For what it is worth, I see the “Big One” like this…
As I have written in the past, “The team that wins is the team that wants to win.” And from a Master Strategy viewpoint, apart from God, MOTIVATION (i.e. human willingness or desire) is the most dominate force in victory. It supersedes talent, experience and rest; each of which the Colts presumably have over the Saints.
Therefore, who do you think has more motivation: the Saints playing to win in their first Super Bowl, or the Colts playing in another? That is why I think the Colts needed to (at least try) and preserve a perfect season (even 17-1 would add more inspiration on Super Sunday). No motivation surpasses perfection. And there are no regrettable or forfeited emotions (which, even if the Colts win, surely it will, for some, humanely tarnish with thoughts of “what might have been”). And even if the Saints were given added “lets upset the perfect season” motivation (and in light of the fact, that the Giants already upended a perfect season, the Saints would not benefit as greatly from that feat); where it stands now, on the Master Strategy motivational scale; the Saints have the advantage.
The second factor is coaching; and I believe, as I have seen, Coach Sean Payton will make more proper Master Strategy decisions to “manufacture” 3-5.5 points, then Coach Jim Caldwell will to defend them (NOTE: In mid and late November, the Colts were rated only 1 point superior to the Saints, now they are ranked +3 to 5.5 points).
Philosophically, most any coach can strategize a “traditional” or “normal” conservative game plan. But give me an UNDERDOG who has knowledge of Master Strategy and takes the appropriate steps to “manufacture” the points needed by recognizing the POWER RATING/POINTSPREAD and I will take the UNDERDOG every time. It worked for the Giants vs. the Patriots and I think it may work again.
Lastly, I spiritually liked the “Saints” when I mentioned at a ministry meeting, outlandish and unbelievable as it may be, that some act of God, two years before Hurricane Katrina, would harken the Saints to Los Angeles. And that one day they may win a Super Bowl.
Now I may not know what God wants, but give me David over Goliath human desire and coaching, and I would take those over every other quality or intangible every time. And if they have God’s blessing; nothing on Earth shall prevail against them.
I may be wrong, but let us see…
NOTE: I also wanted to make a comment that is independent of the above article. And let it be known; to be a pro football player is one of the most difficult propositions on the planet. I know, I tried.
It is my opinion that Drew Brees should have won the MVP award this season and contend were it not for the Colts resting players and virtually forfeiting their last couple of games, he may well have won.
My guess is, once the media, who was voting around that time, saw Curtis Painter play; Peyton Manning looked a lot more valuable. Had there been such a talent differential between Mark Brunell, a former All-Pro and Drew Brees, then I don't know
that Mr. Manning would have fared so well.
But if you took both starting quarterbacks away and the back-ups were talent-rated
equally, the Colts would have won more games as a team and performed better.
Yet, always remember, too me the MVP may well be called: The "Most Visible Player" award. Football is the greatest of team games. There is too much emphasis heralded
on the individual.
Just a thought...