Guys, I don't get a lot of predictions right on here so when I do I'm going to make sure you're well aware of it. Here's what I said in Wednesday's Three Count about Iowa State after their 13-point loss to West Virginia at home:
"And if on cue, last night's loss let the "Bubble Talk" take center stage and really gain momentum for Iowa State. Let me put some Cyclones fans at ease here......they will be in."
"The Cyclones could really help their case by finding a signature win somewhere on their schedule still this year. I thought last night was there best opportunity, which makes the loss a little tougher to swallow. Saturday is actually another opportunity to do so when they travel to Kansas. I actually like having that game after two consecutive losses, could make the Cyclones a little desperate."
Here's what I said about the Cyclones in Friday's Three Count going into their game at Kansas:
"Big game for the Cyclones tomorrow as they travel to Lawrence. When riding a 2-game losing streak Phog Allen isn't exactly the ideal place to try and snap that streak but I actually like the Cyclones tomorrow. I know they aren't the most talented team they've had in recent years and all their parts don't necessarily fit together too well but I love this team's grit. There's a lot to be said about having Senior leaders and guys that won't let you quit. This is a tough game for Iowa State but I'm predicting the upset. This Iowa State team has had a history of zigging when you think they should be zagging, and vice versa.....for good or for bad.
So in an obvious losing game, I think they win. And this isn't just a #HotTake that I needed to use to fill a spot in the Three Count. I'll put $10 down against the first person that wants to take Kansas. Just tweet at me (@808thoughts) that you want to take the Jayhawks for $10. First person to tweet gets the bet."
Final Score: Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT)
I keep going back to what Mark Few said about the Cyclones after their loss to Gonzaga over Thanksgiving. Iowa State is a gritty team lead by 4 seniors who have been through a lot. They are never going to be out of a game because those seniors won't let the team let up. They may not be the most talented team and their pieces may not fit well together but they are going to fight for 40 minutes.
One of the best parts of the Super Bowl game, especially if you're team is not playing in it, is betting on the prop bets. Here are my picks on various prop bets during the Super Bowl this year:
National Anthem 2:09 - UNDER
Coin Flip - TAILS
First offensive play - PASS
1st Penalty - PATRIOTS
First Score - FALCONS
First Touchdown - DEVONTE FREEMAN
Lady Gaga's hair color - BLONDE
Longest Field Goal 47.5 yards - UNDER
Matt Ryan Passing Yards 315.5 - UNDER
Times Giesele shown on TV 1.5 - UNDER
Gatorade color - RED
I know I just posted last week's Sixer questions from the FlyOver Sports podcast in yesterday's Three Count but I listened to this week's episode yesterday and wrote the questions down right away this week. So here we go, back to back Sixers!
1. Is it OK to wear any team’s jersey to a Super Bowl party?
- Depends on what type of Super Bowl party you are attending. If you are going to a Super Bowl party to hang out with friends and watch the football game that's being played then Yes, wear a jersey. It adds to the football atmosphere. If you are going to a (INSERT ONE OF THE TEAMS PLAYING HERE) Super Bowl party where the host is inviting people over to watch that specific team then No. Can't go to a team specific watch party with another team's gear on.
2. Rank in order of who you’d most want to watch the Super Bowl with: Bret Favre, John Gruden, Donald Trump, Brent Musburger.
- John Gruden, Bret Favre, Brent Musburger, Donald Trump
- Gruden and Favre would both add great insight into the game but Gruden would probably add more zingers and humor so I ranked him higher. The fear with Gruden would that he'd be too much for 4 quarters, but it's a Super Bowl party so you should be able to get up and move to a new spot in the room fairly easily if that's the case. Musburger just seems like a cool guy to have a beer and watch sports with. I'd fear with Donald Trump that he'd talk about other stuff instead of the Super Bowl all game. He'd be telling you all about himself and how great he is. If you could just ask President Trump about his political journey and first couple days in the White House though and knew that's all he'd talk about then I think you put him at #1. I just don't trust that happening and think he'd talk over the entire game.
3. Instead of the Puppy Bowl, which animals would you like to see face each other in a bowl game before the Super Bowl?
- No idea here. Maybe I'd just go cats vs. dogs to settle that rivalry once and for all. I know that's not very exciting but oh well.
4. Instead of Lady Gaga, what would be your most entertaining Halftime Act you'd schedule for the Super Bowl this year?
- Red Panda. She's been the GOAT of Halftime Acts for years and I'd love to see her on the biggest stage of them all. Plus she's getting close to her retirement you'd imagine so this would be the ultimate sendoff. She'd probably just cycle off the field and into retirement.
5. If you had to, how long could you go without finding out who won the Super Bowl?
- Like most people I'd probably say only until Monday morning. Making it through the night would be easy but getting through work would be really tough since the Super Bowl is such a social event. As a teacher I'd be surprised if my high school students didn't talk about that game in one of my first four periods before lunch.
6. The best championship trophy in spots is...
- The Stanley Cup. It's historic and you can take it with your places. Each player gets it for a day, I'm not sure any other trophy in sports is like that.