"The Sunday Five" is a loosely-titled piece where I talk about five NFL- or Browns-related topics related to this past week. In today's edition, we mostly talk about a few topics related to Super Bowl XLVI.
I didn't have my Super Bowl pick made heading into Sunday, and as of this post, I still don't have a definitive prediction. Both teams seem so evenly matched to me. Each quarterback already has at least one Super Bowl ring on their belt, they have tight ends or wide receivers who are among the best in the league, and their kickers have proven they can come through in the clutch. The Giants seem to have the advantage defensively, but a big part of their success as of late has been their defensive line getting pressure. I think the Patriots will have a gameplan to neutralize that, which will be enough for them to squeak out a 28-24 victory.
The bottom line is that the most important part of the Super Bowl weekend is the game itself. The commercials are a close second, though, and are always very topical in the following days. What I can't comprehend is how so many companies would spoil what their commercial is ahead of time, and why viewers try to watch the commercials ahead of time. The one thing I did read awhile back is that The Dark Knight Rises won't have a Super Bowl trailer, which disappoints me. I know there are trailers online, but it's different to see it on live television.
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Are you a Papa John's Rewards member? If not, then it's definitely worth it to take a couple of minutes to sign up now. They ran a poll the past few weeks asking if the coin toss for today's game would land as "Heads" or "Tails." With a 60% vote, fans selected "Heads." That means that if the coin toss is correct tonight, every Papa John's Rewards member will have their account credited with a free large one-topping pizza and two-liter Pepsi Max. You'd have a 50/50 chance at getting free pizza and pop just by signing up; sounds like a great deal to me!
If anyone missed it earlier in the week, I want to highlight the article that Cleveland Scene published on Browns owner Randy Lerner. I know we are still early into 2012, but it was one of my favorite reads of the year. I know that Lerner seldom speaks to the media and Mike Holmgren cut back this past season, but I really think the both of them should have a bigger presence in the future, something I don't think would be construed as undermining Pat Shurmur's role as the team's head coach.