Billions of dollars were made on the Super Bowl, but it’s unfortunate that it was boring and a total blowout. It was a complete dud.
This was the fifth time in Super Bowl history that the No. 1 offense was pitted against the No. 1 defense in the league. It was nonstop hype for a solid two weeks. Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman were the hot topics.
Manning sought another championship to get the media off his back and to accept once and for all that he has had a great career. In Sherman’s quest for self-promotion he provided the media with many good guy versus bad guy quotes.
When 30-second advertising slots go for pricey $4 million a pop, you would expect the game to hold your attention for at least the first half. This game was over with the first snap of the football. The Seahawks set a Super Bowl record for the fastest score at a mere 12 seconds off the clock. It was downhill from that point on for the Denver Broncos.
With the hype and frenzy that swirls around Super Bowl Sunday, it is still just an athletic event with a group of players who need to prove themselves worthy of a championship ring. The old cliché “defense wins championships” was bigger than life during Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seattle defense destroyed the No. 1 offense.
Steve Young described it best when he stated that the Seahawks looked like a pro team and the Broncos looked like a college team. The Seahawk defense ranked among the top four defenses of all time – the 1985 Chicago Bears, the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. I would put them No. 2 behind the ’85 Bears.
Defense is a key to success in a championship in any sport. You need a quarterback in football, pitchers in baseball and a point guard and big man in basketball, but if you play good defense you always have a chance to stay in the game. In the previous five Super Bowl games with the No. 1 offensive and defensive teams against one another, the No. 1 defensive teams have won four of those matchups.
It is obvious that the big “D” is crucial in order to be a champion. Great defenses are not about just one special player, like a quarterback, but rather about a team of 11 players who are willing to work as one to be effective. Offenses tend to get all the glory, but the heart and soul of any team sport is found in the defense.
Over the past 10 years every new rule has been written to help the offense score more points, and fans love offensive fire power. However, even with offensive rule advantages, it is still the defense that decides who wins and who loses.
I was among the millions of fans who hoped that a class act like Peyton Manning could hold the Lombardi Trophy up one more time. My heart was with Peyton but my head told me to bet the house on the well-oiled defense of the Seahawks. They play with swagger and a chip on their shoulder, but those 11 defensive guys believed it was them against the world. That mentality creates a fearless unit. The Seattle Seahawks possessed all of the above attitudes and showed even the greatest offense in NFL history could be taken to the wood shed.
• Pete Carroll was chosen by all 350 NFL players as the coach they would most like to play for in the NFL. Some do not like his style because he is always in motion and having fun. He does not fit the mold of coaches like Vince Lombardi, Bill Parcells, Chuck Noll, etc. He is perfect for athletes of today because he has fun with them and does not act like he’s the smartest guy in the world. He is a great motivator.
• The NFL is hoping to achieve $25 billion in revenue by 2027. That would be up from about $10 billion today. That amount would be a greater than the gross domestic product of 13 countries in the world today. Tell me football is not about money!
• The Syracuse-Duke Basketball game at Syracuse was a great matchup. It should turn into a great rivalry for the new ACC for many years to come.
• Bruce Chen is back with the Royals. I love to watch the “CHEN MASTER” work when he is on. He drives major league hitters crazy.
• Will Shields will be in the NFL Hall Of Fame soon. He should have already been selected. His stats are better than some of the players who got in ahead of him. I see a Kansas City small-market bias.
• My quote of the week comes from late NFL coach Bum Phillips: “You must win, but you also must have a lot of fun, or what’s the use? Football is but a small part of all of our lives.”
And for the end of football season I also have a quote from Joe Namath: “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun, and when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”
Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Thursday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org