We’ve seen this show before, like a recurring event every year except for the team that plays the Patriots. This time we get the upstart Eagles.
Of course NFL fans, bettors, sportsbook big wigs and TV networks should be a little relieved as this matchup could have been Jaguars vs. Eagles.
Jacksonville looked to have Tom Brady and his merry group beat going into the fourth quarter but seemed to go into a “let’s keep the ball on the ground and run time off the clock shell.”
That cost them the game.
Credit must go where it is due. Future Hall of Famer Brady just gets the job done. You can see it in his eyes. Ten points behind is not enough to stop Brady down the stretch.
There are many things to take note of in Super Bowl 52. The last time the Eagles won a championship was back in 1960 and I’m sad to say I remember it well. They beat the Green Bay Packers with Norm Van Brocklin at QB. Philadelphia was coached by Buck Shaw and became the first team to ever beat Vince Lombardi’s Packers in a playoff game.
The last Super Bowl the Eagles were in was back in 2005 when they played Brady and the Patriots. That year the Pats beat the Jaguars in the Wild Card game to move on and the Super Bowl was in Jacksonville, Fla.
Donovan McNabb was the Eagles QB and he had a good game but as usual Tom Terrific pulled it out to win, 24-21. By the way, the half-time show was Sir Paul McCartney, and it was great.
Super Bowl 52 was sitting early Monday at Pats -5.5 and the total 48 – a safe number for the books to deal with. Just one very important thing to remember when going to the betting window or firing up your sports app: Defense rules in Super Bowls.
The team owning the best defense has won 42 of the 51 games. As for whose is better here, we’ll get into that as well as my selection next week.
With all the Super Bowl prop bets going up late this week we do have some huge things going on here in Vegas. Saturday they run the richest horse race anywhere in the world, the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park with $16 million up for grabs.
It will be champion Gun Runner trying to make his last start a winning one before heading to stud. Gun Runner has gotten so good it’s scary and he looks to be ready for another huge race.
Station Casinos will be offering a huge $20K Twin Q and that huge 20-cent pick six jackpot at Gulfstream could still be up for grabs, and if no one hits it the entire pool will be paid out Sunday to the best tickets.
Also, with Las Vegas being the horse seminar capital of horse racing there will be some nice spots to get info not only on the big race but others on the Pegasus Cup card.
Sunset Station will be having a big Pegasus World Cup Seminar with Chuck Esposito and Brian Blessing hosting this Friday at 6 p.m. along with GT handicapper Steven Davidowitz and Richard Eng.
Also on Friday at 6 p.m., South Point will have its seminar featuring in-house handicapper Pat McQuiggan and top Southern California clocker Toby Turrell. Ralph Siraco will also be there with his usual great commentary.
You can also get the South Point Seminar online by going to www. Southpointracebook.com. There will be a link there for you to listen to.
Top play: Friday at Santa Anita in race 7 we will be using No. 8 Incensed as a single in the last pick five and late pick four. This 5yo exits our HTW list off a nose loss last out going down the hill. He gets the good turf rider Flavien Prat on for Peter Miller and had a nice work on the 20th. Loving the Pegasus World Cup, $20K Twin Q and the huge 20-cent pick six jackpot at Gulfstream Park.
The Play of the Week comes on Thursday with the Utes from Utah traveling to take on Arizona State. Utah is off a win this past Sunday, crushing Washington State 82-69. Utah has owned the Sun Devils in this series going 11-0-1 against the spread in the last 12 meetings. We will be taking the points with Utah.
Go bet. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.