The 2014 Litchfield County Sports Super Bowl Picks
It's time for our annual Super Bowl predictions. Each year, we have our staff, some fellow writers, local athletes, coaches and readers make their picks for the game.
This Sunday, the Broncos and Seahawks face off in the Meadowlands. One reader thinks the game will be postponed. Many like Peyton Manning to win his second Super Bowl. We have a few Richard Sherman fans and, of course, there is the obligatory Hartford Whalers shout out.
My prediction: I would really like Peyton Manning to win this game. I love watching him play, and also love his dominating presence as a play-caller. He is the ultimate football genius. I can't, though, look past the frigid game Denver lost to Baltimore last year in the playoffs. Coming off four neck surgeries, Manning, whose throwing arm is not the greatest to begin with, showed major flaws in that weather. He will see similiar weather on Sunday and also see a far superior defense compared to the one he faced in the AFC Championship Game in New England's. The Seahawk defense will abuse the Broncos and will be the difference. The pick - Seahawks 26, Broncos 17
Tim Gaffney, Litchfield County Sports: I predict the commercials will once again disappoint, although I expect a strong showing from the boys and girls at Frito Lay. One can always count on a grand Doritos bit.
As for the game, part of the buzz is off because it will not be played in a driving snow storm. Those regular season games (Eagles-Lions for one) were tremendous viewing, though I didn’t even want the super-imposed yard lines. I wanted to guess like the players had to.
Anyone who comes back from multiple surgeries on their neck is some kind of tough player, as is the case with Peyton Manning. It's always hard for me not to root for an awe-shucks, Manning quarterback so I’m going to go with Eli’s big brother in a rather easy win.
Russell Wilson will have his time, just not this time while Richard Sherman will be torched at least once by Manning.
Like general manager John Elway, Peyton will go out on top. Now, if you think any of us know what we are talking about because we cover sports, you have not paid attention to our past picks. Enjoy the guacamole. The pick – Broncos 35, Seahawks 21
Rick Wilson, Litchfield County Sports: I have mulled over the momentous decision as to who to pick to win the Super Bowl and am mulled out. No rooting interest here although I am usually an NFC guy (Giants fan along with my brother in blue Mr. Tiscia). Here’s what I know, the Giants won’t win. So who will?
I like the beer vendors and hot dog salesman to have a big day, although a little Black Berry Brandy may be in order. Maybe its easy, isn’t there a guy named Wilson playing an important role. How can I go against that. Seattle prevents Mr. Manning from going crazy and Wilsonizes the Broncos by a narrow margin. Me, Mookie and Flip are in our glory. The pick - Seahawks 28, Broncos 24
Becky Tiscia, LCS graphic designer: It will be too cold for Peyton and Richard Sherman is just too awesome for everyone. The pick – Seahawks 28, Broncos 21
Mike Ciesco, former Torrington football player: Defense does win championships, but when Peyton Manning is behind center with the weapons he has, this one might get ugly early! Each team will feel each other out in the first quarter and play conservative. Then we can just all sit back with our chips and dip and watch the aerial attack of Manning and Co. I love Russell Wilson, but we will see some nervousness and mistakes that will cost Seattle. The pick – Broncos 31, Seahawks 21
Francesco Graziano, CPTV Sports: Seahawks can pound the rock and play defense like no other. That travels well. But they have a liability at quarterback. Peyton retires on top. The pick - Broncos 23, Seahawks 20
Michael Colangelo, ESPN: Seahawks in an upset. Four turnovers for the Donkeys will be their undoing. Why? I'm a Chiefs fan and can not root for the Denver Donkeys. The pick - Seahawks 21, Broncos 17
Ali Bronson, ESPN: I will go with Denver. The pick - Broncos 21, Seahawks 14
Brian Campbell, ESPN: I'll take the Broncos. Too much Peyton. The pick – Broncos 27, Seahawks 21
Gerry diSimas, Jr, The Collinsville Press: Too much Peyton Manning, who will be able to use his wily veteran skills to get points on the board for Denver. Seattle's offense won't be able to keep up. The pick - Broncos 34, Seahawks 24
Joe Palladino, Republican-American columnist: Denver wins. But secretly hoping for a Seattle victory and a post-game interview with Richard Sherman. The pick - Broncos 24, Seahawks 20
Marc Dillon, former Register Citizen sports editor: I'll take the Broncos. Peyton Manning takes Richard Sherman and the Seahawks defense to school and cements his place among the games greatest quarterbacks of all-time. The pick - Broncos 27, Seahawks 13
Rick Klimanowski, former Register Citizen writer: Seattle can run and throw. And defense wins titles. The pick - Seahawks 27, Broncos 20
Ed Gadomski, Tri-State Baseball Commissioner: It will come down to the last possession of the game. Personally, I will be rooting for whatever numbers I get in the square pool as I am neither a Seattle or Denver fan. The pick - Seahawks 24, Broncos 20
Mike Fritch, Torrington soccer coach: Peyton Manning is going to have too hard of a time playing in the cold. The pick - Seahawks 24, Broncos 17
Ryan Plourde, former Torrington Titan: I love Peyton Manning and would love to see him win another ring, but I think that the Seahawks will be prepared. I love Seattle's fire, and their defense. I believe they will make it tough for Peyton to get in a groove. I also think that the Seattle offense will be able to put up enough points to out-duel the high-powered Denver offense. Essentially the game will come down to Denver's offense versus Seattle's defense, and I think Seattle will edge out a close one! Should be a great game. The pick – Seahawks 31, Broncos 28
Gary Franklin, Thomaston boys basketball coach: Denver has the receiving corps that can give the Seattle defense trouble and Manning will get them the ball. The pick - Broncos 31, Seahawks 28
Joey Abis, Torrington Titans General Manager: Peyton Manning literally looked flawless in his matchup with the Patriots. He has so many receiving options even the Seahawks will struggle with coverage. The pick – Broncos 31, Seahawks 20
Ernie Tracy, Torrington football player: The Seahawks have a remarkable defense and solid ground game. The pick – Seahawks 35, Broncos 17
Barrie Soucy, WAPJ Program Director: No one can slow down the Broncos. And their defense is playing better than advertised. The pick – Broncos 35, Seahawks 17
Marshall Miles, Radio Host: Denver will win. Why? Because Pete Carroll doesn't deserve to win the Super Bowl after the way he left USC in shambles. The pick – Broncos 37, Seattle 23
Michelle Cook, State Representative: The Broncos will have an advantage when it comes to conditions. Although the coaching is both top-notch, (Peyton Manning) will be a major part of the equation. I believe the Broncos will pull it off. The pick – Broncos 28, Seahawks 24
Jason Hamel, former Torrington baseball player: Seattle is a totally different team when they are not home. Peyton will be too much for them to handle. The pick - Broncos 35, Seahawks 24
Edward Lopes, Watertown girls basketball coach: I think Manning finds a way to beat the Seattle tough defense. The pick – Broncos 27, Seahawks 21
Ryan Bingham, former Torrington mayor: I'm a San Diego Chargers fan and I want to see the team that beat my team win the Super Bowl. Plus, I like Peyton a lot. The pick - Broncos 28, Seahawks 24
Aldo Alexander, former Torrington Titan: I'll take the Broncos. Peyton Manning takes Richard Sherman and the Seahawks defense to school and cements his place among the games greatest quarterbacks of all-time. The pick - Broncos 27, Seahawks 13
Jim Bunel, former Gilbert basketball player: I have to go with Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Yes Seattle is phenomenal, but they are not at home, and whenever you have a gunner like Peyton pulling the trigger, I like your odds. The pick - Broncos 28, Seahawks 17
Scott Serrano, ESPN: Marshawn Lynch does his talking with a Beast-like MVP performance. The pick - Seahawks 27, Broncos 24
Pat Austin, former Torrington baseball player: I'm going with Manning. I'd like to see him win one at the end if his career and why not do it on his bro's turf! I think he could pick apart the Seahawks, especially if it comes down to who has the ball last. The pick - Broncos 27, Seahawks 23
Jonathan Wilson, Thomaston: Russell Wilson won't get going in the cold weather and the atmosphere will get to the Seahawks because not one player on that roster has Super Bowl experience. Manning will stay calm and get his second ring. The pick - Broncos 24, Seahawks 21
Coleen Faye, New York: Denver wins because I don't like that Sherman guy. Plus if Eli can't be there, I'm glad Peyton is. The pick – Broncos 35, Seahawks 31
Jay Blasko, Waterbury: No one wins because Roger Goodell will postpone the game until June. In his infinite wisdom, he never thought it would be cold with a chance of snow in New Jersey in February. The pick – Call me in four months
Tino Rebelo, Terryville: Richard Sherman's 15 minutes of fame are over. The pick - Broncos 27, Seahawks 17
Steve Tavares, Naugatuck: Seattle’s defense will keep Peyton confused for most of game. Russell Wilson won't convert a two-point conversion to tie game at the end. The pick – Broncos 28, Seahawks 26
Ryan Tiscia, Waterbury: Peyton overcomes the weather with a late drive after trailing most of the game. The pick – Broncos 21, Seahawks 17
Amanda Tiscia, Waterbury: The Broncos have too many options for Peyton to throw to. The Seahawks will keep it close, but the Broncos will pull away late. The pick - Broncos 35, Seahawks 24
David Santos, Naugatuck: Denver wins because two of my friends who gamble a lot (and always lose) like Seattle and the under. The pick – Broncos, 31, Seahawks 24
Shawn Brady, New Britain: The Whalers will beat the Yankees because I don't know anything about basketball. The pick – Not a football fan
Chris Rowe, Wolcott: Denver wins because there is no way Eli ends up with more Super Bowl rings than Peyton. The pick – Broncos 20, Seahawks 17, OT
Jason Paglia, Naugatuck: Seattle wins. On fourth-and-two, Peyton Manning has the ball at the six-yard line. He is then intercepted by Richard Sherman to end the game. Sherman runs over to Manning and tackles him, saying, “You ain't nothing and Eli is the best Manning.” Then he takes his jersey off and he has a Eli shirt on. Looks up to Eli and says, “This one is for you, brother.” The pick – Seahawks 17, Broncos 13
Nick Oun, Watertown: Big game for Marshawn Lynch. The pick – Seahawks 26, Broncos 23
Mike Rebelo, Naugatuck: Broncos win on a last second drive as the Vegas line sits with Denver as 2.5 point favorites in the highest betting event of the sports year. Broncos will not only fail to cover the spread, but who wouldn't take the Seahawks at +115 to upset the Manning Golden Boy in the outdoor cold at MetLife Stadium? That leads me to my final prediction the Broncos fail to cover the spread, but win by two as we all know how the saying goes: "In the end, the house always wins." The pick – Broncos 23, Seahawks 21
Billy Tiscia, Naugatuck: I think Seattle will take an early lead, but after a few times out seeing their defense, Peyton will start to pick them apart. As clutch as Russell Wilson has been, I think Peyton’s experience will win out. I also believe that the halftime show will be atrocious. The pick – Broncos 34, Seahawks 24
Rob Kaminski, Maryland (In his Mike Francesa voice): If Peyton plays like Peyton played against New England, Denvah wins this game no problem, ok? Dats not gonna happen. Youah gotta deal with Richid Sherman- that's not Alfonzo Dennard back dere. Youah think dese guys are gonna have the game dey had against the Legion of Boom? You're outta ya mind. Back afta dis. The pick - Broncos 24, Seahawks 21
Ed Croft, Naugatuck: Seattle wins because Ed Croft says so (Stone Cold Steve Austin voice!). The pick - Seahawks 28, Broncos 20
Jon Versteeg, Torrington: The Seahawks have very quietly and methodically gone about their business all year. I expect the same on Sunday. The pick - Seahawks 21, Broncos 17
TJ Currie, Naugatuck: Peyton Manning will throw for 350 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He will be the MVP. The pick - Broncos 35, Seahawks 24
Travis Ryan, Waterbury: Broncos win a low scoring game. I think Seattle's defensive backs will keep Manning relatively in check, but the inexperience of Wilson in the postseason and in general will stop them from getting the win. The pick - Broncos 24, Seahawks 17
Eugene Pickert, Litchfield: Denver has too many weapons on offense and even though Seattle has some shutdown cornerbacks, they can't cover everyone. Lynch will have a big game, but they will not get enough out of their quarterback position to win the game. The pick - Broncos 31, Seahawks 17