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Who will take Super Bowl XLVII? Our experts weigh in....

POSTED February 04, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

NEW ORLEANS: It’s finally time for the talk to end and the game to begin.
Super Bowl XLVII is less than a day away and there is only thing left to do. 
Buys tons of Frito Lay products, a cold beverage(s) of you choice, pounds of wings and pizza or whatever and get ready.
First though, take in what our local experts think about who will come out on top as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens.
Michael Colangelo-Broadcast Production and Operations Guru, EPSN Wide World of Sports.
San Fran 23-17. It will come down to defense or lack of...Quarterback and receivers are equally matched...Baltimore has edge at RB but their play calling is so predictable it could have came out of "run middle on first down for dummies"...I would LIKE Baltimore to win because I think (Joe) Flaco is underrated...but the defense is banged up and old.
Michael Louis Ciesco-Torrington Red Raider Legend. 
I was not a fan of benching Alex Smith but after watching Kaepernick in the playoffs I’m a believer. He can run it. But he can throw it, too. The Ravens have a great defense but on that fast track in the Superdome, the 49ers will have their way with the Ravens on the ground and through the air. Two great teams and I believe it's going to be one of the physical Super Bowls ever. Buckle up the 49ers get it done and Jim Harbaugh beats his brother, John.
49ers -31 Ravens - 24. Go LCS!!
John Strawson-Torrington Red Raider Legend.
San Francisco will win by 4 ...28-24
Sander Stotland-Former Torrington Titans GM
I would like Ravens to win, but my head telling me forty niners..
I think Kaepernick will be able to get past Ravens pass defense
Ravens emotional ride will crash
Score 31-17, San Francisco
Michael Fritch Jr-Torrington Boys Soccer coach.
San Fran. 28-24. Too much Kaepernick and the pistol formation
Lance Pepper-Wolcott Tech Wildcats Legend.
49ers 24-17. Reason: the Ravens wont be able to stop Kaepernick
Bryan Olmeda-Gaffney Family
I would like they 49ers to win but I think the Ravens defense will make it a very close. Ill say 24-21 49ers in OT. I just hope the next time we see Ray Lewis cry is due to losing the game. 
Scott Serrano-ESPN.com
I'd go with: 49ers 28, Ravens 19  
Niners, Kaepernick whip Ravens, sends Lewis out a loser
Jillian Gaffney-Daughter 
I think the 49ers will take it. Their quarterback is better and their team overall is more consistent. I think the 49ers will win by at least 10.
Jerry Risco-Gaffney Washingtonville High School Classmate, 1976.
49ers. 21-10. Defensive battle and I just can't put up with Ray Lewis winning.
Brian Campbell-ESPN Boxing. Honorary LCS Member
Prediction: 49ers 24, Ravens 20. San Fran has too much balance and talent at every position.
Ryan Bingham-City of Torrington, CT Mayor
I’m going with the team coached by Harbaugh 
I'm going to go with the Niners, they've got the skills on all sides. Tremendous D and great offense. 30-21
Marc Dillon-Former Scribe with RC
San Francisco 24, Baltimore 16. The 49ers are the most physical team in the NFL, and will be able to control the clock with their running game. Little brother Jim finally gets his revenge.
Francesco Graziano JR.-CPTV, Worlds #1 San Fran Fan 
23-20. Akers hits the game winner for the Niners
Brittany Houle-2012 Trainer for Torrington Titans 
I think the 49ers will win the Super Bowl with a score of 28 to 20 because the 49ers, every playoff game has performed better than the one prior and I feel this game will be the same.
Ali Bronson-Torrington Red Raider Legend, ESPN Radio Producer
I'll go with SF to win 21-17. 
I think the emotional run for the Ravens has been fun but it won't last. Ray Lewis has had great post season numbers but they are misleading and I don't think he can catch Colin Kaepernick. I like the kid he's the perfect blend of a running QB who has a cannon for an arm.
Michael Fritch-Torrington Girls Basketball coach
Ravens----28-20
Lewis last game wants to go out with a bang.
Joe Flacco needs to prove everyone wrong about his ability to win the big one
Joe Paladino-Waterbury Republican Legend 
Eagles, 24-21 - Nagurski wins the big one in last hurrah. 
(Editors Note: Got to have at least one of these every year to keep it real, thanks Joe)
Becky Tiscia-Graphic Design Artist, LCS  
Ravens win, 24-21. Only because John Harbaugh has a higher IQ than Jim Harbaugh!
Mario Longobucco-Torrington Girls Soccer Coach
Baltimore 27 -17. Veteran defense versus a young quarterback will not work in the 49er's favor. It's Joe Flacco's time to take the next step and become a Super Bowl Championship QB.
Chris Lovallo-Legend at Carbone’s Market 
My unprofessional opinion!
Baltimore 27, San Francisco 24. 
Baltimore is on a major roll right now, and as good as Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers are playing, I have a hard time picking against the Ravens. Joe Flacco has come of age, I believe.
Marshall Miles-Legend on the Mic! 
Ravens 30, 49'ers 27 Ray Lewis, like Strahan retires with a Super Bowl win...
Eric Anthony Renzullo-Fellow Long suffering Mets Fan
Ravens: 27, 49ers: 24
Dan Lovallo-CT Talking on WAPJ
Ravens will win…Better defense. 24-14
Joe Perusse-Torrington Sports, LCS Supporter
I'm going with the Ravens 31-17. Defense wins championships, and while both have great D's, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed versus a young QB will give them the edge.
Sid Starks-Financial Advisor 
Ravens. 24-21. Pure emotion. 49ers have more talent but less experience
Scott Langenheim-Torrington Football Club Lettermans Club
I pick the Ravens. I think the Ravens up front defensively can slow down San Fran. 
I also think Caldwell is in a groove calling offensive plays and Flacco is hot. 
Score: Ravens 17, San Fran 14
Barrie Soucy-WAPJ Station manager
24 - 21, Baltimore, because of a field goal missed by the San Fran kicker.
Well, there you have it.
27 opinions with 14 going for San Fran, 12 for the Ravens and one for a team with a guy who died 13 years ago.
Enjoy the game all……Don’t forget the chips and I’ll bet you the Budweiser Commercial is the best.

NEW ORLEANS: It’s finally time for the talk to end and the game to begin.

Super Bowl XLVII is less than a day away and there is only thing left to do. 

Buys tons of Frito Lay products, a cold beverage(s) of you choice, pounds of wings and pizza or whatever and get ready.

First though, take in what our local experts think about who will come out on top as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens.


Michael Colangelo-Broadcast Production and Operations Guru, EPSN Wide World of Sports.

San Fran 23-17. It will come down to defense or lack of...Quarterback and receivers are equally matched...Baltimore has edge at RB but their play calling is so predictable it could have came out of "run middle on first down for dummies"...I would LIKE Baltimore to win because I think (Joe) Flaco is underrated...but the defense is banged up and old.


Michael Louis Ciesco-Torrington Red Raider Legend. 

I was not a fan of benching Alex Smith but after watching Kaepernick in the playoffs I’m a believer. He can run it. But he can throw it, too. The Ravens have a great defense but on that fast track in the Superdome, the 49ers will have their way with the Ravens on the ground and through the air. Two great teams and I believe it's going to be one of the physical Super Bowls ever. Buckle up the 49ers get it done and Jim Harbaugh beats his brother, John.

49ers -31 Ravens - 24. Go LCS!!


John Strawson-Torrington Red Raider Legend.

San Francisco will win by 4 ...28-24


Sander Stotland-Former Torrington Titans GM

I would like Ravens to win, but my head telling me forty niners..

I think Kaepernick will be able to get past Ravens pass defense

Ravens emotional ride will crash

Score 31-17, San Francisco


Michael Fritch Jr-Torrington Boys Soccer coach.

San Fran. 28-24. Too much Kaepernick and the pistol formation


Lance Pepper-Wolcott Tech Wildcats Legend.

49ers 24-17. Reason: the Ravens wont be able to stop Kaepernick



Bryan Olmeda-Gaffney Family

I would like they 49ers to win but I think the Ravens defense will make it a very close. Ill say 24-21 49ers in OT. I just hope the next time we see Ray Lewis cry is due to losing the game. 


Scott Serrano-ESPN.com

I'd go with: 49ers 28, Ravens 19  

Niners, Kaepernick whip Ravens, sends Lewis out a loser


Jillian Gaffney-Daughter 

I think the 49ers will take it. Their quarterback is better and their team overall is more consistent. I think the 49ers will win by at least 10.


Jerry Risco-Gaffney Washingtonville High School Classmate, 1976.

49ers. 21-10. Defensive battle and I just can't put up with Ray Lewis winning.


Brian Campbell-ESPN Boxing. Honorary LCS Member

Prediction: 49ers 24, Ravens 20. San Fran has too much balance and talent at every position.


Ryan Bingham-City of Torrington, CT Mayor

I’m going with the team coached by Harbaugh 

I'm going to go with the Niners, they've got the skills on all sides. Tremendous D and great offense. 30-21


Marc Dillon-Former Scribe with RC

San Francisco 24, Baltimore 16. The 49ers are the most physical team in the NFL, and will be able to control the clock with their running game. Little brother Jim finally gets his revenge.


Francesco Graziano JR.-CPTV, Worlds #1 San Fran Fan 

23-20. Akers hits the game winner for the Niners


Brittany Houle-2012 Trainer for Torrington Titans 

I think the 49ers will win the Super Bowl with a score of 28 to 20 because the 49ers, every playoff game has performed better than the one prior and I feel this game will be the same.


Ali Bronson-Torrington Red Raider Legend, ESPN Radio Producer

I'll go with SF to win 21-17. 

I think the emotional run for the Ravens has been fun but it won't last. Ray Lewis has had great post season numbers but they are misleading and I don't think he can catch Colin Kaepernick. I like the kid he's the perfect blend of a running QB who has a cannon for an arm.


Michael Fritch-Torrington Girls Basketball coach

Ravens----28-20

Lewis last game wants to go out with a bang.

Joe Flacco needs to prove everyone wrong about his ability to win the big one


Joe Paladino-Waterbury Republican Legend 

Eagles, 24-21 - Nagurski wins the big one in last hurrah. 

(Editors Note: Got to have at least one of these every year to keep it real, thanks Joe)



Becky Tiscia-Graphic Design Artist, LCS  

Ravens win, 24-21. Only because John Harbaugh has a higher IQ than Jim Harbaugh!


Mario Longobucco-Torrington Girls Soccer Coach

Baltimore 27 -17. Veteran defense versus a young quarterback will not work in the 49er's favor. It's Joe Flacco's time to take the next step and become a Super Bowl Championship QB.


Chris Lovallo-Legend at Carbone’s Market 

My unprofessional opinion!

Baltimore 27, San Francisco 24. 

Baltimore is on a major roll right now, and as good as Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers are playing, I have a hard time picking against the Ravens. Joe Flacco has come of age, I believe.


Marshall Miles-Falls Village Legend on the Mic! 

Ravens 30, 49'ers 27 Ray Lewis, like Strahan retires with a Super Bowl win...


Eric Anthony Renzullo-Fellow Long suffering Mets Fan

Ravens: 27, 49ers: 24


Dan Lovallo-CT Talking on WAPJ

Ravens will win…Better defense. 24-14


Joe Perusse-Torrington Sports, LCS Supporter

I'm going with the Ravens 31-17. Defense wins championships, and while both have great D's, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed versus a young QB will give them the edge.


Sid Starks-Financial Advisor 

Ravens. 24-21. Pure emotion. 49ers have more talent but less experience


Scott Langenheim-Torrington Football Club Lettermans Club

I pick the Ravens. I think the Ravens up front defensively can slow down San Fran. 

I also think Caldwell is in a groove calling offensive plays and Flacco is hot. 

Score: Ravens 17, San Fran 14


Barrie Soucy-WAPJ Station manager

24 - 21, Baltimore, because of a field goal missed by the San Fran kicker.


Well, there you have it.

27 opinions with 14 going for San Fran, 12 for the Ravens and one for a team with a guy who died 13 years ago.

Enjoy the game all……Don’t forget the chips and I’ll bet you the Budweiser Commercial is the best.



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