By Andrew Fish Fain
Well Super Bowl XLVII is over, and whether you are a fan of the Broncos, Seahawks or just the NFL, there is no way you could tell me you knew that the game would end with Seattle winning by 35 points. Prior to the kick-off you could not tell me that the Seahawks Defense and Special Teams would outscore the Broncos. You could not tell me that Seahawks linebacker (and Super Bowl MVP) Malcolm Smith would catch as many TD passes from Peyton Manning as the entire Broncos receiving corps. Not to sound cliché, but that’s why the play the games.
So what can we take from this Super Bowl? Well, we know that the Seahawks have one of the better defenses in the NFL, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. We know that, despite his off day, Peyton Manning is still one of the best and classiest QB’s of all time. We know that, as we always say, offense wins games and defense wins titles. We know that Tim Tebow is not afraid to make fun of himself in a commercial.
So in other words, we didn’t learn squat. Everything mentioned in the above paragraph is something we already knew. All those people who are saying that this loss would hurt Peyton’s legacy has no idea what they are talking about.
Win, lose or draw, Peyton Manning will go down as one of the greatest QB’s of all time, period. Dan Marino never won a title, and he is still considered one of the greatest QB’s ever. Barry Sanders never got a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy and yet, I can’t think of a better running back. Plus, Peyton does have a Super Bowl ring, he just so happens to also have two losses in the biggest game of the season.
Let’s put it another way, you can draft a team of all time players and it comes time to pick your QB, are you going with Peyton or Eli Manning? Remember, Eli has two rings to his brother’s one. But somehow I think 95% of the people will take Peyton over him, number of rings be damned.
The other big story of the Super Bowl was the fact that it was an outdoor game in a cold weather city. People who were worried about it got to eat a ton of humble pie, as the weather for the game was perfect. The issue is, now the NFL will think that having the game in a place like that will be alright. I am here to tell you, they got LUCKY!!!!
Just one day after the game, the east coast got hit by another major storm. If you think the NFL’s luck will hold out every year they do it, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you.
I realize that New York is the biggest city in the country, but as I said before the game, holding the biggest game of the year in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city is a huge mistake. I would hate for a game to be played in Lambeau Field and have the temperatures be below zero with snow. The weather should NEVER be the story of the game.
I can’t promise the Broncos or Seahawks will be in the game next year, but with the Super Bowl being held in Phoenix (ok Glendale, AZ), I can promise you that, to paraphrase Shakespeare, the game will be the thing.