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Metal Industry Insiders Offer Super Bowl Picks

The metal community can often resemble Las Vegas — we place financial and emotional bets and wager the odds on which bands will be the next big thing. We approach sports with the same intensity and intellect. This week, Noisecreep polled a bunch of industry insiders about their Super Bowl picks a month before the big game, with eight teams still in the hunt.

Kenny Gabor, Strong Management
Killswitch Engage, Times of Grace, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence

“In the spirit of Rex Ryan and the trash-talking New York Jets, my prediction is pain! Pain to anyone that gets in our way. They should just hand us the ring now. Pretty soon they’ll be calling it the Jets Bowl! I feel sorry for all the other teams. J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” This quote sounds like it came directly from the Big Mouth — Rex Ryan himself.

Rex Ryan
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Mark LaFay, Manager
Haste the Day

“I hate the idea of picking a Super Bowl winner that isn’t the Indianapolis Colts. This question can suck it.” See what we mean about passion? Mr. LaFay was a little, how do we say, prickly about the Colts’ early exit, but we can understand his pain. Some of Noisecreep’s writers saw their teams bow out disgracefully last weekend. Ahem, the Eagles.

Peyton Manning

Jason Rudolph, Strong Management
Iwrestledabearonce, the Human Abstract

“Those who know me are aware of the fact that I am a lifelong Giants fan. But alas, they are playing golf with the hated Eagles and Cowboys. So I pick my adopted hometown team, the Chicago Bears. It won’t be an easy path, but with a little help … the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through Chicago. Bears 24, Patriots 20.” But can Jake Cutler avoid throwing interceptions? We shall see.

Jay Cutler

Vince Neilstein

“I’ve never been one of those sports fans who can see my favorite teams for what they really are (in this case, good but flawed), so I’m going to be a fanboy and go with the J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets! As long as QB Mark Sanchez can stay focused, our team is gonna be hard to stop. For some reason, people seem to forget that the Jets already beat the Patriots this season, despite the trouncing we received in December.” But will Rex Ryan’s jabber-jawing affect Tom Brady come Sunday?

Mark Sanchez
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Rick Florino
Author of ‘Dolor, Six Bullets to Sunrise’

“Having grown up in Boston, I’m always going to be a fan of the local sports teams. My Super Bowl pick is definitely the Patriots. They’re a team that not only has progressed in terms of strategy but intensity, as well. I can’t stand New York. … If football were heavy metal, the Patriots are like Metallica, and the Jets are like Crazy Town.” New York has two teams, while Florino resides in L.A. with none. Maybe that fuels his distaste.

Tom Brady
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George Vallee
Sumerian Records

“All right, everyone was up in arms when the New England Patriots released Randy Moss, but in hindsight it was a move that kick-started their offense. The return of the great Deion Brach coupled with the emergence of BenJarvius Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead with the run game took the team’s offense to the next level. … Look for them to steal the Super Bowl this year. Their opponent should be the Green Bay Packers as their defense is firing on all cylinders.” Finally, a Pats fan who talks about someone other than Tom Brady.

Dein Branch
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Andy Secher
Editor of Hit Parader

“Supe to nuts: Pats over Pack, 31-28. The two best teams in the NFL right now.” Secher, known for his brevity and his name being checked in Guns N’ Roses‘ ‘Get in the Ring,’ is still reeling over the Giants’ collapse at the end of the year. So we’re not shocked that he selected an AFC team to take the prize.

Bill Belichick
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