The best part about Superbowl XLVI in Indy is every possible match-up will feature incredible story lines, not to mention hard-hitting football. (Enough with the defenseless player calls, please). So let's get to it. Breaking down the games, with a little West Coast flavor, in order of each match-up I'd prefer to watch.
San Francisco 49ers v New England Patriots. Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and that nasty 49er defense versus Tom Brady, the Hooded One and two of the meanest tight ends on the planet. In fact, this game would feature 3 of the best tight ends in the NFL (sans Jimmy Graham). One of them has no problem lining up at full back and running it down your throat. Although I don't recommend Aaron Hernandez doing that against the 49ers if he wants to keep the football. Doubtful Brady would throw 6 TDs in this one, still you never know with #12 and Gisele in the house.
West Coasters would feature: Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Chad Ochocinco, Patrick Chung and Logan Mankins.
San Francisco 49ers v Baltimore Ravens. Instead of Super Bowl XLVI, we could just call this Harbaugh Bowl II: This Time It Counts. I must admit it would be pretty fun to watch two brothers, both head coaches of their respective teams, battle each other for the Lombardi. Thanksgiving would never be the same.
West Coast, the Best Coast: The San Francisco 49ers (bay area, what what), Chris Carr, Ed Dickson, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Jimmy Smith.
NY Giants v New England Patriots. Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would all be in Indy. Peyton Manning would be there to watch his little brother battle his biggest rival, Brady. Archie Manning would be there... oh who cares about Achie. This would be a rematch of one of the best Super Bowls of all time, XLII. The two teams are nearly identical from where they were 4 years ago. Brady, Manning, Coughlin, Belichick, Welker, Jacobs, etc. Yes, that's the one where the undefeated Patriots (18-0) lost to the Wild-Card Giants.
Left Coast: Brady, Gronkowski, Ocho, Prince Amukamara, David Carr (what a joke), Ramses Barden.
NY Giants v Baltimore Ravens. Rematch of Superbowl XXXV, where the Ravens clawed the eyes out of the Giants. Despite it being last on my list of best match-ups, this game would be entertaining. Two incredible defenses with tons of playmakers all over the field. Expect defensive touchdowns and sacks.
WestSide Connection: Prince, Carr, the other Carr, T-Sizzle, Jimmy Smith, Ngata and Ed Dickson.
As a side note, has anyone else noticed how Terrell Suggs, aka T-Sizzle, refuses to ever admit in the player announcements he went to Arizona State? He'll just say something like, "Swagger" or "School of Hard Knocks." If Al Michaels (ASU alumni) is doing the game, he'll correct him. It's pretty funny.