Truth be told, you’d probably get better analysis from the Capitals if you asked who would win the Grey Cup, not the Super Bowl.
For the record, that distinction would go to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by the score of 45-23 on Nov. 24 to capture the Canadian Football League title.
But you already knew that.
We’re talking real football, American style.
The Caps have developed a nice little tradition of playing a 12:30 p.m. game on Super Bowl Sundays and this year is no different when they take on the Detroit Red Wings at VerizonCenter for a healthy Super Bowl appetizer.
The Caps are 14-7-2 on Super Bowl Sundays, but you probably already knew that, too.
So let’s get right to it. Who are the Caps picking to win Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.?
The resident football guru in the Caps’ locker room is right wing Joel Ward, who, by the way, is personal friends with former Ravens safety Ed Reed.
So who does Ward like in the Super Bowl?
Well, it depends on who asks him.
“Denver, 27-23, “ Ward predicted. “It’ll be 17-10 at the half for Denver. Seatt;e will creep up a little bit, but I gotta give it to Peyton Manning. I think he’s going to pull it off.
To see a guy like him conducting out there and controlling the game is pretty impressive.”
But wait a minute. Wasn’t Ward telling teammates all week that Seattle had the chops to win it all?
“I’m going with Seattle because I heard Wardo talking about it and he says Seattle’s going to win,” Capitals center Jay Beagle said. “I honestly have not watched one football game this whole year, so I can’t tell you a thing about Denver or Seattle.
“I’m putting it all on Wardo. If I need anything footballish I’m going to him for it.”
Uh, even if he waffles?
We have some more Capitals predictions below, but while we’re on the subject of food, the Caps’ annual Super Bowl party is as much a tradition as their annual afternoon matinee.
Two years ago Nicklas Backstrom invited the entire team to his place. Last year Mike Ribeiro and his wife did the honors. This year’s Super Bowl party location is being kept under wraps
Beagle said he hopes it’s not at his place.
“My place is 1,400 square feet,” he said. “We’d all be jammed in there having a great time. We’d definitely be closer as a team.”
Wherever it is, the mood on the Capitals’ Super Bowl party will depend on the result of their game against the Red Wings.
“When we win, the party goes a little later,” Caps defenseman Karl Alzner said. “If we’re losing it takes a while for us to get going. Last year Ribs had some good barbecue going. Nicky always has a big variety.
“There’s always some healthy options, but I don’t take those. I wait for the desert to come out and feast on that. It’s like a drive by.”
Here are some of the Capitals’ picks for the big game:
Jason Chimera: Seattle, 24-17. “I’m rooting for the Western-most team. Closer to Canada.”
Alex Ovechkin: Denver
Marcus Johansson: Denver. “I’m cheering for Manning.”
Karl Alzner: Seattle.
Joel Ward: Denver, 27-23.
Brooks Laich: Seattle
Jay Beagle: Seattle
John Carlson: Denver
Mike Green: Denver
John Erskine: Seattle