Well we are finally here, Super Bowl Sunday. I first want to congratulate Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent, Shannon Sharpe, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger. All were deserving, but I was surprised that Curtis Martin didn’t get in. There were many deserving candidates on this year’s ballot. I think Willie Roaf, Charles Haley, Chris Carter, Tim Brown, Cortez Kennedy, and Dermontti Dawson will all eventually get in. Jerome Bettis will also get in eventually, but he is borderline at best. If he does get in, you open the door for a lot of other very good, but not great running backs. Jerome was never a game changing back. There are a lot of backs with similar numbers,Eddie George, Corey Dillon, Fred Taylor, Earnest Byner, Herschel Walker, and Ricky Watters to name a few, who were very good but not Hall of Famers. Bettis played for 13 seasons which allowed him to compile some good numbers, but as I said earlier he was not a game changer.
Now let’s take a look at the ever classy Phil Simms. He gets into a physical confrontation with Desmond Howard over comments Desmond made about his son on ESPN’s College Gameday. Are you kidding me??? Here is the background on this story. Prior to Tennessee’s game against LSU on Oct. 2, Howard said on ESPN that “you will see three of the worst quarterbacks in the SEC in the game,” a list that included Matt Simms, Phil’s son. Matt Simms started the season as Tennessee’s quarterback, and was replaced by freshman Tyler Bray, who led Tennessee to wins in their last 4 games. The team was 2-6 under Simms. Howard’s job is as a College Football analyst. He didn’t attack Phil’s son personally, but commented on his play, which was poor. First of all, while it may be natural for Simms to get a bit lit up when people call his son a sub-par player, he needs to understand that in his role as the most highly-regarded color NFL announcer on a major network (an appeal that has always mystified me; Simms gets as much stuff wrong during a telecast as anyone you’ll see), he has an obligation to at least give the appearance of professionalism in public settings. Second, Howard has every right to say whatever he wants about Simms’ performance in his capacity as an analyst, and in this case, the younger Simms hasn’t exactly set the NCAA on fire. Phil comes off as an ass who was trying to bully Howard. Simms needs to grow up and face facts. His son Matt is a lousy college quarterback. Maybe Phil should worry more about his older son Chris, who was arrested in July 2010 for being stoned on marijuana while driving with his pregnant wife in the car. Phil really seems to have his priorities in place.
Now on to the actual game, Super Bowl XLV. It’s shaping up on paper to be a great game. The Packers are 2.5 point favorites according to the Vegas odds-makers. The Packers have to spread the Steelers out. All they need to do is look at the Patriots game tape. The Steelers can’t beat them because the Pats don’t even try to run the ball, especially on 1st down. Green Bay’s receivers should be able to beat the Steeler cornerbacks all day. Aaron Rodgers needs to play a lot better than he did against the Bears. The Steeler defensive ends, Lamar Woodley and James Harrison, will be putting pressure on him all game long. If Rodgers can avoid the rush and make plays down field they have a good chance. The Packer defense should be able to make things difficult for Roethlisberger. Green Bay’s secondary, led by Charles Woodson, is one of, if not the best in football. Linebacker Clay Matthews needs to put pressure on Ben and tackle him when he gets a chance to hit him. That’s the problem though. The Steelers should have some success running the ball, and Roethlisberger makes enough big plays to win games. The Steelers will win 27-26, in a thriller, and Ben will be your MVP. As always on Super Bowl Sunday, I will be rooting for my squares in the pools I have entered. I hope everyone has a great day!!!