Super Bowl picks from the D.C. sports scene

Super Bowl picks from the D.C. sports scene
February 3, 2012, 8:11 am
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Updated: 3:59 p.m.Super Bowl XLVI. Patriots-Giants. Gisele Bundchen's husband vs. Peyton Manning's little brother. One grumpy coach vs. another grumpy coach.The Salsa Dancer vs. the high ankle sprain. The Material Girl vs. wardrobe malfunction. We asked local players and coaches plus the media members who cover the games a simple question regarding the matchup and the game's MVP...Who ya got???From the Redskins reporters...Rich Tandler (CSNwashington.com): Giants 24, Patriots 20, Victor Cruz MVP--The Patriots simply don't anyone on defense who can match up with Cruz, who will have a field day.Chris Russell (ESPN 980): Giants 24 Patriots 21. MVP - Hakeem Nicks. As long as the Giants execute properly, this game shouldn't even be that close --but I will allow for some error. NY has to win on special teams as they did in SF. Two names to remember - Kenny Phillips & Michael Boley!Joseph White (Associated Press): Giants 30, Patriots 27. (Thats nine safeties and four field goals for the Giants).
John Keim (Washington Examiner): Giants 27, Patriots 24.The Giants have the perfect recipe to beat New England -- the ability to pressure with a four-man front and a passing game to torch a suspect secondary. Had the Giants been healthy all season, they would have been an 11-5 team. MVP: Eli Manning.Elliott Smith (Washington Post Express): Giants 21 Patriots 17. MVP Eli Manning, who has a pretty clean game, a smart game while the Giants defense keeps the Patriotsoffense off the field. SlowItDownFrom the Washington Wizards...Nick Young: The Giants.Any team with NY, my initials, in it equals championship.Shelvin Mack: I like the Patriots. Bill Belichick and his staff are outstanding when you give them two weeks to prepare for a game.Roger Mason: Eli Manning is playing well, and their defense should bother Tom Brady. Im pulling for New England because of my friend (Patriots WR) Deion Branch.Jordan Crawford: Giants, they have Eli. Chris Singleton: Patriots...and for some out of town flavor, Wizards PRguru Zack Bolno passed on the 411 that former Wizards star and current Clippers forward Caron Butler is taking the Patriots. The Racine, Wisconsin native was apparentlynone too pleased whenBig Blue took out his Packers. From the TV faction...Rob Carlin (Comcast SportsNet): Patriots 27-24. Can't imagine Tom Brady & Bill Belichick lose to Giants again, especially with legacy on the line. NYG rally comes short Dave Ross (Fox 5): Giants 35, Patriots 31. MVP is my caption: "you can't spell elite without Eli"Joe Yasharoff (Comcast SportsNet): Giants 27, Pats 24. Peyton (I mean) Eli Manning w2 TDs and Jason Pierre-Paul w 3 sacks dubbed co-MVP. The Giants decide not to fire Coughlin until he loses two in a row next year and then, who knows?From those that write...Frank Hanrahan (CSNwashington.com): Ahh cool. Gisele's prayers answered. New England in a waltz. 44-14. Tom Brady the MVP. Gene Wang (Washington Post): Giants 27, Patriots 24: MVP Eli Manning. Manning shreds Patriots secondary to surpass statistically superior brother in only category that really matters: championships.Rich Dubroff (CSNbaltimore.com): Giants 27 Patriots 24. In the first-ever overtime Super Bowl, MVP Eli Manning outduels Tom Brady and Lawrence Tynes drills a 38-yard field goal to win.Liz Clarke (Washington Post): Giants 28 Patriots 24. MVP Eli Manning. The Giants pass rush will be the story of the game and because of it, Brady won't get a chance at another Super Bowl MVP.Kevin Ewoldt (Hogs Haven): Giants 41 - Patriots 17. I think Gronk's injury is way worse than advertised. Bradshaw will go off. I like Nicks as MVP at 14-1.Kevin Dunleavy (Washington Examiner): Patriots 38, Giants 24 Belichick has been holed up in an undisclosed location, assistants sliding him food under the door as he watches tape and writes a Manifesto on how to solve the Giants pass rush. Brady will riddle the NY defense with short passes to the tight ends and take the Giants rush men out of the game.Chase Hughes (CSNwashington): Giants 31, Patriots 28 - MVP Eli Manning - Another classic, but the Giants have the Patriots number. Eli will force everyone to give him the respect he deservesFrom the college basketball crew ...Mike Lonergan (George Washington mens basketball coach): Patriots 34, Giants 27. MVP, Tom Brady.Jeff Jones (American University mens basketball coach): New England 34-24, Wes Welker MVP, Pats ball control offense led by Welker dominates time of possession and keeps Eli and friends off the field.John Kopriva (GW freshman basketball player): Patriots 31, Giants 27. MVP, Danny Woodhead.From radio row...Liz Drabick (106.7, The Fan): Patriots 20-17 with Gostkowski booting some kind of winning FG. Though I wish, it was Vanderjagt so we could make drunk kicker jokes.Danny Rouhier (106.7, The Fan): I'm a pessimist. I know the thing I least want to happen is going to happen. Therefore, that goof Eli Manning is going to hoist a 2nd Lombardi trophy and we all have to live with that. The Giants have the perfect recipe to slow down the Patriots. They only have to rush four and that four DE package they have is nasty. The Pats D has performed decently well against a couple of bad offenses in these playoffs but the Giants will be too much. The Julian Edelman vs. an NFL wide receiver matchup is a disaster for New England. Giants: 26 Patriots: 20. Annoying stories about how Eli is 'better' than Peyton on ESPN: 184.TimMurray (ESPN 980): Pats 27 G-Men 17 - Everyone is picking the Giants. When in doubt, pick against the fan favorite (and Tom Brady is good at football) Scott Jackson (106.7, The Fan): Giants 27-24...Better all around team wins. Eli MVP in Peyton's house.Three Giant wide receivers are going to kill the Patriots. Not that anyone asked me, butOnce the matchup was established, I couldnt figure how the Giants would lose. Big Blue rolled the Packers, a team that in many ways mirrors offensively the Patriots lineup. Then I learned the masses felt the same about the Giants chances. Then Bill Belichick starts smiling a lot, as if he knows something about something about something for this game. Thenscores of people continue incorrectly label the Patriots defense as horrific instead of simply what it is, a classic bend but not break unit. Then me think Gronk okay. Therefore, I am calling an audible. Patriots 23 Giants 21. Steven Gostkowski does his best Adam Vinatieri last second game-winning kick impression. Defensive stalwartVince Wilfork wins the MVP andTom Brady gets ring number four. Take that future Redskins quarterback Peyton Manning...Kidding, kidding.