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NHLers like the 49ers in the Super Bowl — here’s who we like

Feb 1, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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Granted, we’re setting ourselves up for a “TALK HOCKEY NOT STUPID NFL CINDY CRSOBY SUKS!!!!!!!!!!” comment below, but we thought we’d pass along a bunch of Super Bowl picks from NHLers anyway.


Sidney Crosby, PIT SF 20, BAL 14
Brooks Orpik, PIT SF 21, BAL 17
Martin St. Louis, TBL SF 27, BAL 14
Paul Bissonnette, PHX SF 28, BAL 24
Shane Doan, PHX BAL 24, SF 21
Jarret Stoll, LAK SF 20, BAL 14
Mike Richards, LAK BAL 27, SF 24
Drew Doughty, LAK SF 35, BAL 24
Adam Henrique, NJD SF 27, BAL 24
Andy Greene, NJD SF 31, BAL 17
David Clarkson, NJD SF 21, BAL 14
John Tavares, NYI SF 24, BAL 21
Milan Lucic, BOS SF 31, BAL 21
Patrice Bergeron, BOS SF 27, BAL 21
Tyler Seguin, BOS BAL 28, SF 14
Ryan Miller, BUF SF 21, BAL 13
Jason Pominville, BUF SF 28, BAL 20
Wayne Gretzky, retired BAL 17, SF 14

As you can see, there’s plenty of support for the 49ers, who are 3.5-point favorites over the Ravens at most sports books.

For what’s it worth (it’s worth nothing), here’s who Halford and I like:

MH: Baltimore over San Francisco, 21-20. Two things: Resiliency and momentum. I believe Baltimore has the edge in both. Not to say the Niners are without those two things — they’ve won three straight and rallied from 17-0 to beat the Falcons — but the Ravens have shown more. In the last two weeks alone, they connected on a miracle Hail Mary en route to beating the Broncos, then beat Tom Brady and the Pats at Foxboro despite trailing at halftime.

JB: San Francisco over Baltimore, 28-24. I have to admit I’m extremely hesitant to give Colin Kaepernick — a second-year quarterback that didn’t get the starting job until halfway through the season — the nod over Joe Flacco — an experienced veteran who’s been ridiculously good in these playoffs. But I’m more hesitant to bet against a guy who can run and throw like Kaepernick. The only team that’s made the guy look human is the Seahawks, and that was on a rainy Sunday night in Seattle, one of the toughest places in the NFL for visitors.

Related: PFT’s Super Bowl picks

  1. ibieiniid - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    but for real, Cindy Crsoby suks.

  2. bcsteele - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM


  3. rich859 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    It’s a sad day when Seguin, Richards, and Doan are the voices of reason. I think it’ll be a good game, with Baltimore prevailing in the end.

    • bohman88 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Rich, Baltimore has been sh*t on this whole post season despite the fact we stunned the nation back to back weeks. Even IF we win the Super Bowl we won’t receive any respect which is fine. We’ve never been the media’s favortie team whether it’s a Super Bowl run with Joe Flacco or giving the Miami Dolphins their only win in a 1-15 season.

      • scalfor3 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! No one respects us! Ray Lewis is a saint!”

        – every Ravens fan ever

      • rich859 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Then it’s not unthinkable that the Ravens can stun the nation one more time. I wouldn’t trust a rookie quarterback, but he’s done good so far for the Niners. Like I said, I think it’s going to be a good game but I see Baltimore coming out ahead with a strong defense.

  4. martysbetter - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Oh man, I can’t wait for the Super Bo- ZzzzzZzzzZzz….

  5. aklolzer - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Crosby sucks D!!!

  6. davebabychreturns - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I’m going to go with The Wire over Full House.

    • ibieiniid - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      • ibieiniid - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        that’s what Ray Lewis said in that murder case.

  7. Stiller43 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    One bronco safety doesnt go full retard *tropic thunder style, not the offensive way* for one play, and the ravens would have stopped playing 4 weeks ago.

    Niners 30-17

    • bohman88 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Lee Evans doesn’t drop a pass last year and it’s the second straight year the Ravens are in the Super Bowl…

  8. einjzmolf - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Should’ve been posted in PFT.

  9. nygdriveforfive - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Never bet against Gretz.

  10. rich859 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    But the real question that’s on everyone’s mind… Who do NHLers think is going to win the Puppy Bowl?

  11. Stiller43 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM


    Kaepernick is in his 2nd year, but first year starting

    • rich859 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM


  12. govtminion - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Is it weird that I could care less about the Super Bowl, and have my snacks and beer set aside for Bruins/Canadiens on Wednesday instead? Does that make a bad ‘Murican?

    • aklolzer - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      So you could care less or couldn’t care less? Because if you could care less, you in fact, actually do care. More so than couldnt care less or not caring at all.

  13. Nofoolnodrool - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    bohman88 | Feb 1, 2013, 4:46 PM EST
    Lee Evans doesn’t drop a pass last year and it’s the second straight year the Ravens are in the Super Bowl…

    Yup if Custer had more bullets he would have won…what a moron? Ifs are for whining raven fan boys

  14. purpleprideinps - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    At least Little Ray Ray can’t kill anyone if he’s playing in the game! Plus the lord is on his side! God wants Ray Ray to win and to get away with murder! I want to pray to his god. His is the best.

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