Two weeks ago I predicted a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh match-up in the Super Bowl.
So close. If Baltimore's Lee Evans hangs on to that pass in the end zone with 22 seconds left, if San Francisco doesn't make two special teams miscues ...
So, instead we have a repeat of 2008 — the New England Patriots and New York Giants. That was a good Super Bowl, and I expect today's game to be equally entertaining.
Once again, the Giants come in as the underdog and once again I think they leave with the Vince Lombardi trophy.
I don't think the Giants are the most talented team in the NFL. I still can't believe they beat the Packers in Green Bay and the 49ers in San Francisco. But they have Eli Manning, who's playing like Aaron Rodgers did last year, and they have a defense that keeps them in every game.
In fact, that's why I think New York wins tonight. I like the Giants defense better than I like New England's. I'm also wondering how effective Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be after suffering that high ankle sprain. He's such a huge part of the New England offense that if he's limited it will certainly hinder the Patriots.
The player who has really emerged this season is New York receiver Victor Cruz. Here's a guy who played at the University of Massachusetts and wasn't even drafted. He's the Wes Welker of the Giants. Cruz has continually come up with clutch receptions in this post-season and I think he'll give the Patriots fits.
Eli Manning, a year after throwing 25 interceptions, rebounds to win MVP honors.
New York Giants 27, New England 20
Two weeks ago I predicted a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh match-up in the Super Bowl.
Bob Gwizdz: Perfect day on the Manistee River
WELLSTON -- Tired of waiting for the St. Joseph River to clear up -- and having postponed our annual St. Patrick's Day (or thereabouts) steelhead sojourn already into April -- Jim Romine made the call: We were going to the Manistee River instead. AndContinued ...
Dennis Chase: Area loses one of its all-time best
Kim (Schneider) Monthei, a former All-State basketball player at Elk Rapids, passed away Monday from breast cancer at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She had just turned 42 on Saturday.Continued ...
Tackling some current sports news
This is the time of year for big questions. Who will win the NCAA Tournament? Can the Detroit Tigers make another playoff run?Continued ...
Dennis Chase: All about numbers for Dombrowski
Baseball is a numbers game. In Dave Dombrowski's case it's about those numbers in the win-loss columns.Continued ...
Dennis Chase: Blast from the past with Tigers in title game
We'll crown four state champions today in high school basketball. And here's a blast from the past — Benton Harbor will be playing for its first state title since L.C. Bowen led the Tigers to back-to-back crowns in 1964-65.Continued ...
- Friday, March 14, 2014
Dennis Chase: March providing lots of memories for Red Devils
Darrin Weber barely had a voice left Thursday. That’s what happens when you play four basketball games in eight days, win three on the last possession, two in overtime.Continued ...
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014
James Cook: Long game; lifetime memories
Monday’s seven-overtime regional game at Howe Arena certainly will be the stuff of legend in local hockey lore, but it may have earned even loftier status.Continued ...
- Friday, January 3, 2014
Dennis Chase: Walk-ons play starring roles in Rose Bowl
Score one for the underdogs. Kyler Elsworth and Trevon Pendleton had every reason to savor — perhaps a little more than most — Michigan State’s gratifying win over Stanford in Wednesday’s Rose Bowl.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 2, 2014
James Cook: Schwartz' firing was a gimme
Jim Schwartz' firing was inevitable. And, it can be argued, a year too late. Schwartz' tenure with the Detroit Lions has been one of a front-runner. Each season starts out better than it ends. (Aside from 2010, when the Lions finished 4-0 after a misContinued ...
- Monday, December 16, 2013
Dennis Chase: Back to Pasadena — 60 years later
Sixty years ago, when he was a 19-year old sophomore at Michigan State, Sam Mitchell and four of his friends packed a car and drove more than 2,000 miles non-stop to California.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Dennis Chase: Gordon sensed win by swagger
When Jeremy Langford busted a 26-yard touchdown run with 2:16 remaining Saturday night, effectively sealing the Big Ten Conference football championship for Michigan State, former Spartan Eric Gordon celebrated by sending his boss an email.Continued ...
- Saturday, November 23, 2013
Dennis Chase: Is Fielder trade just start for Tigers?
So I’m at the Post Office early Friday morning when I hear two men talking stats. Baseball stats. “Talking about the Prince Fielder trade?” I inquire.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 19, 2013
James Cook: New deer rules bring optimism to area hunters
MANTON -- Who knows if the recent regulation changes had anything to do with it, but deer hunting in the Manton area seems to have been given a jump start. And it looks like it could be even better next firearm season. The hunters based out of our faContinued ...
- Friday, November 8, 2013
Bob Gwizdz: Check your rifle before Nov. 15
Checked the calendar lately? Firearms deer season — probably the single biggest day in Michigan outdoors — is bearing down on us like a runaway train.Continued ...
- Friday, November 1, 2013
Bob Gwizdz: Go north for woodcock?
Ask anyone; woodcock are birds of the north woods, right? Go north, young man. But when you look at it from a more national, less Michigan-centric perspective, well, southern Michigan pretty much is the north woods, isn't it? I've been mulling this oContinued ...
- Monday, October 21, 2013
James Cook: Lions unable to capitalize
By the time Sam Martin's punt only went 27 yards and set up Cincinnati's winning field goal, the Detroit Lions had already done plenty to keep the Bengals in the game. The Lions were unable to capitalize on the Bengals defense, which is normally veryContinued ...
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
Dennis Chase: Kicker becomes unlikely hero
Zach Gloshen might be the most popular guy on the west side of town today.Continued ...
- Wednesday, August 14, 2013
James Cook: McDougall, Hunt reunite in New Mexico
Traverse City Beach Bums hitting coach Shannon Hunt left the team two months ago. Now he’s taking a little bit of Traverse City with him.Continued ...
- Monday, August 5, 2013
Chris Dobrowolski: Bums division lead is far from safe
There are five weeks to go in the Frontier League's regular season, and if you're feeling comfortable about the Beach Bums two-game lead over Southern Illinois in the East Division, you have a tad more faith than I do.Continued ...
- Friday, July 26, 2013
Chris Dobrowolski: PEDS most likely here to stay
If former Price Is Right announcer Rod Roddy was still alive I could just hear him now: “Ryan Braun, come on down. You’re the latest athlete to be implicated for using performance-enhancing drugs!”Continued ...
- Monday, April 1, 2013
James Cook: Who will Lions take at No. 5?
The great debate on sports message boards throughout the state has been divisive, bitter and stark.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Dennis Chase: Only Mother Nature can slow Bellaire
Stan Sexton likes to say his Bellaire Eagles ended the regular season 19-1. "We won 19 and Mother Nature won one," he said, laughing. "But she beat up on a number of teams this winter."Continued ...
- Monday, March 4, 2013
James Cook: Day of sports ends with clunker
If you're a sports fan — and if you're reading this, it's likely you are — Sunday was likely a great day.Continued ...
- Monday, February 11, 2013
James Cook: Complaint over mascots misguided
Forest Area Schools does it right. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights doesn't.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 24, 2013
Dennis Chase: Manville has young Panther team rolling
When you call Reggie Manville and ask if he has a couple minutes, he responds, "I'm retired."Continued ...
- Bob Gwizdz: Perfect day on the Manistee River