All eyes this week are on Houston where the 51st Super Bowl will be played, or rather, should I say, Super Bowl LI.
Atlanta and New England have survived their competition in both National Football League conferences to arrive at the 6:30 PM Sunday game.
For the Falcons, it’s a somewhat rare endeavor. The franchise has reached this summit only once before.
For the Patriots, it’s old hat. This will be an NFL-record ninth appearances in the classic. They are four-and-four in previous ventures and with a win would tie Pittsburgh with the most victories in the event.
Every Super Bowl Week my column is devoted to the game and I call around and get predictions from people I am acquainted with. Here’s this year’s list.
Nan Hicks, Destin resident and a hearing aid specialist for Miracle Ear, thinks it will be New England 28, Atlanta 21 because the Patriots are a tough team.
Ricky Gainous, Havana Magnet School Resource Officer, says the Falcons 30, the Patriots 21 due to Atlanta being a hungry team.
Ray Glisson, Liberty County’s Recreation Director, feels it will be Atlanta 38, New England 35 with Matt Ryan finding a way.
Joey Edwards from Mt. Pleasant, and owner-operator of Edward’s Fire (he actually works for Katy), thinks the score will be the same as Glisson’s pick, because he’s pulling for a team from the South.
Bruce Thomas from Calvary, owner-operator of Thomas Mercantile, thinks Atlanta has the better offense and will win 35-24.
Willie Simmons, head football coach at Prairie View University, picks Atlanta to win 34-27 in a high-scoring contest.
Don Cutchins, Tallahassee owner-operator of Utility Deal.com, selects the Falcons by 34-27 because of Ryan to Jones.
Jeff Johnson, Chipola head baseball coach, feels too much Brady and Belichick will make it New England 35, Atlanta 31.
Joe Ferolito, controller of what goes into this column, picks it to be New England 37, Atlanta 28 because of Brady and mainly Belichick, who I really feel is the game’s best coach.