I can’t let a Super Bowl Sunday come and go without offering a prognostication about tonight’s mid-winter spectacle. But first, let me project the final score of today’s Michigan at Michigan State Big Ten basketball tilt.
The Spartans and Wolverines are both down this season, having lost a bevy of talented players to the NBA and other professional basketball leagues in the past couple of years. Both teams have looked awful at times, with Michigan losing at home to the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Eastern Michigan University, and the Spartans suffering the ignominy of a home court defeat to Texas Southern.
But Michigan has also looked good, such as when the Wolverines beat Nebraska, 58-44 last week, and when they played top 5 team Wisconsin tough before falling in overtime, 69-64. Here’s why the Spartans should win handily: Michigan has been vulnerable on the road and recently lost starting guard Caris LeVert (ave. 14.9 ppg) for the season. Meanwhile, MSU is playing much better than when it lost several games in December and early January.
Keep in mind, several of the Spartan losses were to quality teams, including a 79-78 overtime setback at No. 8 Notre Dame, and MSU thoroughly defeated No. 22 Indiana (by 20 points) and 13-8 Iowa on the road (by 14 points). Methinks the green-and-white will prevail, 74-58.
As for the Super Bowl, I believe Seattle’s great defense will defeat New England’s potent offense. Let’s make it Seahawks 27 Patriots 21. I don't think Seattle QB Russell Wilson will have a horrible game as he did against Green Bay, in large part because New England's defense is not nearly as good as the Packers'.
At any rate, as central Michigan is blanketed by an estimated 8-12 inches of snow over the next several hours, your humble scrivener will be enjoying Panem et circenses in the form of beer, pizza, hoops & football, and undoubtedly augmented by a couple bull sessions with my brother and a longtime friend on the phone.
Let the circus begin!