Monday, February 02, 2009

my unsolicited take on super bowl xliii

A terrific fourth quarter got people claiming this was the best Super Bowl ever. But it wasn't. That honor still goes to last year's thriller between the Giants and the Patriots. This year's was more closely aligned with the Patriots-Panthers or Rams-Titans games -- dull contests that got very exciting as they got closer to their great finishes. (The second-best Super Bowl remains the second 49ers-Bengals matchup.)

I also felt that Super Bowl XLIII again made the case for why we don't need the week off between the conference championships and the big game. The amount of penalties I think was at least in part due to the lack of sharpness on both teams' parts. (Except for those unnecessary-roughness flags, which were either bad calls or the result of total player stupidity.)