Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sunday NFL Live-Comment Spectacular!
Or: "Dan Remembers the NFC Title Game"

Colts Win! Colts Win! Wow. Well, if you're going to exorcise your demons, it doesn't hurt to do it so epically, pinning the biggest comeback in conference title-game history on your nemesis en route to a Super Bowl. (So where will a certain Pats fan put THIS on his Vengeance Scale?) More in the a.m.

Colts 21, Pats 21
: Another moment where apathetic fans without a rooting interest (beyond disliking BOTH teams) are in good shape. The Colts have actually woken up and made it a game. As good as the Pats looked (and as bad as the Colts looked) in the first half, they look like ass (or good) in the second half. Lot of game left to play, though. Nice to finally see the Colts show up.

Pats-Colts Halftime Update
: The great thing about hating BOTH teams in this game is that you can lament the inevitability of the Pats' victory (as assured as the insufferable reaction from Pats fans) AND mock the ludicrousness of the Colts' sucking.

Bears win NFC:
And they did it decisively. That's why you play the regular season: For home-field advantage in a game like this. Lovie Smith gets a huge boost. Rex Grossman gets a temporary reprieve. You can keep Drew Brees and his stats: Rexy's headed to the Super Bowl.

As we set up for the Pats-Colts game, I'll predict this: If the Bears play the Colts, they'll win the Super Bowl; if they play the Pats, they'll lose.

Meanwhile, my three-day trip to Chicago this upcoming week is going to ride the fine line between fascinating and insufferable.

Bears-Saints Halftime Update
: If the Saints play in the second half with the same urgency they played that last, slice-through-the-D offensive drive of the first half, they could win the game, if only because the Bears managed to turn all those Saints turnovers and all that great field position into a measly 17 points. That's a dangerous game.

Live-Comment on the conference title games now!
(And, during a commercial break -- or three -- enjoy the bonus post directly below this paragraph that I just put together about my own personal experience at the NFC conference-championship game.)

BONUS POST! In the spirit of the NFL conference championship games, I wanted to relay my own personal story about the event. During the 1997 season, I was working for the NFL, helping the league manage NFL.com.

(This was long before the days of a more editorially provocative – uh, that's relative, of course – NFL.com of Carucci, Schefter and Bakay you'll find today. But one mainstay from the current site who was working back then was Gil Brandt, who – let me just say – was the nicest, most considerate person I met while working for the league. He's a truly great guy.)

Anyway, the league wanted some editorial coverage from its NFL.com staff, so they flew me out to San Francisco to "cover" the NFC title game between the 49ers and the Packers. I had a field pass, which was pretty cool; I had an early-model digital camera, which was not. It took roughly the same time to snap a shot as it did to create a daguerreotype in 1870s Deadwood, so you can imagine what my "action" shots looked like.

Aside from not really understanding what my role was supposed to be as a rep of NFL.com "covering" the game -- remember, I was coming off my experience as a "real" "journalist" in Seattle at what was then known, gloriously, as ESPNet.SportsZone.com, where I was the college basketball editor.

I do remember poking around in a way I probably wasn't supposed to, having thought that simply being an employee of the league with a field pass was enough "credential" to go about my business and "cover" the game. And that's where this story takes a bizarre turn:

There was a moment when I was swooped up by what felt like the KGB in the USSR in the early 1980s. Muscled by a couple of goons, I was brought into a back room, where I met the NFL's head of security. (They might have been small. They might have asked politely enough. Time has fuzzied the memory.)

Now, let me just say here that the NFL does NOT fuck around on the security tip. They're all ex-military, ex-CIA, ex-FBI – cripes, they could have been in "The Unit" for all I knew. The point is: They were baddasses. You don't hear about them. You don't read about them, except maybe in regards to some opposition research done on potential draft picks on behalf of the teams in the league.

You certainly don't see them. But I did. Face to face. And, make no mistake: They scared the bejeesus out of me.

I don't remember the content of the conversation, exactly. I remember them asking me what I was doing there. I stammered out something about being part of NFL.com (remember, at the time I thought they were going to throw a bag over my head and throw me into the San Francisco Bay, never to be heard from again).

They found my excuses suspicious. I presume that they – like much at the league at the time – didn't really understand that there even WAS an NFL.com. I presume that these ex-CIA guys thought that "dot-com" stood for "dot-Communist," and I was to be treated like Aldrich Ames.

I was told – either firmly, sternly or shit-your-pantsingly – that I was to be MUCH better about making sure all of my movements and "clearance" were tracked through the league's PR office. Perhaps it was the rohypnol they injected me with when I entered the room, but I felt like my head was a balloon on a string, and I simply bounced it up and down in recognition of what they were saying.

Actually, I was really having an internal monologue with myself while this was going on. The gist of what I was saying to myself: "Are you fucking kidding me? What the hell is going on here? Are they really trying to *intimidate* me? Or scare me? Sure, it's working, but do they understand that (a) I work for the same team, and (b) it's a fucking football game, not national security."

There was a moment when the internal monologue got loud and disparaging enough that I had to suppress a smile, simply at the ludicrousness of it all – being treated like I'm some sort of threat to the league. But one look at the badass Mr. Security Honcho wiped any thought of that out of my mind.

He never raised his voice. That's partially what freaked me out about him. He was cold, like someone who had killed a man. OK, or at least derailed a sketchy college football players' draft hopes for a living. But I'm quite sure he'd killed a man. I could see it in his "Krazee-Eyez Killa" eyes. But I was no Larry David. (Well, Jewish. And neurotic. But not nearly wealthy enough.)

As I nodded my understanding of his talking-to -- profusely apologizing for any inconvenience I might have caused, because I am, at my core, a weakling kiss-ass -- I was escorted out of this hidden back room and back out into the NFL's main compound.

The conference title-game lesson learned? Don't fuck with NFL security.

(The postscript? They still sent me to San Diego for the Super Bowl, where I covered the game trepidatiously, mindful of my lesson at the NFC title game. The best part? The NFL allowed each employee at the game to have two tickets, which I gave to my father and brother, who flew out using miles and stayed with me for free in my hotel room, enjoying the NFL's hospitality and insider access to places like the NFL Experience theme park and MTV's Rock and Jock game, where Keyshawn Johnson told me to "Fuck off" when I asked him for a fun quote. But that's another story.)

ORIGINAL POST: My online presence might be spotty today (though I'm going to try to be back online and joining our NFL live-comment by the time we get to the first game), so I'm creating the live-comment post to handle analysis and commentary on today's NFL games now. I know I'm missing the usual commentary on the day's big storylines (Tomlin to Steelers? Texas A&M thumps Okie St! and more), but everyone is focused on the games today. So let's dig right in with final previews and analysis, flowing right into game time. I'm excited to join in today. Huge day. More interesting: A highly unpredictable day. Anyone who says they know what is going to happen is fooling you. But, again, the one constant is the overwhelming rooting interest for the Saints (and overwhelming sense of "Whoever wins, we lose" toward the Pats and Colts). -- D.S.

92 comments:

GuyInTheCorner said...

Back to Action!

So... I'm back. After 3 weeks in Israel and 1 week in Orlando I'm glad to be back home. (OK, I'm not. But how would you feel if I told you that you guys aren't the most interesting bunch ever? Yeah, that's what I thought.) Did anybody miss me? I know that when I left I was Big D's favorite commenter, and I wonder if that still holds true.

As far as the Pats-Colts debate goes...
I'm rooting for the Pats. As I'm not actually a fan of either team I will root for my favorite player, which is Tom Brady.

I don't understand the hatred towards Pat's fans. The suggestion that they even rival Yankee fans is insane. Pat's fans are just happy their teamhas been winning and that they have a great coach and QB. Can you blame them? If my team won three Super Bowls and had Belichek and Brady I'd be pretty fricking happy about it too.

I love the fact that I have another opportunity to see the Manning Face. I know deep down that Dungy is not a good playoff coach.

Sure, I think it's actually a little unfair that the Patriots line to the Super Bowl included Jets-Marty-Dungy. But that's how the cookie crumbles.
(on a side note: when was the last time you heard someone actually say "That's how the cookie crumbles." 5 years? 10?)

On a comppletely seperate note...
As a Bullets fan, I am blind to all things detrimental to Gilbert "Hibatchi!" Arenas. And if I was a Blazer right now, I'd be shaking in my boots.
(on a side note: when was the last time you heard someone actually say "I'd be shaking in my boots." 15 years? 20?)

Anonymous said...

Everybody's hating on the Colts this year... but I don't know, there's something about them this year, be it luck, desperation, whatever - that I think will catapult them into the Super Bowl. I don't care about how bad Dungy is in the playoffs or Manning's poor performance so far - this TEAM has something going for it and I don't think they can be stopped. Whether it be Pretty Boy Brady or the collective will of America's rooting interest in the Saints. I just hope these games are as exciting as they appear to be on paper.

Steve said...

I want the Colts and Saints to win so I am picking the Colts and Saints. Fuck hedging. Like that's going to make you feel any better when the team you want to win gets their ass kicked. BS

j. sherer said...

hey dan, i've got a teaser for you and want to see if you have the answer.

Today's distance between championship games is 184 miles. Is this the shortest distance ever between the two?

rafael said...

Yankee fans stopped being the banner carriers of annoying fans about 3 years ago. Boston fans have the stranglehold now.

I have no idea who will win Colts/Pats. I don't think anyone really does. I do want the Colts to win, for Dungy.

Tomlin is not going to the Steelers according to the team...so I'll trust them rather than ESPN.

Hisjazziness said...

Steelers didn't say Tomlin wasn't the guy. They said they have come to no contract agreement with anyone. The Pgh Trib stated that a source close to Grimm said he received an offer and accepted it. I think Grimm's people are the liars. The Steelers are negotiating with Tomlin.

Dan Mega said...

ESPN is treating the Bears like they treated the 2005 White Sox when they were going through their record setting post season run- with no respect.

Look at the "experts" picks for the NFC game: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/features/talent.

That is fine with me. Its Chicago Bears versus the entire country.

Bears 31, Saints 24

Oh and

Colts 35, Pats 31 in a thriller

Anonymous said...

While I'm sure Tomlin is a very qualified candidate, here's a question to ponder if the Steelers do in fact hire Tomlin: did they hire him because he was better than all the other candidates or was he hired because Dan Rooney is associated with the "Rooney Rule" and needed to hire an african-american coach to legitimize the rule.

Hisjazziness said...

Because he's the best guy for the job. They wouldn't hire someone to legitimize a rule (which by the way only states that minorities need to be interviewed).

nep1293 said...

I'm going with the Bears and Patriots only because this year has been an "opposite" year. Whoever everyone thinks is going to win seems to lose every week.

I have no doubts that 1 road team will win.

Bears 34-13
Patriots 21-20 (Vinatieri misses a GW FG attempt) c'mon tell me how funny that would be!!

mirthywvu said...

wow, this is a sorry comment board today...well at least the Saints stopped fumbling and scored before the end of the half...I was starting to get bored...with Rex Grossman and his awesome stats, anything could still be possible

Alex said...

Bush!

Dan Mega said...

TD Bears!

Dan Mega said...

Bears are in the Superbowl. The media still won't give them a chance regardless of who they play.

Steve said...

Well considering that the 6 seed for the afc last year beat the 1 seed for the nfc, and that the afc dominated the nfc head to head this year, shouldn't the afc be favored? Yes, I know the NL won the World Series this year, but most of the time the better half of the league ends up winning the championship.

EPorvaznik said...

What, Who's Yer Daddy Mellencamp not singing the national anthem??? I can only pray that this is still our country.

Steve said...

"What, Who's Yer Daddy Mellencamp not singing the national anthem??? I can only pray that this is still our country."

Nope, The U.S. was taken over by Mozambique and Gerald Ford is dead.

Cody said...

Well the more lucky than good Pats are back at it..fumble for a TD.

GuyInTheCorner said...

The truth is, I wouldn't say the Pats were lucky there. They had a fumble that was crazy unpatriotic (npi). So the fact that they were lucky on the same play where they were unlucky cancels out, I think.

I did like the 2 replays though.

1 had Peyton with the obvious Manning face after such a play.

And the other was some moron in a Colt's Jersey running down the field pointing the other way while the ball came out from under and was recovered for a TD.

Cody said...

That's the definition of being lucky. Doing something terrible that you normally don't do and it works out for you. Fumbling for a TD and last week Brady throwing an INT for a first down.

Steve said...

guyinthecorner, a botched handoff is not unlucky, it's just bad execution. I can't believe you even tried to make that argument. That is something I would have expected to hear Joe Buck say.

Anonymous said...

A botched handoff is bad execution. A botched handoff for a touchdown is lucky, even by Patriots luck standards.

Steve said...

I swear to god I hope the Bears destroy the Patriots 46-10 again.

nep1293 said...

We're only 8 months away from all the football experts saying how Peyton will finally win the big one this year. I'm gonna start making calendars with that day already marked.

Anonymous said...

Colts bring Sorgi in!!! hahahaha

Cody said...

What's this we're haveing here, are they going to make up another rule on the spot that benefits the Pats.

Cody said...

no..just a non call. This game is lose-lose for me. I hate Manning and I really hate Brady, Bill B. and Dillon. If the Pats win it will be non-stop on the slurping of Brady.

Brendan Burke said...

That was a horrible call. First there is no way that he would have come down in bounds had he not been hit, but then they uphold him not starting out before the jump. This is a joke.

Anonymous said...

what a game!! Nice TD by Gaffney, good call!

Brendan Burke said...

Good call? He when he caught the ball, half of his body was out of bounds. He would have been lucky to get one foot in bounds much less 2.

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Brendan Burke said...

I love watch O-Lineman score!!

mirthywvu said...

Well I hate the 2 teams but this is at least entertaining....I'm rooting for the lesser of the 2 evils (I think Peyton and his plethora of commercials makes him the worst) and I do think that was a good TD by Gaffney
Did I just see another fumble recovery for a TD...wow..unbelievable, wow

GuyInTheCorner said...

That was a good call.

The jump reminds me of the time that Avery Johnson made that 3-pointer in the corner with his toes in bounds and his heels hanging over the line.

Then the catch was just crazy. He actually ept control the whole time.

Then he got 1 foot down and the other was clearly coming down in bounds.

What amazes me is the body control of NFL receivers these days. What the hell was that anyway?

He knew exactly where he was at all times.

Brendan Burke said...

The feet on the line before the jump was questionable and I clearly can see that not being overturned, but there is no way he would have come down. His body was moving back, the out of bounds line split his body, and he at best could get one foot in. Though this shows why they don't allow teams to challenge that call.

GuyInTheCorner said...

He could have got 1 foot down?

He did get 1 foot down!

And if he jumped inside the endzone and got 1 foot in the endzone, doesn't that mean he jumped straight up?

Hence the second foot would have come down in bounds.

Brendan Burke said...

Actually he go no feet in bounds because of the hit. He landed out after the hit and not part of him was in. And you can start in bounds and jump back to catch the ball and only then land with one in bounds.

Anonymous said...

doesn't matter it was called a Pats TD!!

GuyInTheCorner said...

I think you need to watch that replay again.

1 foot was CLEARLY in bounds and the other being forced out is only slighty questionable.

Brendan Burke said...

You are right. TD is the result and that is what matters.

GuyInTheCorner said...

I think it's annoying that now if Peyton screws up in the 4th Quarter of a big game he actually has a decent exuse.

That looked painful.

But in other news... Tom Brady's arm is having no trouble slinging that rock all over the field.

Brendan Burke said...

Has anyone noticed how many drops there have been in this game? I mean it is more than the number at Soldier Field.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Um...

You know what? I think that's where I'll leave it after that crazy non-pass interference call.

Just "Um...".

Brendan Burke said...

Their feet got tangled? Sure Phil. I agree. That is about as much as you can do without just grabbing him and tackling him outright.

Anonymous said...

pretty heavy handchecking allowed, hope they repay Pats on this series for Indy.

GuyInTheCorner said...

The first time when they called incidental contact because their feet got tangled, I think that the refs were trying to throw a call the way of the Pats. Little did they know that it really should have been a non-call because Reggie Wayne tripped himself.

Maybe on that play, the Refs were trying to make sure they repaid the Colts.

Unfortunetly they were making up for a bad call that was actually the right call.

Brendan Burke said...

Who knows? The first one on Wayne was correct whether for tangled feet or uncatchable. That last one that was not called on the Colts was mind boggling.

Brendan Burke said...

I just realized that these are going to be the announcers for the Superbowl. That blows.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Does Peyton do his best Peyton Manning imitation and screw this up?

Find out next on CBS!

Anonymous said...

Nah, I think that was an uncatchable ball. It is ticky tack calls like that one that ruin the NFL. Let them play!

And Patriot fans are whining about how refs call pass interference? Wow.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Peyton Manning in Playoff game typical bad throw when it counts: 2 bad throws / 2 plays

Brendan Burke said...

We really needed Simms to count the players in the huddle. I was afraid the Refs might have missed counted.

GuyInTheCorner said...

If I'm the Colts right now, I'd be afraid of scoring to early.

Very Afraid.

Dan Mega said...

Every heart of every Indy fan almost just stopped when that WR lost the ball. Good thing for them he held on. Looks like OT may be in the works here.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

Looong delays in Chicago.. I'm probably not going to get back to Maryland until 3am... but...

Hey, at least I figured out how to get net access!

Pats up 3, have the ball with 5 minutes to go... and... 12 men in the huddle? Losing their composure?

Brady wants Troy Brown outside, almost throws a terrible pick on 3rd down. Pats losing their composure?

Manning hits Wayne, who fumbles but recovers.. and tack on 15 yards for roughing the passer??? A break *doesn't* go the Pats way, plus the personal foul. Pats losing their composure?

I am giddy.

GuyInTheCorner said...

That was roughing the passer.

If you are a mental patient.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

Can't slap a QB in the head. Gay rule, but it's the rule.

GuyInTheCorner said...

That would be the aforementioned "Scoring too early" I was speaking of.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

Ok, I hate the Pats... but.. if Brady does this, gets a TD with 1:00 and 2 timeouts (1:00 minus whatever the kickoff return takes, of course)..... I will give him the "best playoff QB of all-time" ahead of Joe Montana.

Brendan Burke said...

And everyone outside of Boston cheers!

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

See that shot of Peyton? He can't even look? He can't get up and cheer on his defense? I just lost a lot of respect for him.

Anonymous said...

Peyton can't watch lol

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

Game ovah! Steelers of the 70s still the only team to win 4 SBs in 6 years. I r happy.

rafael said...

oh thank god!! no pats talk for another year!!

Dan Mega said...

Tom Brady! CHOKE!

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

2 black head coaches in the Super Bowl. History will be made in two weeks. Very, very cool.

Anonymous said...

Bears 46 Colts 10 in the BigGame

EPorvaznik said...

So let me get this straight, does this make Tony Dungy the second black coach to guide a team to the Super Bowl?

Also, would Solomon Wilcots be the 17th or 18th black sideline reporter?

mirthywvu said...

I wonder how many more Peyton commercials will be filmed in the next 2 weeks, damn. Oh well, it was a great game, one of the best of year easily!

GuyInTheCorner said...

I'm speechless.

I actually cannot believe what I just saw.

Colts fans DO believe in miracles.

Down goes Belichek! Down goes Belichek!

The interception heard 'rounnd the world.

Anonymous said...

Brady is a choker!

Hope all Pats fans see how dumb that sounds.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Wow.

The realization that all of this year's Super Bowl commercials will be ruined because Peyton Manning will star in all of them just hit me like a ton of bricks.

This sucks.

Steve said...

As someone who lives in Fort Wayne and gets to see every Colts and Bears game very week, in quickie fashion, this is the Best. Super. Bowl. Ever.

Cody said...

Thank God for not having to hear Tom Brady and Bill B. cocksuckery any more. Now if Manning loses in the SB we don't have to hear his either.

nep1293 said...

Does anyone know what show is on next on CBS?

Pats had plenty of chances to put em away. Their own formula went against them. Don't let teams hang around. Gotta give it to Indy

rafael said...

No...Manning HAS to win for him to fade away. If he loses..then we'll have to hear about how close he's gotten to winning it all for the next 6 years.

But if he wins..then he becomes history. Noone gives a crap about Gruden, Vermeil, Steve Young, etc. once they won the game.

GuyInTheCorner said...

The truth is that McNabb isn't still atremendous loser and he has still failed to win the big one after he didn't get there so many times.

Cody said...

After the "tuck rule" game all Pats fans lost thier privilege to complain about any call the ref's make.

A bit of the karma boomerang in this one. The Colts won in Pats fashion. The Colts got a couple of lucky bounces to go their way, two wide open dropped passes by the Pats and they too scored a TD on a fumble. They got a key call from the officials to go their way, roughing the passer was an iffy call and wasn't flagged for pass interference in the endzone. (that too would have been an iffy call but the Pats usually get those calls)

Kurt said...

Boston will be pretty silent and depressed tomorrow. I.can't.wait.

Cody said...

rafael - damn, you may be right. Am I going to have to root for Indy in the SB now..ah just can't do it. It was hard enough to root for them tonight, Go Bears.

Mike said...

Cody said...

Thank God for not having to hear Tom Brady and Bill B. cocksuckery any more.


A-men.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

Just saw the reference to Simmons. No one cares - he'll be too busy "consoling" Brady (i.e., blowing him) to do anything except say, "Hey, 3 SBs in 4 years, suckas!"

My only hope is that enough people email him, reminding him that his favorite "choker" beat the "golden boy" because the golden boy choked (2 INT-type passes on the last two drives).

I love it. I hope Simmons' head implodes.

RexyBack said...

Bears vs. Colts


ARE YOU SERIOUS!?


GO BEARS!

GuyInTheCorner said...

I have to admit that I am also at a crossroads.

On one side lies the path where the Colts are still a team that doesn't really spark any rooting interest for me. Peyton Manning is someone who has become exceedingly annoying over the years and Joseph "Live and Let" Addai is pretty much the only positive thing on their team. Dwight Freeney and Marvin Harrison are overrated, and although I enjoy Reggie Wayne, he is not a truly great player either. And then there's Cato June...

On the other side lies a path where the Colts could win and finally go away forever. That sounds very tempting. If Peyton made a deal with a higher power and guarenteed to not do anymore commercials if he could just win this game, I'd say give it to him. But otherwise I have a hard time endorsing Peyton Manning in any way.

This looks to be a Super Bowl where I choose a side to root for, and then bet on the other team. Just so there's some type of win-win situation.

Anonymous said...

All week the blogs (including Shanoff) shoved down our throats the, "Oh poor us fans, not another Pats/Colts game."

With all do respect, and I MEAN with all due respect, that idea aint worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin it on.

Poor us. Poor us for having to "suffer" through an exceptionally exciting, well played playoff game. Wow, did it ever suck to watch 2 really good teams play really good football, trading scores in a game that came down to the last 30 seconds.

Anonymous said...

Really good football? Linemen were scoring off of fumbles. That is pretty lousy football. Good ending though.

Tea Blogger said...

If you mean insufferable in the same way that you are insufferable about the Gators, then I hope that you suffer quite a bit in your 3 days.

Tim said...

I hope that someone emails simmons to say that his Pats-Yanks comparison just got a lot closer. Red Sox beat the Yanks in the greatest comback EVER, and the Colts just beat the Pats with the best comback ever in a conference championship game.

Oddly enough this is what gave me a little hope at halftime with the Colts down 21-6.

WuzUpG said...

So much for one visiting team and one home team winning in the Championship games. So much for Brady being undefeated in domes.

Has Reche Caldwell received the new Bill Buckner award? You'd think after the first drop, he'd learn to watch the ball in his hands. Or, was it the new Curse of Vinatieri? Did the curse have an in"flu"ence on the Pat's D in the 2nd half?

I don't think there's been a Super Bowl with two teams that are geographically as close to each other. The closest was San Francisco/San Diego.

GuyInTheCorner said...

WUZUPG said...
"I don't think there's been a Super Bowl with two teams that are geographically as close to each other. The closest was San Francisco/San Diego."

While Part 1 of that statement (this is the closest) is correct, Part 2 (the previous closest was San Fran/San Diego) is horribly wrong.

List of closest teams to eachother in miles in a Super Bowl:

1. Super Bowl XLI, Bears (Chicago) - Colts (Indianapolis), 183 miles
2. Super Bowl III, Colts (Baltimore) - Jets (New York), 192 miles
3. Super Bowl XXXV, Ravens (Baltimore) - Giants (East Rutherford), 193 miles
4. Super Bowl XXXIX, Patriots (Foxboro) - Eagles (Philadelphia), 294 miles
5. Super Bowl XXXIV, Rams (St. Louis) - Titans (Nashville), 308 miles
6. Super Bowl XXV, Bills (Buffalo) - Giants (East Rutherford), 391 miles
7. Super Bowl XXVI, Bills (Buffalo) - Redskins (Washington), 456 miles
8. Super Bowl XXIX, 49ers (San Francisco) - Chargers (San Diego), 503 miles

Anonymous said...

guyinthecorner - Are you kidding? If the Colts win the Super Bowl the Peyton Manning overload we are already suffering is only going to get worse. Instead of every third commercial havin Manning in it, it will be every other commercial or worse every commercial.

rafael said...

Crazy Pats fan!! Craz Pats fan!!


;)


I still maintain the Manning mystique (as far as Peyton) goes, will begin to dissipate. Remember, noone likes a winner. Things might transfer over to Eli Manning...but he doesn't seem capable of anything other than an openmouth look of disbelief. not good for commercials.