Super Bowl should be a barnburner

I’m not sure why the demand is down for Super Bowl tickets. Experts say folks might be able to grab them at face value near game time. I’m blaming the economy.

Nor am I sure why folks on the street seem only mildly interested in Sunday’s game. Perhaps, for Giants fans, it’s the disappointment of an underwhelming season. Perhaps, for Jets fans, it’s one final reminder of a nightmarish season.

I get all that.

But I keep drawing the same conclusion in looking at the matchup itself:

The Super Bowl should be a fabulous game.

I can’t get enough of the Harbaugh-Harbaugh storyline. I know we are being inundated with the angle. But we can’t allow overwhelming media coverage to take from one of the more remarkable plots in sports history, never mind Super Bowl history. I’m talking to a former Caesar’s oddsmaker tomorrow. Maybe I should ask him the odds on brothers facing off in the Super Bowl.

Beyond the brothers angle, this should be an insanely competitive game. It will be incredibly hard-hitting given two ferocious hitting teams. So we can expect to see all kinds of cringe-worthy hits.

Will Baltimore’s defense have a few tricks awaiting Colin Kaepernick? His brilliance in the zone read option has baffled opponents. But you can bet the Ravens have looked closely at what Atlanta did to the Niners in building a 17-0 lead.

Will Joe Flacco wind up being the quarterback hero? Matt Ryan sure exploited the Niners’ back end for parts of the NFC Championship Game. You know Flacco, riding an exceptional playoff run, will take shots downfield.

Can the Ravens stop San Fran’s run game? Can San Fran stop the Ravens’ run game?

This has the makings for an amazing game. My early feeling is that the Niners are going to pull out a squeaker. Perhaps in overtime. But nobody should be the least bit surprised if Baltimore wins.

I can’t wait to see it all unfold.

kgleason@th-record.com; Twitter: @th_KevinGleason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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