There’s nothing quite like the Super Bowl. Name another event that can leave full grown men screaming at the TV without receiving a dismissive look from their significant other. Even women love the Super Bowl. Yes, you read that correctly! Some gals love the game, but even those that don’t get excited about the commercials.
The Super Bowl has truly become bigger than just a football game. The whole day is an event. It should be a national holiday. Christopher Columbus has his own holiday for crying out loud! We’re expected to celebrate his discovery of America. Ironic, since there were already millions of Native Americans living on the continent in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. It’s a national travesty that the Super Bowl isn’t listed on every calendar.
As much as I love the Super Bowl, this year’s rendition is a little bittersweet. My beloved Seattle Seahawks were oh so close to making the trip to New Orleans. Russell Wilson, the rookie quarterback that could, has singlehandedly improved my quality of life. Had the Seahawks not lost a heartbreaker in Atlanta, who knows, maybe they would have gone into San Francisco and repeated their week 16 performance against the mighty 49ers.
The fact that the 49ers are still playing, not my Seahawks, makes this game especially difficult to stomach. Seahawks fans have grown to hate the 49ers and the feeling is mutual. It’s quickly becoming the most heated rivalry in football.
Watching Colin Kaepernick hoist the Lombardi Trophy wouldn’t be any less painful than watching Joe Scumbag steal your girlfriend. The thought of Kaepernick kissing his biceps after every touchdown is enough to make me puke. Honestly, I can’t enjoy writing this article. My fingers twitch in agony every time I touch the “4” or “9” key on my keyboard.
Let’s talk about the Baltimore Ravens for a bit. That will ease my suffering. The Ravens will be saying goodbye to legendary linebacker Ray Lewis following the contest. Baltimore, a team that was struggling, has turned things around riding the emotional high of Ray Lewis’ retirement. It’s not quite, “Win one for the Gipper,” but it’s close. Can Baltimore continue to ride that wave for one more game? The Ravens have already defeated Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in this year’s playoffs. How tough can Kaepernick be?
I’m sure you’re curious who the Mad Capper is going side with. The San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens? The 49ers are currently -4 on Bovada.lv. That number reflects the 49ers roster superiority as well as their inexperience at quarterback. The 49ers are the better team.
Kaepernick’s ability to run adds an extra dimension to the 49ers offense that Joe Flacco can’t provide for the Ravens. In a vacuum, I think the 49ers should be six-point favorites. So the 49ers are the value play. That number drops to four because of the “team of destiny” mantra the Ravens have captured, and Kaepernick’s inexperience. As great as Kaepernick has been, he’s still a first-year starter in the NFL. Conventional wisdom suggests that will catch up to the 49ers at some point.
I’ve been going back and forth all week, but after a couple extra squirts of Ray Lewis’ Deer Antler spray I’m convinced Baltimore plus four is the winning play. David Akers misses a late field goal breaking the hearts of the 49ers faithful and bringing joy to mine!
Baltimore Ravens 19, San Francisco 49ers 17