Super Bowl XLIX Prediction
I've been asked enough via your emails to make a prediction about this year's Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots that I figured why break with the tradition now? I think this is as good of a place as any to start:
Note, by the way, that Marie McCray at the 2:16 mark seems to get Deflategate better than some NFL pundits I've heard over the past two weeks.
As for my prediction, the NFL is in a can't-lose situation here. Just look at this:
A million votes, and the country is split on who they want to win nearly 50-50 (though I bet a lot of those votes were made out of spite and/or hatred).
If the Seahawks win, then the villain Patriots get what they deserve. The cheaters lose, a pouting Belichick shoves his way through the post-game crowd to shake hands with Pete Carroll for a milisecond, and a new dynasty is born in the NFL (And we seem to be treated to such a "dynasty" team every decade: Packers, Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots...)
If the Patriots win, then, well, what do you have to say about Spygate now, all you haters who point out that the Pats haven't won anything since that scandal broke? Deflategate, you say? What Deflategate? Punish the Patriots post-Super Bowl win all you want, it'll still be a cold day in football hell before both Brady and Belichick don't make the Hall of Fame for their four Super Bowl wins. Such a victory will cement that legacy while history crosses out any mention of cheating, etc. over the ensuing years.
This game is PR heaven, and can easily be spun in any way the league and its media partners so choose. So I have no prediction, outside of the fact that the record setting TV numbers will be a win-win-win-win for the NFL, NBC, their advertisers, and Katy Perry fans the world over.
UPDATE: Since people are pressing me to take a side, if push came to shove and I had to choose, I'd take Seattle today. I don't think it'll be a blowout like last year, however. I think this will be a one score game and not decided until the 4th quarter. I also think the referees will be very "hands off," though if it should come down to a controversial play/review, you'll certainly see which side the NFL would rather have be victorious.