I don't care much about the Super Bowl this Sunday, mostly because by the time the game gets here, I will have tuned out the hype accompanying it. I dislike the fact that the league takes a week off in between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. There's no advantage to either team by waiting a week. I'm sure the Houston chamber o' commerce doesn't mind it though, and I have to believe that the NFL gets a cut of that business somehow.
Anyway, if forced to pick a winner, I'll go with the Patriots. My late, great NFL guru always said never to bet against a team with more than a five game winning streak going, and the Patriots are up to fourteen. I think it will be closer than most people expect, within a touchdown or so. New England 20, Carolina 14.
I probably won't see the game as I will be making my way back across the plains back to the land of ice and snow. Ugh. I haven't seen a cloud in three days. I hadn't seen the sun in Chicago for ten days before I left. It pains me to think that I will not experience temperatures like I have the last week (mid 60's) at home until possibly May.