Five Questions for Super Bowl Sunday

Five Questions for Super Bowl Sunday

The following thread will serve as the game day thread. Enjoy the evening and if you're drinking at the local bar or a friend's house...don't drive. Call a cab. It ain't that expensive.

The Super Bowl is to football what St. Patrick's Day is to drinking: a day specifically for the amateurs. But within the confines of Amateur Hour today is a really spectacular football match-up.

My prediction? Baltimore Ravens 31 - San Francisco 49ers 28. Here are five major questions I have heading into tonight's contest:

  1. How will the Ravens handle Vernon Davis? They have no player in the middle of their defense (linebacker, safety) capable of containing Davis so might they enlist hot corner Corey Graham for the task?
  2. Will either team find a pass rush? Neither team has successfully rushed the passer for a month. If one of them rediscovers it today they'll be champions by midnight.
  3. Can Joe Flacco be accurate as an intermediate thrower? We know Flacco is arguably the best deep ball thrower in the sport but can he can have the success Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers had recently against this Niners defense? Can Flacco be accurate from 5-10 yards and utilize weapons like Pitta and Boldin over the middle?
  4. Will David Akers kill the 49ers? Last year Akers was the best field goal kicker in the league. This year he was the worst. That is a rare occurrence in the NFL and Jim Harbaugh has rolled the dice, bringing the flailing lefty to New Orleans. What happens if Akers misses a chip shot early? Can Harbaugh go back to him? If Akers costs the Niners a title you can expect the first criticisms of Harbaugh to echo throughout the Bay Area.
  5. Which Colin Kaepernick will show up? Kaepernick has won two playoff games with two performances indistinguishable from one another. Will he attempt to tire the older Baltimore legs with his sprinter's speed or will he able to shrug off the pressure of the game and hit receivers in stride the way he did in the second half of the Falcons game? Kaepernick strikes me as the type of player who can win a Super Bowl on his own if he so chooses. Will he?

It's a wonderful game from a tactical standpoint. Here's hoping the hullabaloo will end quickly and the contest will begin.

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  • First to say,

    GO RAVENS!

  • First to say,

    GO NINERS!

  • In reply to Shady:

    of course. smh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't you fucking syh at me dood, I'm trying to win monayyyyy.

  • In reply to Shady:

    gambling is a vice, and you are now on yahweh's shitlist.

  • 3rd to say, "eh."

    I dislike both teams nearly equally.

    If the 9ers win, it can be the beginning of yet another 9er dynasty.
    If the Ravens win, Ray Lewis will attempt to walk across water.

  • Exactly.

    And which would you rather see?

  • This is beginning to feel like voting for Kang or Kodos...

    http://youtu.be/qk12ALX9fz8

  • Damn, I might actually watch the"Harbrawl Bowl" tonite for the actual game and not just the commercials!!! Actually might be a good game. Nice to NOT see the fucking Patriots or the Fudge Fuckers not playing this year.
    Oh and good point NOT driving drunk. A cab is much cheaper than than the THOUSANDS of dollars it'll cost you to get your license back. The counties around just LOVE issuing DUI's...BIG BIG..bucks, in fines and court costs..not to mention losing your license.
    I was lucky when I grew up, they just used to take our beer and we had to go to the cop's house for parties to drink it. That is unless you really screwed up. Then they just tossed your ass in the county jail. Then you were screwed.

  • He lost me after 1 and 2, but I thought you guys might have fun with this...

    http://www.chicagonow.com/fluffy-naked-sex-party/2013/02/stupidbowl-sunday-beware-its-a-trap/

  • Irish has a blog on ChicagoNow?

    I sort of agree with many of his/her points, but I'm still watching the SB and eating chickenwings.

    You should post a link to Da Blog on that dude's site lol

    He sort of reminds me of a philosophy professor. I remember football somehow came up in the class convo, and he snidely remarked, "I don't get the fascination with watching a bunch of millionaires play with a ball for 3 hours." I can get how ridicules it might look from the outside out. But then I retorted, "Yeah, but you have a fiance, think about all the absurd and illogical stuff you do for her. Love is often absurd."

    He kinda just looked at me and laughed.

  • Wow. Anyone else watching the pregame on CBS yet? They're actually showing some relevant shit.

    Apparently, Coach Sean Payton informed the refs before hand that they were going to do that surprise onside kick in the SB. That's a shitload of trust lent to the refs.

    I'm also very surprised teams don't employ lip-readers to give real time accounts to assistant coaches or something. Then again, maybe they do, and that's why HCs walk around the sideline like Mafia Dons covering their mouths.

  • Hey, Jeff, the pregame on CBS isn't that bad.

    I also thought it would be just a lot of fluff, but Phil Simms and gang are doing a pretty good job of looking at past SBs and getting inside the minds of some of the coaches and players.

    I especially enjoyed the "Shoulda been SB MVPs"

    How in the hell can someone who got 3 interceptions in a SB NOT win SB MVP? (The Raider's LB Rod Martin got 3 of them, but of course a QB won in Plunkett).

    "Top Teams not to make the SB" pretty cool too.

    '81 Super-chargers #1 great team that never made the SB.

    That '98 Vikings team with Randall Cunningham, a Rookie Randy Moss, HOF Carter, and HB Smith was pretty bad ass too ("Historic team in Madden).

  • Shannon Sharpe is now on the Pregame, so never mind.

    I'll post the Phil Simms SB list later when they actually pop up on Youtube.

  • Peanut ball punch on Larry Fitgerald.

  • In reply to Shady:

    And I'm wearing my Peanut Punch t-shit.

    Nice to see Peanut getting some national plug.

    The ALL PRO Charles "Peanut" Tillman that is.

  • I want the Ravens. 49ers are 5-0 in Super Bowls - it's about time those bastards lost one.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Totally agree Dave. Where ya been?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Belize

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Not to mention all the beat-downs the beloved has received at their hands.

  • Besides always thumping us, it was the way they thumped us. The Guy McIntyre/FB play and esp the MNF game where Steve Bono was their QB and they kept pouring it on. I think the final was something like 55-10 and they kept throwing bombs right up to the final gun. Fuck them forever. Even though I like Harbaugh, I'm not ever going to root for those fuckers

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Growing up in what was mostly niner country, I had to deal with those losses for weeks afterwards. Always wearing my bears colors proudly, I was an easy target for asshole's who liked rubbing it in. Being in junior high and high school for many of those, you can imagine the abundance of such people.

    Three most hated teams, in this order: Lakers, Packers, Niners. Though sometimes I think I hate the niners more than the packers.Hating the Niners is personal. Hating the Packers is business. Hating the Lakers is both.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah, through the years it seems every loss to them was always a lopsided, humiliating one. Got to go with the Ravens by default...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I didn't know who to root for until Randy Moss said he was the greatest receiver of all time. That made my mind up pretty fast..

    GO RAVENS

  • After watching Kaepernick all 4 years at college here in Reno, I have no doubt that he could win this game by himself. He's a special dude. Class act all the way through. It's surprising how quickly he's adapted to the NFL. His throwing motion, while still a little awkward, has shortened up considerably. Guess it's that 95mph fastball he used to throw that enticed the Cubs to offer him a contract to play minor league ball. Still don't like the niners, but love Kap.. Sure would've been great to see him slip to the 4th or 5th round that year and see the Beloved take a shot at him...Angela was way to stupid for that though...instead he takes guys like Enderle and LeFevour...

  • If your primary rationale was to watch the game for the ads, they're already online:

    http://screen.yahoo.com/soul-extended-version-mercedes-benz-000000728.html

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Not all. The PornHub commercial was rejected.

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/1/29/3928910/super-bowl-commercials-2013-rejected-pornhub-video

  • I'm going with the 49ers, but I don't give a shit.

  • I say the game hinges on point #4.

    Akers just may give the 49ers an Ache.

    I hope Ray Lewis gets embarrassed.

  • Well, no shit that being down a TD puts pressure on the 49ers...
    F0ck me, color commentators are pointless.

  • I've never been a big Flacco fan, but that pass to Boldin at the 1:25 mark in the 1st quarter...ridiculous.

  • How the hell was the plunge MBP?

  • And a day late Happy Birthday to you!!!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Thanks, Murph!
    It was a good birthday...and I froze my ass off. Words can't describe what that temperature of water feels like.
    Next up - I plan on raising more money and rappelling off of a 26 story building.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    PICTURES ARE WHEN?

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Have a few posted on facebook

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hmmmm, not doin me any good,

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Gotcha on the professional website...search for bossman on FB.
    Or post a like to Artoo's page.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm friends on Artoo's page. Friend me!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Shit, I'm a fan of his football page; just sent him an add request.

  • Vernon Davis runs like a freakin gazelle

  • I thoght I heard the whistle before the fumble.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    thoUght

    Would have been a BS whistle anyway.

  • Bad call Harbaugh, ya shoulda took the field goal!!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I felt that one coming.
    Rookie kicker in the Super Bowl, up two scores, inside the 30....would have been the dagger.

  • Not a dagger for 9ers, Kap has brought them back before when we thought they were buried.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Maybe not for the ballgame, although up 21-3 with Kaepernick not playing well...
    But it would have put 9ers down big, with probably little to no time left in the first half. In John H's defense, on anything better than 4th and 9, it would have converted.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Your facebook have the giraffe?

  • Fucking Kaepernick turtling like Yertle.

  • BTW, Corm - nice game by the badgers again. But that differential on free throws was nutty.

  • Ugh, thought this might be a decent game.
    Ugly.

  • GOTCHA MBP!

  • Turn out the lights, the party's over! hahahaha

  • Superdome goes dark - nice.

  • RESET. Let's get a game going.

  • Lights out. Conspiracy theory by advertisers to sneak in more commercials.

    Or as Ray Lewis would say, "And on the 7th play of the 3rd quarter, God said, "Let their be Darkness"...

  • I wonder if any deer turned up missing while the lights were out?

  • There is no excuse for this crap!!

  • No Fucking Lights, brought to you by the National Football League.

  • 28-6...Master of the Obvious, "I had a strong suspicion before the lights went out, that this game was getting away from them."

    You fucking think, Donkey?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Donkey, LMAO.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Marino and Sharper are unwittingly making billions of innocent viewers stupider with their extensive coverage.

  • Unwittingly, that's for sure.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Dimwittingly

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That assumes the bulb is on at all.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It goes on and off.

  • "It's another longer halftime"...minus the singing, dancing, and with the addition of another Ravens TD.

    These guys are idiots.

  • Is this a metaphor for the NFL itself?

  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/the-floodlights-went-out-ndash-and-an-asian-betting-syndicate-raked-in-a-fortune-2066133.html

  • So, who leads with the headline "Lights Out... for the Niners" tomorrow?

    Also, a story about those NFL non-union replacement electricians not working out so well...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    haha nice.

  • Hey Ravens fans, those BW3 conspiracy commercials aren't so funny now, are they?

  • "The Green Bean Packers"?
    Hahahahahaha

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I missed it who said it?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Phil Simms

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    hahaha

  • Fun fact:
    Frank Gore scored a 6 on the Wonderlic.

    Nice play by CG in coverage BTW.

  • Tracy Jordan hawking sports drinks?
    Whaaaaa?

  • Wow, musta been a 49er fan workin for the power company

  • It's amazing to see how many players can't put a helmet on properly.

  • The komeback kids.

  • I'm kind of hoping the 49ers win this now because the fallout will be HILARIOUS.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ravens in the middle of the worst choke-job in Super Bowl (and by extension, NFL) history.
    This is great. the sports media is going to fold in on itself tomorrow because of the power outage angle.

  • C'mon Kaepernick. You have to root for this kid, Doc.

    [snip]
    "..."Colin always had to sit in the very front of the class," says Amy Curd, his Math Analysis (pre-calc) teacher, now Pitman's assistant principal. "He always volunteered to do problems. He would work a problem on the board and (jokingly) sign his name and (uniform) number. ... Whenever I told students they could choose new seats the next day, Colin would run from his previous class to make sure he got the front seat. ... When he was in the classroom, he was in the classroom. He always wanted to be the best math student in the class. Even when he got a 96 or 98 on a test, he'd come up after and want to know what he did wrong"..."
    [snip]
    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/ostler/article/From-Turlock-to-S-F-taking-the-long-route-2372517.php

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Fuck the 49ers.

  • http://www.shermanreport.com/heavy-math-sports-on-earth-nfl-writer-was-joe-flaccos-high-school-calculus-teacher/

  • Interesting commercial (The Farmer in All of Us).

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I loved it.
    Listened to Paul Harvey all the time growing up, usually on long road trips with my dad...and usually in farm country downstate Illinois.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah Great commercial, just the style of it.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yep, it'll win some editing awards, I'm sure.

  • Gamera, motherfuckers. Come on.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBqSLWnq_7Q

  • Ravens are choking worse than Shannon Sharpe when going down on Ray Lewis.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahahaha...I don't know, GPL - Shannon's jaw hinges at the back of his head like a freaking Boa.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was going to say, you mean like on his tongue every time he talks?

  • Also, Nantz - you are an idiot.
    It's either a -1, -2 or tie ball-game regardless of the outcome of the 2 pt conversion.
    Fair to say, Akers will play a part in how the game finishes.

  • That was a VERY generous spot by the officials right there.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Was.

  • Anquan Boldin is a beast, MB is right.

  • In reply to Shady:

    That WAS a 'Big Boy' catch on 3rd and 1/2.with Cullivers ARM right in there. Pretty"Big Boy' audible/throw by Flacco, too.

  • In reply to Shady:

    thank you sir.

    Can you imagine him and the beast? fuck you jerry!

  • Jim Harbaugh's cracking me the fuck up with his dance moves.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It's looking like a temper tantrum.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Caaaaaaaaaake . Fuck you. CAAAAAAAAAKE!

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The NFL removed that moshpit video on copyright grounds. Hilarious.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    THOSE ASSSSSSSSSSSSHOOOOOOOOOLES.

  • OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGODDAMYOUVERNONDAVIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • There have some phenomenal catches as well as phenomenal drops..

  • Ah well. Would have been better with a comeback victory.

  • What, no Gatorade bath?

  • foot. ball.

  • 1st and goal and couldn't punch it in.

    That is sooo "Bears" , no?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    and the wasted time out to avoid the delay of game. Very Bears-esque.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not anymore Al. Not anymore.

  • Oh, great. Bar Rafaeli making me want to puke again. I'd rather see men kiss.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Not that there's anything wrong with that (there isn't).

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    But I would rather watch a man's penis penetrate a man's anus.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That was a gawd-awful spot.

  • I thought Gore was gonna score on his big run, instead it's 1st and goal.

    Then... nothing.

    Some bad calls in there.

  • Vince Lombardi was a child molester. It should be the Halas Trophy.

  • Bears are going to shit on it in protest, XLV3.

  • Probably shouldn't post drunk.

  • Shannon Sharpe, after the outage:

    "I'm not saying the fat lady's singing, but they cut the power so she could warm up in the darkness."

    Still don't know what that means.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Sounds like a metaphor for Boomer going for a Dennys.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Or should that be Applebees?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I thought it was a shot at Beyonce.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    But if they cut the power there would only be her asking the audience to sing along to her non existant taped vocals while she spends most of the time trying to shake her ass without it making her lose her balance.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I see I'm not the only one posting drunk.

  • This was one of the worst Super Bowls in recent memory.

    Bad National Anthem performance. Bad first half. Lights go out for 30 mins, are you kidding me? Phil Simms, bad. Dropped passes. Penalties. No calls. Anti-climactic. Meh. 1-1/2 stars because of Flacco and Boldin. And Beyonce.

  • In reply to Shady:

    But it's all we had left.

  • In reply to Shady:

    bad superbowl? almost a 22pt comeback that was decided on a 4th and goal? are you fucking kidding me?

  • Didn't say it BAD johnny cakes, but it certainly didn't live up to my Super Bowl sized expectations.

  • In reply to Shady:

    goal line stands?
    Flacco stepping up and pulling out an MVP performance?
    Boldin winning the game on that 3rd down conversion?
    Crabtree and Vernon Davis making enormous plays to stay in it? Jacoby Jones 108yd kickoff return and huge TD reception?
    Ted Ginn's game changing return to get the 9er's the momentum back?
    Game changing fumbles on awesome hits and INT's?
    Jim Harbaugh acting like a huge pussy?
    Kaepernick playing his heart out?

    What were you expecting? I'm just confused how a football game could have been more entertaining. It had everything you want in a big game. this has been one of the better ones we've seen in 10yrs at least.

  • Have to agree, this was a great game. If you shuffle around the plays a bit, the tension could have been better, but I have to say I really enjoyed the game. There were at least half a dozen plays where I remember the room simultaneously yelling "OHHHHH!" both on offense and defense.

    I was most happy because both teams put together really exciting performances in all three phases of the game. It wasn't just two quarterbacks throwing for 900 yards. It wasn't two defenses beating up on sub-par offense. It wasn't even teams taking turns starting from the 20. This game had everything you could have wanted, except that the last 2 minutes was a bit boring because of the play calling. If I'm calling plays in those last 2 minutes, I'm going directly at Ray Lewis.

    Have to admit, I was pulling for overtime. If the Niners had scored on that drive, they would have gone for two (extra point meaningless since you're either up by 1 or 2 points - successful conversion and you lead by 3). I was then pulling for a great defensive stand, but a Ravens field goal to send the game to the first overtime Superbowl.

  • You see goal line stand, I see horrible play calling. Game was good I guess because it ended up being closer than it should have, but certainly not great. Blackout was ridiculous, embarrassing and reason enough for me to dislike what's supposed to be the greatest game of the year. Sorry, just not impressed compared to other Super Bowls or Championship games we've seen.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zce-QT7MGSE

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I got 13 snakes over here!!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Use froggy voice when you ate old fruit salad.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    they showed staley (#74) of the 9ers a few times and all I could think was...

    "hey, help me burn that old man... hit him on the eyeball"

    And "I wan't cake NOW... I want it NOOOOWWWW!"

  • Didn't someone say Jim looked like Quagmire? Giggidy-giggidy - make your own caption.

    http://sinfl.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/jim-harbaugh.jpg

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    49er fans should blame Moss. He kept his mouth shut all year long and the football gods smiled. Moss had finally learned. And then Super Bowl Media Week happened, Moss fell off the wagon, and declared himself the greatest receiver of all time. Lo, the football gods were displeased, and cursed his hands.

    Or the game got decided by a blatant non-call. Poor Jim, was pullin for the former Bear.

  • In reply to Chris Odom:

    What about Crabtree on the last series? He doesn't go into the endzone with downs running out ?

  • No memorable commercials, in my opinion.

    Well, the Go Daddy ad was memorable. Like a vivid bad dream.
    Absolutely repulsive.
    Bar Rafaelli should fire her agent.

    I did enjoy the Bud Clydesdale "Reunion" spot.

    Other than that it was all "Meh".

    CareerBuilder.com needs to bring back the Chimp spots. THOSE were funny.

  • Think Lovie calls the safety play at the end?

    Think Hester is capable of Jacoby Jones' moves and speed anymore?

  • No to both. The funny thing is my 12 year old said "they should just run around in the end zone here as long as they can and take a safety." To which I replied "Lovie Smith never would have considered that." Funny because, my son was busy trying to figure out the best thing to do in that scenario and I was busy lamenting Lovie's essential lack of thoughtfulness and creativity. Jaded old man vs. optimistic young man.

  • Hester publicly (in the Trib to Big Bird) asked for a trade today.

    Funny thing is - he has no trade value.

    Nobody is even willing to part with a 3rd rounder for him, he's hit an escalator in his contract - and he's publicly admitted his heart hasn't been in the game for two years.

    Trestman will cut him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Funnier still because because I just got a great mental image of Hester standing at the end of an actual escalator totally confused and scared.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hope he gets cut. He's the GOAT an' all - but when you admit you were half-assing it for two years on my team .... get bent.

    Jefe is doing a piece on why we should keep Hester. I can't think of a reason he should keep a roster spot. He's no receiver, and he's not even any good at the return thing anymore ... so why keep him?

  • I thought it was a great game. Of course, I was pulling for the Ravens. Jim H. is a great coach but he needs to stop being such a whiner.

    On the power outage, I used to work for a utility in the control room. I have no idea if it was an in house problem at the Dome but it easily could have been an issue at a substation. If they have different circuits going into the dome and a transformer blew at the substation that would account for losing half the dome. After that it would be a matter of doing some switching to put all of the dome on one circuit (if the circuit had the capacity to feed the entire dome). Or it could have just been an internal issue in the dome. Either way it takes a while to correct things. You always take your time to fix it the first time. If not, you're really fucked or even worse, someone could get hurt. Not to mention concession sales. WOO-HOO!

  • Great game people? C'mon.

  • In reply to Shady:

    lol, you're just butthurt because you lost money, i just saw your first post.
    It was what football is supposed to be.

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