Thursday, February 8, 2007
Da Bears didn’t.
That simple statement would probably sum it up for a lot of us who had staked the total enjoyment of last Sunday evening on the dubious arm of a beleaguered quarterback in the most important game of his life. I had defended Chicago’s Rex Grossman on occasion during the regular season, while berating my own signal caller (Trent Green of Kansas City).
Please don’t misconstrue this as total condemnation of Rex. It takes more than a quarterback, running back, center, etc., to win or lose a Super Bowl game. However, the QB is considered as the “field general” and occupies the most important position on a team.
And the position is tenuous at best. Some of the best only last a short while. Some of the worst are around for years. And not all of the best win Super Bowls. For some the loss haunts them for years.
Dan Marino, arguably one of the best, stated in an on screen interview on Sunday’s “Face The Nation” that he didn’t even attend Super Bowls after his loss. He claimed that it was just too painful. It is a matter of fact that most winning Super Bowl signal callers only get that one shot. But actually that’s all one needs.
It was stated on Wednesday of last week that the Colts were seven-point favorites over the Bears. The reason given for the odds was the popularity of Peyton Manning. At the time I thought the odds were ridiculous, but it is all too obvious that they weren’t.
Kudos all around to the Colts’ regime and combine. Will they finish high again next season? That is a fickle stat.
The 29th annual Super Bowl party was a blast, as usual; however, since the Colts’ supporters outnumbered the Bears’ fans by three to one, if the Colts should return next year, those fans won’t be invited.
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