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Super Bowl Predictions. Day One. G-Men take the early lead.

POSTED February 03, 2012
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


Super Bowl Predictions
Not surprisingly, the interest in this game is Gigantic and somewhat Patriotic and I will immediately apologize for that play on words.
Because of some tremendously in-depth, thought out predictions, I’m going to have to split this prediction special into two parts of the next two days.
I want to thank all of those friends who took the time out to be part of this story and start in no particular order with the predictions.
John Torsiello: Freelance Sports Writer Supreme. “I like the Giants by a score of 24-21. Close one all the way. Maybe decided by a late field goal. Eli Manning and Giants D playing at a high level and we saw what a good defense can do to Tom Brady last week when the Baltimore Ravens had him rattled. Patriots' defense is suspect. It's close because Belichick is a great coach who will devise a plan to slow Eli down, while getting his team into the end zone a few times with the hurry-up offense. If it's a blowout, it goes the Giants' way.” G-Men 1, Pats 0
Chris Lovallo: Carbone’s Market, Torrington: 
Giants 31, Patriots 21. “I think the Giants are the better team right now, and that the pressure is on New England. Especially Tom Brady. Although they've won ten in a row, I believe New York is in Brady's head, and if they get to him early, it could be a long night for the Pats. That being said, it should be a great game, and it wouldn't surprise me if we saw our first OT Super Bowl.” G-Men 2, Pats 0 
Nicole Bisson: Former Lewis Mills basketball standout: “I think the Patriots will win by 3. Tom Brady will be able to match any team ha, ha! I’m a huge fan.” G-Men 2, Pats 1
CT State Senator, Andrew Rorabeck : “24-21 Giants. Why? Because I am still mad at Bob Kraft for sticking it to Connecticut” G-Men 3. Pats 1
Jillian Gaffney: (daughter)  “Bryan (her boyfriend) says Pats will win 27-21 because their tight ends will beta the Giants secondary. I’d love to see the Giants win but I think it will be the Pats, 27-24 because they want revenge.” G-Men 3, Pats 3
 
Michael Ciesco: President of the Torrington 1929 Club: New England Patriots: 37 New York Football Giants: 27. 
“To top the 2008 Super Bowl will be a tough act to follow. I am taking Belichick and Brady to control the clock and limit the Giants touches. However when the Giants do have the ball they will find the end zone as well. A big special team’s play by the Patriots will give them the edge and a late quarter interception from Eli Manning will but the Pats on top for good. Sad football has to come to an end but what a game to go out with.”
G-Men 4, Pats 3
Eric Renzullo: Carbones Market, Torrington: “I don’t usually like to give predictions, but I think it's going to be a long, hard fought game. It's any teams game, I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes down to a mistake. Key thing is to keep both offenses off the field, which means a defensive battle. I was always taught defense wins Championships and I think the Giants have the better of the two team's defense. At least they have so far. It's tough to beat a team like the Patriots twice in one year and twice in a Super Bowl, but if a team can do it I'd like to think it would be the Giants. A lot of heart, a lot of confidence and the Patriots have revenge on their mind considering their past loses to the G-Men. Well.....Tim your killing me but here it goes....Giants 27...Pats 17.”
G-Men 5, Pats 3
Cheryl Wheeler: Titans Titans volunteer:  “Giants for Al (husband), 24-17 because of their superior defense combined with their running game. They will have better clock management which will control time of possession and deny the Patriots opportunity to score often.”
G-Men 6, Pats 3
Ryan Bingham: Torrington Mayor: “I'll predict the Giants in an upset 20-17, mostly because I know more Giants fans than Patriots and I usually enjoy rooting for the underdog in sports.”
G-Men 7, Pats 3
Barrie Soucy : Program Director at WAPJ:  “Pats running game comes through and Pats win, 21-17 
G-Men 7, Pats 4
Ryan Plourde: Fairfield University, Torrington Titans (2011, 2012) “My prediction for the Superbowl is Giants winning over the Patriots 31-24. I am rooting for the Patriots because I am a GB Packers fan, but I believe that NY will come out on top on Sunday. They are playing very well as a team with great momentum, having an amazing playoff run so far. The Giants offense will definitely put up points against the Patriot defense, NE's defense ranks at the bottom of the NFL especially with opposing passing yards which has been NY's go-to type of offense as of lately. The Patriots however, will put up points as well with Brady leading the way, but with the injury and speculation of Gronk I am a little skeptical if they'll be able to keep up with the Giants offensive scoring potential. The Giants defensive line can seal the deal for me. If they can get to Brady and put pressure on him, I think things might be a little one way on Sunday in NY's favor.”
G-Men 8, Pats 4
Ali Bronson: ESPN Radio Producer: “First of all let me say I hate having to predict what's going to happen when one of my favorite teams are playing. That said this game is going to be a strategic dog fight to the end. Both Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick are great at game planning with the slight edge going to Bill. However Coughlin has won two of the last three. Obviously the Giants pass rush is the biggest concern for the Patriots and it should be. Tom Brady should be nervous. I've heard all week that the way to beat the pass rush is to throw short passes and this is true you won't get sacks if you are throwing the ball two or three yards down the field. The problem other teams have had with this concept is that the Giants defense is very athletic and very long. Jason Piere Paul's arms are go-go gadget like, so when you throw short passes the Giants will knock them down and we've seen that a lot this year. Being confident about the Giants winning is what makes me more nervous than anything, but I really feel they have the Patriots number and with an ELIte Manning throwing the ball for the Giants I'm giving the edge to the G-MEN. And for one of the biggest Giants fans I've ever known (my mother who turns 50 on Sunday) I'm going to say Giants 27, Patriots 23.”
G-Men 9, Pats 4
Sander Stotland: Torrington Titans General Manager: “New England, 27-14, I can't stand Eli Manning.”
G-Men 9, Pats 5
Mile Concannon: Mississippi Mudcat Radio Personality: “The Giants 24-17... Why? Because my grandson Chase Robustelli would be upset with me if I didn't root for them. As he told me yesterday, "BIG BLUE grandpa.. Giants..DEFENSE..DEFENSE." I wonder where he gets that from? Maybe his great grandpa Andy (Robustelli, former Giants star).
G-Men 10, Pats 5
Michael Fabiaschi: Former Torrington HS sports star and current member of the Oakland Athletics farm system: “Patriots 27 - Giants 24. Being a Cowboy fan, I can't pick the Giants although they are playing well. I like the Patriots and Brady having the motivation of losing in the Super Bowl to the Giants four years ago. Brady bounces back from two weekends ago to have a big game and Pats defense does just enough, forcing a turnover or two, Pats win on a late field goal.”
G-Men 11, Pats 5
Chris Blazek: Former Litchfield High School multi-sport star and Houston Astros prospect:  “As a bias G-Men fan, I’ll go 31-27, Giants because of the their pass rush pressure holding Brady in check. I predict a final 4th quarter drive with Manning connecting to Nicks for the game winning TD.”
G-men 12, Pats 5
Bobby Lippincott: Former “GN” quarterback: “I think that the Patriots are going to win by a score of 24-21. They will find a way to slow down the pass rush of the Giants, which will open up the passing game to Brady’s weapons such as Gronkowski, Welker, and Hernandez. The Patriots have more to play for. They want to seek revenge for the ’07 Super Bowl and at the beginning of the year they dedicated their season to the late Myra Kraft, both of which will have them focused and ready to play their best game.”
G-Men 12, Pats 6
Alyssa Otis: Torrington High School girls basketball standout: “I am TOTALLY putting my guess on the Giants this year!! My prediction is that it will be a close game the whole way through but the Giants will come out with the win in the end (28 to 24 Giants). I have a feeling that like last year, the Giants defensive line will get to Brady again, and along with that, their offensive line will be able to get past the Patriots and score. ( The rest of my family are cheering for the Patriots so I might be in trouble for saying this!)
G-Men 13, Pats 6
Tyler Wilson: Torrington Titan (2011): “I'm going with the G-men 28-21! Mainly because I can't stand the Pats, and Manning has been the best QB in football of late. Peyton who?”
G-Men 14, Pats 6
That wraps up day one of our prediction stories. A huge G-Men advantage after the first 20 picks. Will the Patriots mount a comeback on Friday? Check back to find out.

Super Bowl Predictions

Not surprisingly, the interest in this game is Gigantic and somewhat Patriotic and I will immediately apologize for that play on words.

Because of some tremendously in-depth, thought out predictions, I’m going to have to split this prediction special into two parts of the next two days.

I want to thank all of those friends who took the time out to be part of this story and start in no particular order with their predictions.


John Torsiello: Freelance Sports Writer Supreme. “I like the Giants by a score of 24-21. Close one all the way. Maybe decided by a late field goal. Eli Manning and Giants D playing at a high level and we saw what a good defense can do to Tom Brady last week when the Baltimore Ravens had him rattled. Patriots' defense is suspect. It's close because Belichick is a great coach who will devise a plan to slow Eli down, while getting his team into the end zone a few times with the hurry-up offense. If it's a blowout, it goes the Giants' way.”

G-Men 1, Pats 0


Chris Lovallo: Carbone’s Market, Torrington: Giants 31, Patriots 21. “I think the Giants are the better team right now, and that the pressure is on New England. Especially Tom Brady. Although they've won ten in a row, I believe New York is in Brady's head, and if they get to him early, it could be a long night for the Pats. That being said, it should be a great game, and it wouldn't surprise me if we saw our first OT Super Bowl.”

G-Men 2, Pats 0 

Nicole Bisson: Former Lewis Mills basketball standout: “I think the Patriots will win by 3. Tom Brady will be able to match any team ha, ha! I’m a huge fan.”

G-Men 2, Pats 1


CT State Senator, Andrew Rorabeck : “24-21 Giants. Why? Because I am still mad at Bob Kraft for sticking it to Connecticut”

G-Men 3. Pats 1


Jillian Gaffney: (daughter)  “Bryan (her boyfriend) says Pats will win 27-21 because their tight ends will beta the Giants secondary. I’d love to see the Giants win but I think it will be the Pats, 27-24 because they want revenge.”

G-Men 3, Pats 3 

Michael Ciesco: President of the Torrington 1929 Club: New England Patriots: 37 New York Football Giants: 27. “To top the 2008 Super Bowl will be a tough act to follow. I am taking Belichick and Brady to control the clock and limit the Giants touches. However when the Giants do have the ball they will find the end zone as well. A big special team’s play by the Patriots will give them the edge and a late quarter interception from Eli Manning will but the Pats on top for good. Sad football has to come to an end but what a game to go out with.”

G-Men 4, Pats 3

Eric Renzullo: Carbones Market, Torrington: “I don’t usually like to give predictions, but I think it's going to be a long, hard fought game. It's any teams game, I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes down to a mistake. Key thing is to keep both offenses off the field, which means a defensive battle. I was always taught defense wins Championships and I think the Giants have the better of the two team's defense. At least they have so far. It's tough to beat a team like the Patriots twice in one year and twice in a Super Bowl, but if a team can do it I'd like to think it would be the Giants. A lot of heart, a lot of confidence and the Patriots have revenge on their mind considering their past loses to the G-Men. Well.....Tim your killing me but here it goes....Giants 27...Pats 17.”

G-Men 5, Pats 3

Cheryl Wheeler: Titans Titans volunteer:  “Giants for Al (husband), 24-17 because of their superior defense combined with their running game. They will have better clock management which will control time of possession and deny the Patriots opportunity to score often.”

G-Men 6, Pats 3


Ryan Bingham: Torrington Mayor: “I'll predict the Giants in an upset 20-17, mostly because I know more Giants fans than Patriots and I usually enjoy rooting for the underdog in sports.”

G-Men 7, Pats 3


Barrie Soucy : Program Director at WAPJ:  “Pats running game comes through and Pats win, 21-17."

G-Men 7, Pats 4


Ryan Plourde: Fairfield University, Torrington Titans (2011, 2012) “My prediction for the Superbowl is Giants winning over the Patriots 31-24. I am rooting for the Patriots because I am a GB Packers fan, but I believe that NY will come out on top on Sunday. They are playing very well as a team with great momentum, having an amazing playoff run so far. The Giants offense will definitely put up points against the Patriot defense, NE's defense ranks at the bottom of the NFL especially with opposing passing yards which has been NY's go-to type of offense as of lately. The Patriots however, will put up points as well with Brady leading the way, but with the injury and speculation of Gronk I am a little skeptical if they'll be able to keep up with the Giants offensive scoring potential. The Giants defensive line can seal the deal for me. If they can get to Brady and put pressure on him, I think things might be a little one way on Sunday in NY's favor.”

G-Men 8, Pats 4

Ali Bronson: ESPN Radio Producer: “First of all let me say I hate having to predict what's going to happen when one of my favorite teams are playing. That said this game is going to be a strategic dog fight to the end. Both Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick are great at game planning with the slight edge going to Bill. However Coughlin has won two of the last three. Obviously the Giants pass rush is the biggest concern for the Patriots and it should be. Tom Brady should be nervous. I've heard all week that the way to beat the pass rush is to throw short passes and this is true you won't get sacks if you are throwing the ball two or three yards down the field. The problem other teams have had with this concept is that the Giants defense is very athletic and very long. Jason Piere Paul's arms are go-go gadget like, so when you throw short passes the Giants will knock them down and we've seen that a lot this year. Being confident about the Giants winning is what makes me more nervous than anything, but I really feel they have the Patriots number and with an ELIte Manning throwing the ball for the Giants I'm giving the edge to the G-MEN. And for one of the biggest Giants fans I've ever known (my mother who turns 50 on Sunday) I'm going to say Giants 27, Patriots 23.”

G-Men 9, Pats 4


Sander Stotland: Torrington Titans General Manager: “New England, 27-14, I can't stand Eli Manning.”

G-Men 9, Pats 5


Miles Concannon: Mississippi Mudcat Radio Personality: “The Giants 24-17... Why? Because my grandson Chase Robustelli would be upset with me if I didn't root for them. As he told me yesterday, "BIG BLUE grandpa.. Giants..DEFENSE..DEFENSE." I wonder where he gets that from? Maybe his great grandpa Andy (Robustelli, former Giants star).

G-Men 10, Pats 5


Michael Fabiaschi: Former Torrington HS sports star and current member of the Oakland Athletics farm system: “Patriots 27 - Giants 24. Being a Cowboy fan, I can't pick the Giants although they are playing well. I like the Patriots and Brady having the motivation of losing in the Super Bowl to the Giants four years ago. Brady bounces back from two weekends ago to have a big game and Pats defense does just enough, forcing a turnover or two, Pats win on a late field goal.”

G-Men 11, Pats 5


Chris Blazek: Former Litchfield High School multi-sport star and Houston Astros prospect:  “As a bias G-Men fan, I’ll go 31-27, Giants because of the their pass rush pressure holding Brady in check. I predict a final 4th quarter drive with Manning connecting to Nicks for the game winning TD.”

G-Men 12, Pats 5


Bobby Lippincott: Former “GN” quarterback: “I think that the Patriots are going to win by a score of 24-21. They will find a way to slow down the pass rush of the Giants, which will open up the passing game to Brady’s weapons such as Gronkowski, Welker, and Hernandez. The Patriots have more to play for. They want to seek revenge for the ’07 Super Bowl and at the beginning of the year they dedicated their season to the late Myra Kraft, both of which will have them focused and ready to play their best game.”

G-Men 12, Pats 6


Alyssa Otis: Torrington High School girls basketball standout: “I am TOTALLY putting my guess on the Giants this year!! My prediction is that it will be a close game the whole way through but the Giants will come out with the win in the end (28 to 24 Giants). I have a feeling that like last year, the Giants defensive line will get to Brady again, and along with that, their offensive line will be able to get past the Patriots and score. ( The rest of my family are cheering for the Patriots so I might be in trouble for saying this!)

G-Men 13, Pats 6


Tyler Wilson: Torrington Titan (2011): “I'm going with the G-men 28-21! Mainly because I can't stand the Pats, and Manning has been the best QB in football of late. Peyton who?”

G-Men 14, Pats 6


That wraps up day one of our prediction stories. A huge G-Men advantage after the first 20 picks. Will the Patriots mount a comeback on Friday? Check back to find out.






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