Local broadcast media makes Super Bowl picks

Once again, my friends in sports broadcast media have chimed in with their Super Bowl predictions for Sunday’s big game. I thank them all.

For the Philadelphia Eagles:

Rich DeMarco, Army sports radio network play-by-play
Eagles 24, Patriots 17: As hard as it is to pick against New England, I just think this is Philadelphia’s time. As long as the Eagles can get a pass rush with four men – which they should – they will be in this game. A key turnover and a late Jay Ajayi touchdown will be the difference.

Ed Coleman, WFAN host and announcer
Eagles 27, Patriots 23: Deja vu all over again! Patriots fan, born and raised in Boston, who picked the Falcons to win last year. And they would have if not for their own stupidity and more Brady magic. Thank you for No. Five! Those birds were grounded. These birds will fly. I’m old school. If you can run the ball (Eagles third in rush offense) and stop the run (Philly No. 1 in rush defense) it serves you well. The defensive front (Curry, Graham, Long, etc.) – not to mention Fletcher Cox – will be a challenge for Brady. The Pats’ short passing game is always dangerous, but watch out for Ajayi and Clement out of the Philly backfield on short routes. And with all due respect to Gronk, Zach Ertz is more than a handful. I think Belichick’s adjustments will be put to the test come Sunday. The heart says Patriots. The head says Eagles.

Lars Lifrak, former Cablevision sports anchor
Eagles 24, Patriots 20: Don’t know why, but I just see an Eagles win (the best team the Pats have played all year).

Geoff Brault, Marist football and basketball announcer
Eagles 24, Patriots 21: As a native of Philadelphia and a lifelong Eagles fan, I’m using my heart over my head. But if Nick Foles plays as he did two weeks ago, pencil in a parade on Broad Street. Cheesesteaks on me.

Steve Eggink, Marist basketball analyst
Eagles 33, Patriots 27: Foles comes up big again. Long and company pressure Brady all game long!

For the New England Patriots:

Rick Schultz, WFUV sports director, former Hudson Valley Renegades radio announcer
Patriots 27, Eagles 20

Julianne Viani, analyst for NBA VR, ESPN, CBS Sports, Pac 12 and more
Patriots 34, Eagles 27: Tom Brady grows a sixth finger to fit that sixth ring!!! (ha ha). He is the ultimate GOAT (greatest of all time) and we won’t see another guy do what he has done in a LONG time after this so I’m rolling by him. He has the experience along with the pieces and just knows how to WIN, as does (coach Bill) Belichick at the helm!

Justin Rodriguez, WALL sports show host
Patriots 24, Eagles 20: Can’t even hate on Brady-Belichick anymore. I’ve come to terms with New England’s dynasty/dominance. Pats spot Philly 20 points and come back to win.

Jason Barrett, owner Barrett Sports Media, former WEOK sports show host
Patriots 27, Eagles 17: The Philadelphia Eagles have had a great season but when it comes to the Super Bowl, unless Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning are standing on the other side of the field, it’s hard to pick against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. I don’t see Nick Foles and the Eagles offense excelling against Bill Belichick’s defense, and there’s a very good reason why Tom Brady is the proud owner of five rings – he delivers in big games.

Kevin Halpenny, Neversink Media Group announcer
Patriots 27, Eagles 20: I would not be surprised if this game looks a lot like the AFC championship for the first half. The Patriots always seem to start slow in the Super Bowl, and the Eagles defense and running game can certainly give them a chance to win this game. No one finishes like New England, though, and I expect Rob Gronkowski to be the difference maker. He won’t win the MVP, though. That’ll be Brady again.

Dan Reinhard, WKNY sports announcer
Patriots 27, Eagles 21: I learned a long time ago – never bet against Tom Brady.

Eric Frede, former Cable 6 sports anchor, SNY’s UConn women’s basketball play-by-play
Patriots 31, Eagles 17: Tom Brady’s pliability grounds Eagles fly-ability.

Tony Morino, Army sports radio network, former Cable 6 sports anchor
Patriots 34, Eagles 14: No need for a comeback. Pats have this one from the kickoff. Six-packs half-price Monday in Boston.

Ed Weir, Marist football and basketball announcer
Patriots 20, Eagles 17: Similar game to Pats’ first Super Bowl win. After game it’s announced two Bills are returning to Jets due to goodwill generated by ESPN’s recent 30-for-30 edition.

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