This year’s “Brownie Points, Semi-Lock, Super Bowl Prediction” won’t be a surprise for our frequent fliers. Three times, we’ve made the Colts the preseason pick to win the Super Bowl — including this year — so we’ll be damned if we’ll change horses now.
So I’m pulling for Indy, but mostly so Peyton Manning will finally have an opportunity to get in a few TV commercials. I bet he’d really be good if given the chance.
If the ponies were playing Walter Payton, Mike Singletary and the Bears of the mid-1980’s, I’d be worried. But deeze aren’t Da Bears — although you’ve heard enough “Super Bowl Shuffle” cuts and Swirsky clips from “Saturday Night Live” over the last month, you’d swear Mike Ditka was still roaming the sidelines.
These Bears are the survivors of an inferior conference and a shadow of their championship forefathers. Rex Grossman has survived the playoffs, but so did Joe Kapp, Tony Eason and Kerry Collins. Unless you can run the ball all day or lean on a suffocating defense, a bad quarterback will bite you eventually.
I don’t see a blowout, but we’ll go with something convincing. Colts 27, Bears 17.
Was that a Boston Celtics crowd chanting “M-V-P” for Kobe Bryant? I know things are bad in Beantown (expect to see Danny Ainge in some new Spencer’s TV spots soon when he’s unemployed), but Celtics fans cheering on a Lakers star is just not right. Next thing you know, Bostonians will be forgiving Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens for defecting to the Yankees.
By the way, that’s 13 straight losses for the slumpin’ Shamrocks. Did Red Auerbach pick the right year to check out or what?
• Speaking of Clemens, if he can’t decide whether or not to retire, maybe he should call Brett Favre for advice. Now there’s a guy who can make up his mind.
• Of course, I understand why Favre hasn’t announced if he’s coming back this time. He figures if he holds out long enough, Jerry Jones might offer him a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff.
• The good news is the Coyotes have plenty of games against many of the Western Conference playoff teams they are chasing down the stretch of the regular season. The bad news is they haven’t had much luck beating any of them.
• It’s not exactly getting caught in a hotel room with strippers, but Nick Saban still managed to find hot water in his first month as Alabama football coach — thanks to his derogatory reference to Cajuns in an off-the-record chat with reporters. Well, at least Mike Price isn’t the only Alabama coach to find himself Crimson-faced before coaching a game. If Saban isn’t careful, his next coaching stop could be UTEP.