Another Super Bowl, with all its pomp and splendor, has come and gone. This year we were treated to battling brothers, Ray Lewis’ last ride, and, yes, even a power outage. Now it is truly time to put football to bed for a long winter’s nap. Before we do, join me in rehashing some of the more memorable moments that occurred before, during, and after the big game.
Before Super Bowl Sunday even dawned over the Crescent City, San Francisco 49er great Steve Young managed to get my dander up by comparing this year’s NFC Champion Niners to the Dallas Cowboys super bowl dynasty of the 1990s. With a straight face, Young alluded to how the dominance of the 2012 49ers stacked up well against a Cowboys team that won three super bowls in four years before Frisco even took the field for their championship meeting with the Baltimore Ravens. Now that the purple and gold confetti has settled in the Superdome, maybe Young can enjoy a breakfast of cold crow (or Raven as it were) with another 49er who voiced his delusions of grandeur. The self-proclaimed best receiver of all time, Randy Moss, didn’t have a super night against the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore secondary.
A power outage put the Superdome in the dark and almost put the Ravens in the deep freeze during the third quarter. Had the Ravens not managed to regain their mojo and finish off the surging Niners, the story could have morphed to Manti Teo fake girlfriend proportions. I could imagine ESPN reporter and muckraker extraordinaire Ed Werder sharpening his pencils and getting ready to contact everyone from voodoo priests to the Pope to put a sinister spin on why the lights went out in NOLA.
The night wasn’t totally devoid of Dallas Cowboys. Jason Witten was honored with the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his dedication to helping his community. Along with Witten, Cowboys great Larry Allen was also recognized during the weekend’s festivities. Allen was named as a member of the new class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his stellar career, most of which was played wearing the silver and blue. During interviews after the announcement of his enshrinement, Allen was seen grinning ear to ear. Fellow inductee Chris Carter, however, played the drama card every time a microphone was aimed in his direction. To borrow a quote from the ESPN analyst himself, “Come on, Man!”
As he was doing his post-game interview, new retiree Ray Lewis commented that anything is possible when God is on your side. While it’s great that Ray is so dedicated to his religion, I’m pretty sure God has more important things to do than monitor the success of the Ravens. If the Almighty does find it in His busy schedule to catch a game now and again, I’m pretty sure he is still rooting for the “Boys with the star on their helmets. After all, that’s why that big ole’ hole was in the roof of Texas Stadium in the first place, wasn’t it?
At this same time next year, here’s hoping we will be celebrating a Super Bowl win for the Boys’ instead of watching another team hoist the Lombardi Trophy.