Super Bowl insights…I could be wrong……

GettingRippedWell, well, well, ……………….after a season of high hopes for my Titans, and woeful results………… many of us are sitting watching another’s team play for the Holy Grail of Professional football.

The Saints, ………………the “Aints”, ………..as they used to be called, …………..now, a respected well run organization.  They are currently the pride of Louisiana.  Tons of emotions, …………playing for a ravaged city,………………..a city that has come back from the devastation of Katrina.  They have a coach, that was released from the NY Giants, …………they have a discarded QB in Drew Brees.  Many thought he was damaged goods as he played his last game with the chargers, ……………………..and in a seemingly meaningless play, dove for a loose ball, and tore up his valuable throwing shoulder in the process.  At that point, there was no decision…………….Brees  was going and Rivers was staying with the chargers.

The Saints offense has been nothing short of brilliant.  Putting up point after point, especially in the 4th quarter, to have the league’s top offense.  Brilliant Brees, Electrifying Reggie Bush, and those receivers, ………..holy crap!  Colston, who went to my high school, ……..is an absolute beast.  His complementing receiving corps of Henderson, Meacham and Moore are also very capable.  I’m not sold on Shockey though.  I think the Colts defense will slow them down.

And the Colts, ……………………what can you say about their offense, …………..two words, ………..Peyton Manning.  If he wins this game, ……………..arguably, he will go down as THE GREATEST QB of all time.  The man is not a machine, ……………..but a freakin’ calculator!  ……. I like Manning, ………..until now, I have always said Johnny Unitas was the greatest ever.  But with Manning’s work ethic, and how the evolution of the knowledge of the game has changed, ………..Manning gets the nod.   Hmmmmmmmmm, another Colts QB.

I think the game will come down to …………………..get this, ……………the Colts running game against the Saints  defense.  I know, ……………I Know ,………………the Colts have the 28th  ranked rushing offense in the league.  BUT…………………….hear me out on this.  The Colts run the ball 50% of the time on first down.  After that they are usually in a great down and distance to second and third down, with Manning.

The Saints Run defense is suspect, and this is where I think the difference in the game will be.  I say the Colts by five points…………………….. 29 – 24……………..

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  1. Bignasty fm says:

    I would say that the Colts running game could be key but they don’t need it to win. It is just to keep the defense honest. I believe and I know people will laugh but I think Reggie Bush is the key. It was said that he has a good game every other game. Well he had a bad NFC title game so this game he should shine. His speed may negate the Colts team speed. I don’t think Brees can sit back in the pocket and pass against the Colts fast defense (especially against there 4 man rush). If they don’t get Bush established it will be a long day for the saints.

  2. eflfanatic says:

    Hey George, first of all I didn’t know you are a Titan’s fan. That’s cool!!! I like the Saints for this one. Just because I’m a UT Vol fan people think I would be for Peyton and the Colts. Didn’t like Peyton then, don’t like him now. No doubt he will go down as one of the greatest QB’s in the game, but the greatest???? I don’t think so. That still belongs to Johnny Unitas. I like the Saints because of their long loosing history and they deserve this one. It has taken them a long time to get there. I also like the Archie/Peyton connection. I know Archie is torn about who to support for this one. I’m sure is is pulling for Peyton but his heart is with the Saints. And I was a Saints fan back when Archie played for them. So, GO SAINTS!!!!

  3. Weirdwolf says:

    Yep you were wrong. :)

  4. the F.O.T.H. says:

    Yeah you guys were wrong. The Colts did run well against the Saints. But Peyton….who is 9-9 in the post season better than Joe Cool?????? Give me a break! Peyton had a chance to be in the top 3 or 4 but now he is near the bottom…behind Steve Young.
    He couldn’t win in college, but his replacement Tee Martin did. I like Peyton, but the greatest he is not!
    Was it me or did that game fly by!? It seemed like the refs let the clock run when guys had went out of bounds. Never seen a SB go by that fast. And the Half-time show….don’t get me started. I know Janet and Justin messed up, but what the hell is going on!? You can’t keep rolling these old timers out there.
    Drew Brees played his butt off, what a QB, what a coach in Sean Payton. They looked really good, and I was happy for them!

  5. CoachRip says:

    Manning still has a few years left. I would like to add I was correct about the running game. Manning also is not surrounded by the talent that Joe Montana had surrounding him on “O” and “D”. The mere fact that the colts were there in spite of the “D” injuries, on the “O” is a feat in itself.

    Yeah, …………I was wrong, ……….but I was one of the few who laid it all out as to why I thought it would end the way I predicted.

    Kudos to the Saints!

  6. Dimitri says:

    “””Was it me or did that game fly by!? It seemed like the refs let the clock run when guys had went out of bounds. Never seen a SB go by that fast”””

    I was surprised too ! If you remove the 30 minutes halftime show, the game wass the shortest in time I’ve seen ! But from a french POV (I watched the game with friends who doesn’t know football) it was a good thing. Especially because we had only 3 commercial pauses (one between each quarter) during the show.

    I think that short time is also the consequence of a clean play : if I remember correctly, only 2 false start fouls and 2 personal fouls in the whole game. THat is also the first time I see that.

    Add the lack of fouls and commercials, the tight game duration and “fluidity” of action, the good game (especially on offense, of course), it was the perfect superbowl to initiate my friends.

  7. the F.O.T.H. says:

    I will give you the defense, 49ers had some really good defenses back then. But Peyton plays and has played with an super offense his whole career! Montana won those first 2 SB’s on his skills and the great defense!!!! (Bengals & Dolphins)
    Then came Rice, Taylor, B. Jones, Craig & Rathmann.
    Peyton had a chance to take his team down the field and tie the game…Heck, I was saying it was going to be OT!!! But he blew it, he threw a pick 6. So let’s put the annointing oils away and see how it plays out. We are probably looking at 4 or 5 HOF’s right now still playing.

    Brady
    Big Ben
    Favre
    Peyton

    Eli
    McNabb
    Brees

    Rip you want to talk about no defenses…how about Marino? That guy did it almost by his self.
    He is one of the greatest!
    #1 Montana
    #2 Johnny U.
    #3 Elway
    #4 Marino
    #5 Favre
    #6 Brady
    #7 Young
    #8 Bradshaw
    #9 Peyton
    #10 K. Warner

  8. detroitchild says:

    What about Fran Tarkenton and Jim Kelly? At least they got to the big dance several times.

  9. CoachRip says:

    Kelly and Tarkenton, ………..agreed………..take out young and add those two……………and Marino was his own worst enemy, he had no running game/back to speak of and what running back wanted to be there, it is my understanding that Marino wanted to throw every down if he wanted, and shula didn’t have a spine when dealing with him….He sure had a spine with Unitas.

  10. the F.O.T.H. says:

    What about Troy Aikman, what about Warren Moon??? Those two go ahead of the 2 you guys mentioned…that list stopped at 10, if you want to keep going into the 20’s then we can get two the Kelly’s & Tarkentons.

    I guess Shula had never had a QB so gifted? Or it could have been that he didn’t have the same bite as when he was younger?
    Most gunslingers/cannon armed QBs are their own worst enemy. They have that swagger that they can get the ball into any window no matter how small.
    Aikman was your typical system QB. He dropped back 3 to 5 steps, I look at Irvin on the slant. I take a peek at Harper on the fly. Where’s Jay? Let me dump off to Emmitt. And that worked to the tune of all those victories, but when ever that system was off by a half a step or second…he was done.
    Throw in Tarkenton or a Steve Young, those guys made it happen. They gave that WR that extra time to get open. They made that DE miss.

  11. CoachRip says:

    Unfortunately, ……………….I think people forget that there were championships before the super bowl, ……………..the nfl championship game, even before the AFL existed…………..yeah, ………………………that’s all you youngsters think about,……. is recent history, ………super bowl history to be exact.

    Guys like Otto Graham and Johnny Unitas and even Bart Star to a lesser extent won multiple championships………they were Montana and Brady before Montana and Brady were born..

  12. the F.O.T.H. says:

    I like to think of myself as a history buff. I know of the older guys. You see Johnny U as #2 in the list. But I feel that some of those guys were ahead of their time. Some of those coaches were as well. I’m not sure if all those great QBs could play in todays game. Before you go off..that’s to all the old heads out there…I know those guys were way tougher back then. I know a CB could mug the WR back then. And even with all that these QBs were able to put some very impressive numbers.
    Maybe we can make two list…modern era and pre modern. Or 70’s & after, and before 70’s.
    But back to the subject & bottom line is that Peyton blew a great opportunity to distance himself from everyone, and be mentioned with some of these guys we are discussing. Brady did the same thing a couple of years ago.

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