George Hale Shares his Super Bowl Prediction

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - AS WE APPROACH SUPER BOWL 52 ON SUNDAY EVERYONE IS CONCENTRATING ON
THE GAME ITSELF. AND THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.
THERE'S NOT A LOT I CAN ADD TO THE THOUSANDS WORDS THAT ALREADY HAVE BEEN
SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ABOUT THE PATRIOTS AND EAGLES MATCHUP.
WE ALL HAVE OUR OPINIONS WHETHER WE HAVE A LITTLE OR A LOT OF INFORMATION.
IN REALITY THE THING THAT WILL DETERMINE THE OUTCOME IS THE PLAY ON THE
GRIDIRON. THE REST IS JUST NOISE.
I WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW LUCKY WE ARE, AS NEW ENGLAND SPORTS FANS, TO BE IN AN
ERA OF EXCITEMENT ACROSS THE BOARD.
YEARS AGO WE LOOKED TO THE NBA AND THE CELTICS FOR MUCH OF THE SPORTS SUCCESS
AND CHAMPIONSHIPS.
BUT WE'VE COME A LONG WAY SINCE THE TURN OF THIS CENTURY.
THINK ABOUT IT!
THE PATRIOTS HAVE WON 5 TITLES, THE RED SOX ( DESPITE THE CURSE) HAVE WON THREE.
THE CELTICS WERE CHAMPIONS ONCE AND THE BRUINS ONCE DURING THE PERIOD.
IF YOU ADD IT UP FOR OUR REGION THE PRO TEAMS OF BOSTON HAVE WON A COMBINED
10 MAJOR PROFESSIONAL TITLES SINCE 2000.
THE RIDE FOR THE AVERAGE FAN HAS BEEN SPECTACULAR AND EXCITING.
ON SUNDAY THE COMBO OF TOM BRADY AND BILL BELICHICK WILL MAKE THEIR EIGHTH
SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE TOGETHER.
IT'S A BIT INSANE TO THINK ABOUT IT BUT SINCE BRADY BECAME THE QUARTERBACK IN
2001 REPLACING DREW BLEDSOE THE PATRIOTS HAVE PLAYED ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
47 PERCENT OF THE TIME.
LET'S PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE.
THERE ARE FOUR NFL FRANCHISES WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN TO EVEN ONE SUPER BOWL.
THE BRADY-BELICHICK COMBO HAVE FIVE LOMBARDI TROPHIES ON THE MANTLE.
A NEW ENGLAND WIN ON SUNDAY WILL MAKE THEM BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS.
LAST TIME THAT WAS DONE WAS IN THE 2003-2004 SEASON.
OH YES THAT'S WHEN THE PATRIOTS DID IT.
THOSE OF US WHO LIKE, IF NOT LOVE, SPORTS IN NEW ENGLAND HAVE NO ROOM TO
COMPLAIN WIN OR LOSE SUNDAY.
THE PATRIOTS, RED SOX, CELTICS AND BRUINS HAVE TAKEN US ON A GRAND RIDE
THRU THE YEARS.
AND SO ON SUNDAY THAT'S WHY MOST OF THE COUNTRY EXCEPT FOR OUR SIX STATE
REGION WILL BE CHEERING FOR PHILADELPHIA.
ONE OF THE GREAT EMOTIONS IN SPORTS IS HATE.
FANS HATE THE YANKEES FOR A LOT OF REASONS BUT MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY'VE WON SO
MUCH THROUGH THE YEARS.
MOST OF THE PATRIOTS DISLIKE IS IRRATIONAL BECAUSE OF DEFLATEGATE AND SPYGATE.
INSTEAD OF WATCHING THE GAME AROUND THE COUNTRY THE HATERS WILL BE TRYING
TO COME UP WITH SOME CONSPIRACY THAT THE REFS FAVOR NEW ENGLAND OR
SOMETHING SECRET IS HAPPENING.
COMPLETELY FORGETTING BRADY WAS HIT WITH A FOUR GAME SUSPENSION BY THE NFL.
THE FEELING ABOUT THE PATRIOTS OUTSIDE OUR REGION OF THE COUNTRY IS
INTENSE DISLIKE.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY FUELS IT ALL.
JEALOUSY!
AFTER AWHILE FANS IN OTHER CITIES GET TIRED OF LOSING ALL THE TIME AND HAVING
TO SUFFER THRU THE WELCOME HOME PARADES AND DUCK BOAT TOURS THROUGH
DOWNTOWN BOSTON.
IT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY WHEN YOU WIN A LOT.
JUST ASK THE YANKEES OR ALABAMA OR DUKE.
THERE'S NOTHING NEW HERE.
NOW FOR THE GAME.
WHEN I HAVE QUESTIONS I GO TO MY GREAT GRANDSON WYATT.
HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT SPORTS THAN I EVER WILL
WYATT HAS CONSULTED HIS STATS AND RESEARCH AND WITH GRONK IN THE LINEUP
HE PREDICTS NEW ENGLAND WILL WIN BY ABOUT 5 POINTS.
IF WYATT BELIEVES IT SO DO I.

THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS