My last blog made a few prescient, but unbankable predictions. So I pause here to reward myself without financial benefit. Here are a few lines that should prove my prognosticating genius. I am currently under contract, but I will listen to a reasonable offer.
Anyone who bets the Super Bowl this year is walking on the cliff’s edge. There is no way to predict the outcome, because talent will not rule, strategy will.
I like this line from my last blog, because it brings us right to the goal line with half a minute left in the Super Bowl. For “talent” read “Marshawn Lynch;” for “strategy” read “Seattle coaching staff.” This incident proves that Seattle should stick to what it does well, bone-rattling blocks and tackles, and stay out of Bill Belichick’s wheelhouse, scheming against schemes.
The Patriots have the secondary to stop Seattle’s receivers, but who can predict what will happen every time Wilson scrambles? How long can the secondary contain the scrambling receivers?
I like this line because it recalls the first throw to Chris Matthews, the last resort as Russell Wilson ran around the backfield. Matthews suddenly became the secret weapon, as he converted the final touchdown of the first half, using his 6′ 5″ frame to snatch a ball where Kyle Logan, the cornerback, could never reach it.
There will be surprises. Both coaches have tricks up their sleeves. How will the defenses react to wrinkles in the offense?
This line evokes Chris Matthews again, a receiver the Patriots, with all their vaunted preparation, had no knowledge of. What was Pete Carroll saving him for? The prom? I wonder how he got matched up with the shortest defender in the Patriots’ secondary, Kyle Logan. The Patriots eventually reacted to the mismatch by putting Brandon Browner on Matthews, and that was the last reception from that quarter.
It is clear the Patriots had no answer to Russell Wilson’s evasions or Marshawn Lynch’s bull-dozing (except when the entire team gang-tackled him), so talent should have prevailed in this game. But for a baffling lapse in strategy at the most crucial moment of the game, the game would have been Seattle’s. Seattle even had the bounce of the football on its side, as it did with the onside kick in Green Bay and again with Jermaine Kersey’s foot juggling of a pass that should have been on the ground.
But the fickle gods of strategy abandoned the Seahawks at the critical moment. The gods stepped away and let the ball go where fate had decreed it– into the arms of Malcolm Butler.
There will be surprises.