Super Bowl XLIII best ever? Let's not...

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

There are 78 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 3, 2009, titled Super Bowl XLIII best ever? Let's not get carried away. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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.

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James

Gastonia, NC

#1 Feb 3, 2009
I think if you are judging strictly on the game that the Titans/Rams superbowl was the best due to the exciting finish and the level of play on both sides of the ball by both teams.
distressed

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 3, 2009
Entertaining game? Yes. Best Super Bowl game? No. Too many penalties dictated the flow of the game.
Chuck D of Valpo

Valparaiso, IN

#3 Feb 3, 2009
It was a good game but like distressed said, too many penalties. I still don't think that receiver had both feet down on the winning catch.
Irish Bears Fan

Ratchaburi, Thailand

#4 Feb 4, 2009
Chuck D of Valpo wrote:
It was a good game but like distressed said, too many penalties. I still don't think that receiver had both feet down on the winning catch.
Then watch the replay in slow motion. All will be revealed.
boss tweed mummert

Riverside, IL

#5 Feb 4, 2009
super bowl should be moved to saturday. teachers like to get drunk too, and soon will be the only ones working. halftime show, especially with someone of springsteen's stature, should perform 45-60 minutes after the game is over.
Irish Bears Fan

Ratchaburi, Thailand

#6 Feb 4, 2009
"Shouldn't the fact the Cardinals went 9-7 in the regular season lessen the historical worth of the game? "

No! Who cares what record they had ? Patriots were unbeaten last year and got whipped. If the '85 Bears played the '72 Dolphins and the score was 10-7 how could that be a 'great' superbowl just because 2 great teams played it in it. It's the game that counts, not whose playing. A great superbowl is a great story that unfolds, not two muscular titans posing for the camera. By the way, Walter Payton scores two rushing TDs and a reception for a TD in a 34-13 demolition of the '72 Dolphins. On his last TD he pulls up his jersey to the cameras revealing 'WHAT CURSE ?" scrawled on his chest. Go Bears.
cdoc

Medfield, MA

#7 Feb 4, 2009
Your point is well made. It seems that the rush to view someone or something as the best is in Americans DNA.

A recent look at the ESPN list of the best QBs was very heavily weighted to players who have played in the past 20 years. Other similar lists in baseball are full of the same narrow-minded, limited view of things. As if only the greatest things/people played/lived in our lifetime (beware of a new list sure to come out that will indicate that, not only was GW Bush the worst president of all time, but Barack Obama is the best. Can a carving on Mt. Rushmore be far behind?).

And, is there any wonder why Americans struggle with trying to understand why the world views us as smug, insulated, over-opinionated and under-experienced adolescents? Even worse...we do not seem to care!

Great game...end of story.
Charles Henrickson

Saint Louis, MO

#8 Feb 4, 2009
"What's at work here is the curse of immediacy." That's the problem in talking about "the best Super Bowl" and a "record sixth Super Bowl." By only considering the years the championship was called the "Super Bowl," people are ignoring over half of NFL history. By all accounts, the 1958 championship game between the Colts and the Giants may have been the "greatest." It just wasn't called the "Super Bowl." And the Pittsburgh Steelers, now with 6 NFL championships, still trail: the New York Giants, with 7; the Chicago Bears, with 9; and the Green Bay Packers, with 12. "Curse of immedicay" indeed!
wozzle

Denver, CO

#9 Feb 4, 2009
If you go by exciting endings, this was one of the greats. However, if we're talking great football games, one has to go back a few decades for truly great football - teams with stars, superstars and future HoFers at every position. For my money, the greatest Super Bowl ever - from a classic footbal perspective - was SB X, Steelers-Cowboys, 1976. Take a look at the rosters, and remember that they ALL played to their potential or better in that great, great game.
BearsGuy

Concord, CA

#10 Feb 4, 2009
the first 3 quarters were terrible aside from the interception. It was a pretty boring game until the up and down 4th quarter. The 4th quarter made it a great game but nothing near the best in my opinion
JRCubsfan

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#11 Feb 4, 2009
rarely happens, but I agree with you this time Rick.

"What's at work here is the curse of immediacy."
Jopa-n

Trafford, PA

#12 Feb 4, 2009
To say that a game is the greatest, merely because of who plays in it is shortsighted at best. The game, between any two teams, is only as good as the actions that occur in it.
Saying that the Giant/Pats game was the best just because of what was at stake means that what occurred during the game is secondary to how the teams got there. Totally untrue. The Giant win was more compelling, the Steeler win was more action packed and thus, more riveting.
GoGoSox

Gurnee, IL

#13 Feb 4, 2009
Every exciting super bowl just played is the best ever.
Truth

Leawood, KS

#14 Feb 4, 2009
Didnt Carol Slezak write this same article yesterday in the bright one? This begs to question...has Slezak and Morrissey ever been seen in the same room?
BadBecky

United States

#15 Feb 4, 2009
It was a great game. How about we leave it at that? It was very entertaining and fun to watch,but hardly the best ever. Take care fellow Bear fans! Go Bears,good luck in 2009!!
PJo

Palatine, IL

#16 Feb 4, 2009
yes, but you'll have to agree that James Harrison's 4th quarter beat-down of an opposing player was "classic" -- as was the ref's ability to turn a blind eye and not eject him
Iknowthatguy

Oak Brook, IL

#17 Feb 4, 2009
Very good post. You are so right that Americans sense or and knowledge of history of any sort is what happened within the last half hour.
cdoc wrote:
Your point is well made. It seems that the rush to view someone or something as the best is in Americans DNA.
A recent look at the ESPN list of the best QBs was very heavily weighted to players who have played in the past 20 years. Other similar lists in baseball are full of the same narrow-minded, limited view of things. As if only the greatest things/people played/lived in our lifetime (beware of a new list sure to come out that will indicate that, not only was GW Bush the worst president of all time, but Barack Obama is the best. Can a carving on Mt. Rushmore be far behind?).
And, is there any wonder why Americans struggle with trying to understand why the world views us as smug, insulated, over-opinionated and under-experienced adolescents? Even worse...we do not seem to care!
Great game...end of story.
JBS

Menomonee Falls, WI

#18 Feb 4, 2009
I would rate the this Super Bowl somewhere in the bottom half of the Top 10 of all time. But clearly the Giants vs. the Patriots was extraordinary, as were the Patriots vs. the Rams; the Packers vs. the Broncos; 49ers vs. Bengals (1989); and, of course, the Giants vs. the Bills. I would rate all of those Super Bowls as being better than the Steelers vs. the Cardinals, and that's just off the top of my head.
Stephen

Houston, TX

#19 Feb 4, 2009
Irish Bears Fan wrote:
"Shouldn't the fact the Cardinals went 9-7 in the regular season lessen the historical worth of the game? "
No! Who cares what record they had ? Patriots were unbeaten last year and got whipped. If the '85 Bears played the '72 Dolphins and the score was 10-7 how could that be a 'great' superbowl just because 2 great teams played it in it. It's the game that counts, not whose playing. A great superbowl is a great story that unfolds, not two muscular titans posing for the camera. By the way, Walter Payton scores two rushing TDs and a reception for a TD in a 34-13 demolition of the '72 Dolphins. On his last TD he pulls up his jersey to the cameras revealing 'WHAT CURSE ?" scrawled on his chest. Go Bears.
I think that the teams involved definitely add something to the excitement of the game. I think the game itself last year was as good as the game this year. But, the fact that the Patriots were undefeated and got upset, puts it just a notch above this one.
JWD

Rockford, IL

#20 Feb 4, 2009
Best ever, no. But what was unusual about this one is that the Cardinals came back after a devastating play. According to the normal Super Bowl script, that game should have been over at halftime. Give credit to them for making the game interesting in the second half.
After a long run of mostly pretty one sided games in the '80's and '90's, there have been several competitive, fun to watch, Super Bowls this decade.

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