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Super Bowl Predictions

6 Feb

also available (and updated) at www.SethSpeaks.net -

I had almost forgotten that the Super Bowl was this weekend, until I read that the Twins will unleash their newest commercial (an animated one!) during the Super Bowl.

As I did last year, I am going to post my Super Bowl Prediction, but I have also asked many people for their predictions. I’m going to post them tonight, but I will continue to update this as I receive more responses, right up to the kickoff. I asked people to give their prediction on the score of the game (between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints), and if they wanted to add a small paragraph of other thoughts, they certainly could. We’ll start with my prediction and then I will add the picks as I received them. Of course, in the Comments, be sure to post your predictions too.

Seth Stohs (SethSpeaks.net – Minnesota Twins 2010 Prospect Handbook)

Colts 37, Saints 27Peyton Manning is just so good. So is Drew Brees, but it’s like comparing Vlad Guerrero to Hank Aaron or Willie Mays. Both teams have a ton of weapons, and both QBs use them all. I don’t know enough about either team to feel strongly, but this is definitely the matchup of the two best teams in 2009! It should be fun to watch!

Howard Sinker (StarTribune.com – Section 219)

Colts 35, Vikings 3 — Magic runs out for the Vikings as Peyton Manning chews up the defense. The Williams Wall comes crumbling down and Jared Allen ties himself into knots instead of doing his calf-roping routine. Favre throws 5 INTs and after the game people start wondering if Jay Cutler is available.

Anthony Slama (Twins Relief Pitcher Prospect)

The saints will win it 38-35. Brees will have 4 TD’s, Manning 3 and Colston will have over 120 rec. yards.

Marty Andrade (MartyAndrade.com)

53-42 Saints – Peyton Manning throws three interceptions in a football disaster. The game will feature 8 turnovers and 200 yards in penalties. Every field goal attempt by either team will be missed.

Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (KSTP-5 Sports)

Saints 31-27. While not feeling real strong about that selection, New Orleans plus-five I do (only if I were in Vegas of course).

Jonathan Mayo (mlb.com, B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful, jonathanmayo.net)

Such a hard decision to make, go with the heart or the head. I probably should go with the head, but where’s the fun in that? I’ll take the Saints, 42-35.

Roger Dehring (Twinkie Town minor league contributor)

I predict a win by New Orleans, in a lower scoring game than everyone expects.  Final score, NO-24, Indy-20.Look for both defenses to show up and Drew Brees to have a very good game.  Predict that Peyton’s bubble will burst with 2 picks.

Topper Anton (Curve for a Strike)

31 – 21 Saints over Colts. This game is going to feel like a letdown, not just for Vikings fans, but for everyone, after watching the thriller two weeks ago in New Orleans. The NFL should just retroactively go back and anoint that game the Superbowl because nothing can top it (except if the Vikings had won). And although every media outlet is doing their best to make it seem like the Saints are actually underdogs here, I think anyone who’s watched a game this season knows that either the Saints or the Vikings would have torn apart any AFC team they encountered this Sunday… at least the commercials could be entertaining?

Kirsten Brown (K-Bro’s Baseball Blog)

Before the conference championship games, I was convinced that whoever won the NFC would be the superior team. The Saints had a spectacular season and Brees was a ton of fun to watch. But then I saw how vulnerable they really were when they beat the Vikings (they only won due to luck and Vikings collapse). Plus, I can’t forget Payton Manning and how he artfully dissects opponents. I predict a good game. Colts 24 – Saints 21

Andrew Kneeland (Twins Target)

The Colts managed to out-rush the New York Jets — a team whose offense revolves around their running game — two weeks ago. If Joseph Addai and the Colts’ offensive line get their running game going Sunday night, their offense will be firing on all cylinders. With the best passing game in the league and a potentially dangerous running game, there will be little hope of stopping the Colts.  Prediction: Colts 35, Saints 28

Shooter Hunt (Twins RHP Prospect from Tulane – which, of course, is in New Orleans)

Saints 37 Colts 34. The “Who Dat” Nation rejoices for the first time ever. Drew Brees completes a 2-minute drive at the end of the game for the go ahead touchdown to Colston. Reggie Bush returns a punt for a touchdown. Peyton throws for 400 yards, but with one costly pick in the second quarter.

Dan Osterbrock (Twins LHP Prospect)

“Colts lead the entire game. Peyton Manning named MVP after throwing 3 TD passes. Drew Brees chokes and throws 2 interceptions… Colts win 24-10.”

Whit Robbins (Twins 1B Prospect)

Colts – 35 Saints -24. Even though I am a product of the ACC, I believe the best football is played in the southeast. I’ll take the SEC QB over the Big 10 QB any day. Peyton outplays Brees in a shootout.

Nathan Schlepp (Schlepping Minnesota Sports)

Colts 38 – Saints 27.  The Super Bowl should give way to a shootout due to the top flight passing games of each offense.  I like the Colts because they have a better defense, even without Dwight Freeney, than the Saints.  My one worry for the Colts would be the running game of the Saints.  The Colts do not have a Rush D like the Minnesota Vikings, and if the Colts struggle against Pierre Thomas, the threat of the rush could open up more opportunities for Drew Brees.  Overall the Colts are simply a better team and I am still sour from the Vikings loss.

Al Bethke (Al’s Ramblings)

I’m taking Indy easily, 34-13, Peyton as the MVP, and by far the most entertaining aspect of the game will be the Go Daddy ads.

Brian Pietrzak (BP’s Baseball Blog)

I think the game will be 30-21 for Indy. The big wild card is whether or not Dwight Freeney will play for the Colts. If he doesn’t play, that changes the entire complexion of the game for New Orleans who can take more chances offensively. However, Indy’s firepower will be too much.

Josh Johnson (Josh’s Thoughts)

I will be cheering for the Saints, which means that Colts will end up winning. The Colts have a bend-but-won-break defense (which I believe is much better than what the Saints have) and the best player in football. Period. The Saints got to Brett Favre in the NFC Championship, but they never recorded a sack. The Colts have the best offensive line in football and Manning always seems to find an open receiver. I don’t see the Saints hitting Manning like they hit Favre, and if they do, the Colts will gain yardage off of penalties. I am cheering for the Saints because I’m a big fan of both Drew Brees and Reggie Bush and because my roommate is a huge Colts fan and I love trash talking.

Tyler Robertson (Twins LHP Prospect)

I got the colts winning 38-31. Would love to see Peyton win another ring. Not a big fan of the whole ‘who dat’ thing. or Reggie Bush. Go Colts.

La Velle E. Neal (Twins beat writer for Star-Tribune, Twins Insider)

Saints 31, Colts 28. The Saints pass rush was no joke against the Vikings. While Payton Manning won’t need to get peeled off the turf like Brett Favre, he’ll get hit enough for it to matter. Plus, I’m still mad at Jim Caldwell for pulling his starters against the Jets!

Make your prediction here, and check back to see if more people make their predictions too. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me or leave them in the Comments section.

Dan Slowey: Top Prognosticator, 2009!

3 Jan

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The Jets just completed their 37-0 win over the Cincinnati Bengals tonight. It will be interesting to see how that matchup goes next weekend in the playoff’s first round. In fact, it will be interesting to see rematches in the two NFC playoff games next weekend too. The Cowboys crushed the Eagles to take the #3 seed and will get to play the #6 seed, the Eagles. The Packers destroyed the Arizona Cardinals, in Arizona, and it means that they get… to fly back to Phoenix later this week for a rematch. Crazy!

And the Minnesota Vikings showed up today too. I don’t think it is much of a surprise that the Vikings crushed the Giants. But the Cowboys win, coupled with the Vikings win, meant that the Vikings get a much-needed first-round bye next weekend. 

But most important to all of you, I’m sure, is that we have a new champion in the SethSpeaks.net NFL “Expert” Picks Panel. Dan Slowey, the author of Blogonoscopy, is the champion. He gained an early lead in the standings and managed to hold onto the lead the remainder of the season. So, congratulations to Dan! I’m happy, and surprised, that I came in second place. Blake Meyer led the way in Week 17 to tie Steve Blevins for third place.  Below are the overall standings for the 2009 NFL “Expert” Picks. Please be sure to check out the blogs for the participants.

      Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Overall
Name Site W L   W L   W L   W L %
Dan Slowey Blogonoscopy 11 5   9 7   9 7   180 76 70.3%
Seth Stohs SethSpeaks.net 10 6   12 4   11 5   178 78 69.5%
Steve Blevins Twins Pitching Prospect 9 7   10 6   10 6   177 79 69.1%
Blake Meyer Twins Cards 10 6   11 5   14 2   177 79 69.1%
Dan Osterbrock Twins Pitching Prospect 10 6   9 7   9 7   176 80 68.8%
Nick Nelson Nick’s Twins Blog 8 8   10 6   11 5   176 80 68.8%
Jonathan Mayo MiLB.com 10 6   10 6   10 6   175 81 68.4%
Josh Johnson Josh’s Thoughts 11 5   10 6   9 7   175 81 68.4%
Michael McCardell Twins Pitching Prospect 8 8   11 5   8 8   174 82 68.0%
Brian Pietrzak BP’s Baseball Blog 11 5   11 5   10 6   174 82 68.0%
Jeff Manship Twins SP 9 7   10 6   11 5   173 83 67.6%
Phil Mackey PhilMackey.com 10 6   10 6   9 7   173 83 67.6%
Andrew Kneeland Twins Fix 9 7   10 6   11 5   171 85 66.8%
LaVelle E. Neal Twins Insider 9 7   11 5   12 4   170 86 66.4%
Travis Aune Travis Twins Talk 9 7   10 6   12 4   170 86 66.4%
SUMMARY                     169 85 66.5%
Steve Singleton Twins IF Prospect 8 8   9 7   8 8   169 87 66.0%
Matt Fox Twins Pitching Prospect 9 7   10 6   8 8   168 88 65.6%
Parker Hageman Over the Baggy 9 7   10 6   8 8   167 89 65.2%
Shooter Hunt Twins Pitching Prospect 8 8   8 8   8 8   166 90 64.8%
John Meyer Twins MVB 9 7   12 4   10 6   166 90 64.8%
Michael Brasel   7 9   10 6   10 6   165 91 64.5%
Kyle Waldrop Twins Pitching Prospect 8 8   8 8   9 7   164 92 64.1%
Vic Quick KOTA-TV 11 5   10 6   13 3   163 79 67.4%
Roger Dehring Twinkie Town 9 7   10 6   12 4   161 95 62.9%
Doogie Wolfson GopherHole.com 10 6   9 7   9 7   160 96 62.5%
Missy Lien   0 0   8 8   9 7   160 80 66.7%
Kyle Gibson Twins Pitching Prospect 10 6   8 8   10 6   159 81 66.3%
Howard Sinker A Fan’s View 7 9   10 6   11 5   155 101 60.5%
John Bonnes TwinsGeek.com 8 8   10 6   9 7   152 88 63.3%
Cory Hepola WROC-TV 8 8   11 5   0 0   142 85 62.6%
Kevin Slowey Twins SP 11 5   0 0   8 8   130 70 65.0%
Jack Michaels www.fan710.com 10 6   0 0   0 0   124 57 68.5%
                               

Thanks again to each and every participant, and for all your feedback. Please comment here.

NFL “Expert” Picks – Week 16 (and links)

24 Dec

also available at www.SethSpeaks.net -

Here are our expert panels’ picks for Week 16. I would like to thank all of them for participating throughout the year. I am off to church now, but I hope you’ll check out the below sites. When I get back, I may have time to post the links, but they should all be on the left side of this screen. Many of the bloggers and writers are on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow them there as well. Here are our NFL “Expert” Picks Panel:

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Christmas Eve. Please feel free to discuss here.

NFL “Expert” Picks – Week 15

17 Dec

Here are the Week 15 picks from our Expert Panel! It had been awhile, but I am happy to say that the updated standings for this league can now be found here. I has been about three weeks behind, so big hat-tip to Melissa Lien for helping it get caught up! In Week 14, Dan Slowey and Mike McCardell led the way by going 14-2. Slowey (Dan variety) grabbed the lead in this competition early and has somehow managed to maintain it throughout. In fact, his lead is now three games over Dan Osterbrock and Steve Blevins. McCardell and TwinsCentric’s own Nick Nelson are both four games back of the lead. But now there are just three more weeks to go.  If you have any thoughts, leave Comments here. If not, Click here for our picks for the 15th week of the season.

NFL “Expert” Picks – Week 13

3 Dec

Alright, I’m a little late in posting these, but if you want to see our panel’s Week 13 Picks, click here.

Twins Notes, and Week 12 NFL “Expert” Picks

25 Nov

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Here are the Week 12 picks from our Expert Panel! The Week 11 winner was Andrew Kneeland, so congratulations to him. Travis Aune is now tied with Dan Slowey in the overall standings through Week 11. There are eight people within three games of the leaders. Should be an interesting final weeks. If you want to see the overall standings and more, click here. Before we get to our Week 12 picks, here are a few other quick notes to get you through the Thanksgiving weekend.

  • I hosted a very informal SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast last night. It was about 35 minutes of me talking Twins. There appeared to be some issue with the system so it could not be heard. But you can hear the podcast here.
  • The first place you need to go is to Over the Baggy where Parker has linked to many Joe Mauer MVP articles.
  • The 40 man roster was set last week, Granny Baseball takes a look a potential 25 man roster.
  • Pat Neshek threw his final bullpen until spring training. He got to face Nick Freitas and 16 year old Max Kepler Tuesday. He said he added another mile per hour to his fastball and felt good about his slider. But sure to check out a few more interesting tidbits at Pat Neshek’s blog.
  • Check out which three Twins were named Top 10 Dominican Summer League prospects according to Minor League Baseball Prospects.
  • Again, you can follow me and SethSpeaks.net at Facebook, Twitter (@SethTweets), and probably other places too.  

WEEK 12 Picks

For our picks for the 12th week of the season, click here.

NFL “Expert” Picks – Week 11

19 Nov

Click here for the Week 11 picks from our Expert Panel! The Week 10 winner was Kevin Slowey, so congratulations to him. Let’s see how he and the rest of our group does this week.

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