Super Bowl Reflections

  • I read a lot over the past week about "the media" attacking Jacksonville, the site of the Superbowl. Evidently, it was the smallest city ever to host a Superbowl. Personally, I don't see the relevance of the size of the city. I'm still an advocate of rotating the Superbowl around the entire league, and letting the teams play in cold weather every once in awhile. However, I'm not holding my breath on that coming to fruition. One thought stuck in my mind as I read the attacks on Jacksonville, and the rebuttals--look out next year!! The site of next year's Superbowl: Detroit!
  • I wasn't surprised that tonight's game was a fairly good one. The Patriots usually play in close games, outside of the shalacking they gave to the Steelers (which really was still a game in the 4th quarter.)
  • I don't know if I've ever seen worse clock management in a big game than the Philadephia Eagles displayed midway through the 4th quarter. Play after play, they would catch little dink passes over the middle for a few yards, and then get into a huddle. I'm sure people in Pittsburgh could hear the people in Philadelphia screaming at their TVs for Donovan McNabb to light a fire under his ass and get moving. The Eagles actually forced the Patriots to punt with about 50 seconds left in the game. Only down by 3 points, with David Acres as a kicker, this was an amazing opportunity to pull off an improbable comeback after losing an onside kick. However, they didn't have anyone deep to receive the punt (dumb!), so it dribbled all the way to the 4 yard line. Then, they managed to gain one yard on a pass in the middle of the field, taking the clock down to about 20 seconds. Come on, McNabb. I like Donovan McNabb, but he sure didn't show many smarts in the 4th quarter today. Can you imagine Elway, Montanta, Marino or (ugh) Brady with 45 seconds to work with, only needing a field goal?
  • The Patriots are now being labelled a dynasty, but they have a chance to redefine the word over the next decade. I cringe at the thought, but the Pats have such a solid nucleus and a great coach. It is almost unfathomable to think that they won't win another Superbowl in the next few years. As much as it pains me to say it, Belichick and co. simply find a way to get it done.
  • I'm grateful that the Fox commentators didn't overdo the bit about Brady's grandmother dying last week. My condolences are out to the Brady family, but many players have personal tragedies that they are dealing with. The ingredients were all there to make this a soppy story, but, thankfully, Fox resisted. It was mentioned, I thought, in a classy manner, and then dropped. (Of course, I didn't watch any pregrame. For all I know, there could have been an entire half hour segment on the death of Brady's grandmother.)
  • The halftime show was boring. Of course, I don't know if I've ever been entertained by a Superbowl halftime show, including last year, when I was in the shower during the wardrobe malfunction (not that I wanted to witness that travesty!) Come on, though! Paul McCartney??!! Can't they do better than that?


Jaquandor said…
The size of a market is pretty relevant for an event the size of the Super Bowl -- we're talking tens of thousands of people descending up a city. That poses problems to a city like Jacksonville, which has a lot of work to do if their infrastructure isn't big enough to handle that kind of thing usually. (For one example, Jacksonville only has something like 7000 hotel rooms.) By all accounts, Jacksonville did fine, but look to the problems that Atlanta had when it hosted the Olympics. That's a big deal.

As for the StuPats, I expect them to follow the same track the Cowboys of the 90s did -- free agency, injuries, and coaching departures are going to take their toll. Expect them to come back to earth in the next year or two. They'll still be competitive, but I don't see them winning the next four Super Bowls or anything. I'm not even going to pick them for next year (they just lost two of their very important coaches).

BTW, here's a little food for thought: Belichick was an average coach, at best, until he happened to have his starting QB get hurt, forcing him to put Brady in. Coincidence?

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