I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine the other day about Sunday’s Super Bowl and whether it was a “good quality” game or not. He mentioned Sunday’s Seahawks thrashing as on par with some of the least competitive games in Super Bowl history–with the likes of Super Bowl XX (Bears 46, Patriots 10), Super Bowl XXIV (49ers 55, Broncos 10), and Super Bowl XXXV (Ravens 34, Giants 7).
That comparison is more than fair. Seattle led after the first snap, and never looked back. Denver never established the offensive dominance that had brought them to the big game in the first place, and looked woefully unprepared both offensively and defensively. The game was a blowout, and not much fun for many football fans.
I, on the other hand, enjoyed the game. It may not have been as close as some of the last few Super Bowls, but that was okay with me. Here’s why:
It’s still hard to wrap my head around last night’s loss to the Ravens, but I’m doing my best. Justin Tucker’s 61-yard field goal may have won the game, but it really shouldn’t have. Matthew Stafford has been mired in a serious fourth quarter slump the past few weeks, which continued last night. Although he threw for what was then the go-ahead touchdown with just over two minutes left, Stafford also threw two costly interceptions in the fourth quarter.
With the Lions now in third place in the NFC North, and needing A LOT of help to make the playoffs, we can’t look at Stafford with the rose-colored glasses that we have been since he came to Detroit. Yes, Stafford guided the team to the playoffs in 2011, and has been a stabilizing force in a massive rebuilding project for the Lions, but it all means nothing if he can’t close out a game.
It’s finally here… the Super Bowl. Giants vs. Patriots, rematch of the 2007 game in which New York spoiled New England’s perfect season. If I remember correctly, there are 4 Michigan players who are playing in this game (Tom Brady, Zoltan Mesko, Mario Manningham, and David Baas). The game should be pretty good, Super Bowls usually are, but it is games like these that make careers.
This past month, I have been focusing my writing towards Michigan football as part of an internship that I received over the summer. This position that I have provides Michigan Wolverines football coverage to rural Michigan newspapers. Some get published and some do not; for those that do end up in papers or online, I will post a link to each newspaper’s website. Lastly, as I complete each article (pregame and postgame plus some extras), I will try my hardest to put them on my blog in a timely manner. My first article, a season preview written about a month ago, is below. As always, feel free to leave comments!