ISD Sports Editorial Board picks Super Bowl XLVI winner

Editorial Board

Amid the myriad complaints about a rematch of the Super Bowl matchup four years prior, the buzz in Indianapolis remains the same in headlines — Tom Brady’s poise, Eli Manning’s health, Bill Belichick’s stone-cold stoicism.

We’ll admit that a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, which pits the New York Giants and New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, was not desired by any of us, including those of us who were rooting for a “HarBowl” rematch that would have pitted John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens against his brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers.

But it’s what we have for the first-ever Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

The Giants, who ruined the Patriots’ fairy-tale undefeated season in 2007 with a 17-14 upset victory in Super Bowl XLII, are just the third 9-7 team to reach the Super Bowl since the Los Angeles Rams first did so in 1979 and the Arizona Cardinals followed suit in 2008.

Manning has an opportunity to outshine older brother Peyton by one-upping him in the number of Super Bowl rings on his hand. Had Peyton been able to win Super Bowl XLIV, things might not be as intriguing in the sibling rivalry.

However, Brady remains the NFL’s golden boy since he rose from the bench to lead the Patriots to a win against the heavily favored St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Even if Brady doesn’t win a fourth ring 10 years after winning his first, he would still have the combined number of Eli and Peyton’s Super Bowl titles, which still says something about his legacy whether you love him or hate him.

Remember, John Elway lost three Super Bowls before he won two and he’s still regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. A loss here would not diminish Brady’s legacy by any means.

In a 3-1 vote, the ISD Sports Editorial Board is picking the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI.

Bash and boo Belichick’s team all you want, they’re proven winners and one behemoth upset four years ago isn’t a defining indicator to prove otherwise.

But it’s Manning vs. Brady. Again.

It’s not the matchup we all would have wanted, but we’ll take it.