By Claude Vinson
showtime. It is time to mix the grits with gravy. It is
time for the million-dollar, 30-second commercials. In
short, it is Super Bowl XXXIX time!
becoming complacent in our expectancies now? This writer
can remember the times that one week before Super Sunday,
the media would smother us with pre-game hype. One could
strike up a Super Game conversation in almost any
fans are just as prone to initiate a conversation about
Shaq and his new team the Heat and their chances of
making it to the NBA championship this season.
The talks in
all circles should be about the face-off between the
Eagles and Patriots. It is amazing to find that the
football experts who I have talked to since
last Sunday are almost evenly split.
want to see the Eagles win because they have the
support the underdog mentality. Others just
plainly say that they dont like the Patriots (some
avow that its because they beat Pittsburgh!)
is siding with the underdogs. That, plus the fact that I
had firmly committed to supporting the Pittsburgh
Steelers before they turned into a blot of molten
I know that
the oddsmakers have ensconced the Pats as seven-point
favorites over the Eagles, but yours truly is just silly
enough to believe that the Eagles are going to defy these
relate that it was really interesting after my
predictions went partly sour in the conference
championship. The Loftins of Loftins Grocery in
Mount Pleasant were waiting for me to show up. They had
some chiding comments about my forecasting.
So, you have
my forecast for the Super Bowl. It is going to be stormy
weather for the New England Patriots, and it is going to
resemble a bunch of circling Eagles.
that I just might have to live this one down next week,
but I think it will be easier for me to explain yet
another errant prediction than it will be for the owner
of the New Orleans Saints (Tom Benson) to explain why the
state of Louisiana might have paid for his 122-ft. yacht.
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