ny giants & ne patriots*The Superbowl always arrives with mixed emotions, much like Christmas. On one hand, it’s awesome – the culmination of an entire year of football’s blood, sweat and tears wrapped up into one ultra-intense Sunday of gridiron competition and unabashed capitalism during the commercial breaks. On the other … when it’s over, it’s the longest possible time before football starts up again. So that’s a total bummer. However, before it’s over, we do have one more game to look forward too.

So what’s going to happen in the biggest game of them all? Here’s our predictions:

  • Kelly Clarkson will not flub the anthem – After Christina Aguilera’s disaster last year and Steven Tyler’s AFC Championship screech / scarf fail expect Miss Clarkson to be super-paranoid about delivering an A+ version. Much like this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1QmeEdFOSc).
  • Matthew Broderick will own the commercials – A Ferris Bueller return? We can’t wait. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuHmEo0Bx7Q
  • Bill Belichick will look like everybody’s miserable uncle – The man might be the greatest NFL coach since Lombardi, but he can barely dress himself.
  • Vince Wilfork will be massive – He almost single-handedly won the AFC Championship game for the Patriots with his defensive-line pressure. Expect him to play just as big a role in this game. Is it too much to hope for another pick? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_RUvrD4nmA)
  • The Giants D-line will be scarier – They dominated the Patriots in Superbowl 42, and the addition of freakish end Jason Pierre-Paul only makes them scarier. On a side note: doesn’t Jason-Pierre Paul have too many first names?
  • The Gronkowski injury will really hurt the Patriots – The Frankenstein’s monster of a tight end was slowed by an ankle injury in the AFC Championship game; he should play in the Superbowl, but probably won’t be 100%. Having one half of their two-headed Gronkowski / Aaron Hernandez monster hobbled will slow down the Patriots’ attack.
  • Tom Brady v. Eli Manning will be epic – One of the five best QBs of all time versus the next Great One? It will be amazing theater.
  • The Giants will win – Too much wide receiver talent against a mediocre secondary, too much defensive pressure by their front four. Call it 30-20 G-Men.