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It will not be the first outdoor Super Bowl, just the first in danger of getting hit upside the head with a blast of a Northeast winter storm.

Five days out, all the weather prognostic ators were calling for what will be balmy conditions considering all the sub-zero weather that has put the New Jersey-New York City area in the deep freeze.

The quarterbacks should be more affected by the wind than the temperatures.

And it is the quarterbacks that will likely be the difference in winning and losing Super Bowl XLVIII. It looks like the braintrust that came up with the dumb idea of playing a Super Bowl in a Northeast outdoor stadium will dodge a bullet.

Actually it was a political payoff for building a new stadium in exchange for hosting a Super Bowl in MetLife Stadium.

I just hope, as I do before every Super Bowl, that the game will live up to its endless hype.

I believe the two best teams are playing Sunday. It's being billed as an Old School team in Denver against an energetic Seattle team whose quarterback is still in NFL diapers. Russell Wilson runs a variety of plays out of a number of formations. There is some read option, some razzle-dazzle that Seattle Coach Pete Carroll brought with him from Southern Cal.

Unlike Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, Wilson can, and will, break down a defense with his legs. Wilson picks his spots to pick'em up and put ‘em down.

Manning is after his second Super Bowl ring. You won’t see the 37-year-old Manning taking off like his Broncos boss and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. That is not Peyton’s strength and used only for emergency purposes.

If Manning wins a second Super Bowl ring, he will break even with younger brother Eli, who won twice in a Giants uniform.

Manning has performed close to perfection in his last two play-off games. No one would ever know Manning's future was highly in doubt after four neck surgeries that put him out of the game for a year three years ago.

He is due to have a complete physical soon after the Super Bowl. It will focus in on his recovery from the multiple surgeries and reveal how much arm strength has been lost by the operations and age. There are only a few who believe Sunday will be Peyton Manning's final NFL game.

As with all Super Bowls, you can place bets on just about everything having to do with the game.

Vegas is giving odds on whether it will snow or not, during the game. You can bet the temperature at kickoff will be under, or over, 34 degrees Fahrenheit. The odds are 25-1 that the power will go out during the game.

You can even bet how long Renee Fleming will take to sing the National Anthem. The over/under is 2 minutes, 30 seconds. NFL teams have been known to drive the length of the field is less time.

If you really have a gambling problem, you can put your money down on whether Denver running back Knowshon Moreno will cry during the National Anthem.

One sure bet will be that Peyton Manning has left no stones unturned as he has had two weeks to prepare for this game. Manning is all about preparation.

He knows this could be his last Super Bowl. Russell Wilson’s age will have him thinking he will have more Super Bowls during his career.

I like the Broncos winning the game, 31-27. As always, for amusement only.

Sport Columnist Joe Biddle is a four-time sports writer of the year in Tennessee.
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Posted on: 2/2/2014


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