Super Bowl XLIII best ever? Let's not get carried away

On Monday, I was talking with an otherwise reasonable person who said he was leaning toward declaring Super Bowl XLIII the best game in the history of our annual ode to excess. Read more
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Rex J Steelman

Slippery Rock, PA

#64 Feb 11, 2009
JBS wrote:
I picked the Steelers to win, but do not believe it was a great game. It was very entertaining, and worth the hype. So, to those who believe that only Cards fans or those who picked the Cards are knocking the game, consider yourself corrected. Now stow away your Terrible Towel til next season, please. Yeesh.
Why would we do that? The Steelers are world champions, and will be all offseason and through next season and hopefully into the playoffs and beyond. To the winners go the spoils, and the spoils are getting to wave those towels and wear world champion sweatshirts as long as we want. And I don't care if it's the best SB ever, but any SB with the longest play in SB history and a game-winning drive with less than three minutes left has to be included in the conversation.

“The Lombardi Sixpack”

Since: Feb 08

Butler, PA

#66 Feb 11, 2009
STEEL DYNASTY wrote:
<quoted text>Rex, I agree I don't know if it was the best SB ever but it was probably the most exciting SB I've ever witnessed.The first SB I ever seen was PITTS first SB I was about 6years old,I also have all of their SB's(exceptXLIII)on disc and this one was by far the most exciting.
another great finish was when joe montana drove the length of the field for the game winner over the bungles.
Nancy Wadlow

Accident, MD

#67 Feb 11, 2009
Perhaps this year's Super Bowl wasn't the Best Game ever but your opinion that neither team "was that great" is lame. The Steelers had a tough schedule and to go through it and win the Super Bowl has to have some effect on your judgement. And no team of today has anything to do with any of the 70's teams....the 70's are long gone and the players play no more, but today's teams do play and play great. You must be one of those people who can't be satisfied. Oh, and nice of you to be "impressed" at the sixth Super Bowl win of the Steelers. I really doubt that will be forgotten, even after the next 10 Super Bowls.
Nancy Wadlow

Accident, MD

#69 Feb 11, 2009
Tom wrote:
It was an imperfect game with a great finish. The ability of the Cardinals to come back is what made the game worthwhile.
What did you do Tom, turn off the TV after the Cards came back. The last two minutes of that game was what made it worthwhile! Even I had given up on the Steelers and put my Terrible Towel over my dogs head! But Big Ben didn't let us down....

“Alley Cat Blues”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#70 Feb 11, 2009
I live in Indianapolis now, but I STILL LOVE MY STEELERS!! I'm a hard-wired Steeler fan.

“The Lombardi Sixpack”

Since: Feb 08

Butler, PA

#71 Feb 11, 2009
STEEL DYNASTY wrote:
<quoted text>As much as I dislike the 49ers ,the J.Montana 9ers were prolific and explosive,and I agree that drive was an exciting finish,the only time my DAD rooted for the 49ers,so he did'nt have to here all the bungle fans at work.
I watched that game and was on the edge of my seat but also very confident Joe would do it. the difference between what joe did and what ben did is that joe's plays were all textbook and right on time. ben's plays were all improvised and sandlot style. I think I was way more nervous during ben's final drive! I love the steelers but it would be nice to see one of these game winning drives happen like clockwork rather than like a train wreck. anyway the steelers don't win with style points the steelers just win.
Saturn

AOL

#73 Feb 11, 2009
Jupiter wrote:
I live in Indianapolis now, but I STILL LOVE MY STEELERS!! I'm a hard-wired Steeler fan.
From the lack of Steeler fans responses, I think they do not care. Now go back and dust off your Manning jersey, put it on and stop posing.
Grouchy Conservative

Homosassa, FL

#74 Feb 11, 2009
The man made a touchdown ON HIS HEAD. And that was just the beginning.
Happy Gilmore

AOL

#75 Feb 11, 2009
ON HIS HEAD.
Jopa-n

United States

#76 Feb 12, 2009
Bob Roberts wrote:
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I watched that game and was on the edge of my seat but also very confident Joe would do it. the difference between what joe did and what ben did is that joe's plays were all textbook and right on time. ben's plays were all improvised and sandlot style. I think I was way more nervous during ben's final drive! I love the steelers but it would be nice to see one of these game winning drives happen like clockwork rather than like a train wreck. anyway the steelers don't win with style points the steelers just win.
That's exactly why what Ben does is more amazing. Joe Montana was money on a star studded offense. All day to throw, great players getting open, great offensive coaching. Like clock work.
With Ben, it's all Ben. He has to buy time to get the rec.s some space, avoid getting hit from 2-3 different directions, set and throw.
Put Ben on Joe's team and he wins just as much, put Joe on Ben's team and Joe is in a full body cast. Those that do more with less are actually the better players.

“Alley Cat Blues”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#77 Feb 12, 2009
Saturn wrote:
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From the lack of Steeler fans responses, I think they do not care. Now go back and dust off your Manning jersey, put it on and stop posing.
LOL! Would it make you feel better if I said the Colts were my second favorite team? Hey, I bought the t-shirt when they won the Super Bowl too!!

“The Lombardi Sixpack”

Since: Feb 08

Butler, PA

#78 Feb 12, 2009
Jopa-n wrote:
<quoted text>That's exactly why what Ben does is more amazing. Joe Montana was money on a star studded offense. All day to throw, great players getting open, great offensive coaching. Like clock work.
With Ben, it's all Ben. He has to buy time to get the rec.s some space, avoid getting hit from 2-3 different directions, set and throw.
Put Ben on Joe's team and he wins just as much, put Joe on Ben's team and Joe is in a full body cast. Those that do more with less are actually the better players.
I'm not sure you're going to get too many people saying ben is better than joe. Ben is different and plays more sandlot style ball. That wouldn't have cut it with the 49ers west coast offense. they were all about timing and rhythm, something ben doesn't do as well as montana did. Montana was like a computer, he could scan through his reads and hit even the 4th guy. Anyway who cares. I'll take ben in steeler uniform any day. He's like bradshaw. tough as nails, low style points but he just keeps winning...also it doesn't hurt to have the best defense on the planet!!!

So what's the word with FA and the draft Jopa-n? still too early? I say they go lineman first 2 picks.
also every is forgetting about that rookie LT...what's his name hill? he is a talent they have in the wings. maybe they sign smith at a low rate, let starks go and use hill as backup. any thoughts?
Jopa-n

United States

#79 Feb 14, 2009
Bob Roberts wrote:
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I'm not sure you're going to get too many people saying ben is better than joe. Ben is different and plays more sandlot style ball. That wouldn't have cut it with the 49ers west coast offense. they were all about timing and rhythm, something ben doesn't do as well as montana did. Montana was like a computer, he could scan through his reads and hit even the 4th guy. Anyway who cares. I'll take ben in steeler uniform any day. He's like bradshaw. tough as nails, low style points but he just keeps winning...also it doesn't hurt to have the best defense on the planet!!!
So what's the word with FA and the draft Jopa-n? still too early? I say they go lineman first 2 picks.
also every is forgetting about that rookie LT...what's his name hill? he is a talent they have in the wings. maybe they sign smith at a low rate, let starks go and use hill as backup. any thoughts?
I just don't think Ben gets the credit he deserves because he has never had the time to go to a legit 3rd read very often. A large part of what Manning and Brady are and Montana was, is because of the tremendous jobs their offensive lines have done in giving them all day to throw.
The offensive play calling and offensive schemes those other QB's play and played in, were designed to accentuate the QB's efficiency.
Give Ben all day to throw, don't make Ben play uphill with foiled running plays as a lead in to forced passing situations, and his numbers are comparable to theirs.
Jopa-n

United States

#80 Feb 14, 2009
Almost forgot Bob. I just started looking into the player evaluations of the top 5 at each position. All I can say as of now is that they have a compelling need on the offensive line to bring in new blood to compete, and a big need to do the same on the defensive line due to age issues. I would like to see them sign one major FA in the offseason for the OL and draft 2 OL and 2 DL. This is a year to sharpen the sword not try to collect solid players at every position. Who they lose in FA will effect the numbers as well.
Daniel

Tallahassee, FL

#81 Feb 14, 2009
The problem with this article is that the writer bases how great an individual football game is on the surronding circumstances that have nothing to do with the game it's self.
SB XLII was not as good as XLIII.
SB XLII, The Game, not the context of what was at stake or how big of an underdog someone was.
Is Vegas an official part of the SB to the NFL?
Does a team being unbeaten have anything to do with the actuall on goings on the field?
No to both.
XLII was only 7-3 at the top of the 4th quarter and then 10-7.
The lead changing hands four times gives it some weight but the final of 17-14 is not enough points to make it better than XLIII which was 27-23 with a 100 yd int return for a TD by a 240 lbs LB, the biggest comeback, 13 points, in SB history by the Cards and then a 2 minute drive which was based on skill not luck like the Giants.
Eli was lucky Asnatee Sammuel dropped the int and that Tyree made a once in a lifetime catch on an alful up for grabs pass.
Ben actually threw well on his drive and Holmes ysed skill and talent to make his game winning reception.
SB III is a boring SB outside of the gurantee as well.
The Game is what matters not the outside circumstances.
In 30 years XLIII will be more exciting to watch than XLII and III when no one cares about the other circumstances of hitory.
What's at stake in every SB is the SB title it's self, that's all that matters.
Daniel

Tallahassee, FL

#82 Feb 14, 2009
Here is wat I do not understand.
When people complain that their were too many flags.
If their are penalties their should be flags.
Don't blame the Refs for doing thier job, blame the players for committing penalties.
In my opinion htere were not enough flags in SB XLIII becasue Gandy held Harrison on every single snap where Harrison rushed.
They called it 3 times.
Harrison is the most unblocakable man in the NFL.
His 16 sacks are nothing compared to what he would have had if he wasn't held on every play, litterally.
Last year and this year.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette which has always been as objective as a local publication can be when out on a limb and said Yes! Harrison is held on every play and the refs ignore it all but maybe once a game.
If they didn't ignore it then they would be throwing flags every pass attempt or he would have 50 sacks a season.
Reporter

AOL

#83 Feb 14, 2009
NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pa.(AP)-- Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is in trouble with the police over some towels, but not the Terrible kind waved by his fans.

State police say Reed threw a temper tantrum at a Sheetz convenience store in New Alexandria, a tiny borough about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh, because its restroom didn't have any towels.

Police say this restroom is known for gay activity.

Police say the incident happened about 2:50 a.m. Saturday.

Reed has been cited for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, summary offenses similar to traffic tickets.

Police say he damaged the towel dispenser then used profane language to an employee and outside the store.

A message was left seeking comment at Reed's home in Pittsburgh.
Jopa-n

Glenmoore, PA

#84 Feb 15, 2009
Daniel wrote:
The problem with this article is that the writer bases how great an individual football game is on the surronding circumstances that have nothing to do with the game it's self.
SB XLII was not as good as XLIII.
SB XLII, The Game, not the context of what was at stake or how big of an underdog someone was.
Is Vegas an official part of the SB to the NFL?
Does a team being unbeaten have anything to do with the actuall on goings on the field?
No to both.
XLII was only 7-3 at the top of the 4th quarter and then 10-7.
The lead changing hands four times gives it some weight but the final of 17-14 is not enough points to make it better than XLIII which was 27-23 with a 100 yd int return for a TD by a 240 lbs LB, the biggest comeback, 13 points, in SB history by the Cards and then a 2 minute drive which was based on skill not luck like the Giants.
Eli was lucky Asnatee Sammuel dropped the int and that Tyree made a once in a lifetime catch on an alful up for grabs pass.
Ben actually threw well on his drive and Holmes ysed skill and talent to make his game winning reception.
SB III is a boring SB outside of the gurantee as well.
The Game is what matters not the outside circumstances.
In 30 years XLIII will be more exciting to watch than XLII and III when no one cares about the other circumstances of hitory.
What's at stake in every SB is the SB title it's self, that's all that matters.
I hear ya. All excellent points.

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