Normal 0 0 1 173 991 8 1 1217 11.1287 0 0 0 Pittsburgh Steeler rookie center Maurkice Pouncey is the only person in the whole world that believes that he will play in Sunday's Super Bowl XLV.
I am not going to question the kid's (he is younger than I) heart or ability but I am going to question his brain. After suffering a high ankle sprain two weeks ago in the AFC Championship game versus the New York Jets, many in the media called the injury a four to six week recovery, and called him out of the Super Bowl. So with Pouncey only being either half or one-third the way through his recovery, why does he believe so strongly that he will play? I guess he did not study too hard for his major of social and behavioral science at the University of Florida, because this makes no sense. Unless of course Pouncey is willing to lose his leg and be, for lack of a better term, the weakest link on the Steelers offensive-line of course.
While his coach Mike Tomlin did not rule him out, Adam Schefter for ESPN has. While I could care less if Pouncey plays, I am quite sure that Green Bay Packers nose tackle BJ Raji does. Raji must be licking his chops at the possibility of playing either an injured Pouncey or the backup, Doug Legursky.
From the cheese head being passed around the Green Bay Packers players, to the fake Troy Polamalu hair with the Pittsburgh Steelers players, I found that I couldn't help but crack a smirk. While I may be disappointed about how the days of the Shannon Sharp versus Ray Buchannon in Super Bowl XXXIII are long gone, and are likely extinct. I will have to realize that the league is not what it was then that it is now.
While there may not have been trash talking like the old days, there were plenty of laughs to go around, and that's not a bad thing. Keep it up NFL.
The facts are shown in each article and all three present compelling arguments. From the Packers unquestioned history in the game and it's structure as a franchise, the Steelers and their Super Bowl titles, to the Cowboys and their popularity among fans. But I found that the Cowboy argument, according to the article written by Tim MacMahon (listed above under Dallas Cowboys) made the decisive argument, the Cowboys are the most valuable sporting franchise in the country and second in the world.
Sitting in my Journalism class last week on media diversity and what not, we discussed our values as a nation, etc. What was discovered is that we are all in favor of capitalist ideals. Now before you click away off the page, let me bring you back. What this came down to was that we respect and want the Dollar, so for the Cowboys to be the most valuable franchise in America (second worldwide), and for the Cowboys to play in the worlds most unbelievable palace for the sport, how can the Cowboys not be 'America's Team'?
Consider that the Packers, who won many of their NFL championships during the Great Depression; I find it hard to fathom them as 'America's Team'. As for the Steelers, just read about the Steelers and their skeletons in the closet. While I realize that the Cowboys were no choirboys, you cannot hate on the fact that the Cowboys represented what American wants to be. The best example being Roger Staubach who was the most All-American of all quarterbacks (America's favorite position) to ever play the game.
Staubach went to college at the United States Naval Academy where he went on to win the Heisman trophy. Following his collegiate career, Staubach served his military commitment that included a one-year tour of Vietnam. Then went on to lead the Cowboys onto 5 Super Bowl appearances, winning two. The squeaky clean persona of Staubach just adds to the idea of the Cowboys being 'America's Team', plus the fact the guy did earn the nickname of 'Captain America', so come on, you cannot deny it now!
So while some of you will boast that the Steelers and the Packers are a workman-like team, realize that this is America, this is our game, we don't aim to be the workman, we aim to be the guy who runs the show, we aim for the top. While the Cowboys may come up short on the field, they make up for it with state-of-the-art marketing, and the sheer value they demand.
Going through the many articles on ESPN, searching for a possible story idea I stumbled upon ESPN.com's series "I am a World Champion: Super Bowl championship quarterbacks" presented by Bing.
I found this historical presentation of quarterbacks and their stories leading up to, during, and following the Super Bowl and how that event changed their lives, unbelievably compelling. Some have videos that accompany the story write-up, while some just have a picture of the quarterback and the write-up. Many are, besides details, quite similar and thoroughly compelling, three of these I really enjoyed, Roger Staubach's, Terry Bradshaw's, and Jim Plunkett's.
The videos are a definite watch. From Staubach talking about how coach Tom Landry, being the industrial engineer that he was, was having film sessions with Staubach every day for hours on end until Landry's wife told Landry to give Staubach the night off before Super Bowl VI. Staubach then went to see Clint Eastwood's performance in "Dirty Harry" and then went on to win the Super Bowl. Bradshaw's was more encompassing of his career in which he battled depression and how he struggled to cope with criticism. While Plunkett's, which was my personal favorite, talked about how he felt that after failing earlier in his career and that he needed to win the Super Bowl in order to cement not only his place in the Hall of Fame but his starting job!
Overall I believe that this series done by ESPN is a fantastic endeavor and definitely a good watch. If you love your football past, it is a must see.
Imagine the all-time greatest coaches in the history of the NFL. Many would include the Pittsburgh Steelers' Chuck Noll, the Green Bay Packers' Vince Lombardi, and the one I believe is the most iconic of them all, the Dallas Cowboys' Tom Landry.
According to ESPN's latest poll to get fans excited about the Super Bowl, the "Vote for the greatest players All-time Super Bowl Team", Tom Landry was not even listed for voting. Apparently building America's most iconic football franchise, the Dallas Cowboys, and leading them to five Super Bowls in eight years in the 1970s, including winning it twice does not mean anything to ESPN.
Being the father of "America's Team" and its many exploits of the 1970s means nothing. Apparently laying the seeds for the resurrection of the city of Dallas from being the city of an assassin and making it the home of the Cowboys has no meaning for ESPN and its pressing need to make every second that passes the most unbelievable moment in sporting history.
Of course Landry is not alone in being snubbed from this list, two time Super Bowl Champion John Elway was never mentioned, as well as two time Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson. Overall I realize that this All-time Super Bowl Team means nothing in the end, Landry has cemented himself in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of the all-time greats, but it's fact that this great legend of the game was snubbed that irks me. But I guess I can be satisfied that even though Landry was left in the shadows in this ESPN poll, he will always be revered by one famous person, Homer Simpson.