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"Please pick somebody else," Garrard had told me on my visit to the Jags' camp. "Aren't you wrong every year?"
That never stops me. Patriots 30, Cowboys 16.
Which means, of course, that if you live in Jacksonville or Cleveland or San Diego or Philadelphia or anywhere but the six New England states, you should be very happy. Your team has a great chance to go all the way.
The Perfect Game Day
After 24 seasons on the NFL road, this is how I would game-plan my dream Sunday
5:30 a.m. Wake up at the Le Méridien (né Park Hyatt) in San Francisco in time to watch Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski jawing on NFL Matchup. Take a leisurely walk to the Peet's on Mission and get a latte or the Major Dickason's Blend, a very strong cup of dark coffee.
4:15 p.m. Watch the Colts and Patriots go at it at Gillette Stadium, with the weather stirring things up, because that's the best matchup the NFL has to offer. Whenever Manning and Brady play, there's a chance for history.
10 a.m. Stroll through the parking lot at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. One time a tailgater recognized me and hollered, "Peter, have a sausage!" So I did. "Have some cheese!" So I had a huge chunk of cheddar. "Have an Old Style!" Well, I said, "can I see you later?"
7:15 p.m. Visit the Panthers' locker room to get postgame comments: Muhsin Muhammad for perspective, Ryan Kalil for a pithy quote, Jordan Gross for a breakdown of line play, Jake Delhomme for insight.
11:45 a.m. Find my seat in the press box at Reliant Stadium in Houston—an extrawide armchair with room on either side to spread all my crapola. Put me between Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com and Paul Zimmerman of SI, and I'll learn three or four things from them I didn't know.