It began back in August or July for some of these players. The two-a-days, the film study, weightlifting, the mental and physical preparation has come down to this day.

The New Orleans Saints versus the Indianapolis Colts. If you’d like to look at the hard numbers, Brian is giving the Colts a 52% chance of winning. I know that the smart folks are saying that Peyton Manning is just too much for the New Orleans Saints. That may be true. In spite of all the conventional wisdom, I think the New Orleans Saints will be prepared to play and will play well. Sean Payton is a great coach. All we have to do is go back and look at who the Saints had to beat this year in order to get to the Super Bowl. They destroyed the New York Giants in a game which exposed the Giants’ defense and destroyed their confidence. They dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets. They beat the Miami Dolphins in almost exactly the same method that the Indianapolis Colts beat the Miami Dolphins. Both teams got behind early then rallied to win in the final quarter.

I look for this to be an offensive battle with both defenses trying to make plays. Turnovers will kill whichever team commits them. New Orleans has an edge in special teams, in my opinion.

I look for this to be a 34 — 31 type game. I’m picking the Indianapolis Colts by three. I think this is going to be a great game.