Super Bowl Sunday is here and with it brings all the pomp and circumstance that is associated. It's a bittersweet time because it means this is the last Sunday until September where football is on. It means I have to do things around the house. It means there is no excuse to veg out in front of the television on Sunday. No excuse to drink beer. No excuse to eat a bunch of shit all for football's sake. None of that until September.
Today is the culmination of the 2015 NFL season, with the best team from the AFC taking on the best team in the NFC. Here is my pick for Super Bowl 50:
Denver Broncos (+5.5) vs. Carolina Panthers
I am ultimately hoping this game does not get out of hand too quickly. I think the Broncos defense will not allow that. However, that doesn't mean the offense can't contribute to a big deficit to start the game. I think if the Broncos can keep it close, force a couple of turnovers, and Peyton and the offense don't screw it up, the Broncos can win and send Peyton off into the sunset with a Super Bowl win. I know that's a lot of ifs, but the defense has done it all year. Cam and the Panthers have not played the toughest of schedules this year, and when they did play a good team, they looked vulnerable. If the Broncos can get this to be an ugly, punt heavy, defensive game, they have a chance. If they don't, everybody can go home early and watch the highlights tomorrow. I think the Broncos do just that - make this an ugly, unappealing game, and win 22-17.
Good luck to everyone who has a box, who is in some quiz game, or who took part in any prop bets. Enjoy today because football won't be back until September.
Until next time.