I can say that I predicted that the Ravens would beat the favorited Patriots in the AFC Championship, but really this is Super Bowl XLVII for dummies, girls and nerds. 101.
1. Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh
Harbaugh brothers Jim and John aren’t the first blood-relatives in coaching history. (Let’s not forget grease trains Rex and Rob Ryan and basketball’s Stan and Jeff Van Gundy.) Interestingly, they are the first brothers to coach against each other in the Super Bowl.
In why-didn’t-this-happen-sooner news, in 2007, Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy were the first black coaches ever to make it to the Bowl and of course the first two to coach against each other.
At a press conference on Monday, Jim Harbaugh said he has great respect for his older brother and the Ravens organization, where he served as a quarterback in 1998, but wishes people would focus on the sport and not some out-of-the-ordinary rivalry.
Every moment you’re talking about me or John, that’s less time the players are going to be talked about. I just feel like the fighters are first, the ones playing the game. They’re the ones we should be talking about.
2. Goodbye Madonna’s age-appropriate balance problem, hello Destiny’s Child
You all probably heard that Beyonce is bringing her brand of classed-up swag and her Destiny’s Child sisters to the big game on February 3rd, 2013, but did you know that Alicia Keys will be singing the National Anthem?
It’s probably unlucky to say “She’ll do great,” seeing as the “Star-Spangled Banner” is a vocalist’s nightmare that Beyonce herself passed on singing live at the recent Presidential Inauguration.
3. Soooooo, who’s gonna win the damn thing?
If you are in fact a non football-watching gonad of this generation, you probably haven’t heard of any teams besides the Patriots, Giants, Steelers, Colts and Packers. Regardless, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are both real teams.
No one actually knows who’s going to win, but everyone has an opinion. Most opinions seem to point to San Francisco, citing rushing yards against the Falcons in the NFC Championship game.
I do know that all-pro Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis really wants that second ring. Back in 2011 he told CBS “I only play this game for another ring.”
Last winning year in the bowl: San Fran: 1995. Baltimore: 2001.
4. Who’s the better quarterback, Joe Flacco or Colin Kaepernick?
I know you’re thinking ‘Okay lady, if you don’t know who’s going to win, then who has the better quarterback?’ That’s also not an easy question, or one that I’m qualified to answer, but there are always stats to convolute your original prediction…
Colin Kaepernick – 49ers. Age 25. 2 years in NFL. 413 [regular season] career rushing yards. 1,849 career passing yards.
Joe Flacco – Ravens. Age 28. 5 years in NFL. 430 career rushing yards. 17,633 career passing yards.
Basically, Flacco’s a few years older and has been in the league longer with more passing yards. Kaepernick has almost the same rushing yards, taking into account the fact that he spent 2011 as Alex Smith’s backup and only truly played for one year, in the 2012 season.
5. My prediction/Yours
Everyone’s saying the 49ers are going to win, so my natural instinct as a Rocky-loving underdog cheerleader is to say that I think the Ravens (who I don’t even care for) will win.
My personal investment level is 0 because the Eagles aren’t there and I don’t “hate” either of these teams the way I hate the Pats and Steelers. The question is, who do YOU THINK will win at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome?