Become a Super Bowl XLVI Expert

Posted: February 3, 2012 in NFL
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Uncle Dave wants to help make you the smartest person at your Super Bowl party.

While all of your friends – particularly THAT guy who thinks he knows everything there is to know about football – are talking about Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, about Tom Brady and Eli Manning, about Jean Pierre-Paul and Vince Wilfork, about Wes Welker and Victor Cruz, about Rob Gronkowski’s injured left ankle and about the Giants’ pass rush, I’m going to give you some info that very well could make you look like a genius. Well, at least like a really in-the-know guy.

Super Bowl history is filled with unlikely heroes and goats. Is there a bigger unlikely hero than Giants wide receiver David Tyree, who made the circus catch in Super Bowl XLII (42 for those of you not up on your Roman numerals) that doomed the Patriots to defeat?

Take notes and remember these names.

Zack DeOssie is a fourth year pro out of Brown who is the Giants’ long snapper. His Patriots’ counterpart is Danny Aiken, a rookie out of Virginia.

Looking for an unlikely wide receiver hero? Remember the names of the Giants’ Ramses Barden, a third-year pro out of Cal Poly/SLO, and rookie Jerrel Jernigan out of Troy. For New England, Tiquan Underwood – yeah the former Jaguar – only caught three balls this season, but the third-year pro out of Rutgers is a burner and could be used to stretch the field. Can’t you see Belichick putting in a special play for his fastest wideout?

The Patriots’ Antwaun Molden out of Eastern Kentucky is a veteran cornerback who’s been buried on the depth chart. Wouldn’t it make a wonderful story for Patriots’ fans if he’s forced into action and picks off a couple of Eli throws?

The Giants’ backup tight end, Bear Pascoe, could be an unlikely hero with a name no one would forget. The Fresno State alum did catch 12 passes during the regular season.

Who returns kicks for the Giants? That’d be Will Blackmon, a Boston College alumnus.

What if Eli goes down with an injury? His backup is veteran David Carr, a former No. 1 overall draft pick out of Fresno State who’s considered one of the biggest draft busts. He didn’t throw a pass this season.

You just never know who will rise to the occasion and fall on his face under the brightest of spotlights in sports. At least you are now armed some info that will impress even Mr. Smarty Pants.

 

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