The Lombardi Trophy goes to…
Sometimes the game is about more than Xs and Os. It is about something bigger than the game and the trophy. The champion is victorious because of something that you could not anticipate. The “it factor.” That is what Super Bowl XLVII will come down to.
I gave you the details on San Francisco 49ers’ new offense, defense and their team’s strengths. I shared the players who are the biggest contributors to the Baltimore Ravens’ offense and defense. I also reviewed the special teams for the 49ers and the Ravens. While, all of this is important and will make a very exciting game, the team with the “it factor” is taking the Lombardi home tonight. I am calling it the “Lewis factor.”
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and his younger brother 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh both grew up around Michigan Football. Their father, Jack Harbaugh, coached under the late, legendary college football coach, Bo Schembechler. As a result, both Harbaughs share many of Bo’s philosophies and mantras. One is, “The team, the team, the team.” Ray Lewis retiring after being the franchise’s very first pick (ever) makes this resonate a little more for the Ravens’ locker room. He has been with this franchise since its inception. During his entire 16-year career, he has played with intensity and concern for all of his teammates. His teammates want it for him.
San Francisco is good and they have a great coach who is a fierce competitor. He played the game at this level and earned the nickname “Captain Comeback.” This will not be easy for Ray and his comrades. I believe that it will be close, but the Ravens will win by a field goal and be Super Bowl XLVII’s champion.
Get in the game!