Thursday, February 1, 2007
Super Bowl XLI looms great on the horizon. There are so many implications for this one, it is hard to pick a starting point. It becomes necessary to enter into a brief recap of how the “best” got to be the “big one.”
The Chicago Bears have received their share of barbs all season, mainly due to their quarterback. One could say that this is truly de ja vu all over again. Remember when the Bears went on their Super Bowl run in ’85? Their quarterback was constantly talked about for any number of reasons.
Fast forward and you hear that Rex Grossman turned in flaky play at most of his regular games. But, and this is what counts - Grossman won the games which had to be won. Of course, the modern day Bears did not make a rap video and they have no “Refrigerator” Perry, but they demonstrated that what they have is the will, and the ability, to win.
They don’t have a coach who has taken a team to a Super Bowl before. Grossman has never called signals in a “super game” before. And this is probably what is going to determine their finishing on top.
Praise is due their opposition. Strange as it may seem, this old football sage was not daunted in the least when the Colts went down by 18 points.
Yours truly was on the coast and everyone was excited about Peyton Manning and his cohorts staging a fourth quarter comeback. It was amazing just how poised the entire team was. You could probably use every “s” word in the English language to describe the Colts’ demeanor - stoic, steady, solid, stable and sensational.
It is a real shame that one of these teams has to be tabbed loser on the big day.
Naturally, I have to stay with the Bears. However, there is one certainty in this game - a black coach will win Super Bowl XLI.
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