I was going to do a long update on my take on the recent Superbowls, and I even started writing it in Word. But I got distracted, and now I don't care anymore.
Here's what I had:
I have discussed the Super-Bowl in these pages before , however it’s been six long years since that post. Time for an update.
The 2001 game featured the Baltimore Ravens vaunted defense against the err...Giants who were 12-4 during the regular season. A good game it was not. The Ravens just out-performed the Giants in every facet of the game, not allowing a single point from the Giant offense. The game itself is known more for the MVP (former murder suspect Ray Lewis), and the back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns. According to Wikipedia, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, N*Sync, Nelly and Mary J. Blige were in the halftime show. I don’t recall that, because I was probably gouging out my eyeballs at the time.
Superbowl XXXVI featured the St. Louis Rams, one of my favorite teams in the league, and the New England Patriots, a team I didn’t really care about, or give any chance of winning. The Rams, a single season away from their Superbowl victory over the Titans, had the best offense in the league, and the 7th best Defense in the league. Their 14-2 regular season record was tops in the NFL, and born-again QB Kurt Warner was the league MVP. Marshall Faulk won his third consecutive Offensive Player of the Year award, and Isaac Bruce and the remainder of the receiving corps were all among league leaders. This was an offensive machine that just rolled over opponents.
The Patriots, meanwhile, had a second-string QB as their starter (not many remember that Bledsoe, the LONGTIME QB for the Pats had been knocked out of the starting lineup due to an injury in week 3). They also shouldn’t have even BEEN in the Superbowl, this was the year of the “tuck rule”, and I swear to GOD, that was a goddamned fumble. So needless to say, the Pats winning the game was not a happy thing for me.
The 2003 game, the so-called “Gruden Bowl” had one of the better storylines in the big game (though I would now consider this year’s game featuring two African-American head coaches as having a better ‘storyline’). The game itself between the Oakland Raiders, who FINALLY made it to the big dance again after being denied in the playoffs for the previous two years, against the upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was a snooze-fest. Tampa romped due to Gruden pretty much knowing the Raiders’ game plan. This was also the first Superbowl in San Diego that I was not a resident for. Sad.
The most memorable moment of Superbowl XXXVIII (that’s 38 btw) was a “wardrobe malfunction” and that’s just frackking sad, because the game itself between the Panthers and the Patriots was actually pretty good, and for the second time in three years, Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal. I’m not going to discuss Janet Jackson or that crap, so let’s just move on.
I was really hoping that the Eagles could dethrone the Pats in Superbowl XXXIX, especially since they had come SO CLOSE to the big game the three previous years (they lost 3 consecutive NFC Championship games).
- Crap from Yesterday