Sunday, February 6, 2011

7 Super Bowl thoughts

A quick run through an entertaining Super Bowl XLV, won by Green Bay over Pittsburgh, 31-25:

1) I'm happiest for former Panther coach Dom Capers, who finally got a Super Bowl ring as Green Bay's defensive coordinator. Capers' defense wasn't perfect, but it intercepted Big Ben a couple of times and didn't allow him to get his final two-minute drive even to midfield before giving up the ball on downs.

2) Aaron Rodgers is something, isn't he? The Green Bay QB had 300 yards passing even though receiver Jordy Nelson dropped at least three passes Rodgers threw him (and, to be fair, caught a bunch of them, too). Rodgers had to carry the offense and he did.

3) Weird to see Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy basically abandon the run even though his team never trailed, calling close to four times as many pass plays as run plays. It's the sort of thing that Bill Belichick does occasionally with Tom Brady, and makes all the sense in the world when you have an elite QB and your running game is sporadic.

4) My favorite Super Bowl commercials? The one for Doritos when the slacker guy brings both a fish and a grandfather back to life with sprinklings of the chips, and the one for the VW Passat in which the kid with the Darth Vader costume tries to use his "powers" on the car.

5) Could Steelers safety Troy Polamalu have been worse? The only big hit I remember him making was after Green Bay scored a TD. And he got beat late by Greg Jennings for another TD. Too bad we can't have a re-vote on NFL Defensive Player of the Year, because after seeing that, Green Bay's Clay Matthews should have gotten that honor.

6) Did you see Roger Staubach (my childhood sports hero, incidentally) have to run that gantlet of Packers with the Vince Lombardi trophy in his hands postgame on the way to the presentation? Good thing his nickname was the "Dodger" -- some of those Packers were pretty aggressive.

7) All in all, that was a fun Super Bowl, although it won't be remembered as an incredible one since there wasn't a single lead change.
Still, it reminds us all how good the NFL is as a spectator sport -- and how much it will be missed if the stubborn players and stubborn owners can't divvy up the billions of dollars available here and get a season played in 2011. I don't want this Super Bowl to be the last NFL game you or I see for two years -- and there's no way it should be.

16 comments:

Lance said...

It certainly shows how important the QB is in today's game. Dilfer's Ravens were an exception. The Panthers are going nowhere without at least a top 10 QB.

Anonymous said...

Get us a real QB, Panthers, and maybe we can get back there in a couple of years. Claussen will be in the CFL soon.

Anonymous said...

Polamalu was out of shape when he came back from injury and never recovered. He played poorly the entire post season - would have been the difference in this game if he had been in form.

Anonymous said...

All I could think about watching Rodgers win and Roth in his 3rd SB in 6 yrs was -- JIMMY CLAUSEN WOULD NEVER BE THE QB FOR EITHER OF THOSE TEAMS --

We are STUCK with a damn lame ass QB and we can thank Hurney for that

Anonymous said...

You're spot-on about Clay Matthews. He's an AMAZING player and makes me smile every time I watch him make a play. He should've gotten something this season.

Anonymous said...

You guys that dis Clausen are pathetic. Did you see what he had around him? Rookie WRs, injuries everywhere, and a terrible O-Line. The kid has talent and just needs the right people around him.

Anonymous said...

Another Carolina connection.......

Late in the game, Kevin Greene caught by a camera, telling Clay Matthews something like, "Now's the time....." Next play, Matthew causes the fumble.

Anonymous said...

COMEON. CLAUSEN IS ONE OF THE GREATEST QB EVER. STOP DISSING FUTURE GREATNESS.

Anonymous said...

Hurney needs a pay raise. Not his fault these players dont perform.

dawaylifeiz.com said...

DaWayLife Iz's Superbowl Review
Some of my observatio­ns:
1) The 'How Many Times Have You Seen/Heard­/Sung this song, but you choose the Nation's Biggest Stage to Take a Crap on the National Anthem?' Moment- Ms. Aguilera, Ms. Aguilera..­.tsk tsk tsk....
2) The Most Useless New Feature Ever Promoted In an Overpriced Commercial­- The Update Your Facebook Status Instantly Through OnStar,now available in the new Chevy Cruze. How did we ever survive before this???
3) The 'Big Dummy' moment of the game-With his team down in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter and attempting to gain good field position with a good special teams run back, #57 Keyaron Fox proceeds to have a major brain fart and gets flagged for a personal foul, setting his team half the distance away from their previous spot. Way to earn that special teams spot Keyaron.
4) The 'The Way Things Were' nostalgic moment of the game-Props to the Steelers for giving it the ol' College Try on their 2 point conversion­,breaking out a college staple QB Option play from the last page of their yearbook. Thought I was watching one of the old USC offenses of the 1990s for a second.
5) The 'I See 1000 Dead People' look of the game- Rashard Mendenhall­'s look on his face as he fumbles the ball and is driven to the ground by Green Bay defenders, giving him no chance to retrieve his fumble.
www.dawayl­ifeiz.com

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Anonymous said...

Kevin Greene is a very good coach/motivator. Clay Matthews feeds off Greene's intensity. They are a perfect match.

Anonymous said...

THANK U GREEN BAY CHEESE PACKERS FOR WHIPPING THE PITTSBURGH FUDGE PACKERS.

Anonymous said...

Go to hell Jimmy Clausen - you pathetic piece of crap

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