Boston Celtics: Super Bowl

Doc's Super prediction: Friday night replay

February, 4, 2012
WALTHAM, Mass. -- How does Celtics coach Doc Rivers see Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI playing out between the New England Patriots and New York Giants?

"I said [on Friday] 31-21 Patriots," said Rivers. "But after our game last night [against the New York Knicks], I’ve changed it. I think our game and the football game will be very similar. A little nasty, a little ugly -- but then the Patriots will win at the end."

When a reporter jokingly offered the final score of Friday's Celtics-Knicks game, Rivers laughed and said, "Yeah, 91-89."

Rivers is a big NFL fan and admitted he has a handful of offers to visit friends for Super Bowl parties following Boston's Sunday matinee with the Memphis Grizzlies. He said he'll likely retreat to a one-man Super Bowl party before halftime.

"I got invited to a couple of people's [parties], but I’m pretty antisocial with the Super Bowl," said Rivers. "I actually like watching the game. I’ll go visit some friends for about a quarter, and then I’ll slip out and go home and watch it by myself. I like that."

Rivers has been on the Patriots bandwagon this season (and in year's past given the loyalty among Boston coaches). Of course, there was one time when he was rooting heavily against New England back during Super Bowl XX in 1986 when Rivers' beloved Chicago Bears throttled the Patriots, 46-10.

"Oh, I watched that at Randy Wittman's house with Scott Hastings and all my Hawks teammates," recalled Rivers, who had the luxury of two consecutive offdays to not only watch the game, but celebrate it the day after. He fondly recalled being the only true Bears fan in attendance and used that to his advantage.

"I did well that night," said Rivers. "I took bets after they went down 3-0. And that’s a fact."

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