The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 2, 2014

SPORTVIEW: Will offense or defense prevail in Super Bowl?

By Lynn Saternow
Herald Sports Editor

OPINION — OK, I’LL ADMIT IT. I’m a little worried about playing a Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

Rumor has it that if Peyton Manning comes out of a huddle and sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter!

Oh, that’s a groundhog? My bad.

Well anyhow, it appears the NFL is going to luck out. Playing a Super Bowl in a northern outdoor stadium is mighty risky. But it appears the harsh weather has passed for the time being and the game time temps won’t be as bad as they could be in New Jersey.

Actually, the game time temp in my living room will be just right no matter what!

It should be an interesting game. The number one scoring offense in the league against the number one scoring defense. The proverbial irresistible force against the immovable object, so to speak.

Most of the time the “experts” will tell you that defenses win championships. And the Baltimore Ravens have proven that in the past. Hey, they even won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer at quarterback. Nuff said!

But this isn’t your usual offense that the Seattle Seahawks will be facing. This is Peyton Manning. He’s a coach on the field. And no matter how much Richard Sherman brags that he’s the greatest defensive back in the universe, we’ll see how he does tonight.

The Browns at one time were looking at the Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase as a possibility as head coach because he has done such a good job with the Broncos. Give me a break!

I could be offensive coordinator for Denver and do a good job. Just hand the ball to Peyton Manning, pat him on the behind and say: “Go get ’em.”

No matter who you root for, it’s certainly good to see the game finally here. These past two weeks have been excruciatingly painful as the talking heads on TV try to think of something to say. Or sports reporters something to ask.

When you are busy asking Manning which “Housewife” he likes best on TV, you know that reporters have reached the end of the line. I’m surprised that Peyton didn’t yell “Omaha!” and call an audible to get out of the room.

This game is hard to call, even for the bookies. At first Seattle was favored, but now the betting has swung toward the Broncos.

The Super Bowl is by far the biggest event for gamblers every year and Vegas is predicting a record amount will be bet on this year’s game. Of course in Vegas you can bet on every insignificant little detail. Ten years ago somebody probably even won money when Janet Jackson had the costume malfunction at halftime.

Super Bowl games often turn out to be very disappointing. But I think this one will be a good one. Who will win? I went to a peerless prognosticator Punxy Phil for the answer. He said:

Denver, 34-13.



Lynn Saternow is sports editor of The Herald. He can be reached at lsaternow@sharonherald.com.