Ex-cheerleader has her own unique way of picking a Super Bowl champion

BILL MARTIN

You can have your Vegas lines, your computer simulation, your comparison statistics, your hunches, your good luck charms.

But, when it comes to predicting the outcome of the world’s largest sporting event, the former cheerleader I share a space with has her own unique way of tabbing the winner.

Are you ready?

It’s by color scheme.

Think of it as “What Not To Wear” meets “Madden NFL”.

Yes, whoever is sporting the most visually appealing uniform is destined to become the next Super Bowl champion.

The shoes must match the belt.

I can hardly wait for Cincinnati and their tiger stripe helmets to make an appearance in the Super Bowl.

Purely with her highly stylized fashion sense, she has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner the past seven years—without knowing one single fact about either team.

However, this year—the girl who watches a football game about as often as Haley’s Comet appears in the sky—is going against her own prognosticating mantra this season.

While it is clear that the San Francisco 49er’s have the more appealing outfits with their shiny red uniforms, topped off by golden dome helmets, the cheerleader says that the Baltimore Ravens—with their rather pedestrian black and blue tops—are going to prevail.

San Francisco is a 31/2 point favorite.

“I really think the team in the black and blue are going to win, not the team with the good looking uniforms,” she said. “I really like the red and gold uniforms San Francisco wears, but I just think Baltimore is going to win.”

Why go against what has been a tried and true handicapping system for her?

“Well, Ravens are evil, evil birds and that should give Baltimore the advantage and the win.”

Apparently, mascots have entered into the fray.

See you at the betting window.

More Clark cudos

Le’Raven Clark may not be spending as much time in Lubbock as first thought.

While a passel of honors recently were recently thrown his way (freshman All-American) another rather off-thewall list included him.

ESPN blogger David Ubben listed the former Rockdale star on his All-Big 12 Underrated Team.

Ubben said, “Clark had a big impact on the Red Raiders’ line in his first year as a freshman starter after redshirting in 2011. He was as good as any freshman lineman in the league, and his profile’s going to rise quickly next season and beyond. He’s got NFL written all over him.”

7-on-7

The 7-on-7 State Championship Tournament will be held in Round Rock at Old Settler’s Park next July, but is expected to return to College Station in 2014 where it has been held since its inception 15 years ago.

Because of Southeastern Conference rules forbidding member schools to host high school activities, last year was the last time it could be held at Penberthy Fields on the campus of Texas A&M.

However, the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau submitted a bid proposal to the 7-on-7 state board to host it at Veteran’s Park.

The economic impact of this event is estimated at about $900,000 is generated for local hotels and businesses. The tournament brings in more than 400 local hotel rooms each night.

With as many as 128 teams featuring some of the top football recruits in the country participating in the tournament, the event attracts an estimated 15,000 spectators over the three days.


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