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ALLEZ - ALLEZ By Jose Vicente Araneta -
A lot of people have asked me who'll win in today's Super Bowl XLI and I tell them that this year, the Indianapolis Colt's will lose. I can only go that far. However, deep in my heart, I would have loved to see the Denver Bronco's win it all, but because of some mathematical equation and because their tepid defense could not stop the out-of-the-playoffs San Francisco 49ners, they failed to make the playoffs on the last game of the regular season. Next in line was the San Diego Chargers (best regular season record 14-2) but the New England Patriots pick the win inside the Charger's pocket in the AFC when the game was supposed to be in the bag.

Seriously, now, nobody really asked me about who my favorite is in today's big game. Who would ask me that silly question in this basketball, badminton, billiard and airsoft crazy, country? I have to meet somebody as crazy as me who takes the day off like today. Well, there's actually a couple but both of them are now in the US of A, the cradle of pigskin civilization. One is Dr. Rodney Rubi from Missouri and digs the pitiful St. Louis Rams. But it wasn't long ago when the Rams won in 2002 and was runner-up the following year. The other guy is Jun Polo, who moved from VECO to Baltimore last year and has become a rabid Ravens fan. We regularly exchanged pissing emails just to rub it in especially if our team loses. Well, good luck to us, guys, for SB XLII!

The week preceding SB Sunday is called SB Week and it is probably the most hyped week in all of sports. In fact, it's a circus. In the middle of SB Week is the Media Day, a one hour Q and A between media outfits and the staff and players of both teams. It's crazy crazy! A crew from Sesame Street once got accredited for the Media Day, if you believe. Questions can range from game plans to the out of this world. Take this Q for instance, "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"

But no one symbolizes the excess and craziness of the SB than what happened to Eugene Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons. Robinson was on his third consecutive SB appearance (with Green Bay Packers in SB XXXI and XXXII) when he was arrested on the eve of SB XXXIII for offering 40$ to an undercover police officer in exchange for oral sex. And here's the punch line: a few hours earlier, he was given the "Brent Starr Award", an award given to a person with a "high moral character". Whoa! On game day, Robinson missed a coverage resulting in a touchdown for the Denver Broncos and later missed a tackle that led to a run inside Atlanta's 10. Atlanta lost, 39-14.

So, who's going to win? If I knew, I'd be rich. Don't get swayed by all the opinion columns on the net. If these writers are really that smart, they'd be somewhere in Tahiti, having fun. So sit back, grab at least two cups of cappuccino (kickoff starts at 7am so lite beer won't be a good idea) and let the game come to you.

After refusing a $21M, 3-year deal from the T-Wolves ("I got a family to feed"), is former NBA bad boy Latrell Sprewell is remotely worth $200K? Well, that's what his wife thinks. She is suing him for the same amount for reneging on a promise to stay with her in their NY home. Sprewell is currently staying on his yacht in Wisconsin. If you're wondering what is wrong with the second part, well, Wisconsin is located in the cold, northern United States.

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