Top of the morning, Jan. 26, 2014

Top of the morning, Jan. 26, 2014

Tom Ewing, who turned 100 in November, has a few years on Peyton Manning.

So if matched against the veteran Broncos quarterback on the football field, Tom knows his limitations.

"Even though (Manning) is getting older," Tom said, "I don't think I could catch him."

Back in the day, Tom gave guys like Manning fits. A DePauw University Hall of Famer who played end on the school's unbeaten 1933 football team, Tom was what kids today would call a "beast," an old-school type who didn't mind mixing it up in a leather helmet.

That's why we turned to him for a prediction for next weekend's Super Bowl XLVIII, which is as old-school as it gets — outdoors in the cold. Just as Tom likes it.

"I never cared for indoor football," he said.

Tom plans to watch the big game — as he has done for years — in his apartment at Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village in Urbana, celebrating "with a few candies" after dinner. If the game plays out like he thinks it will, Manning will be celebrating, too.

"I have the Broncos 25-5," he said. "The other team is the defensive team, Denver is the offensive team. So I pick offense over defense in this case."

Tom grew up in Danville rooting for the Bears. Spunky and known as a bit of a character at Clark-Lindsey, he is confident Chicago's NFL team will return to the Super Bowl. Just give it time.

"I think I'll be about 105," he said.

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