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Fearless Rick's NFL Super Bowl XLIX Pick

Rick Gagliano | February 1, 2015

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Sunday, February 1, 6:30 pm, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots (even, 48)

Since this is going to be my final football pick ever (hanging up the handicapping visor after 26 years), I won't bore you with too many details before getting around and down to the nitty gritty.

First, however, I do wish to point out that anybody who regularly wagers on football - or any sporting event for that matter - with any expectation of being very much ahead after a run of a season or longer is likely not only a fool, but a dishonest one.

Personally, I don't see the point in taking sides on a sporting event, and haven't made a single sporting wager (outside of the occasional horse bet - and I admit that those have been due to weakness on my part) since sometime in 2003.

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Anybody who knows anything about money, wealth and the management of same, will tell you that high risk is not a strategy, just like playing the lottery is not a golden retirement plan.

So, I am not advocating the practice, though I don't necessarily find much harm in friendly wagers, so long as the practice doesn't become habitual. Watching sports is a terrible waste of time and human energy; wagering on them is - for lack of a better term - a waste of one's money.

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OK, preaching time is over, so let's get to the game, or rather, the game within the game, which is what this particular Super Bowl is all about.

Both teams are extremely well-coached and talented on both sides of the ball and on special teams. New England, especially, has an edge on special teams. Their punt returners and kick returners are crafty and the blocking schemes are genius, thanks largely to head coach Bill Belichick.

On the other hand, beyond the return men, Seattle's special teams units are top notch when it comes to coverage, so special teams may just cancel out in this game. New England's guys aren't going to find much running room against the disciplined Seahawk coverage teams.

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