Before I get around to telling you what team will win the Super Bowl this year--and I've been right about it every year since I started making these predictions--I thought I would tell you that if you ever see a guy named Anibal pitch in a minor league game in a town called Zebulon for a team with a mudcat (that's a fish) as a mascot, don't laugh at his name or say something like he could never make it on a major league team with a name like Anibal. Well, Anibal threw a no-hitter last night, the first since another guy I've laughed at a lot over the years (not because of his name but because, well, he's damn funny looking) threw a perfect game against my beloved Bravos back in aught four. It was the first no-hitter by a rookie since Bud Smith tossed one against the Padres back in 2001. Yours truly was in attendance for Smith's no-no, but I wasn't laughing at his name. Bud.
So, here's my prediction for this year's Super Bowl champion. It will be a team from a city south of the Canadian line.
And college football will always be better than the NFL.
And, of course, baseball beats them both, even when your team is out of the race.