Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/3/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
It’s that time again, folks. Time for the Super Bowl, and that means it’s time to listen to every football fan grumble and groan about the teams that made it there - and continue to argue that their team would have been there if it hadn’t been for that one bad call.

Well, since no one can change what teams are in the Super Bowl, you might as well sit back and eat a lot of good food and choose either the Patriots or the Giants to be your team for the night. To make this choice a little easier, here are my top 10 reasons why the team you pick should be the Patriots.

10. King of General, Bill Belichick

Every person I know complains that Bill Belichick never says anything insightful when the microphone is in his face. For the coach of the New England Patriots, you would think talking about his team would be a piece of cake. Unfortunately for Belichick, this is not the case, at least in a regular, not-so-special game. But this is the Super Bowl! A win for the Pats might just give old Bill a little something to say.

9. The Change-Up

Super Bowl XLVI is a rematch of the unforgettable Super Bowl XLII in 2008. I don’t think anyone wants to see the game go exactly the same way. The drama and the nail-biting, sure, but a different outcome would be nice. This is the Patriots’ year.

8. Show Some Love

Chad Ochocinco loves the people. Even his critics get a nice word on Twitter. Plus, he just lost his dad. It’s time to show him some love in return.

7. Post-Super Bowl Spotlight: Ooh Ahh or Aww?

Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen are a super-couple. When it comes to all the air time and spotlight treatment the Super Bowl Champs are sure to receive, would you rather see this dazzling couple or one that evokes pity because it looks like charity?

6. Not Another Wall Street Fiasco

The Wall Street Journal has said the Super Bowl indicator favors the Giants on Sunday if the stock market is to rise this year. But, according to Steven Russolillo of MarketBeat, the last time the indicator failed was the last time these two teams battled for the ring in 2008. Reliable prediction? Not for these teams.

5. Adding Insult to Injury

It’s another Brady-Manning match up. However, it just doesn’t seem right to root Eli on to a Super Bowl ring against Peyton’s rival, when Peyton has had a wasted season due to a potentially career-ending injury. Maybe next year, Little Manning.

4. Divine Intervention

Denver Bronco QB Tim Tebow has said he will be rooting for Patriots’ linebacker Brandon Spikes and tight end Aaron Hernandez on Sunday. I feel a little Tebow magic in the air.

3. Trust the Rankings

On NFL.com, Tom Brady had more yards, higher completion percentage, and a higher overall quarterback rating than Eli Manning. Truth is, it’s a quarterback’s game and it’s all in the numbers.

2. Dynamic Running Back Duo

Between Danny Woodhead, a considerable munchkin in the NFL at 5-foot-7, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis and his super sticky hands, the Giants’ defense will be awfully busy. Good luck seeing Woodhead behind all the 6-foot-plus members of the line. And if you see Green-Ellis, forget about it. With over 1,000 yards and not a single fumble, stopping him will be near impossible.

And finally,

1. Teaching Kids a Valuable Lesson

The Patriots tend to avoid the star system, for the most part, and really look for players with heart. For example, Wes Welker and Kyle Arrington. Neither was drafted, but when picked up by New England, both became an integral part of the system. They are just two of 18 undrafted free agents on the Patriot roster. These guys don’t play for the fame, they play because their hearts lie with the game of good, old-fashioned football.



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