Saturday, January 31, 2009

My super bowl prediction

I don't like to predict who is going to win or lose games. It's a little bit superstition, and a lot because I simply think it's futile. You never know. But this is what I do predict: I think tomorrow's Super Bowl is going to come down to Neil Rackers. I think it will be that close. Either a field goal or an extra point might make the difference. It's just a gut feeling I have.

Of course, I could be completely wrong too. But this is an interesting Super Bowl for me. I think for the most part people like both teams. Certainly the Cardinals are easy to root for. They're everybody's underdog, and I would love to see them win. I have always liked Kurt Warner. He seems to be a very humble guy, and he's very outspoken about his Christian faith, though not usually in an idiot way. I also like Coach Whisenhunt too, from what little I know about him. Plus the Cardinals used to be in the NFC East before the latest re-alignment, and that's the division I've always been most familiar with (because of the Cowboys). It doesn't hurt that Rackers used to kick for the Illinois Fighting Illini either. I remember him in college. He was always known for the fact that, unlike most kickers, he WANTED to be in on the tackle on kickoffs. He was fun to watch.

But there is a lot to like about the Steelers too (even though I know there are some who don't like them). Personally, of course, their quarterback is from the town where my daughter currently lives. His uncle was actually Carrie's youth leader for awhile in middle school. But they also have a couple of former Illini on their roster. Rashard Mendenhall is hurt, but he was their top draft pick this year, and Carey Davis was a fullback for the U of I years ago. I also like their coach, and know that they have several very outspoken Christians on their team too.

A lot of people are calling this Super Bowl boring, because it doesn't have a lot of flamboyant players creating off-the-field drama. As far as I'm concerned, that is exactly why I am looking forward to this Super Bowl. I'm sick of all the prima-donna crap in the NFL. But, I know, I'm also an old fart and nobody cares what I think anyway. So... there ya go.


grace said...

The superbowl is tomorrow?

dan said...

Hahaha. Yeah, I know, you missional types don't have time for such things as this. I guess that's why I'm still... emerging. ;)

Patricia said...

Add to the list of Illini (former) on the field Sunday, Nathan Hodel, long snapper for the Cardinals. I used to score his presentations when he was a student in the MBA program. He is, in part, responsible for my high regard for football players and the game of football in general.

dan said...

Yes, now I remember reading about him. I forgot. How cool that you knew him! But I thought *I* was responsible for your high regard for football players. ;)