Some locals predict Super Bowl LII, with most expecting New England to triumph


[Pictured above: David Rea walks his dog Jake in Oakdale Square on Wednesday morning.]

Among the hype and hoopla that go along with the Super Bowl, one tradition involves forecasting everything from best commercial to the over-under point total to who will be the game’s Most Valuable Player. 

Over the past couple of weeks, we spoke with some armchair prognosticators with Dedham ties for their take on which team would become champions of the uniquely American annual extravaganza that began in the late 60s and has expanded substantially in popularity since then.

The vast majority of those who shared their thoughts with us expect the Patriots to emerge victorious in their clash with the Philadelphia Eagles, which would be New England’s sixth championship in eight trips to the Super Bowl during the Bill Belichick – Tom Brady dynasty, and their third of the past four years.

Don, the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Dedham High who has mentored hundreds of athletes in that sport as well as in soccer and baseball, predicted a 33-21 conquest for the Pats. Billy, owner of Endicott Variety, did not offer a number but said the outcome would be decided like most of the Patriots’ previous Super Bowl wins, “by a field goal.”

Ann, proprietor of a flower business in Oakdale Square, was similarly assured without specifying a final score: “The Patriots are going to win,” she said. Her colleague at the shop, Lorna, also did not give a number. “It’s going to be close, but the Patriots will win,” she added.

Jimmy, who often works the morning shift at a newsstand in Dedham Square, predicted the Patriots would triumph by 10. Karina at the town’s main post office likewise showed plenty of confidence in stating, “The Patriots are going to kick butt.”

David, a resident of the Oakdale section of town who formerly was a teacher and youth football coach, praised Belichick for outsmarting opposing head coaches in planning strategy and making adjustments. David foresaw a 23-13 New England win, although he acknowledged the Eagles’ formidable pass rush.
The only person we spoke with who envisioned Philly capturing its first Vince Lombardi Trophy was Janet, an attorney who grew up in this shiretown but now resides elsewhere. “I feel like the Eagles want it more,” she said.
Peter, a local courier for UPS, was more typical of Dedhamites. He said, “Pats 28-24,” adding that their triumph over Jacksonville in the AFC title game wracked his nerves because the Patriots trailed for long stretches before making a comeback in the waning minutes.
At press time yesterday, the prevailing line in Las Vegas sportsbooks for Super Bowl LII was New England by 4.