearance and Super Bowl victory back in 2000 when they dominated the NY Giants with an impressive victory. But it made for a boring game. If San Francisco wins, they will tie the Pittsburg Steelers for most Super Bowl victories.

But the story continues. Brothers are opposing each other this Sunday, coach against coach, with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. The two of them held a joint press conference this past Friday morning where both brothers ended up in fisticuffs and cursing each other out, screaming “you ruined Christmas.” Not really. Actually it seems there wasn’t much excitement during the press conference, although, I’m sure it was a very special moment for the brothers, as this is a rare and special opportunity for them this Sunday.

Perhaps one of the most special moments in recent Bowl history is that this will be Ray Lewis’ last game. And how fitting that it’s at the championship game. Ray Lewis has only played for the Baltimore Ravens since the team formed in 1996, is the most popular Ravens player of all time, and is the only inaugural player left on the team. He has won NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, and has been selected for 13 Pro Bowls. To think it will be all over for him this Sunday, and it seems just like yesterday that he was being indicted for murder and pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. Has it been 13 years already?

And now for the best reason to watch this year’s Super Bowl: Beyoncé. That’s right, this year the half time show will feature Beyoncé. Who will be the surprise pop-ins during this show? Who cares? We get Beyoncé. Will it be Jay-Z? Who cares? We get Beyoncé. Perhaps a Destiny’s Child reunion will finally occur? Who cares? We get Beyoncé. Surprise rock bands could even show up like the Rolling Stones. But who cares? We know we get Beyoncé.

Now for my Super Bowl prediction. Oh, and for the record, I have never been wrong with my prediction for the Super Bowl, and that is a fact. Unless, by fact, you mean it’s the truth, in which case, this is false. The 49ers are favorites to win by 3.5 points, but if there was ever a time for the cliché of, on any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team; it’s during the playoffs and especially the Super Bowl. Speaking as a former professional athlete, (professional wrestling and MMA) a superior psychological state of mind could make a huge difference for a team. So I can definitely see why, with this being Ray Lewis’ last game, the Ravens could win, but I doubt that will happen. The 49ers running back Frank Gore will dominate and is being overlooked for some reason in most Bowl discussions. The 49ers offense and defense have held teams to 17 points a game this season and will be able to get another victory and another championship ring this Sunday; final score, SF 31-24.

Hail Skins.

Super Bowl XLVII will air Sunday, February 3, 2013, at 6:30 PM EST on CBS.

Image Credit: NFL / Super Bowl XLVII

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