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The Real MVP of Super Bowl XXII?

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 4:51 pm

The MVP of Super Bowl XXII was Doug Williams, of course — and rightly so. All he did was shake off an injury (and a day-before-the-game root canal), put behind him an entire week’s worth of stupid questions about being the first black quarterback to start a Super Bowl, and lead his offense to one of the single greatest quarters of football ever played.

Here’s his statline for that quarter, just in case you’ve forgotten: 9 of 11 for 228 yards and FOUR touchdowns. In one quarter. So, yeah, he justifiably was the MVP.

But the SI.com article I linked to in the last post contained an interesting anecdote that deserves spotlighting. Apparently Nils Lofgren, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, tells a story that argues suggesting that maybe Springsteen himself should’ve been the Redskins MVP:

Nils Lofgren has a rarity. He has a Bruce Springsteen football story. As Liz rightly points out, Springsteen is not a football fan. Baseball is his thing, even if he made that regrettable “speedball” word choice in his song Glory Days. Lofgren, though, remembers watching Super Bowl XXII with Bruce. They were at some party, Lofgren doesn’t even remember who hosted it. What he does remember is that it was Washington playing Denver, and everyone in the room except Nils was rooting for the Broncos. Nils grew up in Washington, and he remains a fanatical Redskins fan. He’s such a big football fan that, for years, he played the music for John Madden’s All-Madden Team show.

Well, you might remember, Denver led that Super Bowl 10-0 after the first quarter. Everyone was ripping Lofgren. They were all trying to get him to make bets. And then, all of a sudden, Bruce spoke up.

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The Debate on Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 3:38 pm

I walked into a bit of an argument today — or maybe heated conversation would be more accurate. Essentially, Kedric Golston and Lorenzo Alexander maintain that Mary J. Blige is just as well known as Bruce Springsteen. Not as popular, exactly, nor as successful, but possessing just as much name recognition. On the other side — the “Bruce Springsteen has sold over fifteen million records” side — were physical therapist Elliott Jermyn and Alex Buzbee.

What prompted the entire discussion was, of course, the fact that Bruce Springsteen is the scheduled Super Bowl halftime show. This fact has caused no end of discomfort for Springsteen’s fans, and I’m less than thrilled with the selection myself, although for completely different reasons.

Following on the heels of Tom Petty at last year’s game, this seems like an awful lot of Old White Guy classic rock two years in a row. On the other hand, I’m not sure that Mary J. Blige (or someone else of her stature) is going to keep people glued to their TVs.

Over at Shutdown Corner, Chris Chase counts down his top five all-time memorable Super Bowl halftime shows, and does a solid job of it. One of the ones he misses, though, seems to me to be the best model to follow: the Aerosmith/*NSync/Britney Spears/Mary J. Blige/Nelly performance from Super Bowl XXXV.

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Tecmo Bowl Disagrees With Madden

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 2:32 pm

Well, if I’m going to point out the Madden preview of the Super Bowl, I should also give equal time to Jon Bois’s Tecmo Super Bowl version over at Mouthpiece Sports. This version of Video Super Bowl XLIII has the same final scores, but assigned to the opposite teams — that is, Arizona wins 28-24.

There’s no Play of the Game for this one (although Terelle Smith’s early recovery and return for a touchdown of a fumbled punt return would have to be a candidate), and there are no detailed statistics or faux-authentic game write-up. What there is instead is a fourteen minute video with a really good soundtrack.

At this rate, I’m going to be completely tired of watching these teams go head to head long before kickoff on Sunday.

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Steelers Win Video Super Bowl XLIII

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 12:02 pm

Well, EA Sports has done their traditional annual Super Bowl preview simulation, and the Video Steelers win by the surprisingly close score of 28-24. Video Ben Roethlisberger gets the MVP award, but it certainly sounds like he stole it from Video Santonio Holmes.

In the third quarter, the Cardinals managed to close the gap to 21-14 and looked to have momentum swinging their direction. But when Holmes shook double coverage to catch a 17-yard touchdown over the middle of the field, he gave the Steelers a lead that would not be broken.

Holmes ended the play with an emphatic spike in the back of the end zone as he realized he was about to become immortalized as a Super Bowl legend.

I have one question about the whole thing, though — and it’s not how they know what Video Santonio is thinking during his end zone celebration: why is there no flash movie of the matchup online? Not the whole game, necessarily — even I couldn’t bring myself to watch that, I don’t think — but if you’re going to the trouble to provide statistics, a Play of the Game, and a 250 word game story, why not toss up a highlight reel as well? Am I really the only person who would be amused by that?

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Wednesday, January 28: The Anthony Mix Crowd Can Stop Holding Out Hope As Well

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 10:07 am

I didn’t hear nearly as much about Redskins preseason fan-favorite WR Anthony Mix after his release waayyyyy back on August 30 as I did about preseason fan-favorite RB Marcus Mason. Perhaps this was because preseason fan-favorite WR Billy McMullen took over much of Mix’s popularity, or perhaps it’s just that there were other young wide receivers to focus on. Whatever. Read more »

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