2003-01-25 / Sports

Rolfe And Celebrities Prognosticate Super Bowl XXXVII

Rolfe And Celebrities Prognosticate Super Bowl XXXVII

Rolfe And Celebrities Prognosticate Super Bowl XXXVII


Warren Sapp was definitely one of the main attractions on Media Day. (AP/Chris O'Meara)Warren Sapp was definitely one of the main attractions on Media Day. (AP/Chris O'Meara)

Media Day. The Tuesday before the big game, over 3000 reporters from across the country and across the globe gather to ask the Super Bowl teams all the important questions. In the past, the questions have ranged from the mundane ("Do you believe that you can win?") to the bizarre ("If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?") to the outright stupid ("How long have you been a black quarterback.")

This year in San Diego, not much changed. A lot of Raiders were asked about playing against the team coached by John Gruden, the man who coached them last year. Noted loudmouths Warren Sapp and Keyshawn Johnson did what they do best- talk, mostly about themselves. And there were the usual oddities- a Don King impersonator; the Conan O'Brien sock puppet thingee; and Mandy Moore in a skimpy outfit. It seemed that Super Bowl XXXVII's Media Day was missing only one thing- Rolfe.

Apparently I was mistaken when I assumed that the Wave would issue me the necessary media credentials, and fly me out to San Diego for the week. So while reporters from Jersey to Japan were enjoying the 70 degree weather, sipping cocktails and thinking up inane questions, Rolfe was stuck back here, suffering through what seemed like the 41st straight day of freezing temperatures, burning the roof of my mouth with hot chocolate, and reading the internet and watching ESPN for any Media Day info. That's what I get for assuming.

Anyway, after a week's worth of hype, the game will be the thing. This year, the league's #1 ranked offense, the Raiders, faces off against the #1 defense, the Buccaneers. But don't sell the other sides of the teams short- the Bucs O and the Oakland D aren't too shabby either. Both offenses prefer to pass first, run later (if necessary). Both defenses can totally shut down the run, as they did last week.

The difference is that the Oakland D has been less than 100%. While Keyshawn, McCardell, Jurevicius and Dilger are no Rice, Brown, Porter and Jolley, the Raiders' secondary in their current banged up shape is no match for Ronde Barber and the Tampa DBs. The Bucs also have an advantage in the kicking game, as Martin "Automatica" Gramatica is more dependable (and usually more sober) than Sebastian Janikowski, and Shane Lechler is no match for Tom Tupa. Plus, John Gruden should prove himself worthy of the package (4 draft picks and $8 million) that the Tampa owners sent to Oakland to steal him away. "Chucky" stayed behind an extra day in Tampa, drawing up this week's gameplan.

Rolfe's Super Bowl Prediction- Tampa Bay 34- Oakland 23

Last week, Rolfe promised "Celebrity Super Bowl Predictions" in this space. While some of the people may not be "celebrities", they did answer their e-mail, and so their picks are listed below:

Mike the Cop, Long Beach- Oakland 34-24.

Fireman Head, Bed-Stuy- Tampa Bay 28-18.

J.P.Q., Bronx School Teacher- Oakland 23-10; MVP-Charlie Garner; Coin Flip- Heads.

Toll Booth Goose, Whitestone Bridge- Tampa Bay 21-17.

Mickey Brooks, former minor-league baseball star- Tampa Bay 27-10; Warren Sapp scores a TD.

Fun Bobby from Maspeth- Tampa Bay 28-17; MVP- Ronde (Dont call me Tiki) Barber.

The Bulldog, Cyclone Captain- Tampa Bay 23-17.

DJ Schmed, Mad River- Tampa Bay 24-20.

Iona Girl, New Rochelle- Oakland 39-10.

Sean "Soothsayer" Deegan, JetsInsider.com- Tampa Bay 24-16; Gruden's complete knowledge of the Raiders gives him an edge.

Elio Velez, Sports Editor of the Wave- Oakland 31-24. RaiderNation celebrates as Jerry Rice catches the 4th quarter game winning TD.

Rolfe's Father- Tampa Bay 38-35.

Joe Kernen, CNBC stocks editor- Oakland 31-24.

Dave Price, Good Day New York weatherman- Oakland 24-10..weather about 70 degrees and fair up top.

Kevin Boyle, author of "Braving the Waves: Rockaway Rises- And Rises Again"- Oakland 24-14.

Rolfe's Playoff Record: 6-6

E-Mail Address: RockawayRolfe@yahoo.com


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