3 months ago I said Seahawks will win the super bowl
February 04, 2014 3:00 AM
by Scott Pritchard
How bout them Seahawks!
Had a blast tearing it up Super Bowl Sunday at the VIP party at Red Rock Hotel/Casino eating, drinking and winning money on the Big Game.
Media darling Peyton Manning laid another egg in a huge game for the Broncos. Pretty sure he has an overall losing playoff record even though he was blessed with very good talent everywhere he has been. Manning has won one more Super Bowl than me, but I don’t play football.
How do these sports books stay open? Yeah right. Anyone who knows me knows I have tremendous respect for the books who take bets on anything and everything. Interesting how the line opened at Pick and closed two weeks later with the Broncos favored to win at 2½ points.
Manning himself was responsible for three turnovers. He was the MVP for the Seahawks! I am very happy for Seattle, with what they accomplished with a second year quarterback in Russell Wilson, good running game and outstanding defense.
“This is an amazing team. Took us four years to get to this point but they never have taken a step sideways,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “These guys would not take anything but winning this ballgame.”
Back to Manning. Fact is he was outplayed big time by Wilson, who showed off his ability to keep plays alive and make alert decisions. Wilson spread the ball around and, most importantly, protected the football in far outshining the veteran.
In Manning’s last Super Bowl appearance, Drew Brees was far superior. Peyton’s pick-six late in that game was the signature play of that championship and settled the outcome.
Manning was awarded the MVP in his first Super Bowl appearance, and lone win, but even then he was tepid – certainly by his standards – with a touchdown and 247 passing yards. The Colts’ running game and defense were the difference on that Sunday evening (as well as the fact it was Rex Grossman commanding the Bears offense). Manning has never had a quarterback rating above 88.5 in a Super Bowl, he’s always thrown at least one interception, and he’s never thrown more than one touchdown pass.
Manning’s career passer rating is 97.2. He had a rating of 115 this season, and he hasn’t had a rating as modest as 88.5 in a season since 2001. Manning’s career rating in Super Bowls is 80.9, with three touchdowns and four total touchdowns, and he has tossed 24 interceptions in 23 career playoff games. Manning has 11 wins and an NFL record 12 losses.
Few know more about postseason defeat.
Congrats to Seattle and their fans, what a season. Three months ago I predicted Seattle would play and beat Denver in the Super Bowl. Guess it is a good thing I live in Sin City to take full advantage of my strong opinion.
Not afraid to be wrong, and that happens often, but it sure feels great when you are right and the payday is significant.
Let’s now continue to concentrate on college and pro basketball. In the meantime, in the words of living legend Lem Banker, who has told me on more than one occasion, “Bet with your head, not over it.”
Scott does 10 radio shows a week on Fox News Radio, Sports Byline USA on the Nick Bonsanto Show and his own show “Pritchard’s Picks” Thursday on AM1400 radio from 2 to 3 p.m. He is joined by Brett Grant, Anthony Padilla, Mark Mayer and Dink (featured in the sports betting movie “Lay the Favorite” starring Bruce Willis as Dink.) Contact him at ScottPritchard@GamingToday.com.