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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2005-01-31

Sports Shooter's Super Bowl Predictions
By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Matthew J. Lee of the Boston Globe is in search of a funny/unusual story that he can get involved in while covering Media Day before Super Bowl XXXIX In Jacksonville, Florida on February 1, 2005.
(Editor's Note: As we head into this Sunday's Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sports Shooter asked several photographers for their predictions and insights.)

"My predictions for Super Bowl week:
1. Orlando-based freelancer Gary Bogdon will keep things loose in the European Press Agency trailer in the media compound before and after the game.
2. Michael Zagaris will work extra hard to find some fun Jacksonville nightlife and then and then live to tell about it on Super Bowl Sunday.
3. Walter Iooss Jr., John Biever, Mickey Palmer, Dick Raphael and Tony Tomsic will keep their streak alive as the only photographers to have shot every Super Bowl.
4. Contra Costa Times DOP Alan Greth will have plenty of Coors Light on hand for his Super Bowl party.
5. Robert Seale of the Sporting News will have at least one real good meal at a Jacksonville restaurant.
6. There will be some sort of funny/unusual story surrounding Matt Lee of the Boston Globe.
7. H. Darr Beiser of USA Today will not rest comfortably until he gets his Super Bowl XXXIX press pin.
8. Peter Read Miller will NOT be posing for pictures with scantily clad women at the Canon Super Bowl lunch on Saturday at Clark's Fish Camp.
9. The Patriots will win.
10. Their will be a horrific scrum of photographers trying to shoot Tom Brady as the clock winds down, causing another debate about safety and security for photographers at the end of the Super Bowl."

Brad Mangin, SportsShooter.com

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"In light of recent events, I'm predicting Goldenpalace.com gets a streaker on the stage during the trophy presentation at this year's Super Bowel."
Kevin Fujii, Houston Chronicle

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Photo by Kevin Fujii / Houston Chronicle

Photo by Kevin Fujii / Houston Chronicle

Mark Roberts bears his pigskin at the start of the second half of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Sunday evening, Feb. 1, 2004. Roberts was tackled by a New England Patriots player, arrested and later found guilty of criminal trespass.
"I predict that they will NEVER have the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, FL again where there aren't enough hotel rooms, the weather is too unpredictable (as of now-rain the day before and rain the day after, but dry on Sunday?) and where the featured eatery in the dowtown Riverwalk is Hooter's.

Someone paid somebody a ton of money."

Bob Leverone, The Sporting News

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"Eagles Baby! everyone is overlooking there defense. Brady is in for a nightmare. Eagles 31 Patriots 17."

John Leyba, Denver Post

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"I also predict Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell and his mouth are shut down by the Patriots secondary."

Bob Leverone, The Sporting News

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"I think the Super Bowl will have the same feel as the Colts vs. Patriots game a few weeks ago - I was so excited to see a great game from Peyton Manning and his great team - only to see them completely shut down. I'm afraid the same will happen in Jacksonville. Belichick, Brady and the Patriots have been playing with such surgical precision that I would find it difficult for any team to beat them -especially in the Super Bowl where there are so MANY pauses (intermissions really) for commercials that it seems impossible for other teams to build up any momentum.

It's also going to be a tough game to cover - Brady has been throwing these monster 30+ passes once or twice a game that can really burn you if you're too close to the line of scrimmage ... yet I hate spending an entire game parked in the corner endzone to defend against those ... it'll be a tough game to cover w/ 2 photographers- but at least it's not Detroit!"

Vincent Laforet, The New York Times

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"Terrell Owens will come in on a third and long in the Eagles' first possession, will be ineffective and will aggravate his injury. The Pats will romp to their third SB victory. Tom Brady will win a third SB MVP and on Monday sports radio yakkers will still be wondering if he can be included in the pantheon of great qb's. I will be on the wrong end of the field for every important moment of the game. One hour after the game ends the heavens will open up and dump five inches of rain on Jacksonville. The Nationals will finish the season last in the NL East. Other than that I am not making any predictions."

H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY

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Photo by Brad Mangin

Photo by Brad Mangin

A rarity for Alan Greth- enjoying a beer that is NOT Coors Light! Here he is enjoying a Heineken during the 2004 Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau festivities. He will be drinking Coors Light at his Super Bowl party.
"My Predictions for Super Bowl XXXVIX- (is that enough x's?):
• The smell of roasted Maxwell House coffee is much better than the smell of paper mills
• Paul McCartney will not flash his breast during the live halftime show, or lets hope not.
• There will be more Canon glass on the sidelines, than Nikon, but the photographer still makes the picture
• There will be at least one 'Knob" on the sideline with a point and shoot on a monopod, someone please clothesline him
• The photographers/media entrance to the field and the photo/media workroom will be on opposite sides of the stadium
• Randy Moss will not moon the fans in the endzone, unless someone bought him a ticket.
• The network TV commercials at halftime will not live up to the hype
• The jet flyover before the game, will be awesome, and will blow your eardrums out, bring plugs.
John Biever will get the SI Cover
Bob Deutsch will have several glasses of Dewars on the rocks during the week
• The Patriots offense will light up the Eagles in Alltell Stadium with 3 touchdowns in the first half
Bert Hanashiro will find good Asian cuisine in Jacksonville by midweek, before the game
• McNabb will be sacked three times in the first half and finally...
• Tom Brady will again be named the MVP, and will hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the championship."

Gary Bogdon, Florida freelancer

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"New England by a field goal. Why? They're going to pick apart the Philadelphia secondary. But that's just me talkin'."

Dean Rutz, Seattle Times

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"All of Canada will be watching because there is still no NHL .... A freak ice storm will help Philly win in OT."

Mike Blake, Reuters

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"Generating a huge controversy, Paul McCartney flashes a bejeweled nipple ring during the half time show, sending the majority of the stadium audience and television viewers sprinting to the bathrooms. Terrell Owens is not there to see it, as he is having Teddy Bruscki's forearm removed from his eye socket at the time. Donovan McNabb can barely see the seconds ticking off the Eagles last best chance, as he is buried under a patriotic meat pile. The fans of Philadelphia sharpen their blades and buy more shells, making sure that they continue at the top of what they do better than anyone else - being the most venomous fans in all American sports. Patriots 31 Eagles 14."

Albert Dickson, The Sporting News

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"Eagles will win because the world already has way too many Tom Brady photos in it."

David Cooper, USA TODAY

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