The extremely reluctant prediction: Giants in a squeaker

I've got a little bit of a dilemma when it comes to making a prediction for today's professional football contest.

See, back when the playoffs first started and I was writing somewhere else, I said I didn't think the Patriots were going to win it all. In my mind, they were clearly and plainly the best team in the league, but I felt like everyone soils their drawers at some point, and that it would be the Pats misfortune that they made a #2 in their pants during the playoffs.

But the problem with picking them to lose today is that I thought it would be the Colts, Chargers, or Jaguars who jumped up and stole one from them. Obviously, that didn't happen ... and I have way less faith in the Giants to do the same thing.

But I feel obligated to honor the original pick of a non-Patriots Super Bowl XLII champion. I don't actually think they're going to win, but my official pick of record has to be the Giants ... let's say 31-30.

And yes, I realize that this is a weasel-y thing to do, because no matter what happens, I can say "Yeah, I knew the Patriots would win," or "Hey, look at me, I predicted the Giants would win." But please know that I've never taken a great deal or pride in making quality predictions, or felt particularly bad about making incorrect ones, since predicting the outcome of NFL games with any kind of consistency is near impossible.

I hope everyone enjoys the game, though, and I also hope that between now and kickoff, no one comes forward with evidence that Bill Belichick has been secretly videotaping Eli Manning in the shower all week.

Stick with me here, as I should be posting a few times through the course of the contest. Enjoy, and feel free to drop your own game predictions in the comments here.

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