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What do Utahns think will happen?

By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate sports reporter

On Sunday at 4:25 p.m. many people will be tuning into Channel 2 to watch Super Bowl XLIV. This year the match-up will be between the Baltimore Colts, with quarterback Payton Manning at the helm and the New Orleans Saints, with Drew Brees running the show. It is the Saints first ever trip to the big event.

Sports experts are saying that this should be a great game because it matches up two of the best offenses in the league this season.

Both teams rely on the passing game to get it done. Brees connected for 34 touchdown passes this season and Manning had 33. Neither team has much of a running game and neither is really known as a defensive threat.

Really the true contest is if the game will win over the commercials this season. For the first time in a long time, last year's game was better than the commercials. With a down economy and less advertising dollars out there, it might just be that way again.

A sampling of comments from local sports people and the community have the Saints the sentimental favorite in the game. Here is what they said.

Jeff Blanc, the new Carbon High football coach: "The Colts defense will struggle containing Drew Brees and the Saints high powered offense. Without Dwight Freeney either playing or at 100 percent they don't have a chance."

Jeff Cisneros Carbon High soph/fresh football coach: "I would like to see the Saints win. I'm not a regular season fan of either team but the Saints have never won a Super Bowl and I think it would mean so much to their city and community. I think they have the better overall team and I would like to see them win. Final Score: Saints 27- Colts 24."

Kelly Wilkinson, Price: "Is Superbowl this weekend? ::::flee!!!::::"

Nettie Lewis, Escalante: "I'm not much of a football fan. Even though they're not playing, old loyalties die hard .....GO Raiders!"

Vikki Barnett, Helper: "I hope its a good game, otherwise I could care less."

Rochelle Badback, Price: "New Orleans Saints to win because I think Reggie Bush is hot, hot, hot!"

Former Sun Advocate reporter Les Bowen picked the Colts and said: "Jason would know why." (Jason Bailey, Price, is the IT manager at the Sun Advocate.)

Jason's opinion contrasted that of Bowen's. "I like both teams, but I'm cheering for the Saints, since they've never won the Super Bowl before. But I really have no idea which team I think will win," he said.

Michael Theisen, Colorado Springs: "Who's playing?" (Okay, so he isn't a Utahn.)

Erica Kardalis, Helper: "I usually record the game every year, then watch it, fast forwarding and stopping for the commercials. Lately the commercials haven't been very good so I quit all together."

Kris Kiahtipis, Price: "New Orleans. I think they are the underdogs and because of Hurricane Katrina even though it has nothing to do with football. But I can't wait for the commercials."

Jeff Jorgensen Carbon High athletic director: "Colts 34-Saints 20"

Boni Seals, Price: "I am predicting the Saints. Mostly because I used to live in Cincinnati and the Colts were our rivals. So, go Saints!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Former Price resident Lisa Hubbard: "I can't even remember who is in it. Though my husband knows and probably has an opinion."

Frank Ori, Price, gave the most detailed opinion: "Super Bowl XLIV in my estimation will be a very competitive game. It will be a very close game, but in the end I believe that the Indianapolis Colts will have too much offensive fire power for the New Orleans Saints defense to deal with. Peyton Manning is the best quarter back of his generation, maybe of all time. He does such a good job of reading an oppositions defense and putting the ball in the hands of tight end Dallas Clark, and wide receiver Austin Collie not to mention the running game of Joseph Adai. It will be a difficult task for the Saints defense to stop Manning and his mighty men. The Saints have great players in quarterback Drew Brees and runningback Reggie Bush, but they do not have the arsenal of weapons that is needed to compete with Manning. The final score will be Colts 27 Saints 17."

So to wrap it up, it should be a good game. If not let's cheer for at least one really good commercial to talk about at work on Monday.




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