Before the big game we saw this past Sunday, ESPN 1320’s “Rise Guys'” host Mark Kreidler wrote about how he did not want the Super Bowl to be one of the most boring championship games in the history of the the NFL. Among that list was a game we just saw a few years ago in Super Bowl XLVIII when the game was pretty much over when Peyton Manning fumbled the snap on the opening drive, resulting in a safety for the Seahawks.
Honestly, when the game was 14-0 in favor of the Falcons, I thought we were heading for another sleeper. Even though the great New England Patriots were having of their worst performances in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, everyone still wants an exciting or at-least a good game if their team, like my now-Los Angeles Chargers, isn’t competing on of the biggest sports stages in the world.
So, in response to Mr. Mark Kreidler’s blog (http://www.espn1320.net/Dear-Super-Bowl-LI-Don-t-Be-Like-These-Guys/19475646?pid=531369&do=1&stnBlogPage=true), here is a list of why Super Bowl LI was like these guys.
The Five Most Exciting Super Bowls Ever:
5. Super Bowl XLIII. 2009
Arizona was trailing 20-7 at the start of the fourth quarter but scored 16 consecutive points to take the lead with 2:37 remaining in the game. If Santonio Holmes doesn’t make the game-winning catch, everyone would remember Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard go-ahead touchdown catch. Unfortunately when you leave 2:37 remaining on the clock and Ben Roethlisberger in his prime is your quarterback, you should have nothing to worry about. Ultimately Holmes had the game-winning touchdown to give the Steelers a 27-20 lead with 35 seconds left and was named Super Bowl MVP. Even though it was the Pittsburgh Steelers winning their sixth Super Bowl, what a finish right?
4. Super Bowl XXV. 1991
I wasn’t born when this game occurred, let alone that my parents weren’t even married yet. However, watching the ESPN 30 for 30 series can make a young sports fan like myself feel like I watched some of the greatest moments in American sports history from the 1970’s, 1980’s and early 1990’s. The Four Falls of Buffalo episode went into heavy detail on this Super Bowl because the Bills were so close and the next three Super Bowls that they lost wouldn’t have been less of a discussion. Let me break this down to those who haven’t seen footage of this game; it’s 20-19 in-favor of the Giants, there’s only eight seconds left on the game clock in the fourth quarter and Bill’s kicker Scott Norwood lines up for a potential 47-yard game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, the late January Tampa Bay wind forced the kick to go just left on the goalpost upright. Fast forward 26 years later and this is still the only potential Super Bowl winning field goal attempt missed by a kicker.
3. Super Bowl LI. 2017
Do I really have to go into too much recap of a game that happened not even three days ago? You must really don’t care about football or sports in general if you didn’t hear about this game. Greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and the only Super Bowl to go into overtime. Must I say more?
2. Super Bowl XLIX. 2015
I can’t put this past Super Bowl ahead of this one and my number one simply because Super Bowl LI was basically a blowout in the first half. This game was exciting from the start with no points scored in the first half, tied at 14 going into the half (Katy Perry halftime show I believe), the Seahawks having a 24-14 lead after three but due to some bad play-calling, on the 1-yard line to be specific, the Patriots found a way to win another close one on one of the biggest sports stages in the world. You’d think this would be history and everyone has forgotten (except Seahawk fans), but this Super Bowl is drawing a lot of comparison to this one. I wonder why?
1. Super Bowl XLII. 2008
Maybe I’m still bitter over this one because the Patriots defeated the Chargers in the AFC Championship but I am forever grateful for the “helmet catch” of David Tyree. We don’t need perfection in the day and age of sports and we don’t need old records to get broken. If records keep getting shattered then what’s the point of keeping track and frankly what’s the point of watching anymore? As sports fans we expect the great ones to rewrite history sometimes but not every year. We want the excitement of the possibility but we don’t want it to happen. I’d be telling a lie if I said I fully supported the Warriors to have the greatest regular season record of all-time and win the championship. The reason for that is, look at NBA fans now. We are expecting the Warriors to achieve greatness and rewrite history but will it happen? Probably not. That’s why the 2007 New England Patriots with a record of 18-1 is a great part of sports history.