1) It is MONDAY, JANUARY 20. In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): NFL Champ Sunday picks and polls, LeBron's b'day message to Wade, IOC's 'anti-American' ruling & more. 2) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.
NFL'S CHAMP SUNDAY: IT'S BRONCOS VS. SEAHAWKS SUPER BOWL IN BATTLE OF NO. 1 SEEDS: Well, I blew it. I wrote that betting against Peyton Manning at home was like betting against tomorrow's sunrise. Then I went and did it. Broncos win, 26-16, in a game not as close as score suggests. All Denver. All Peyton. You all had it. Denver was the pick of 69.6 percent of you in our poll. In the late game, 62.3% thought Seattle would beat San Francisco. I had the road 'dog again: Niners. And was wrong again. Seahawks, 23-17. Now it's the Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl the seeds and the oddsmakers predicted. In retrospect, I wish I'd stuck with Peyton but do not second-guess liking Niners. The question now for you: Who wins on Feb. 2 in the cold of New Jersey? Vote and say why.
SB a betting tossup: Las Vegas can't seem to decide on a favorite here, with some books favoring Seattle by 1 point and others Denver by as many as 2. Early money swinging to Broncos. I think the line will settle at Denver -2 or even 2.5. Over/under seems in the 47-48 range, low for a Super Bowl, lowest, in fact, in 32 years.
ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: It's MLK Day in America, honoring the great civil rights icon who would be 85 today if not slain in 1968 at age 39. I strongly reccomend a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, built beside the Lorraine Motel where King was killed. It is a profoundly moving experience.
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