The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking while always recommending nothing but NOLA-style for Super Sunday regardless of proximity to the Bourbon Street beat.
So, here in Houston, that would mean Maw Maw's Grillades & Grits at BB's Cafe, fried oyster po-boys at Ragin Cajun, Oysters Kyle at Danton's Seafood Kitchen, anything and everything at Brennan's, Sazerac and Vieux Carre ccktails at Anvil and Abita Amber as cold as the winter of Valley Forge.
The grand finale of the Pugnacious Picks, Class 2012. A perfecto postseason pulsating into Super XLVII. A perfect 4-0 the Wild Card Weekend and 2-0 Conference Championship Sunday sandwiched around a perfectly putrid 0-4 Divisional Weekend.
That said, on to the picks.
RAVENS (+4.5) vs. 49ERS.
Harbaugh, The Younger has the better team than Harbaugh, The Elder. That would be the West Coast Harbaugh. Although neither brother has lost a game following an off week including the playoffs. John is 6-0, Jim is 3-0-1. The Ravens rachet the more demonstrative personalities but both sides tee it up uber confident. If Kid Quarterback Kaepernick performs in his 10th career start to the standard of his first two playoff starts, the 49ers win and likely win large. That would keep in pace with the franchise's previous championship slingers. Montana and Young 5-0 in the Super showdowns.
The Bay Area Harbaugh enjoys better overall talent. Younger and faster than the Ravens. Better in both trenches and better at the backer, Ray's last ride or not.
But the Bahlmer Harbaugh has a physical bunch and that's the match-up that counters much of San Francisco's strength. Can't help believing the Ravens stand strong particularly in the third period where the Niners typically blow-up. Believing the Bahlmer Bunch keeps it close to the end, an unexpected low-scoring hard knocks special.
UNDER 47 TOTAL POINTS.
That means also taking the under even though the Niners are the 6-0 in the over in their last six games. San Francisco owns the NFL's No. 3 total defense and No. 2 scoring defense and No. 2 rushing defense and the No. 4 passing defense in the regular season. Kaepernick has started both playoff starts slowly - a pick-for-six against the Packers and an 0-17 hole in Atlanta. Unless he exploits Ray Lewis and Bernard Pollard over the top in the passing game (a distinct possibility), points on both side may come at a premium. The Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last four playoff games and Super Sunday completes the trend.
Nothing like a sporting activity where more than 100M is bet and closer to 150M is wagered. On the pregame coin toss. Seriously. (So you know, until last year, the NFC had won 14 straight flips, heads or tails. So you know). Nothing like two tons of propositional bets to keep the evening interesting even if the game is not.
OVER/UNDER 2 MINUTES 15 SECONDS FOR ALICIA KEYS TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM.
Let's see, Kelly Clarkson timed in at 1:35 last year. Carrie Underwood 1:47, Jordin Sparks 1:54, Jennifer Hudson 2:10 (an "American Idol" thing working here). Beyonce 2:01 in Houston in 2004. The Dixie Chick 1:33 (The Dixie Chicks? Really? The Dixie Chicks? Yes, The Dixie Chicks, in 2003). UNDER.
OVER/UNDER 20.5 THE NUMBER OF TIMES "HARBAUGH" IS SAID DURING THE GAME.
The CBS throas likely clear that number by that half. Easy. OVER.
THE GATORADE COLOR DUMPED ON THE GAME-WINNING HEAD HONCHO.
Can choose from Clear at 7/4, Orange 5/2, Yellow 5/2, Green 13/2, Red 13/2 and Blue 13/2. Going old school. YELLOW.
And if you're searching for potential MVP to ride - stay away from the runners. The last was Bronco Terrell Davis in 1998. Since then quarterbacks (9), wide receivers (3) and two defenders.
Pass the grillades and grits. And another Sazerac. Enjoy America's self-made national holiday.