Saturday, February 6, 2010

Smart Money on Super Bowl XLIV

Smart Money on Super Bowl XLIV

Sports News - February 05, 2010

Just over a year ago, I ventured outside of the realm of hockey to weigh in on the Super Bowl match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals at my blog, The Hockey Spy.

Here’s an excerpt from my Super Bowl preview last year:

First off: Why is The Hockey Spy blogging about football in one of his first posts? Simple…The Hockey Spy also happens to be a football fanatic and on this upcoming Sports Holy Day, I cannot resist weighing in on the big game.

I recently read Michael Konik’s book “The Smart Money”, as states: “A riveting inside look at the lucrative world of professional high-stakes sports betting by a journalist who lived a secret life as a key operative in the world’s most successful sports gambling ring.”

As for this year’s contest, I think the Saints cover the -5 point spread, but ultimately fall 31-27 to the Colts. Thus, the game goes OVER the 56.6 point total.
That’s where the Smart Money should go from my perspective, but of course they still have to play the game.

The bottom line for me is giving Peyton Manning two weeks to study and dissect what the Saints do on defense is going to make life miserable for the opposing secondary.

Here is where I tie this article into hockey! In following some of these elite athletes carefully, it’s hard not to compare them, no matter how remote the resemblance, to hockey players:

*Peyton Manning to Scott Niedermayer and/or Niklas Lidstrom: All three of these guys play the game so efficiently, they simply make it look effortless.

*Drew Brees to Sidney Crosby: Neither is the biggest at their position in their sport, but none have more passion. They both also possess elite vision on the field or ice and simply make those around them exponentially better.

Time to prime up for the game - hoping for a classic showdown between two amazing quarterbacks!


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