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Final Thoughts And A Prediction For Super Bowl XLVI

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 5, 2012 – 12:36 pm

This is a great Super Bowl matchup for fans to enjoy, with the NY Giants representing the NFC and the New England Patriots representing the AFC. These two teams have had solid teams for a long time, and in fact they met in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season in what wound up being one of the most dramatic Super Bowls ever.

The storylines discussed in the 2-week build up to Super Bowl XLVI have been numerous and they’ve been interesting. Rematches from the regular season and the 2007 Super Bowl; Bill Belichick and Tom Brady trying to win their 4th Super Bowl together; Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning trying to win their 2nd Super Bowl together; Peyton Manning’s arch rival and Peyton Manning’s brother battling each other for a Super Bowl in the house that Peyton built in Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium); Injuries to key offensive players for both teams – New England’s Rob Gronkowski and New York’s Hakeem Nicks; The Giants pass rush versus Brady; The emergence of Victor Cruz, and the list goes on. Great storylines for this great matchup.

The one storyline I want to focus on today before the game, though, is the same storyline I discussed in last week’s Wobcast – the coaches in this game. Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin.

I have an appreciation for both of these coaches. I like the way both of them conduct their teams and their business. They are both from the Bill Parcells coaching tree and in fact they were once on the same staff together. This would be the 4th Super Bowl victory of Belichick’s career and it would further cement his legacy as one of the best coaches of all-time. But this would be Coughlin’s 2nd Super Bowl, matching the number won by Parcells, and it would push Coughlin into the discussion not as the best coach of all-time, but into that next tier of the elite coaches of all-time. Coughlin would indeed become a potential Hall of Fame type of coach. And to think that some were calling for Coughlin’s head before the season. Some probably called for his head during the season after the Giants had lost 4 in a row.

As for Belichick, I would think this would be his favorite Super Bowl win. He’s doing it with a team that includes 18 undrafted free agents, an unheralded defense, a WR (Julian Edelman) who plays nickel back, a TE (Aaron Hernandez) who led the team in rushing in a playoff game, and a punter who is from Romania.

Truly, this is a great matchup with two great coaches. I’ll be happy for whoever wins.

My pick is New England, by the way, in a close game. The only results that would surprise me would be a low-scoring game or a blowout by either team. I think it’ll be a mid- to high-scoring game that is close until the end. Should be a lot fun.


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208 Responses to “Final Thoughts And A Prediction For Super Bowl XLVI”

  1. By Daniel on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    My pick is NY. Who is the 4th quarter king? you know it

  2. By Mike B. on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I am also predicting a NE win. I much rather watch the Vikings but hey.

  3. By Swedish Viking on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    As long as it’s close I could care a less who wins.

  4. By Viking33 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Is there a game today? I thought I looked at the Vikings schedule….nothing there, hmmm.

  5. By TheRealDon™ on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Patriots cut a player before game that’s kind of a messed up feeling..

  6. By TheRealDon™ on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    just for that go Giants..

  7. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @TheRealDon,

    There could be some Karma for coach Billichick, or it was a brilliant move.
    We wait for further information.

  8. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike Wobschall,

    Good to have you back…

  9. By Viking33 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    That guy must feel pretty awesome right about now…..wonder what he did to deserve that? Maybe he didn’t like Tom’s new haircut, or maybe he was rating Bellichick’s wardrobe? Jeez talk about kicking the Dog.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    But Wobs,

    Seriously, if you even THINK of any other position other than Offensive Line or Defensive Back for next year…………….

    Then the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble.

  11. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Viking33,

    Maybe Belichick forgot there was a game today.

  12. By Mike B. on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred come on man if they pick a good WR is not the end of the world. Your cog is so in one place.

  13. By Viking33 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I would like a rematch in the SB too Mike – Vikes vs Steelers / Vikes vs Raiders / Vikes vs Chiefs / Vikings Dolphins – yep I would like to see those in Spades!!!

  14. By Viking33 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    If they draft a WR first in the draft I hope he is a little guy, that way maybe we can literally throw him at the defense to try and slow them down a little. I have deliberated much on this topic and I think our only move is Oline 1st and foremost. I would go as far as to say drafting 2 tackles, I say that because apparently the guys we drafted last year on the Oline are bad. That is the only conclusion I can come up as to why the couldn’t get playing time.

  15. By Viking33 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I would have thought it funny if he cut Chad Ochostinko!

  16. By Viking33 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton should haunt Bellichick the whole game and sit right behind him, he could heckle him the whole game. Peyton Manning could Spike Lee it up!! Tell him “I double dog dare you to go for it on 4th and 2 in your own end – c’mon Bill you know you want too!!”

  17. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    This just in — Titus had revelation this morning.
    Change in my pick.

    Patriots 34, Giants 27

  18. By ozzinator on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Tites, I agree with your pick.

  19. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Ozzy.

  20. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Brady defeats Eli Manning and gets his 4th Ring.

    Patriots 30, Giants 23.

    You cant pick against Tom Brady!

  21. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Amen Spencer.

  22. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    You finally switched Titus. You had Eli Manning winning this whole week! And one thing is guaranteed, the winning quarterbacks jersey # is above 9! The Streak lives on!!

  23. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I know, I know. Cannot argue with divine revelation. My only concern would be that Eli’s brother has the house rigged for noise or something– I mean they are a close family and it is Peyton’s house.

  24. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Brother Brady will be on fire today. Watch out!!!

  25. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Bradys Stats: 27/39: 332yrds. 2TD’s, 0ints.
    Mannings Stats: 21/45: 295yrds. 2TD’s. 1int.

  26. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think Brady will have at least one interception, but he will play brilliantly overall.

  27. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    How do you think Ponder will do next year?

  28. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will only do as well as the cast around him– a better O line and at least one high caliber receiver will make Ponder a better than avg qb.

  29. By Mike B. on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Titus Ponder with more protection and another down field WR will be much better in 2012.

  30. By DeerTracks on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, if Brady is on fire, the Gaints know how to put him out…

    I want the Gaints to win just because they wetre the ones’ that put out Green Bay’s fire…..

  31. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I want the Giants to win too– I am not making predictions based on what I want, though.

  32. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Who will have more sacks next year? Robison or Everson Griffin

  33. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Robison.

  34. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Most rushing yards…AP or Toby?

  35. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Depends on AP’s recovery. I expect AP to be at prime form and rush for 2000 yards.

  36. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Off of a torn ACL?

  37. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I know AP’s physician.

  38. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lol.

  39. By jman on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the patriots win. Lets go PATRIOTS lets go.

    .

  40. By DeerTracks on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Just noticed that Arron Rodgers is one of the “Three Stoogies, calling the game

    Think I will just pass on this Three Ring Circus….

  41. By jman on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    9 min. till the big game.

  42. By jman on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    6 min. till the big game

  43. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    GEAUX BRADY

  44. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I hate to tell you guys this…
    no actually I WILL LOVE TO TELL YOU GUYS THIS…

    There are more than 2 people playing in this game.
    It’s not tennis.
    It’s not all-star wrestling (although I could see someone getting confused)
    It’s not football in the backyard with your friends.
    It’s not boxing.
    It’s about TEAM!!!

    IT IS NOT BRADY VS MANNING!!!

  45. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    SORRY FREDDIE– this game is MANNING VS BRADY!!!

  46. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Its a Quarterback driven league Fred. They decide who wins 9 times out of 10.

  47. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    YAY!!! Patriots win the toss!!!!

  48. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    HECK IT’S 53 ON 53 AND THAT DOESN’T EVEN BEGIN TO COUNT THE
    HORDES OF COACHES, TRAINERS, OWNERS, FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL, SECRETARIES, BALL BOYS, ETC.

  49. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    NO

  50. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    —-no

  51. By jman on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    60 sec. to the big game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Freddie, the brain moves the body!

  53. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    NO—–

  54. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Mass stupidity!!!

  55. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’LL NEVER ACCEPT IT!!!

  56. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lol at punter

  57. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Safetyyyyyy

  58. By DeerTracks on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Oops, I meant the Pre-game three clowns…

  59. By DeerTracks on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I have a choice, I can watch the rest of the game, or I can let you guys tell me each play…Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad after all, at least I wouldn’t have to watch NBC send those idiots on the sidelines interviewing someone while the game is on…

    Then NBC has a split-screen which makes viewing the game tough….

  60. By vikefanforlife on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    giants 30 pats 27 overtime win

  61. By Mike B. on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    QBs win championships.

  62. By DeerTracks on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Split-screen, while doing the sideline interviews, NBC has been doing that just about every game they telecast…….

  63. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well I just logged 15 miles on my trainer during a chunk on this first half– now the wings are in the oven. And the Patriots fire up– finally!!!

  64. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Freddie– the head is in charge. Have a great team and a poor QB and you won’t go far– look at the 08 Vikes.

  65. By Mike B. on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Pats just put on the Brady show.

  66. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think Belichick purposefully held Gronskowski back to test the waters– and then use him when really needed. Belichick will come out with so many adjustments that the Giants won’t know what hit them.

  67. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Okay 1st half. Brady…..Its time to heat up!

  68. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    YAY … Godell finally might have shown there is a line he wont cross when it comes to making NFL a flag football league

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-02-05/goodell-criticizes-quality-of-pro-bowl?icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D132954

  69. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Now thats a Team.

  70. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I didnt even know AOL still existed.

  71. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    You have to give Madonna credit for ” keeping it together’ at her age, but her music sucks and I have to think that she’s seen more d!ck than a Yankee Stadium men’s room.

  72. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, keep it positive. Some of her music is okay. I like Ray of Light.

  73. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Nova … I have to agree about her promiscuity but I dont mind a few of her songs. I have one on my iPOD … its a John Lennon cover of Imagine. I like Vogue and a couple others.

  74. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    LOL I like them but not enough to have on my iPOD

  75. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus- you are a waffeler……why dont you summon the divine powers to make Vikings win SB?

  76. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    wait.was that too angry for you Ozzinator?

  77. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Watching this game just makes me mad. Should of beat the Chargres.Bucs.Lions.Chiefs. And started the season off 5-0. F—

  78. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think the general programming in human society is to complain. I choose to enjoy life.

  79. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I cant believe how many people wanted Ocho last offseason… I seemed to be the only one screaming NO … he was 100% self promoted hype.

  80. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    How do we f—-n choke away games like that in the beginning of the year??

  81. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Just watch this week– I challenge you guys- keep your ears open. No matter what news you hear or what happens around you at work or wherever, someone has to see it in a negative light. Enjoy life. Open some happiness– I love those Polar Bear families– too cool.

  82. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    BTW I think NE will win.

  83. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Patriots will dominate this half.

  84. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Touchdown Hernandez. A matchup nightmare.

  85. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-
    The reality of polar bears is they are in extreme danger of extintion due to GLOBAL WARMING(something Bush tried his best to discredit during his tyranny)

  86. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    (New England Chowder horn)

  87. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    By Shawn on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply
    Ocho is more hype than wr
    so I say Randy Moss

  88. By Mike B. on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    More of the Brady Show

  89. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Rock have Republicans even excepted gravity yet?

  90. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    oops accepted … duh

  91. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rock– stop pointing fingers and suggest a solution. Are you going to tell China, India and the rest of the developing countries to spend on pollution control? The changes in the globe the past few decades are way beyond Bush or any president’s power. Wake up. The rise of the middle class in China alone, which is greater in population than the entire US, significantly altered the energy consumption of the world– and they like coal.

  92. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn……how do you remember what you typed from months ago? haha.

  93. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hakeem Nicks=Justin Blackmon.

  94. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer … I remember everything. Its my curse.

  95. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-
    We consume 75% of the world’s resources.
    We only contibute 40%
    Do the frikkin math. DO YOU HAVE A CHECKBOOK? If so then you know we need to be more responsible with our production/consumption ratio…..
    Yes China is a burgeoning (capitalist) society…… their middle calss alone numbers @330 miilion people
    Shouls they be held down? Shoul.d we say they cannot rise by our self proclaimed capitsalist dogma?
    DO THE MATH, TITUS,

  96. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT ABOUT YOUR AND MY CONSUMPTION TITUS?…Why should we be allowed to consume more vthan we produce? ANSWER!

  97. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    TITUS-
    STOP BEING SO PAROCHIAL! OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE WORLD!

  98. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus I have a solution !!!!!!! Start listening to scientists that werent bought by the companies they are investigating for. Its pretty simple and I might point out China is ahead of us on high speed rail and they have always made automobiles with better gas mileage than the US. Because American corporations like to make its public buy things that cost more money

    Setting lower gas mileage for US cars made the public spend more money on gas … making the rich richer by taking advantage of us

    Who is the party of the rich? Defenders of corporations? Reps

    When there was a time for computers to take off corporations had a choice between MAC and PC … well to push PC on everyone kept the public getting virus’ and forcing us to repair and buy new computers

    Corporations hire people to decide if its cheaper to recall an item or just pay the lawsuits for dead and injured meaningless common man

    Yea lets go Republican and make the consumer protection weaker … middle and lower class people dont count anyway

  99. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    TITUS-
    Soilutions require a lager vision than mere nationalism of parochialism you of self proclaimed intelligence should understand……..

  100. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    RIGHT ON SHAWN!!!!

  101. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    In other words……GIT YUR HEAD OUTTA YUR A.S.S.

  102. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    wait…..am I being too angry , oz?

  103. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn=
    Litsening to Nobel Laureate Scientists???? WHST A WHINEY LIBERAL IDEA!

  104. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    When you are secure with what you know, speak with wisdom and not anger. Resorting to attacks simply tells me you are insecure in what you think you know. Rocky, the point is countries such as China and India are producing without the controls most of the corps in the modern world already have in place– their plants are very dirty and much like our plants in the steel belt of the great lakes during the 70s. Do you want to meet and discuss this? This is not the forum for this.

    IN closing, Rock, your argument is based in nationalism and disregarding the larger issue of modernizing with proper environmental controls, the HUGE developing nations manufacturing plants. Within a decade, it won’t matter that much in the big picture what we do, if these countries continue. At any rate, there won’t be countries as we know it in the near future.

  105. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Imagine there’s no hea’ven
    It’s easy if you try
    No he’ll below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people living for today

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people living life in peace

    You, you may say
    I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people sharing all the world

    You, you may say
    I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

    John Lennon

  106. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    CHASE BLACKBURN!

  107. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

  108. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    We always seem to ignore the wisest …

  109. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-
    For a seemingly educated man you are ignorant

  110. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Contro;ls by whom, Titus??? Repubs want no horrible gov’t control of success,,,,,they sat busininess should monitor their own…..(kinda like fox watching the hen house)……… BUT C?hina Needs some external control to monitor their PROGRESS??? Do not be hypocritical………there are intelligent bloggers here aside from your annointed self.

  111. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I agree wioth you Titus that in the future, that nationalism will be secondary to Multinational corporate interests and influence……….kinda like how stadiums were re-named in 80’s to reflect corporate interests……so may go countries…all the beeter for money grabbing individuals…….

  112. By Rocksalt on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Oh … Is this too angry, Oz?

  113. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … you had the down and dirty defense but you changed to the glitz and glam offense last minute ? O well another good super bowl.

  114. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Rocksalt.

  115. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks to Tom ( Bieber ) Brady, he put a grand in my pocket.

  116. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    We were right, Titus.

  117. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    ROOKIE SEASON COMPARISONS

    Eli vs Budhist Ponder

    Eli …………. 95-197 = 48.2% completions … 1,043 yards … 6TD-9INT …… 55.4 QBR

    Ponder … 158-291= 54.3% completions … 1,853 yards … 13TD-13INT … 70.1 QBR

  118. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer and Titus,

    I guess you were right.

    Eli Manning beat Tom Brady lol

    C. Ponder will lose 16 straight games next year because…
    IT’S ALL ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK!!!

    Mass Stupidity.

  119. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wobschall picked New England. Wobschall also picked Bernard Berrian to have a “breakout year”. Perhaps Wobschall should be picking turnips.

  120. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nova I thought NE would win as well I thought no way a 9-7 team is winning the Super Bowl but I didnt like Berrian

  121. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Fred …. its all about the time Eli had due to the OL dominating in both the pass and run

    OL OL OL OL OL OL OL

  122. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    o yea and defense

  123. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    (Turnip Farmer)……”No, don’t pick that one Wobs, thats a horse turd”…..(Wobschall)……’But let me tell you about the Senior Bowl”……..

  124. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, first time in my life that i ever put $1000 on a game. And I was right.

  125. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Berrian couldnt get open on our secondary

  126. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    WOW thats a chunk why were you so confident? and whats the payout Nova?

  127. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    and nova how where you feeling at the 2 minute warning?

  128. By TonyO on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    The Giants are once again, the ultimate overachievers. Meanwhile, the Vikings squander talent and opportunity year after year. Will someone finally instill an atmosphere of winning in Minnesota ? 9-7 and a Lombardi Trophy for the Giants. WAKE UP VIKINGS , YOUR FANS DESERVE BETTER !!! If this team struggles in 2012, do us all a favor and head to California…………….

  129. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, Quarterback is the most important position on a football team. If they do well, the team does well.

  130. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    TonyO … if your a Vikings fan be carefull what you wish for. Nobody wants them to pack up and leave

  131. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence … every position is important in football. Having a superstar at any position makes others look and play better.

  132. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Quarterback is more important than any other position.

  133. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, the Giants just matched up so well against the Patriot’s defence. I had the Giants at +5.5. My bookie (who is a HUGE NE fan) gave me 5 and a half last week. The actual line was 3. So, I didn’t care if Brady led them back in the last 2 min……$1000 bet, $1000 won.

  134. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Nova. Makes for a nice BDay weekend.

  135. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @ Shawn….Thanx, Buddy, might pay for a new liver !

  136. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    I’ll just have you answer these guys. Some arguments are so far out we have no chance.

    Even Eli Manning gave out tons of credit to his receivers for this super bowl win, and he is known as “the quiet one.”

    You and I knew BEFORE MOST OF THE BLOGGERS on this site were born that quarterback is the most important position. Like DUH!!!

    They never said Joe Kapp versus Len Dawson
    or Fran Tarkenton vs. Terry Bradshaw
    or Tarkenton vs Griese
    or Tarkenton vs Stabler

    One of the things that makes football so great is it is such a fantastic TEAM game. It is never one guy, and could never be no matter how much they change the rules.

  137. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    ( Nova Scotia Vike )……Yes, Doctor, I’m wondering about getting a new liver”….( Doctor )….”What are your symptoms”?……( Nova Scotia Vike :…..I seem to have extremely bad bowel movements because the Super Bowl is always the day before or after my birthday”……….(Doctor)…..”I’ll try to get your birthday changed”.

  138. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence must just say things to stir people up. He doesn’t really believe the stuff they are spewing on ESPN!!!

  139. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Fred maybe Spence is the Lead Cheerleader … they always like the QBs

  140. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Trying to stir things up? The Quarterback position is more important than any other position. Dont believe me? Look at the Bears.

  141. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I am not claiming to be smart. But YOU SHOULD KNOW that the Vikings have needed offensive linemen and defensive backs worse than anything else for the last two years.

    If you don’t, then it is my job to inform you!!!

  142. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Why are the Colts always a playoff team when Manning is there, but the year he doesnt play the Colts win 1 game?

  143. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn will you handle that last comment by Spencer?

  144. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    The ONLY thing that happened in Indy this year was they lost Peyton???

  145. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    The year Chris Johnson got 2000 yards…the Titans started off 0-6. Vince Young comes in, and they finish the season 8-2.

  146. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    What EXACTLY was your point about the Titans?

    Maybe you might want to reread that one to yourself a couple times!!!

  147. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Was Brad Johnson the most important player for the Buccaneers in 2004?

    Was Trent Dilfer the Most important player for the Ravens in 2001?

  148. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    A great QB is huge. So is a Tackle, RB, WR, etc.

    Look it up in your NFL history. I suggest Pro Football Reference.com

  149. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    How was the Colts defense? how was their OL ?

  150. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Tell me ONE elite quarterback that doesnt constantly take their team to the playoffs.

    You cant.

  151. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    The Giants and Raiders had Hostetler either win the SB or help them get there.

    Jim Plunkett was past his prime when they won the Super Bowl for the Raiders one year.

    The list is endless.

  152. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    My point is that they had a terrible Quarterback in Kerry Collins and win Zero games. Then they get a decent Quarterback in Vince Young and they finish the year 8-2. Quarterbacks win games!

  153. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Archie Manning.

    I told you that a week ago.

  154. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    ( Doctor )….”Spencer, our surgical team has determined that, in order to save your life, you need an operation. There is a small piece of brain lodged in your skull”….As soon as the team can find a set of forceps small enough, we will operate”.

  155. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence if you study football you will notice a lot of similarities in championship teams … OLs are good to great …. defense is good to great … qbs are good to great

  156. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer is right, once again. You can have a great team with a horrible quarterback– never going to do well. An okay team– one that plays as a team but avg players with an elite quarterback– and you go far. Quarterback is the key to the ignition– the car is the team. You need the whole package, but without the key you ain’t goin’ nowhere, buster. You need a great quarterback– that is the key to winning.

  157. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wow Shawn…awesome way to put it!!!

  158. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    You guys honestly believe Quarterback is not the most important position?

  159. By DRS on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt and Shawn stop consuming 75% of the world’s resources then, why not start with giving up the Vikings and the NFL? Sports do not benefit man in any meaningful way, you cannot eat it, you cannot drink it and all it does is consume what little resources we have by taking up land that could be put to better use. After all, it is a big evil corporation taking all the little mans money and giving it to them rich owners and players.

    More power to the people!

  160. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    LMAO Nova hahahhahahahahahah i dont care who ya r thats funny

  161. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    obviously we have an imposter at the Titus position!

  162. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, of course that is how those teams are– that does not defer the point that an elite quarterback is key to a great team– take a great team and put a poor quarterback in the driver seat- see how far you go. As you like to say to me, Shawn– yours is a poor argument.

  163. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    DRS … the Eagles just re-did their stadium to make it more energy efficient . using solar power

  164. By Frederick Jones on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, yes, I say ol’ chap…put a lousy QB with a lousy team and you’ll get a
    championship team.

    Yes, it has become very clear to me now!

  165. By DRS on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Just jesting everyone. Just making a point. have great night.

  166. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Im stunned right now. How in the hel|| can you guys possibly say the quarterback is not the most important player?

  167. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    an ELIte QB is nice Titus. So is an elite LT or an elite DE or an elite RB. Im just saying where are the Packers ? they had the best QB. Tom Brady alone = not good enough. Giants had a better team. Eli is comparable to Brady but the Giants have better RBs better defense and arguably better WRs. I think both teams have very good OLs

  168. By DRS on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Go vikikngs!

  169. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Look this QB debate is one that Im not saying your wrong Im saying be carefull how far you take that … football is the greatest TEAM sport.

  170. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Trent Difer won a Super Bowl … was he the Ravens MVP ?

    Brad Johnson won a Super Bowl … was he the Buccs MVP?

  171. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…you’re not “stunned right now”. You are permanently stunned.

  172. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    That was a different age Shawn. Back then a Great Defense could mask an average Quarterback. Now its not true.

    Case in point: Bears and Texans.

  173. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Phil Simms won a couple I think? or was it Simms 1 and Hostetler 1? Were they the Giants MVP?

  174. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    I shouldn’t talk though, I just turned 55 and I have been diagnosed with CRAFT disease.

  175. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Jim McMahon won a Super Bowl …. was he the bears MVP?

  176. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    “Can’t Remember A Fuc&ing Thing”.

  177. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Favre … did nothing for the Vikings in 2010. Because the OL and the rest of the team were not good.

    Brady would of made the Vikings look better this year but I still doubt we’d make the playoffs with any great QB. You watch Brady and Eli tonight both played well most of the game because the OL was blocking very well. both teams have good to great OLs. Vikings dont. Brady was without his best option (maybe 2nd best) and he didnt do as well.

    It takes a team

  178. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ha Nova … I was curious what CRAFT was

  179. By Immureglass on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Philip Rivers is considered an elite QB but the Chargers haven’t made it to the playoffs in several seasons and their divisions is considered one of the easiest ones in the league.

  180. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn..we were a couple of plays away from starting the year 5-0 with-as you say it-McCant throw.

  181. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rothlesberger wasnt good his rookie season when they went to the Super Bowl … that was a Bettis / Willie Parker run team with a great defense. that was what 5 years ago?

  182. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Spence that was good wasnt it? because Donovan McCant throw.

  183. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Bears went to the Super Bowl 4 years ago with Rex Grossman

  184. By Mike B. on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    The key to a winning team is to have everything running in sync. You don’t have to be the most talented team on the field. Your team needs to outplay the other team. Good planning and good execution will more than likely get you a win. I also think there is some luck involved as teams are closer in talent level. Now that the game is more of a passing game and less hitting the WR, RB, and QB have more control of the outcome.

  185. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yea it was clever. I remember you saying that a lot against the 1st Bears game.

  186. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    2001 – Trent Dilfer wins a Super Bowl

    2003 – Brad Johnson wins a super bowl

    2004 – Jake Delhomme loses super bowl

    2006 – Hasselback loses a super bowl

    2007 – Rex grossman loses a super bowl

  187. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    2012—-1:09 AST…Nova loses interest .

  188. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    LOL I missed 2005 – Donovan McCant throw loses a Super bowl

    It really is a team game. Yes a QB is imprtant and so is everyone else

  189. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    good night nova

  190. By Spencer on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    But Quarterback is the most important.

  191. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    /Night Shawn. These Birthday/SB weekends are rough.

  192. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spence your young impressionable mind has been corrupted by the media. The media focuses on the QBs because its the glamorous position. The media will lie ortwist the truth to get ratings. They need people to watch them and no way we’d watch sport center every night if they were showing you how well the LT’s played.

    No such thing as most important in football … its a team game.

  193. By Shawn on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    You give Tom Brady Charlie Johnson and Phil Loadholt and he probably doesnt make it through the season.

  194. By Derrick.G on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yah a QB is the most important….Thats bs…how did the 49ers get there with Alex Smith then? Or Denver with T-Blow? DEFENSE and a strong running game led by a great O line.

  195. By DRS on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/05/another-vikings-stadium-proposal/

    So now it is OK for the state to spend boat loads of money to build the Vikings new stadium in Minneapolis, how interesting.

  196. By DRS on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/31/regional-stadium-debate/

    Look out everyone, Minnesota Twins could be the only pro sports team left in Minnesota if the legislatures do not do something soon.

  197. By DRS on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    About Ed Kohler
    At this moment in time (at the end of the day), Ed Kohler is fairly unique in his ability to think outside the box 24/7. With all due respect to people who find his thoughts offensive – some would absolutely say, “It’s a nightmare.” in reference to his ramblings – Mr. Kohler responds, “I personally don’t understand their pain. They shouldn’t of read what they read after reading, ‘You want The Deets? You can’t HANDLE The Deets. It’s not rocket science.”

    http://www.thedeets.com/2012/02/04/self-proclaimed-conservative-vikings-stadium-wilfare-queens/

    ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬

    What you have to say about this person?

  198. By DRS on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/1/28/2755014/vikings-stadium-update-nfl-metrodome-arden-hills-veto/in/2263747

    The NFL might just veto all of it, or more accurately, the various owners might. According to the Pioneer Press, there’s not a lot of positive sentiment from the NFL owners about playing games at TCF Stadium. They call the place a gem, but also note that it is not an NFL stadium. All of this is totally moot if the NFL won’t sign off on it.
    Which means that the Arden Hills site, among others, may be reconsidered. It could also mean that things are delayed another year, which nobody wants, but if it gives the Vikings another look at something that they feel would ultimately be better for them and the NFL in general, then that’s a definite good thing. Arden Hills was effectively eliminated from contention as a feasible site, but the NFL seems to be bringing it right back up.

    Still hope for Shakopee

  199. By DRS on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    Good night.

  200. By DeerTracks on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    Nova…Where do you find those great one and two liners?

    No matter how bad my day is going, reading those jokes always get me back on track! Nice to read something that isn’t all sour mash Thanks, Nova…….

    Now if the vikings would just get that sadium thing going, I would be happy as a Lark!

  201. By ozzinator on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    You’re crackin’ me up Rock. Peace to you my friend…………

  202. By ozzinator on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    All the kids filed into class Monday morning. They were very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

    Little Sally led off: “I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30″ she said proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”

    “Very good” said the teacher.

    Little Jenny was next: “I sold magazines” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events.”

    “Very good, Jenny” said the teacher..

    Eventually, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher held her breath ……. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk. “$2,467″ he said.

    “$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”
    Toothbrushes” said Little Johnny.

    “Toothbrushes” echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?”

    “I found the busiest corner in town” said Little Johnny, “I set up a Dip & Chip stand, I gave everybody who walked by a free sample.”

    They all said the same thing, “Hey, this tastes like carp!”

    Then I would say, “It is carp. Wanna buy a toothbrush? I used the President Obama method of giving you something cruddy, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it’s free, and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth.”

    Little Johnny got five stars for his efforts, bless his heart…

  203. By DeerTracks on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    Oz, you aren’t as funny as Nova or Titus, but you are getting there…..

    Well, one of my wishes came truie…Thanks Gaints…..Pats have enough SB Rings…

  204. By Troutdaddy on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    So nice to see the Pats go down AGAIN…Hats off to the Giants. Manning, Manningham, Cruz… they all did an amazing job today. Coughlin can retire happy now. I have never been a huge Coughlin fan, but I gotta give the guy props. He is the olderst coach in the NFL and even though he may not have quite the “Active” role he used to have, he got the job done and the players worship the ground he walks on. That tells you something about his influence and mentorship. Let’s hope the Vikes can begin making this type of legacy….

  205. By Caesar on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt, I have no quarrel with you, not sure why it has to get nasty. I can tell, however, from your responses, esp the multi-nationals’ one, that you are not following what I am saying– perhaps partly my fault. Besides, this is not the forum for such a discussion.

  206. By vikingbob136 on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    Brady is on the way down.Giants won’t repeat. 49ers, Saints or Packers will represent NFC next year.And its always a great year when Dallas doesn’t make the playoffs.Vikings in 2014!!!!!!!!!

  207. By Vikings1 on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    NovaScotiaVike

    Yers Mike Mike picked New England and I agree maybe he should be picking jis nose and maybe just maybe he can get that right. I have been saying all along that the Giants will win because that were the only team that won on the road in the playoff and they were very lucky to win especially in San Fran and I picked them to win the SB.

  208. By Parody on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    So now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time to start grading the ads! Over the past few years, the Super Bowl ads have become less interesting, but there still was a fair share of good ones. Doritos has been posting good ads for a few years now, and they did it again with the baby slingshot. The Audi commercial was kind of funny, using the headlights to kill the other vampires…and eventually himself. The naked M&M gave me a bit of a chuckle too. I really liked the Sandman commercial, where he spilled the entire bag and the guy had a bòóbalicious dream about a car. And I wouldn’t be doing my name any justice if I didn’t mention Matthew Broderick coming in for a Ferris Bueller parody. Classic!

    Anyone else have any favorites that I didn’t mention?

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