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Monday, February 04, 2008

Best of them all? Eh, don't think so.

Mike Lupica, heralded columnist for the New York Daily News, comes right out and says it in his Monday column:

"The best Super Bowl of them all really ended in the left corner of the end zone at University of Phoenix Stadium, one last ball in the hands of Plaxico Burress, who called this one the way Joe Namath called one once."

Really? The best Super Bowl of them all? The ratings showed the public tuned in (Sunday's game was the most watched event in television history, behind the M*A*S*H swan song). But to call this the best of them all is an overstatement. For three quarters, the game was hideously dull. Tom Petty's halftime show from 1990 was looking to be the highlight of the game. If you like defensive stalemates, Sunday's game was for you. Super Bowl XLII came down to two drives.

Would Lupica really say it was the best of them all if a New York team wasn't involved? Probably not. The guy's got to sell papers and draw hits to the Daily News' web page. And, it's kind of a weak lead to write if you label the game as one of the best. You might as well crown it the ultimate victory, right?

The Daily News has an online poll asking readers if the game was the greatest upset in NFL history? Eighty percent said yes. Not Super Bowl history, but NFL history. I think there's a quarterback from Beaver Falls, Pa., that wore No. 12 for the Jets that would argue that.

There were some people out there who did pick the Giants to win this one. The Giants nearly beat the Pats during the regular season, remember? Who gave the '69 Jets a snowball's chance to beat Don Shula and his Colts? Joe Namath. That's why it was a big deal when he guaranteed the win.

Ah, but New York media is fickle, and if ain't the biggest, the grandest or most sensational, then it doesn't belong in print or TV, especially in the Big Apple.


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