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Quarterbacks of the moment — Eli Manning and Tom Brady


When my Minnesota Vikings are not in (and losing) the Super Bowl — the last time was in 1977 when I was 13 years old — I toss out any fan impulses and objectively pick the team from the more free-market state. Unfortunately, the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots makes such a selection extremely difficult: Big-government New York and New Jersey for the Giants versus big-government Massachusetts for the Patriots? Well, at least New Jersey governor Chris Christie is trying to cut income taxes. So: Giants 31, Patriots 28.

Ray Keating is chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and the author of two recent books, Chuck vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV, and Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel.

Madonna will provide a mortality moment.

Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review Online.

Church is the place for the redemption story this Sunday morning, but Lucas Oil Stadium will be the place for a new redemption story this Sunday night. That is when Chad Ochocinco, the much-maligned Patriots wide receiver, acquired in the offseason, will score more touchdowns in the first half of the Super Bowl than he has all season, leading the Patriots to victory and himself to the MVP.

Micheal Flaherty is president of Walden Media.

The Patriots are Mitt Romney — the longtime winners from Massachusetts with a guy at the helm who looks the part. The Giants are Gingrich — they seem like upstarts who came out of nowhere but then you remember you have seen them around a lot before. The Ravens are Santorum. They seem like they should have won two weeks ago and it might eventually come out — too late — that they did. And of course Mitt — I mean the Patriots — will win.

— Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., where he teaches in the journalism and mass communications department and edits The Gregorian.

Oddly enough for a Yonkers boy, my football loyalties are Ohio-based: I’ve been a Cincinnati Bengals fan ever since Ken Anderson led them to the 1982 Super Bowl.

But having grown up around Giants fans back home, I can see why fans of the Big Blue are bullish. Eli has been a fierce competitor this year and the defense has made plays when they’ve needed to. The key will be to get to Brady early so he doesn’t get comfortable in the pocket.

Governor Romney’s a Pats fan, and Tagg will be disappointed in me, but they’ll have some caucus wins in February to keep them happy, one hopes.

Giants 31, Pats 28.

— Kevin Madden is a Mitt Romney adviser from New York.