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Jeff Gravley

It's Suuuuuuuper Sunday!!

Posted February 3, 2013

We have had two weeks of Super Bowl talk and once the teams arrived in New Orleans, the topics really heated up. Deer antler spray, anti-gay comments and enough chatter to keep Twitter ablaze.

Thank goodness we have arrived at Super Bowl Sunday. It's the day when the focus turns to the bright green field and for some, the commercials that fill the idle time.

I enjoy watching the Super Bowl, picking out the players, coaches and story lines with local ties. We saw San Francisco's Chris Culliver score many touchdowns for Garner High School. Look across at the Ravens roster and you'll see an All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach out of East Carolina. The Richmond County High School family tree is full of players named Ellerbe. Baltimore's Dannell Ellerbe is in the same meeting rooms and drills as Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. On the offensive side of the ball, Baltimore's play calling comes from former Wake Forest head coach Jim Caldwell. His triggerman is quarterback Joe Flacco who lost his final college game to which team?? Appalachian State 49, Delaware 21 in the 2007 FCS national championship game.

I'm interested in the Harbaugh angle, watching Jim and John's sideline demeanor and decision making. But the one shot I can't wait to see is the post game exchange at midfield. Can you imagine the contrast of emotions these guys will feel? What about the parents? Dad, Jack, was the coach who introduced his sons to football. But Mom, Jackie, gave them another great gift.

"There is no one in the family who has more competitive fire than my mother," Jim Harbaugh explained. "She competes like a maniac."

So will her sons be in Super Bowl XLVII.

I don't expect many touchdowns in the game. The last two times the Ravens and Niners played they found the end zone twice...total...between the two. In the quarterback comparisons, Flacco has 12 playoff starts and has won eight of them. Colin Kaepernick has started a TOTAL of 9 NFL games. He does bring a dynamic dimension running the read option.

Both teams have linebackers to keep an eye on. I'm sure there is one CBS camera that will never take it's lens off of Ray Lewis. The Niners counter with linebacker Patrick Willis who plays with the swagger and passion of Lewis. But I'm sticking with my pick of the Ravens. I give the edge to Flacco and I just don't see the Baltimore defense losing in Lewis' final NFL game.

We all have different elements to watch and reasons to watch the Super Bowl. Whatever yours is, get ready to grab your favorite football food and beverage, hunker down in your favorite seat, and enjoy the Super Bowl experience.

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  • iron fist Feb 3, 3:22 p.m.

    Steelers fan pulling for the Ravens I really don't care who wins looking forward to a good game.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 3, 3:02 p.m.

    I intend to totally enjoy this Super Bowl. While I do want the Ravens to win - I like John a lot better than Jim Hargaugh, and Michael Ohre is a great sub-story - I'm a Panthers fan, and will be happy just to see a good game with entertaining commercials and a good half time with Beyonce singing live. And oh, yeah, a full menu of football food and adult beverages. Doesn't get much better, unless it was the Panthers playing today.

  • Hokies94 Feb 3, 1:24 p.m.

    Go strong 49ers.

  • uncsuckz Feb 3, 11:36 a.m.

    Niners 31 Ravens 20

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