Did the Super Bowl leave you feeling less like you watched the big game and more like you simply watched two very good teams play football? It did me. The outcome was what I hoped for as I don’t like the Pittsburgh Steelers at all. So to see Green Bay bring home Lombardi was a nice ending to the season. But it left me hankering for something far more exciting.
Sure the game was close and the Steelers made it interesting late, but it seemed so lackluster. Where was the big plays that opened up the game or changed the flow? Where was the Super Bowl records being broken? (only one, both teams set the record for least rushing attempts combined in a Super Bowl). The most exciting part of the game came within hours of the gates opening when 1,200 fans suddenly realized that the stadium’s attempt to add seating failed and they couldn’t watch the game.
800 were reassigned seating while 400 got to watch it on TV…they ended being paid three times the 900 dollar ticket value, were allowed on the field post-game, were given free stuff, food, drinks, and tickets to the next Super Bowl. I would have taken all that to watch the game on TV in the stadium.
The real treat however wasn’t the action on the field or the half-time show that to me really should have just be Fergie without the “Peas”, no the real treat came in the class that was displayed by both clubs. Leading up to, during, and after the game was over. As was pointed out to me by my good friend George on Monday.
All week long you heard about the Dallas Cowboys, the great teams of the 70′s, and the Jimmy Johnson hold on the 90′s. You got to see what seemed like an hour long love fest of reunited long ago jilted lovers when Jerry Jones and Jimmy met for an interview, only to be joined by Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Darrell Johnson on the set. What you didn’t hear was the back and forth banter of trash talk between the two teams that actually were playing in the Super Bowl.
You didn’t get to hear the self-loathing voice of New England Patriot HC Bill Belichick, or listen to NY Jets feet head coach Rex Ryan talk about how his team was far superior to anyone else in the NFL. The players, didn’t hear anything earth shattering from them at all. In the two weeks leading up to the game, I can’t recall one single bulletin board message or interview sound bite that raised so much as an eyebrow.
Nope. Nothing. All class.
The game was much of the same. A couple so late swings here and there and a few extra pushes that drew two unsportsmanlike penalties, but nothing major. Hell at one point a defender was helping an offensive player get off the ground. WHAT? Pats on the butt, playful head slaps, and yes, even a few exchanged smiles.
After the game, Mike Tomlin was clearly upset. Disappointed. He graciously took the questions and answered them in a stoic manner but let it be known that his team got outplayed by the Green Bay Packers and that excuses shouldn’t diminish that. So he made none.
Aaron Rodgers won the games MVP, something that long time PackMan Brett Favre could not do. Instead of acting like a smart-ass after the game, he simply kept himself professional.
So while the game may not have been all that exciting on the field, it at least had the ability to stage one of the classiest shows in recent memory.
Don’t get to see that too often.