Monday, February 02, 2009

Super Bowl Doesn’t Disappoint

Eli Manning’s game winning drive against the New England Patriots last February was one of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history capping one of the greatest Super Bowls to be played. Who would have thought that a year later it would have been topped by the Steelers and Cardinals?

After Pittsburgh’s James Harrison returned an interception 100 yards for a score the Steelers seemed to be in control with a 17-7 halftime lead. However, after bumping their lead to 20-7, Pittsburgh inexplicably decided to move their safeties all the way back to Miami leaving Larry Fitzgerald all the room he needed to make the type of big plays we’ve come accustomed to seeing from him in the playoffs. The combination of deep safeties and Arizona’s version of Tecmo Bowl made for one of the greatest 4th quarters the NFL’s biggest game has ever seen.

There are, and will continue to be, rumblings about unfair officiating and while there are some interesting arguments out there I’m not buying it. Both teams made some stupid penalties throughout Arizona just made more. I for one appreciate the fact that the officials didn’t penalize Santonio Holmes for his end zone tribute to Lebron James. In the same way they didn’t penalize the Cardinals for their team celebration following Fitzgerald’s 64-yard 4th quarter explosion.
Were there blown calls in the game? Sure there were! Yes, the Cardinal fans have a gripe but so does every other fanbase whose team has lost a heartbreaking contest in the final seconds. That’s what makes the game great! What would be the Super Bowl be without controversy? Controversy is what creates greatness and this game was absolutely great!