And God Said: “Let There Be Light!”
Unfortunately, He Waited Too Long!
The Super Bowl is over. It is in the record books and the one thing that all fans can say – whether a 49er who wanted the dynasty to return, or a Raven who, well, wanted the worst egos in the NFL to bring home the trophy to their city – at least everyone can say that this is one Super Bowl that was actually “super.” Well…at least once the lights were turned off…
To the 49ers fans, I know. One play. One missed call that hadn’t been missed. One moment where a referee actually called interference when there was actually interference (HOLDING!!!) – any one of these moments would have given the 49ers the ring and had Kap, not Flacco, named MVP.
Nope, I’m not slicing and dicing the Ravens here. As a football lover, I can sit back and say they did their job – much Like Madden’s Raiders did so long ago. They beat Peyton Manning – that was the first surprise. Everyone assumed, since the beginning of the season actually, that the AFC Championship would be Manning versus Brady. Those were the two experienced ‘head honchos’ that odds-makers in Vegas were demanding that you slap money down on to see play.
What happened? Well, Manning gets beaten and my brother-in-law is not happy. Actually I’m sure many brothers-in-law weren’t happy with that one, because the Denver Broncos were actually supremely cool to watch this year. Then…came Brady. Yes, I’m going to skip over the Texans in this article because, well, the Houston Texans were not even part of the image that people were seeing when it came to the Super Bowl being played this year. So…straight to Brady and the Patriots.
Manning was down, Brady was up. Unfortunately, as many saw when he exited his own tunnel that day, he also seemed barely awake. Now, new child in the house, new father again, stuck in a real estate deal for a house in California – perhaps not a lot of sleep was occurring in the Brady household. But when the Ravens met the Patriots, Brady looked as if he had checked out of the game before it’d even begun. He even apologized to fans afterwards – so he knew he wasn’t concentrating – and the Ravens were going to the Super Bowl.
There are many out there who wish they would never hear Ray Lewis’ name again. Because he won? Because he’s basically beyond egotistical? Nope, not at all. They just want him to retire and get out of the NFL because no matter what this guy’s background really is, the whole, “I did bad things in my past but I’m ‘saved’ routine,” is old. Congratulations on the ring, Ray. You go out a champion. (Now please…go out.)
The 49ers. The ‘pistol’ is the fun part of these guys and Kap is the fun QB in the NFL. He is fast, boy. This tall rookie has the power to get to the outside and then…disappear. And for someone this large, it seems odd that he can literally disappear. Perhaps, since Ray Lewis is such a preacher, maybe Kap’s bible tattoos are what brought ‘God’ into the game. Perhaps He’s a football fan. I speak of a ‘miracle’ because the Kap we’ve known all year – the 49ers defense we’ve seen all year – seemed to have taken a break, much like Brady did in the AFC Championship. They remained at six points for what seemed like forever. Now, the old joke is that the team that plays best in the first half only does so in order to enjoy the halftime show. Perhaps the 49ers aren’t Beyonce fans – who knows?
(By the way: Insert a point here. The girl didn’t lip-synch, so PLEASE let that news bulletin go!)
Anyway, so the Ravens got to watch Beyonce and then – LIGHTS OUT! If you are religious, it was quite an odd sight. Because the second the lights went back on, Kap and the 49ers returned. Maybe they were stuck at Candlestick and robots were playing for them while their plane landed and they took their appropriate places. Yes, I can use this thought, because after the lights went on it did seem a lot like Spielberg had used the first half to have a little sci-fi fun with the fans.
The 49ers moved that six points, FINALLY. They saw the end zone, FINALLY. And then all of a sudden Kap began throwing passes that are not able to be thrown. Even the announcers commented on this. In fact, the announcers went a little quiet as they watched the guy. They had said the Ravens had it in the bag…but the bag they did not have. Even the Ravens and Harbaugh on his sideline were looking a bit like a semi had smashed into them as the 49ers’ score kept creeping up and up and up.
It is a known fact this morning, listening to all the radio stations out there, that if one call had been made – the HOLDING call perhaps? The Super Bowl would have been a 49ers win, a dynasty’s return, and the MVP would have immediately been given to Kap and not Flacco.
Does Flacco deserve it? You bet! That kid deserves one hefty contract considering how absolutely calm he kept things on his side of the fence. He didn’t look young out there, he looked like a seasoned professional; like Elway or Montana had come back and was telling the kid exactly what to do. Like Kap, Flacco made some amazing throws and he deserves his ring! Make no mistake about that 49ers fans. Flacco has a very long future in the NFL, and so does Kap. In fact, it was most definitely a “super” bowl to watch these two quarterbacks do their job. Nothing boring about these guys. In fact, both of them promise the world that next season is going to be just as cool as this one was. Of course, Manning and Brady will be back next season, too. Awake and alert…who knows?
In the end, these were two teams that were completely different all season long, so it was interesting to watch the match-up. The Ravens are gritty, determined and they are more than a little over-the-top, like street fighters trapped in a world with yellow flags. The 49ers? Well, Jim Harbaugh is ALWAYS fired up and the team has style, guys. Not sure if it’s the San Francisco air or not, but this team brings with it taste and class. (Don’t believe me? Look back through the past and tell me if Rice, Young and Montana did not exude total class when they played the game). This new 49ers still has that style, but they are also like excited kids who want to go to Disneyworld. Unfortunately, they’ll have to go there on their own dime this time around.
Are the Ravens and the 49ers going quietly into that goodnight, like sometimes happens with Super Bowl teams? Nope. They’ll both be back. And I have to say that I’m with God on this one: I hope the light shines on the 49ers the next time around, even if they have to meet up with Manning or Brady to get that ring!
Biggest question now is…What is there to watch? Every year we go through withdrawal after this. Golf? Basketball? Hockey? I still say – change the rules. Let the NFL season be as long as the basketball season. Yes, they’ll be tired, but at last the fans will have SOMETHING to watch on a Sunday afternoon that kick’s butt!
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