MIAMI GARDENS, Fla – OK, I guess we are almost ready to go and get wrapped up in the biggest annual sporting event in the world. There were more pregame festivities that truly put the ‘show’ in showmanship -– no one, and I mean no one — puts on the razzamatazz like the good ol’ US of A, and you can take that to the bank from an ‘outsider’.
The only thing left is the usual rather lame prediction. But, basing my theory on the truly original and totally Brit-oriented fairytale factor (i.e. using the idea of the winner being the one with the most ‘romantic’ storyline) from the 16 years since I first started covering the Super Bowl, I can exclusively reveal that…
It should be the Saints.
In my 16 Super Bowl years, the fairytale team has won nine of those contests (don’t ask, it would take way too long to explain them all), which means there is a 56.25% chance the Saints (this year’s genuine good old underdog story) will emerge triumphant. That means this year’s Cinderellas could well be New Orleans, and the poor old Colts will be left as the pumpkins.
Enough with the prevaricating, let’s get to the game…!
– Simon Veness
(U.S.-based British writer Simon Veness has infiltrated the ranks of NFL.com for Super Bowl week with his transatlantic take on events.)