Posts Tagged ‘Super Bowl’

Anyone who believes the Super Bowl was a success in Big D, other than the newly crowned world champion Green Bay Packers, needs to think again and get a reality check. The big “show” that Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones hoped to stage could not have been more of a mess.

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Coach worship is a virtual religion in this country. It’s a key pillar in our understanding and enjoyment of sports. The best example of coach worship might be the reverence we hold for the Green Bay Packer’s legendary head coach Vince Lombardi, who is perhaps football’s greatest coaching icon, and deservedly so. The Super Bowl trophy is named for Lombardi.

But rarely if ever do I read, watch or hear about real coaching excellence or genius when it comes to the assessment of minority coaches.

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If Roethlisberger makes it to the Super Bowl again, that will mean his playoff record balloons to a remarkable 10 – 2, one of the all-time best playoff records for a quarterback in NFL history. By comparison, Peyton Manning has a playoff record of 9 – 10 and only one Super Bowl victory.

If Pittsburgh wins the next two games, Roethlisberger will then match Tom Brady for Super Bowl wins with three. Big Ben will only be 29 years old this March, leaving lots of years left to win more Super Bowls and perhaps surpass Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw. What will we think if Roethlisberger wins five or six Super Bowls by the time he retires? Where will he rank then in the hierarchy of great quarterbacks?

I think it means that this hulk of a passer, with a face that perhaps only his mother can love, will have to be considered one of the greatest “winners” to ever play the game, whether any of us likes it or not.

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Conventional wisdom mandated that New England’s heralded Tom Brady would easily outplay the Jets’ second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez. Conventional wisdom also had it that Bill Belichick could not possibly be out-coached by a guy who is now America’s most famous admirer of feet.

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The Indianapolis Colts never had a chance. The Who Dat Nation and the New Orleans Saints were not to be denied on Super Bowl Sunday. Call it fate, destiny or whatever, but something intervened. This was the Saints’ Super Bowl. The Saints reaped the benefits of every break, hit a bit harder and seemed to […]

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The Game of the Week is easily Green Bay against Minnesota on Monday Night Football. It will be Brett Favre’s first game against the Packers since he left the team two seasons ago. Favre denies its a revenge game. But don’t believe a word he says. Favre’s track record for honesty is pretty shaky these […]

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A day before the big game, the nation’s biggest annual event, and this year there are very few words about the prospect of an African-American coach winning. This time it seems Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin is just another coach on the verge of leading his team to victory on the world’s largest sports stage. I suppose […]

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Following the AFC and NFC championship games yesterday there is one certainty: an African American head coach will win the upcoming Super Bowl. Let that sink in for a minute. For the first time in NFL history two black men will lead their teams in football’s biggest game. This is an extremely significant development for […]

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