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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff September 10, 2010 11:11 AM
Tony's Top 5
Picks to win the Super Bowl
Chicago Bears. Every list like this needs at least one dark horse, so here you go. Brian Urlacher is back and Julius Peppers is aboard. Will Jay Cutler mess it all up?
New Orleans Saints. Defending champs are well-coached with a terrific quarterback and playmakers on defense. Sounds like a winning recipe in this day and age.
Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback alone makes them a presence on this list every year. Quarterback also effectively cost them the title in last year's Super Bowl.
Green Bay Packers. Defense collapsed in postseason last year, but Packers were one of best units during regular season. Offensive air show must have Vince Lombardi restless.
Baltimore Ravens. Ed Reed is on the PUP list for now, but the defense still has weapons. Now, quarterback Joe Flacco seems to have them, too. If it all clicks, look out.
Tony's Top 5
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Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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