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Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIV?

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Above the question of Dwight Freeney’s ankle. More than the feel good story of the New Orleans Saints and their effect on the city. Even beyond the ubermensch godlike yet still everyman aura that is Peyton Manning. One question is dogging the minds of sports fans.

Who the hell is going to win the Super Bowl?

Picking games is an exercise in futility as I have increasing found out in recent years. Once upon a time I seemed to have a knack of picking winners. I predicted the Carolina Panthers beating the Dallas Cowboys back in the 1996 season. I did pick the Cincinnati Bengals to upset the Kansas City Chiefs bid to perfection in 2003.

But here I sit this season after predicting a San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl scratching my balls and wondering whether there is any need to pick and analyze games. I suppose this is my existential crisis of sorts.

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Of course as someone who follows sports religiously to an almost psychopathic extent I just can’t help myself. I need to look through offenses, defenses, line play, quarterbacks, special teams, et al. to achieve some context into the game. So here are my 472 words of masturbation that in the end will amount to nothing once the game is played out.