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Who wins Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale on Sunday?

I hear arguments from fan writers on both sides, carefully weigh the merits of their cases, and then act as judge, jury & executioner in the inaugural edition of PURPLE FTW! JUSTICE.

Representing Seattle is Dayna O’Gorman (@DaynaOG), host of the NFL Female podcast and rabid Seahawks fan. She was a member of the “12s” back when they were terrible, so you know that she’s legit.

General counsel for New England Patriots is Tom Murphy (@TMurph207), operator of sportsinfusion.net and all-around Boston sports aficionado. He survived Tony Eason. That is all.

The judge cloak is on, the wig is straight, and the gavel is ready so let’s do this damn thing!

Full episode after the jump.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, friend and former teammate of Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, may have accidentally broke some inside news.

According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Brady was talking about his former backup quarterbacks, Cassel and current Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, in general when he said the following:

“I’m friends with both those guys,” Brady said. “Matt Cassel, who may be starting this weekend. Brian, I text back and forth.”

It was discovered Wednesday that Vikings starter Christian Ponder has injured ribs from  last week’s loss and was limited in practice. Cassel got more repetitions in practice while Ponder rested.

“If I can’t fulfill my duties, then Matt’s going to step in and play,” Ponder said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

Head coach Leslie Frazier wouldn’t comment much on the subject, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com:

“We want to see how Christian does today,” Frazier said. The coach said he hasn’t necessarily started game-planning for backup Matt Cassel, but wouldn’t really have to alter the game plan if Cassel is the starter.

Meanwhile, Cassel says Ponder looked just fine.

“He looked like Christian,” Cassel said. “He looked great, and he was throwing the ball fine.”

Yeah.

There is some fishy business here. Remember last year’s Wild Card game? Ponder’s injury was revealed early in the week leading up to the game, but the team was coy about the injury and was vague leading up to the game. The team had both comments of optimism and vagueness on different occasions in their comments to the press. They did not reveal that Ponder would not play until minutes before the game. But looking back, there was no way he was going to play in that game, based on the severity of the bruise on his throwing arm.

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Seldom do I touch on subjects regarding teams other than the Vikings, after all this site is about the Vikings, but when I do I tend to make it quick.

So, in making my Super Bowl prediction I will indeed be quick:

Madonna will be terrible.

Wait, that wasn’t what you all wanted to hear.  Here is my prediction regarding the actual football game:

Much like a few years back Tom Brady’s focus will be, at times, shaken by the Giants pass rush.  This time around, however, Brady will be more prepared to deal with the rush and New York’s secondary will be less prepared to deal with Brady’s unique weapons.  Gronkowski is fun to watch, but his injury has to make Hernandez the true threat on Sunday.

Eli Manning will have to play this one safe, as the Patriots defense only posts scary numbers in the turnover department.  If Brady starts to put up points and the Patriots get some separation, Manning and company may have to abandon, at least partially, their commitment to the run and Eli will have to quit playing safe.

In the end, I think that is what happens and this prediction of the score represents a game that won’t be nearly as close as it looks:  Patriots win by a score of 31-23.

So, for whatever tiny amount that prediction might be worth, I would like to hear yours.  Let me know in the comments section.

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