You can’t spell elite without Eli, Giants beat Pats 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI
The Final Cuatro minutes of the Super Bowl was pretty much a synopsis of the 2011 regular season. For the seventh time this year, Eli Manning led the Giants on a fourth quarter drive to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Last night, it was 88 yards in 9 plays taking up 2:49 as Ahmad Bradshaw found paydirt with just 57 seconds left in the game. The defense did the rest as the G-Men are World Champions for the second time in four years.
Manning was 30-40 for 296 yards a touchdown and no picks in picking up his second Super Bowl MVP. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 72 yards on 17 carries and a score. Brandon Jacobs chipped in with 37 yards on 9 carries as the Giants rushed the ball for better than four yards per carry as the G-Men dominated time-of-possession 37 minutes to just 23 for the Pats. Eight different Giant receivers caught passes led by Hakeen Nicks 10 catches for 109 yards but in the end it was an incredible 38-yard sideline completion from Manning to Mario Manningham that sealed the deal for Big Blue.
Tom Brady completed 27-41 for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. Brady made two horrific decisions, one on the first play of the game when he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone when he threw the ball down the middle to midfield while still inside the tackle box and no wide receiver in the area. The second was a back-foot underthrown jumpball to Gronkowski while under pressure that was intercepted by linebacker Chase Blackburn.
In the end, the Giants made more plays and won.
It will be a couple of day before we know how Las Vegas and the Offshores made out. There appeared to be good two way action on the game with the majority of the tickets written on the Giants and the bigger bets going on the Pats. Betting in Las vegas was brisk and could surpass the record $93 million bet on the Steeler/Seahawk matchup. Eli Manning closed around +210 to win the MVP, the highest book liablity on the Giants was at 25-1.
So now it’s going to be all hoops all the time as we head towards March Mania and the NBA playoffs. If you are not betting on hockey, take a look and see if you like what you see. Year in and year out the NHL is generally a cash cow but that’s if you play and if you do you work. Free plays went a perfect 3-0 on Sunday with the Super Bowl prop recommendatins going 3-1. Overall, a nice Super Bowl Sunday. Lets see if week can get the week off to a fast start with today’s freebie four-pack.
(CBB) Missouri -5.5 over Oklahoma
You always have to wonder if Missouri will be flat on the quick turnaround of Saturday’s Border War win over Kansas. Don’t see that being too likely here as the Tigers can feel supremely confident playing a team they throttled 87-49 in the first meeting shooting 59% from the field and 12-21 from behind the arc. Lon Kruger has his work cut out for him with the Sooners as the cubbard was essentially bare. OU has lost four of five and only one good home win, thta over Kansas State. Upset alert ??? We don’t think so. Lay it.
(CBB) Wofford +11 over Davidson
Wofford saw it’s six-game win streak snapped on Saturday. The teams met back on Decembers 1st in the conference opener for both schools, Davidson coming away with a 72-69 road win, the Wildcats winning the war at the free-throw line 19-7. Davidson has won and covered all their conference home games but this is simply too many points to give to a fiesty Terrier outfit that is 22-10 L32 as a dog and 5-1 this year in these quick 48hr turnarounds. Wofford has more than held its own in the series of late going 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS. Grab the points.
(CBB) Montana -13.5 over Idaho State
The Montana Grizzlies are playing real well right now and are killers on their home court of Dahlberg Arena. They’re 4-0 as a Big Sky home fave and absolutely crushed the Bengals 68-44 at Pocatello. Idaho State has won and covered four straight but in their road games against conference heavies (Weber, Portland State), ISU was 12 and 14 point losers. This is a pretty big number but Montana is pretty staunch on the defensive end and Idaho State is 0-5 ATS this year against teams allowing less than 64 ppg. Lay it.
(NBA) Philadelphia -4 over the Lakers
Both teams are playing their 3rd game in four nights so no real advantage either way on with legs. That said, the Lakers and Clippers are on their longest road trips of the year as the Staples Center is occupied. This is the Lakers third of six straight roadies and LA’s road wells are well documented. The Lakers are 3-6 as a dog and 3-8 SU and ATS on the road. Philly has been an ATM machine. The 76ers are 11-4 ATS at home and 14-4 as a favorite so they take care of business. Philadelphia is young and athletic and a matchup nightmare for the Kobies and they have enough paint play to handle Bynum and Gasol. Philadelphia by 10.