Monday, February 15, 2010

Topps Million Pulls

"But Mom, everyone else is doing it!"

Since pretty much the entire card blogosphere is posting their personal Topps Million card pulls on the first day of availability, I shall do the same. So far I've purchased a whopping 13 packs of Topps and 1 Rack-pack. I haven't been at all dissatisfied with my pulls thus far, I've gotten a nice mix of inserts and even pulled a hit! I'll detail what I got below, but here's my first 4 Topps Million cards:

Paul Schaal 1972
Paul Schaal / Third Base / Kansas City Royals
Card ID Number: 177

Joe Coleman 1972
Joe Coleman / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers
Card ID Number: 640

Bill Campbell 1985
Bill Campbell / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies
Card ID Number: 209

Derek Jeter 1999
Derek Jeter / Shortstop / New York Yankees
Card ID Number: HDA1

See that last one? Yeah, there's NO pictures listed on the site, and I can't find one on eBay. In fact, I can't even verify the existence of a 1999 HDA1. There's a 2000 HDA1, which is a Jeter autograph. If I pulled a Jeter autograph out of this thing, then I win right? I mean everyone else is pulling JUNK so far, if I pulled a Jeter, well that would be the best so far. I think. If anyone else pulls something better, comment would ya? Oh and if you can shed some light on this HDA1 card, I'd love to know what the heck it is.

ANYWAY, here's the rest of what I've pulled out of Topps thus far:

4 Red Back Minis (Spahn, Mantle, Chipper, Jackie Robinson)
2 History of the Game (LOVE)
2 Tales of the Game (Love)
5 Peak Performance (Meh)
2 Serial # Gold Parallel
3 Turkey Red
2 When they were young
3 Legendary Lineage (1 double)
6 Cards Your Momma Threw Out - no original backs
4 Topps Million Codes
13 Standard Topps Town
2 Gold Topps Town

1 Peak Performance Relic - David Wright

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 31, Colts 17 FINAL

Wow, the New Orleans Saints win the Superbowl, just like the entire country was hoping. Drew Brees played like a MAN and deserves the MVP award.

Manning made one HUGE mistake, and it cost them the game.

I'm actually very happy for the Saints and Drew Brees, that's awesome.

Great game everyone.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 31, Colts 17 1:16 4th

The Saints are getting little cocky right now, Robo still has the ability to tie this game. First and goal on the 4 with 1:34 is way enough time for Robo.

OK sorry, first and goal on the 13 after the penalty.

2nd and goal on the 3

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 31, Colts 17 2:00 4th

I guess it ain't over until the clock hits 00:00. In one play they could be right back in it, but then they still have to recover the onside kick after AND score another TD in under 2 minutes. Even with 3 time outs that's a tall order.

GO Daddy - Danica #2 - Again, I don't WANNA go watch more commercials on my computer. Ever.

No secret, I love the CBS comedies on Monday, except for the Jenna Elfman POS that's on at 8:30 pm I can only hope it gets cancelled and we're all put out of it's misery.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 31, Colts 17 3:05 4th

Unless Robo can score twice in 3 minutes, this game is over and damn, what an amazing game it has been. Really. Manning makes ONE mistake and it costs them the game.

Bud Light - Book club - Maybe it's me because I no longer drink beer, but their ads were simply horrible.

Car Commercial - I'd rather have a car built by robots. Robots don't make that many mistakes.

E*Trade #2 - I really hate those babies.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 31, Colts 17 3:12 4th

Tracy Porter gets my vote for MVP right now.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 31, Colts 17


Superbowl XLIV - Saints 24, Colts 17 3:24 4th

Now it's the time for Robo and the crew to show their stuff. But a false start penalty on first down isn't a good way to start.

On 1st and 15 though Manning has more time than God had to create the heavens and earth it seems. Garcon comes BACK to the ball.

1st and 10 from the Colts 42 and Manning is almost picked. Remember THAT!

Garcon with another first down and Robo robos on.

My wife and daughter are making cookies.

Reggie Wayne with a first down. It's like clockwork.

Injury Time Out

Car Commercial - Plastic Bags are illegal? WtF? That would be a totalitarian state wouldn't it? Green police? Oh come on.

Taco Bell - Can't go wrong with Chuck. Hey, so far they haven't shown Kim Kardashian, but we have now seen her Brother-in-Law.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 24, Colts 17 5:35 4th

Car Commercial - Forgettable.

I think these are regional ads again.

More anamatronic chickens...Denny's. Damn that's funny. President Chicken.

OK so RoboBack is going to get the ball with 5 and a half minutes to play AWESOME. I want to see a LONG drive ending in a touchdown. Give the Saints a few ticks on the clock to try to win, but ultimately I want OVERTIME! If this goes to OT, greatest game ever. So far it's been everything we expected.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 24, Colts 17 5:42 4th

And the Tie Game and OVERTIME is back on. I want overtime, I want overtime.

WE ALL want Overtime.

Don't we?

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 2?, Colts 17 5:42 4th

I think it's a catch.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 22, Colts 17 5:42 4th

Almost a perfect situation for overtime. ALMOST. Now there's almost no way that can happen.

Dante's Inferno - If I had a crack machine ... err ... I mean console system, I'd play it. Then again if I had a crack machine I would no longer be married.

Budweiser - As long as there's a Clydesdale in it, it's all good. Love those horses. The bull wasn't bad either.

And they're challenging.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 22, Colts 17 5:42 4th

Wow both teams are virtually tied in time of possession.

Bush FINALLY gets a decent run on first down, but will that be enough? Even if the Saints score here RoboBack gets the ball with time on the clock. Does this come down to the last possession wins?

Certainly looks like it right now. Brees may have a Superbowl record for completions, that's cool.

Jeremy Shockey catches the TD - that's great, didn't get to play in the Giants game.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 17, Saints 16 - 10:39 4th

MVP Voting is available. I can't choose at the moment, unless something drastic happens it's going to the winning QB.

Oooh, 2nd and 12 sure looked like pass interference to me on that Reggie Wayne miss.

4th and 2 from the Saints 46 - RoboBack does what he does best and hits Reggie Wayne for the first. Big play, big cojones on RoboBack.

The Saints secondary pulls a big one out of their rear ends to foil a sure TD and the Colts settle for 3, but NO GOOD. That's huge. If the Saints score a TD you have to think they'll go for 2.

Vizio - What's with the rodents?

Emerald Nuts/Pop Secret - I think someone spent too much time at Sea World.

NFL Draft - again? No that's OK.

Yes, we'll watch Undercover Boss tonight.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 17, Saints 16 - 15:00 4th

That one point difference in the score? Yeah, that's the Colts running game, as in they actually have one. If the Saints could bust just one play on the ground they would be leading.

Car Commercial - Forgettable.

MetroPCS - almost funny, but not really.

Jack in the Box - OK this must be the regional feed now since I know JIB isn't nationwide. Jack bungie jumping, that would have been way better 15 years ago. Still pretty funny though.

4th Quarter begins at 5:59 PM PST - 9 minutes ahead of last year.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 17, Saints 16 - 1:58 3rd

When you catch the kickoff more than 5 yards deep in your own end zone - don't bring it out. Just. Don't.

Hyundai - Kid's toys - OK this is Just awesome because I recognize most of those toys. The red dude with one eye is Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba

Have you ever noticed that the ads on the Superbowl get lamer and lamer as the game progresses?

Of course, my favorite thing, if you can't get enough of the ads, go on line and watch them again. You know, because you need the products sold to you again, and you won't see them ad nauseum on other shows for the next two months.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 17, Saints 16 - 2:01 3rd

1st and 10 at the Colts 48 Brees gets lucky and isn't picked for six. Remember that.

Dwight Freeney is out on the sidelines again, Brees has all the time in the world right now to throw. Who needs Defense?

But they can't make it on 3rd down and have to settle for a FG attempt...which is good.

Census - This isn't funny, despite all the good people in it. Just not funny.

Google - Yeah, we know, it's a verb. We all use it. Did you really need to spend a couple of mil for that?

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 17, Saints 13 - 6:08 3rd

Nice return by the Saints, can Brees come back and answer?

Coke - Sleepwalking in the Sahara - Do they still make bottles like that anymore? Nice CG

E*trade - I HATE those babies, I really, really hate those babies.

Have I mentioned that my wife kind of knows Jeff Probst of Survivor? I don't know if there are any JP cards, but if there are, I want one to get autographed.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 17, Saints 13 - 6:15 3rd

First onside kick not in the 4th quarter in Superbowl history. Not surprising.

RoboBack completes on first down, big shock.

Joseph Addai came to play.

Manning was off the field for 70 - SEVENTY minutes between the Colts last possession of the first half and their first possession of the second. That's just weird. But that's why he's RoboBack.

Manning to Dallas Clark for 27 yards down to the Saints 20. Throws the ball where not ONE Saint could get it. Talk about clutch.

Dallas Clark makes 2 strong receptions and they use the run to get key yardage and RoboBack retakes the lead...this game has lived up to the hype thus far.

Michelob Light - Yeah, I'm so sure Lance Armstrong kicks back with a beer....not while he's still competing. - The Griswolds - Now I see, it's all about hitting up the website to see the whole video. Lame.

Bridgestone Tires - Uh - that was strange.

KGB - I like their other ads better. Wonder what the censored one was going to be?

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 13 Colts 10 - 11:41 3rd

Brees comes out slinging, three quick completions and they're almost in the red-zone. Make that 4 complete passes and they're at the Colts 23.

Talk about momentum swing - first of all Payton Manning hasn't spent more than 2 minutes on the field since the 1st quarter. Secondly the Saints are now moving the ball at will and have taken the lead.

Will we see the explosion of scoring now? RoboBack will have to counter to stay in the game.

As Nantz reminded us, that's 13 unanswered points.

Prince of Persia Jake Gyllenhaal looks RIPPED, but come on, it's based on a videogame. We all know how well those movies do.

Motorola - Yowza. Wait, haven't I seen this before?

Car Commercial - VW - punching each other is dumb, always have thought so, but Stevie Wonder was funny.

Denny's - Free Grand Slam - I heard last year you couldn't get in the door. The chicken animatronics were really cool.

How I Met Your Mother I'm not calling, but I'll report back when someone else does and posts it.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 6 14:59 3rd

The 3rd Quarter is about to begin, at this rate we're looking at a pre 6:00 PM PST beginning of the 4th quarter! Last year it began at 6:08 PM, I think it's going to be earlier.

Colts get the ball to start the 3rd, RoboBack (I think that's better than RoboQB don't you?) looks like he'll get the ball and...


You gotta be kidding me?


Now I've seen everything, Saints Recover.


Hey I forgot to mention - I've turned off moderation on the comments for the game, so come on, let me have it. Do you hate what I'm doing? Am I right on? What's the dealio??

Superbowl XLIV - Halftime Performance - The Who

I love the Who. I'm old enough to remember before Keith Moon died too. I'm also old enough to remember their numeous farewell tours, and I went to see them in 1994 with Tom Ammon. As much as I love Pete and Roger, it's not the same without John and Keith, it really isn't. I don't condemn them for continuing to do what they do best though, I'm just glad they both can still get up on stage and do their thing.

That stage set up is something else though. I'll bet my Brother in Law Brent is sitting there watching the game trying to figure out how they did everything.

Can't really say much for the 'medley' of songs though. They sound good I suppose, but I'd rather hear a couple of FULL songs than snippets from many.

The fact that it takes a half a dozen musicians to recreate the sound that John & Keith provided by themselves is telling though.

It's also never a bad day when you can still watch Peter Townshend do the windmill and Roger Daltry swing the microphone around like it's a bullwhip.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 6 Halftime

Did I mention the under was 57.5? Yeah, not looking like they're going to get there does it?

With the exception of the Saints not getting into the endzone on 4th and Goal, this game has been pretty even. Brees and the Saints owned the 2nd quarter, but the Colts took the 1st by force. Brees and RobQB are both playing their butts off, but the difference thus far has been the Colts running game. Addai has 7 attempts for 60 yards with a long of 26. The Saints COMBINED are 12 attempts, 22 yards and a long of 8. If the Saints don't get a game breaker out of Bush & co, it's over.

I'mmma watch the Who now. Be back after halftime.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 0:12 2nd

Wow, the Saints did a great job of getting to the ball and spiking it, as Phil Simms said, that always takes more time than you think. He's right, as usual.

Saints call TO on the Colts 27, that's a 44 yard FG attempt, definitely makeable - but they'll go for the endzone at least once.

Intel - Not memorable.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 0:35 2nd

Saints get the ball back with 1 time out and under 46 ticks on the clock.

I'm noticing a trend here, the commercials are apologizing to women for men enjoying the game. That's just wrong. Flo-TV - you fail too.

Bush doesn't get much of a run back, 30 yards for a FG try.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 0:51 2nd

And the Colts stuff them on 4th and Goal - That was the play of the game so far, they didn't have a chance of getting into the endzone.

Here comes RoboQB with under 2 minutes - no, he's not going to go for a drive, he'll run the clock out. Fine by me, I wanna see The Who!

Harry Potter World - Yeah, I'd go there instead of Disneyworld.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 1:55 2nd

Mike Bell trips on 3rd and Goal.

Do they go for it on 4th down?

Alice in WonderlandOh we're SoOOOOOOOOOOOOoooo there. Gotta wonder if we can take Kaylee.

Dr. Pepper - Little Kiss - which one was Vern Troyer? Hilarious.

TruTV - Puxatawny Polamalu - OK that was funny. That gets a top 5 for me.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 2:00 2nd

The Saints look like they've found their offense, getting more than a couple big third downs and into the red-zone for the first time of the day.

But on their first play inside the 25 they blow it with a stupid reverse. Doesn't matter Brees shoots a ROCKET to Marques Colston and is 9 of his last 10.

Whereas the first quarter was all Colts, the second has been all Saints.

Stupid Car Commercial - Man's Last Stand - Just no.

Teleflora - Talking Flowers - Freaky. Hot chick though.

Papa Johns - Gotta love that car. Not a big fan of the Pizza though.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 8:14 2nd

Addai was looking unstoppable until Jonathan Vilma came along. DAMN son. The Saints finally hold on 3rd down, is this a momentum shift? If so, this has the makings of a great game.

Reggie Bush getting the punt calls for fair catch.

Bud Light Lost Parody - Sorry Bud Light, you are the big stinkeroo so far this year.

Dove for Men - Disturbing, in a weird way.

The NFL Draft is going to be shown in prime time? Why?

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 9:27 2nd

Budweiser Bridge Out - Oh that's just silly. But I do love hearing the music from Stripes

Shutter Island - Why is it that when I hear a Boston accent I just start cringing?

Leno, Oprah & Dave - Uh...that's interesting. I thought Jay played for the other team?

OK biggest laugh so far of the day? Sheldon hacking into the Superbowl broadcast. How awesome is that?

Careerbuilder - Casual Day - is just creepy OK?

Apparently this is the no-pants commercial set my wife says.

Dockers Free Pants? I'm there.

Brett 2020 MVP ad - the best part was already aired.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 3 9:34 2nd

The Saints came out in the first quarter very flat and looking like they spent their two weeks off at the beach just happy to be in the big dance. The first quarter is always a bit sketchy for the first time team, the Colts looked like they'd been there before.

Greer out for the Saints, CBS explains why that TD looked so easy.

Now the Saints look like they can move the ball, this is exactly what we all wanted to see, two teams moving the ball up and down the field. Makes the game go quicker that's for sure.

And on 3rd and 3 Dwight Freeney impacts the day already with his first sack.

Saints kick the 36 yarder, on the board.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 15:00 2nd

Garcon was wide open on that touchdown, in double coverage. Saints have to do better than that.

Car Commercial - You'll notice that most of the time I don't differentiate between car companies, mostly because it doesn't really matter. The Shamu one was for Bridgestone tires, bet you wouldn't have remembered that. Timothy Richmond - the Tiger birth was really cute. I knew it was for Cars though, they've done those ads before.

Factoid - Biggest Comeback 10 points. Saints offense can do it, can their defense stop the Colts?

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints :30 1st

Simpsons Coke Ad, very, very amusing. Best one they've done in years.

Go Daddy - Danica Patrick debuted in NASCAR yesterday. Yeah. And that's not soft-core is it?

Saints two possessions 9 plays - 32 yards.
Colts two possessions 21 plays - 154 yards, 10 points


Doritos Fan Ad #3 - Lame.

Bud Light #3 - Completely lame, though I'd love to talk like that. - Beavers fiddling. That's just odd.

Wolfman - Meh

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 10, Saints 0 0:36 1st

Robin Hood starrng Russell Crowe: Are you kidding me? BEFORE Sherwood Forest?

Doritos Fan Ad #2 - Funny, but not as good as the first one.

So far the Bud Light ads are falling flat to me.

Having never watched an episode of NCIS I can now only guess that the entire show is about slapping each other upside the head.

Addai's 16 yard run on 2nd down is going to be a rarity I think. Neither team is that good with the rush, as they said previously the Colts were dead last in the NFL in rushing yardage. When you have RoboQB, who needs a running game? Then again the Colts just hit 100 yards, and almost 1/3rd of them are now on the rush.

Addai goes for 26 yards on 3rd and 1...damn!

Oh it's not a polygon, it's the roman numerals XLIV. Still ugly.

Touchdown Manning to Pierre Garcon. Let's hope the Saints can come back quickly, otherwise it's going to get ugly really quickly.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 3, Saints 0 5:12

Simms thinks that the fumble wouldn't have counted because the player was down. Debatable.

Reggie Bush makes a play on third down and a 16 yard reception. Bonus that he didn't cough up the football, though it looked like he easily could have.

Can I just say that the multi-colored polygon logo on about the 25 of each side of the field is damn obnoxious?

RoboQB on the bench looks upset.

Marques Colston was looking for six instead of the ball on 2nd down.

Brees can't complete on 3rd down again, just 1 - 3 so far, that is not going to make Coach happy.

Nice punt by the Saints pins the Colts on their own 4.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 3, Saints 0 7:29

So that was the big anti-abortion advertisement with Tim Tebow and his mom. Honestly, it was fine. It wasn't in your face, and it wasn't obnoxious. Big deal.

The Snickers ad was funny though.

FUMBLE - aw, Saints recover.

More ads.

Boring car commercial.

On and here's the Superbowl Shuffle retrospective. Oh that's just terrible.

Doritos fan ads #1 - Ok that was funny.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts 3, Saints 0

Wow, it is loud in there with Saints fans, Manning looks like he's having a hard time giving audibles and making himself heard.

Manning is methodical especially in the no-huddle:

  • Dallas Clark 18 yards on 1st down.
  • Dallas Clark 7 yards on 3rd down.
  • Austin Collie 14 yards on 3rd down.

The protection appears to be pretty good for Manning, but on 1st and 10 from the 42 he looked like he had happy feet. Next play he goes with the shotgun and a quick throw to Garcon.

Stover FG - first points of the game.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints 0, Colts 0 - 13:31 1st

Saints go 3 and out, one bad run, one broken play, one long pass. Good punt, great coverage, and it's Peyton's turn

Superbowl XLIV - Coin Toss

the Last Airbender trailer looks decent. If Night wants to continue to have people pay him to make movies, he had better have made a good movie. Of course the source material is pretty rich and compelling, but that's never stopped Hollyweird from screwing something good up before.

Love the updated McDonalds Basketball spot. Very cute.

As usual the HOF class is there to do the coin toss. Can't really complain about the selections this year, I think 7 is the maximum number of guys they can put in, and there were easily another 7 more that could have gone in this year.

Heads win, Saints will receive, let's get it on!

Superbowl XLIV - America & Nat'l Anthem

Never said Dana couldn't sing, and she looks good too. Not too sure about the mashup, seems a little too much like what they do on Glee, not that there's anything really wrong with that. Just a bit weird.

Carrie Underwood, the third American Idol alum in a row, is singing the Star Spangled Banner. Hate the outfit.

Don't you love it though when they shoot off fireworks on "rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air?"

Superbowl XLIV - Kickoff Festivities

Here we go, the Kickoff festivities are underway and the CBS broadcast is starting. As I recall, Simms played and was MVP in only one Superbowl (1986), he didn't play in the 1990 game as he was injured in week 14 that year and Jeff Hostetler came in to lead the G-men to their second Superbowl in five years. I've always respected Simms though and I thought he got a raw deal in 1990 losing his starting job to the undertalented Hostetler.

Can't really say anything negative about Jim Nantz, at least I don't have to hear Joe Buck announce a big game again. I get sick of his constant rooting for the Yankees during Baseball.

Saints take the field and they've already shown one vintage pic of Archie.

The Colts come in to the sounds of "Won't Get Fooled Again", this being their fourth appearance in the Superbowl. They LOST their first appearance famously to the Jets in Superbowl III, and won two years later against the Cowboys. Yes, that's right in Superbowl III they were the NFL (NFC) Champions, and after that they moved to the AFC. Course Baltimore is one of only two cities to have Superbowl champions from different teams. I think. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Superbowl XLIV - End of Pre-Game

Three of the four "experts" picked the Colts, with only Bill Cowher picking the Saints.

Get ready for the broadcast to begin, kick-off is just under 30 minutes away.

Superbowl XLIV - Drew Brees & Katie Couric

I am a Drew Brees fan, unabashedly. Anyone who isn't has no heart. This guy had a ton of natural talent, and I will NEVER forgive the Chargers for giving up on him so quickly. I think the story of Brees recovering parallelling the recovery of the City of New Orleans from Katrina is so very compelling.

The Saints may be the underdogs today, but they are clearly the team that everyone I've spoken to is rooting for.

Superbowl XLIV - Saints Coach Interview

More cliches from the rookie Head Coaches as we inch closer.

And the Colts are taking the field.

I suppose I should switch computers.

Superbowl XLIV - Peyton Manning Interview / Archie Manning Interview

For a guy who's such a freaking machine on the field Peyton is pretty darn personable. Little Peyton was just a cutie too.

Marino asking Manning about getting hit is just classic. He actually looked a bit taken aback.

Seems like Peyton was a bit p.o.ed about the choice to not go for the undefeated season. He's not saying as much, but with everything in sports you have to read between the cliches.

Archie's pretty happy, and why wouldn't he be? 'The weather's better than it was three years ago when I was with y'all'. Great accent.

Superbowl XLIV - Colts Coach Interview

So Dwight Freeney is playing, there's a shock. Jim Caldwell is being fairly cagey with the Colts plans as expected, and he's basically giving the standard pre-game BS. The team's excited, but we know we have a game to play.

Superbowl XLIV - Plaxico Burress Interview

I would love to start snarking off right now, but let's face it, there's nothing funny about what happened to Plaxico, nothing at all. Whether you hate guns or are a card-carrying member of the NRA, you have to admit that sports figures and guns are not a good mix at all, and guns in the locker room is just not a necessity.

OK the rampant commercialism of the Callaway sponsership is so extremely obnoxious already. Have they been doing this for three hours already? See, that's why I don't watch the full pre-game.

Oh and I'm not an IBMer. Not by a longshot.

Superbowl XLIV - Final Hour of Pre-Game

I have just turned on the CBS Pre-Game show for their final hour. The snarking shall commence shortly...

Superbowl XLIV - Indianpolis Colts (AFC) vs. New Orleans Saints (NFC) - Miami, FL - Preview

I've live-blogged the Superbowl in year's past several times, I suppose that I'll keep up tradition. Should you wish to peruse last year's "performance', simply click on the "Superbowl" tag off to the right there and you'll see a couple pages of posts I made during last year's game, which let's face it, will be pretty hard to top in terms of excitement and back and forth action. I've previously written a couple of other pieces on the big game, one is here back from 2001, in which I proclaim that the Ravens victory over the Giants was the worst game ever in the history of the big game. Not only did the game itself suck (34-7) but the National Anthem was done by the Backstreet Boys, and the half-time show had Aerosmith, Britney Spears & N'Sync. Can't think of too many other games that were more horrible.

At the moment it's just about 9 AM on the West Coast, meaning we have six and a half hours of pre-game to go. No, I'm not going to watch all of the festivities, I usually turn it on sometime after 2 pm, though I have been known to go whole hog in the past and watch the entire day, that was a long time ago, and I wasn't married with a child back then. Today I get to spend the hours leading up to kick off with "My Little Pony", "Care Bears" and "Tinkerbell" on the TV. You know, those shows might actually be more enjoyable to watch than the marathon pre-game over on CBS, or the insipid total access on ESPN. I don't know what's on over at the NFL Network, but I'm kind of intrigued, but I doubt I can pull my toddler away from the ponies at this juncture.


I suppose that I don't need to post statistics or expert commentary here, since it's all been done ad nauseum thus far. The betting line favors the Colts by 5 1/2 to win, from what I can tell listening to sports-talk radio and reading the nets, the Saints are the money bet. The over is 57 right now, which means that BOTH teams would have to score at least 4 TDs apiece to hit the over - as I heard earlier in the week, only 9 of the previous 43 games have hit the over, so that's a good bet too. I don't bother with propositions myself, though I would suppose that Reggie Bush will have a fumble and both QBs will throw a TD pass. Proposition bets are for suckers, and my momma didn't raise no sucka!

Truth be told, I don't usually bet a whole lot on the game myself, I know I have an addictive/compulsive personality, but combine with my inherent Jewishness means I HATE losing money. With a passion. I would rather go buy a pack of Baseball cards than bet on a game, at least with Baseball cards I have the chance of getting something good, and even though I'm out a couple bucks, I have the cards that I can trade or sell. I do bet over at


which is a FREE sports betting site. They gift you with 10 cents to make your bets, and don't worry, if you lose all your money, they give you more. You NEVER have to pay a thing. You can't cash out until you make at least 20 bucks though, and their process for cashing out is a bit arcane (though I do notice they will allow you to donate your winnings to Haiti relief which is awesome).

I currently have $1.16 in my Centsports account - I've never had more than five bucks in there to be honest. I'm going to bet it all on a parlay of the Saints at +6 and the Under at 57.5. I stand to win a whopping $3.00 plus a 23% bonus if I win for viewing an ad. Should you wish to join Censtports, click the link above or here and you'll get a free account, plus every time you win I'll get a spiff. See what I did there?

Now SOME people only watch the big game for the commercials, me, I watch it for the GAME itself, because I love football. Honestly I think the Colts will pull out the victory, but it's going to be a lot closer than expected, and I'm really hoping for a great game.

See you in a little while.