THE TKC SUPER BOWL SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! CRAIG GLAZER BREAKS DOWN BIG GAME!!!
TKC Note - Craig Glazer has blessed us with some EPIC posts as of late. Today, he's bringing his A-game and offering Kansas City denizens an important preview of the big game. And now . . .
CHECK OUT THIS EXCLUSIVE SUPER BOWL INSIGHT, OPINION AND ANALYSIS FROM KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE MAN CRAIG GLAZER!!!
‘Buddy you're a boy make a big noise; Playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day; You got mud on yo' face; You big disgrace; Kickin' your can all over the place…’
Forty-three years ago the Kansas City Chiefs, a member of the American Football League, faced off in New Orleans against the National Football League Champions; the Minnesota Vikings. Little did we know then that a nearly a half century later, they still would not achieve that prominence again. One thing remains the same. The Super Bowl is once again set in New Orleans.
The National Football League Championship will be decided Sunday; either the San Francisco 49’ers or the Baltimore Ravens will emerge champions. It would seem that the good guys are the ‘Niners led by first time starter Colin Kaepernick. He’s tall, dark and handsome; lightning-fast, and fires the football like Nolan Ryan used to pitch baseballs…hard. He may be the perfect storm. Kaepernick led his team to an easy win over the vaunted Green Bay Packers a few weeks ago. Colin followed that victory with a come-from-behind masterpiece against the NFL team boasting the best record in football at 13-3. Not only that, it was a win garnered by the ‘Niners on the road. If 13-3 sounds like a familiar record, it is. Since 1995 the Chiefs have been 13-3 three separate seasons and were unable to win a single playoff game. Perhaps the most painful Kansas City loss came in 1995 at Arrowhead against a mediocre Indianapolis Colt team whose quarterback’s name was Jim Harbaugh.
You remember, Lin Elliot, our field goal kicker missed three chip shots. Harbaugh, known as Captain Comeback, had his greatest post season victory. Today that same Jim Harbaugh leads his San Francisco Forty-Niners onto the field in their first Super Bowl with him as head coach. The other team, the Baltimore Ravens, are led by their head coach John Harbaugh; Jim’s younger brother. Thus, the subtitle of the Super Bowl is the ‘Harbaugh Bowl’. The Ravens will be quarterbacked by on-again off-again bombs away guy, Joe Flacco. His last minute touch down bomb against the Denver Broncos will forever be etched in the memory of all Denver fans as an all-time ‘bummer’.
Joe Flacco was even better in the second half of the Ravens victory over the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. The storyline for the Ravens is built around their middle linebacker, Ray Lewis. Lewis has announced this will be his last season with his beloved Ravens. Just over a decade ago, a younger Ray Lewis led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory.
Most fans would think it would be easy to cheer for one of the NFL’s all-time best defenders, Ray Lewis. Except for one big issue, they would be correct. A few years ago Ray was involved in an after-nightclub gang battle that ended with two people being stabbed to death by Ray and his thugs. Had Lewis been defending himself, having been attacked for no reason, maybe this would have been acceptable. Unfortunately, that’s not what took place. According to witnesses, it was a war of words, pushing and shoving between two gangland style groups that devolved into a melee resulting in multiple stabbings of the two victims. Witnesses maintain that Lewis was one of the guilty parties doing the stabbing, along with others.
Lewis was charged with murder and held without bond for months. He never proved he was innocent; he just made a deal to roll over on his partners. They were left holding the bag for the two homicides. Why was Ray cut loose? Best guess; Ray Lewis was not only the face of the Baltimore Ravens, but was the face of the National Football League’s best defense. For this reason, he got a pass…a big one. Remember, if Mike Tyson had still been an undefeated Heavyweight Boxing Champion, there would never have been a rape charge…much like the Kobe Bryant rape charge. Kobe was the face of the NBA; too valuable a property to throw out the window. Rest assured, I believe that Kobe was innocent; but I also believe that Tyson was as well. Poor Tyson, having lost the title to a nobody was not the face of anything. A more recent example of being thrown to the wolves is Michael Vick, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback. More than likely it was the Atlanta Falcons organization that blew the whistle on Vick. Why? He was expensive and ineffective as a quarterback at the time. It seemed everyone in Atlanta knew he had a dog-fighting business. There were just too many people involved for it to be a secret. What makes Vick a monster wasn’t just the dog-fighting, it was his personal torture of little puppies and other dogs for no reason.
Ray Lewis now hides behind the ‘Lord’; he always gives thanks to his ‘Savior’ for leading him and his team to victory. Ray always says ‘God has a plan for me’. I guess God doesn’t have a plan for the other team.
The ‘Niners are younger and faster. This game will be played indoors which favors the ‘Niners. San Francisco, in my opinion, has younger and more potent defenders led by linebacker Patrick Willis and others including Justin Smith and Aldon Smith. It's going to be difficult for the Baltimore defense to slow Kaepernick down. He will take the edges and make good decisions on his throws. The other advantage that San Francisco has is the quarterback option to running back Frank Gore, which has been very effective post-season. San Francisco also has outstanding receivers in Eric Crabtree and Vernon Davis, not to mention the still dangerous Randy Moss.
However, the Baltimore Ravens seem to be a team of destiny, boasting their own weapons in running back Ray Rice and wide receivers in Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones.
Conclusion; on the other site, I picked pro and college games all season with the spreads and won over fifty games and lost under thirty. A pretty good percentage…damn good! Since the average margin of victory over the last decade has been nine points the smart bet is as follows: take the Ravens plus nine and a half, and OVER forty one and a half. This is a tease bet, you must win both sides of this to win.
However, I want to enjoy the game. I don’t like the Ravens, therefore, I will take the San Francisco Forty-Niners minus three and a half to win. This is a tough call. I wouldn’t go bet a ton of dough on this game. I see the final being something like this: San Francisco 27, Baltimore 17. Enjoy the game. PS: I will be at Woodside for the Super Bowl Party; see some of you there.
‘…we will we will rock you; We will we will rock you…’