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Final Numbers and Final Thoughts Before Super Bowl XLIV

FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH, Fla. – As Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the Barenaked Ladies and O.A.R. rocked the beach at Super Bowl Saturday Night, the ticket scalpers and bookies did what it is they do.

The 44th Super Bowl game for the championship of the National Football League will be played at 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday evening as the NFC champion New Orleans Saints take on the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts. It’s Drew Brees vs. Peyton Manning. It’s 4,388 yards vs. 4,500 yards. It’s the No. 4 offence in the NFL against the No. 2 office in the NFL.

Taking everything into consideration, the Colts should win this football game. They have the better offence, the better defence (18th vs, the Saints at 25th) and, of course, Manning at quarterback.

And while we’ve selected the Colts to win by two touchdowns, we do have some concerns.

As we pointed out earlier this week, Scott Greene was named the head referee for this game. He’s been known to tinker, shall we say, with the outcome of games. The officials will play a major role in the game’s outcome.

As well, Vegas will have a say.

Clearly Vegas wants a close game. The point-spread runs from Indy minus-4 to Indy minus-5. So far, 70 per cent of the money bet on this game has been bet on the Saints. If the Colts win the game, but fail to cover the spread, Vegas stands to make a bundle.

As our Las Vegas gambling expert, Fort Rouge Ted, pointed out yesterday, “The Vegas books get to keep all the M/L wagers on the Saints (70 per cent) and P/S wagers on the Colts (66 per cent) and only pay out 30 per cent & 34 per cent respectively, all the while keeping their vig.  And if the defenses keep the score under 56 (that’s the current over-under), Vegas will make hundreds of millions of dollars.”

If the boys in Vegas want a close game and the head referee has been know to “keep it close,” in the past, it might not matter how much better than Colts are. This game just might be close.

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Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp are having a bad weekend.

On Thursday, Irvin was charged in a civil law suit with the alleged rape of a woman at the Hard Rock Casino near Fort Lauderdale. It is not a criminal charge, but it was enough to force ESPN to dump Irvin from his radio show at ESPN 103-3 in Dallas.

He’s still working with the NFL Network and has filed a $100 million countersuit in Dallas County, Texas.

Meanwhile, another NFL Network star, former Tampa and Oakland defensive tackle, Warren Sapp, was arrested on Saturday afternoon and questioned by Miami Beach in an alleged domestic violence case at a Miami Beach hotel.

Sapp will not appear on the NFL network until network brass “review the matter.”

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After visiting with the greatest Viking fan of them all, Winnipeg’s Syd Davy, this afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, it came to light that Vikings fans are willing to put their money where their mouths are.

The fans rented a billboard in Favre’s hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss., with the following message on it:

“Hey #4, do Minnesota fans love you and want you back next year? You Brettcha!”

“I had no idea what to expect,” Vikings fan Jay Tappe told the Hattiesburg American, after staring the campaign on Facebook. “We have enough to keep the billboard up for at least another week. We’ll try to keep it up for about a month. It’s crazy.”

Favre, 40, still hasn’t decided to return to the Vikings next season. He does have one year remaining on the two-year contract he signed with Minnesota. If he returns, it will be his 20th NFL season.

Meanwhile, Davy, 51, who is known as “100 per cent Cheese Free,” attended the annual Lee Steinberg Party yesterday and will be in full regalia with two of his lieutenants, at Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLIV.

The Boss Spices Up a Dull Super Bowl Week in Tampa

NFL Super Bowl Report No. 6, Friday Jan. 30, 2009

TAMPA — It took The Boss to add a little life to a Recession-dimmed Super Bowl Week in Tampa.


During Bruce Springsteen’s love-in with the sports media at the media centre this week, the halftime show told a story about how the 12-minute “party” is going to work.


Those familiar with Springsteen’s concerts know that his shows run between three hours and three and a half hours and anyone who has seen one will tell you its the best money he or she ever spent on a rock concert.


So yesterday, when Bruce arrived for his pre-Super Bowl visit, he explained how he’ll get his three-hour show to 12 minutes.


“The idea of the show is that you’re going to the Meadowlands, the regulars are playing and you get lost on the way,” Springsteen said.


“And you’re watching your clock … you stop in a bar and get some directions and the bar gets held up while you’re there. It takes another 45 minutes to get out of there. Then you come back and you miss your exit on the turnpike, see. And you drive around to get back around. And so you make it into the stadium at 2 hours and 48 minutes into the show. That’s what you’re going to see: the last 12 minutes.”




2) In an effort to make this year’s Super Bowl more exciting, people down here have decided that a rivalry between Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward.


It’s a crock for one reason. Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t care about Hines Ward and vice-versa. 


You have to give these two receivers credit. They are at the Super Bowl to help their teams win, not to help give bored sportswriters something to scribble about.


3) The following headline came blaring off a sheet of paper in the Super Bowl Media Centre on Thursday:




“On Super Bowl Sunday, NFL Network features six and a half hours of NFL GameDay Morning pregame show coverage and two hours of NFL GameDay Final wrapping up Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.”


What in heaven’s name could they possibly talk about for 8 1/2 hours?


It’s Pittsburgh’s defence vs. Arizona’s offence. There, save yourself 8 1/2 hours of tedium.


Favre says he “feels like a Jet.” So much for 16 years in Green Bay.

Thanks to the NFL Network for telecasting Saturday night’s battle between the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. It was worth the watch.


Granted, it wasn’t worth the watch after the first quarter, but, hey, that first 45 minutes as we got to witness Brett Favre in a New York Jets uniform was certainly worth the time commitment.


Our man Flava Favre told the New York media that he was “having fun again,” and one can certainly understand why. The Jets will be a pretty good football team with Favre’s competitive fire and quick release at the helm.


It also doesn’t hurt that his offensive line is at least decent, if not actually quite good.  


During the post-game news conference, Favre said he asked Jets head coach Eric Mangini to let him play some more. When the first quarter was over, Favre was done, but in his own mind he felt like a rookie trying to get a shot at the clipboard-carrier’s job. He was like that 23-year-old sixth-round draft pick right out of Southern Mississippi Wesleyan Agriculture, Teaching, Military and Firearms College. He wanted to play an entire pre-season game. That’s nuts. That’s Favre.

“I asked him if I could play some more and he (Mangini) said, ‘Let me think about it,'” Favre told the media. “As he turned away, he turned back and said, ‘I thought about it.'”

Favre didn’t play again. But he looked pretty comfortable when he did play.

Ol’ Flava Favre had obviously learned the better part of his new playbook. He went five-for-six passing for 48 yards and threw a four-yard touchdown strike to Dustin Keller. When he left the game, the Jets were ahead 7-0 and Favre, only 10 days removed from the Packers, was the best player in a Jets uniform.

“It worked out better than I thought it would,” Favre said at the news conference. “Not that I thought it would go badly.”

Admitting that it was all just “a little weird” to be suited up in Jets green while playing at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands, Favre lasted 14 plays and according to the Associated Press, Mangini said Favre had between 30 and 40 plays to work with.

Favre is going to be just fine in New York and the Jets just might give the Patriots a bit of an argument this season. 

In the meantime, the San Francisco 49ers massacred Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers, 34-6, on Saturday night. Aaron Rodgers went nine-for-16 for 58 yards, Brian Brohm went four-for-nine for 33 yards and Matt Flynn went five-for-six for 33 yards. Rodgers was sacked four times and the 49ers finished the game with six sacks in total.

At this stage, Packers GM Ted Thompson looks like a moron. He’s the guy who drafted Rodgers, he’s the guy who refused to trade for Randy Moss, he’s the guy who wanted Favre out. The Packers might never recover from Thompson’s ego and idiocy.

Meanwhile, the Jets and their fans are wandering the streets of the Big Apple loving every minute of Favre’s exile in New York.

I wonder if Packers coach Mike McCarthy ever looked in the mirror and said to himself, “Am I better off with Brett Favre as my No. 1 quarterback and Aaron Rodgers as my No. 2 or with Aaron Rodgers as No. 1 and Brian Brohm as No. 2?”

Guess not, because if he did, he wouldn’t have made that silly statement that Brett Favre “wasn’t in the right frame of mind” to play for the Packers. 

Poor Green Bay. All by themselves, they made Detroit and Minnesota the teams to beat in the NFC North.