Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walks on the field during an NFL football practice in Stanford, Calif., Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.
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Super Bowl poll shows Carolina team to beat, but Prophet has doubts
My annual Super Bowl poll, featuring ex-P.E.I. football greats and celebrities, emphatically has Carolina winning Super Bowl 50 over Denver Sunday in San Francisco.
They got it right last year, and they usually do, so pay attention.
Shane Dowling, Charlottetown native and a former UPEI Panthers defensive back.
“I love defence, and Carolina’s D is as good as Denver’s, and the offence is superior with Cam Newton. Carolina by two TD’s.”
Ian (Tex) MacDonald, former Panthers player and coach.
“This game will be a Carolina rout, by at least 14 points.”
Mike Lyriotokis, former Panthers great who played the linebacker.
“Carolina is overall too strong and Denver cannot contain Cam Newton. Panthers win easily by a TD or better.”
Serge Savard Sr., Hockey Hall of Famer.
“This is the easiest game to handicap in the past six weeks. Carolina is much, much better than Denver and they’ll win by somewhere in the vicinity of 14 points.”
Neil MacFadyen, Augustine Cove native and a top athlete.
“No problem with the Super Bowl, Carolina will win by at least 10 points, no team weaknesses, too strong for Denver.”
Roger Outhouse, Souris native and a former Panthers defensive back.
“Carolina is too strong offensively for Denver, too much firepower. Can see a rout in the works.”
Hubert (Sock) MacDonald, former UPEI great who was a receiver and defensive back.
“Can’t see anything but a lopsided Carolina win.”
Blaine MacPherson, a top centre and teammate on those top Ed Hilton-coached teams of the late 1970s
“My heart says Denver but my head tells me Carolina. Cam Newton is much better now than Manning.”
Gary Kennedy, Charlottetown native and a former Panthers linebacker.
“Carolina has too many weapons, I see a Panthers romp in the Super Bowl.”
Fred Ripley, Saint Dunstan’s QB who played both on sides of the ball and a Summerside resident.
“Peyton Manning’s experience and Denver’s rugged defence spells a Denver victory by a TD.”
Tom Mullally, a defensive back with the Souris Spartan in his high school days.
“Peyton goes out in a blaze of glory, and the defence stops Carolina in its tracks.”
Jim Revell, ex-UPEI QB, whose dad Joe passed away earlier this week.
“Dad and I discussed the Super Bowl and being Peyton Manning fans, we both picked Denver to win a close one.”
Fred (Fiddler) MacDonald
The Sports Prophet has a hunch Manning will come up with his finest game of the season and close out his career with an upset win in the Super Bowl Sunday.
His experience will confuse Carolina’s defence and he’ll find open targets while Denver’s ability on defence to strip running backs of the ball and create turnovers sets up a 20-17 Denver victory.
Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park is dark today but simulcast from Ontario and USA tracks is available.
Maritime-bred The Rev is in to go in Woodbine’s $34,000 top class and he’s been sharp of late.
At Yonkers, Melmerby Beach and Gold Cup runner-up Atta Boy Dan are entered in the $32,000 open pace while at The Meadowlands, Class Six and Real Nice are the toughest to beat in the eight-horse $17,000 feature.
The online Harness Racing Update did a great story last week on Charlottetown born and raised trainer Danny (Hawk) Hennessey, who is coming off his best season with almost $400,000 in earnings between Saratoga and Pompano. Danny has undergone numerous eyesight issues, including a detached retina, and it looks like he will coming back home by April. Danny’s brother Wally is enjoying lots of success with Dr. Ian Moore’s Arthur Blue Chip, who took a new record of 1:50:1 for owner Serge Savard and partners.
Fred MacDonald's column appears every Saturday in The Guardian. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.