Today I was treated to perhaps the best Super Bowl in NFL history. That is saying a lot, given last year’s Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXXIV (Rams 23, Titans 16), Super Bowl XXIII (Forty Niners 20, Bengals 16) and possibly the most memorable of Super Bowls, Super Bowl III in which the New York Jets, under the direction of a young Joe Namath – who promised a win over the much heavily favored Baltimore Colts – delivered quite possibly the biggest upset in NFL history.
By the end of today’s Super Bowl, won in dramatic fashion by my friend Ray‘s favorite team the Pittsburgh Steelers, I was emotionally drained and severely in need of a beer.
I watched throughout the first half as the Cardinals appeared to be regressing into their losing ways that many have come to expect from them. Then, the end of the first approached and the Cardinals turned it on, taking the ball all the way to the Steelers goal line only to see their drive stalled by a Kurt Warner interception that was returned 100 yards by Steeler James Harrison for a touchdown to put the Steelers solidly ahead 17-7 at the half.
Then I watched in the second half as the Cards stormed back and took the lead in convincing fashion with only a few minutes left in the game. OH. MY. GOODNESS!
Now anyone that knows me knows that I favor no football team at all. I used to be a huge Houston Oiler fan back when there was a Houston Oilers but since they decided to sell out and move to Tennessee and become the Titans I abandoned them. To that end I did decide to become a fan of a particular player. That player is Kurt Warner, a devout and outspoken Christian who wears his faith on his sleeve and makes no bones or apologies about it. And since he is the quarterback of the Cardinals this year, the Cardinals had my support. Specifically, the Kurt Warner had my support.
So it broke my heart when, with a few seconds left in the game, that the Steelers scored the go ahead touchdown and shattered any hopes of Kurt Warner being able to prop up the Lord in his post game victory speech on national television. Of course I was overjoyed for Ray that the Steelers won, and I was totally stoked that I got to see the best Super Bowl in at least the last year, but I was still a little sad for Kurt Warner and the Cardinals.
But there is always next year. And I hope Kurt doesn’t retire because I would love to see him and Larry Fitzgerald and the rest of the high flying Cardinals turn in another spectacular performance in the post season next year.