Larry Leeds

Well, there is one more football game left for the season - Super Bowl LI - and after Sunday, all football fans will have to wait until the preseason games start again.

I normally don't make predictions, but for the Super Bowl, a prediction must be made.

First of all, I don't mind either Atlanta or New England. Neither one is my favorite team, but I don't dislike either team. Not like some of the NFL teams.

I wouldn't mind seeing Atlanta win on Sunday because it would be the first Super Bowl win for the Falcons. However, it would be nice to see Bill Belichick and Tom Brady gain their fifth Super Bowl together.

For my pick, I have to go with the veterans of the Super Bowl and tab New England as the team to beat. At this time of the season, you need your leaders battle-tested and the Patriots are surely that.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.