Just a little over eight hours and counting until kickoff and for whatever reason I never brought it up until now.
I have a ton of respect for the Patriots and Tom Brady, but I am going to have to go with my heart. Even though the Dolphins’ perfect season happened long before I was born, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t mind if their record was broken. (Yes, I know the Patriots already have a better overall record than the ’72 Dolphins, but I’m of the opinion that the Pats need to win it all to truly match their accomplishment.)
If the Patriots win, the Dolphins perfect season is no longer a part of the conversation. It’s a different era, and much harder to do now than it was 35 years ago. Not only that but the Patriots would have done it in much more impressive fashion than the Dolphins.
Not only that but I really want to see Eli Manning win a Super Bowl. For all the criticism that kid faces, well, he’s in the Super Bowl. With a chance to win one much quicker than Peyton did. I find that amusing.
There’s also the New York versus Boston factor. My hatred of the Boston Red Sox pretty much spills over into the NFL as well. (Then again, I’m a Celtics fan. What can I say, I’m an enigma.)
Anyway, I’m rambling at this point. Bottom line, I’ll be rooting for the Giants but have a hard time picking against the Patriots.
Patriots 34, Giants 28
Update: Ok, I have no idea how I’ve missed this thus far. But apparently Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin not only is a local boy (Waterloo), but was the head coach of the RIT football team in the ’70s. That pretty much seals the deal. GO GIANTS!!
Update #2 (Timestamp 7:55 PM EST) : My halftime prediction… Tom Petty will play “Won’t Back Down” and “American Girls.”