Prior to the NFL games played over the weekend, the experts who think they can pick the winners had everyone convinced that the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys were the hottest teams in the playoffs.
Well, that should make for a spectacular Super Bowl 44.
What, those two teams lost?
The sports media is just as guilty as players when it comes down to believing their own press clippings.
These experts like to hear themselves pontificate. When they’re on TV or radio, or writing for a newspaper or magazine, it’s about the only time you’ll ever find an “I” in team.
The Cryboys got crushed by the Minnesota Vikings, the NFC Norris Division team sports prognosticators didn’t think would beat the supposeded re-incarnation of the Doomsday Defense.
The Vikings had the crafty veteran at quarterback and they were playing at home —- so they should’ve been the Favre-rettes to win.
So sorry, “America’s Team” —- no chance at a try for a sixth Super Bowl win again this year.
The Steelers remain at the top of the heap with the most Vince Lombardi hardware.
“Stairway to Seven, the Sequel” begins again later this year.
Oy! Think about this: The NBA is playing now and still be playing next year at this time. Doesn’t that sport’s season ever end?
But back to America’s game: The Chargers’ loss to the upstart New York J-e-t-s Jets, Jets, Jets was the closest contest of the weekend.
San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers played more like Joan Rivers. Maybe that’s why he left the stadium so quick to work the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
Several years ago, Rivers was selected number two in the draft —- behind Eli Manning and just ahead of Steelers’ superstar QB Ben Roethlisberger. The score so far: Big Ben two-for-two in Super Bowl wins; Rivers, oh, ya, he’s hasn’t even got the chance to play in one yet.
So this week the sports experts should be swooning over Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez as the second coming of Joe Namath. Broadway Joe, for anyone on the planet who follows football who doesn’t need to be reminded time and again, was the Jets QB in the 1969 Super Bowl who predicted a victory.
The Jets won and the rest is merger of the football leagues history.
So some sports commentators — and CBS carrying the Big Game , as well as all those advertisers putting their wee minds together to create obnoxious commercials — might see the ideal match-up for the Super Bowl this year as the rookie Sanchez going up against the grizzled veteran Brett Favre (in sports cliches, veterans of any given sport are either called grizzled or crafty; sometimes they’re even called cagey.)
A bigger dream team Super Bowl, ratings-wise, might be Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts against Favre and the Vikings.
If the New Orleans Saints plays Indy, it will be Peyton Manning out to defeat the NFL team his father, Archie, starred on as that franchise’s marquee name for many a season.
With New Orleans in the Super Bowl, there will be constant reminders of Hurricane Katrina and how the Big Easy is still trying to recover.
On a less dreary note, the NFL has its answer to Kate Hudson cheering on Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees during the World Series —- it’s Saints speedster Reggie Bush’s main squeeze: celebrity Kim Kardashian.
That means the remaining teams have to get biddy and find some celeb babe to be their good luck charm (Hudson came through for the Bronx Bombers.)
For the Jets, maybe the network cameras can get shots of the hottie who may be an item with QB Mark Sanchez —– Jennifer Aniston. She’s yet to go total cougar. And it’s time, since more is being said about her dating habits than her movie choices.
As for the Colts, the network cameras will get numerous shots of Peyton’s good luck charms: various products in the stands that he’ll be endorsing, win or lose.
Finally, for the Vikings, the ancient QB will have the surviving members of “The Golden Girls” on his side(lines).
And the two teams that will meet in Super Bowl 44 are:
The Colts vs. the Saints: the two teams that almost (one of them could have) went undfeated in the regular season meet in Miami, where Peyton gets to try and beat daddy’s old team.
Or, The New York Jets vs. the Minnesota Vikings. The rookie QB versus the cagey, crafty, grizzled veteran field general.
To hell with it. Let the experts decide.
They’ve been right so far:
Green Bay over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cowboys over the Vikings.
The Chargers will down the Jets.
The Ravens are coming into Indy with a full head of steam and the Colts rested their players for nearly a month!
Can’t really blame the prognosticatin’ pros picking the pros, though.
It’s a lot easier to get it right when the Steelers are in the playoffs.