January 30, 2002

Memora-Bowl.: Even though XX was incredible and sweet. I will always remember XV and XVIII, when the Silver and Gray finally had their day, and I sprinted around the house in childhood ecstasy, taunting my older brother who loved the Steelers and had made my life miserable in the decade of the Steel Curtain.

posted by jacknose to football at 02:17 PM - 13 comments

I'm not that old but XXIV was probably the first superbowl that I remember well. XXV the next year was better though. Poor Scott Norwood.

posted by corpse at 02:38 PM on January 30, 2002

I'll always fondly remember that one where the Browns.. oh wait. *cries*

posted by zempf at 02:46 PM on January 30, 2002

While XXVI was the most recent for the Burgundy and Gold, nothing warms my heart like XXII. I had just been back in America a year and change from Jamaica, just really understanding football. Doug Williams goes down in the first quarter and I'm like "oh crap, we lost" and then he comes back and throws a TD. Then another. Then another. Then another. It's safe to say my voice was gone by the third quarter. I mean Timmy Smith runs for 204 yards in the Superbowl then disappears into the ether. How does that happen?

posted by owillis at 04:22 PM on January 30, 2002

*Cue maniacal laughter* What's that you say, zempf? Kosar and company make the show? Not while the Broncos had the bionic quarterback. Be of good cheer, though. It could be the Browns who carry the dubious honor of the worst defeated team in SuperBowl history, instead of my beloved pony-boys. Now my personal fave SB was obviously XXXII but how can any Show rival XXXIV? Tennessee denied, one foot away from a spectacular comeback tie, after the most innovative and beautiful run just to get to the game. God, Allah, Satan, and Oden were all on the side of the Rams that day, I can tell you. Owillis, you are a cruel, cruel man.

posted by Wulfgar! at 04:28 PM on January 30, 2002

Owillis, you are a cruel, cruel man. I know. I bitch and moan about not going to the dance in 10 years, when there are so many others who've never danced. Perhaps this explains my altar to Joe Gibbs.

posted by owillis at 05:19 PM on January 30, 2002

but how can any Show rival XXXIV I swear, I am the only person who found that game boring as hell. Sure, the fourth quarter was top-notch nail biting excitement. But the other three quarters? Snooze.

posted by owillis at 05:21 PM on January 30, 2002

no one will be overy suprised that my favorite is the cowboys-steelers matchup in superbowl XXX. the game, from a purist standpoint, was only somewhat interesting, but personally i was quite emotionally involved. let's set the wayback machine, shall we? i was a cowboys fan from an early age. (i'm saving the details for a lengthy posting) the superbowl X loss to pittsburgh was difficult, and the XIII loss them was completely devestating. (i was XIII years old) although the victories over the bills in the 90's were sweet and the cowboys a dominant team, i was conviced there was no way the cowboys would beat the steelers in XXX. when it actually happened i ecstatic. all those years i had carried around this silly psychic weight of the 70's superbowl losses, and suddenly it was gone. at the party i was at people started drifting away from the tv, and i still glued to postgame. they were interviewing bill cowher, and next to him was one of his daughters, who was probably all of 11 or 12 years old. she just stood there, biting her lip, holding back tears, trying to be brave for the camera, but abjectly miserable inside. i left the tv room after the interview, and i've never looked at sports the same way again.

posted by lescour at 06:35 PM on January 30, 2002

lescour, those Steelers in the Seventies were just hurtful. In retrospect, I acknowledge that the defense was special. Greene. Holmes. Ham. Youngblood. Greenwood. Not to mention their receivers, Stallworth and Swann. But back then I despised them. I couldn't stand the sight of them. A Raiders' victory over the Steelers meant twice as much to me. Being older, I appreciate the game more and find myself admiring the Steelers of yesteryear (although Bradshaw can be a tad annoying). Here's an outstanding Steelers' site with a whole section dedicated to the Steel Curtain.

posted by jacknose at 07:10 PM on January 30, 2002

My earliest Super Bowl memory is yelling "Gerela's Gorillas" during Super Bowl X (Steelers-Cowboys) in 1976 (he was their kicker). Whaddaya want, I was 12. The two late-70s Steelers-Cowboys games were exciting, and I was really into the Orange Crush for Super Bowl XII (Cowboys-Broncos) in 1978. Even though I'm a Vikings fan and I was watching football around this time, I don't remember watching any of the Vikings' Super Bowl appearances. Maybe I blocked them out. I loved the audacity of the Broncos throwing a bomb to score a touchdown early in Super Bowl XXII (in 1988 against the Redskins), but that just made the Redskins mad and they crushed the Broncos with extreme predjudice. Marcus Allen's 74-yard switch-field run against the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII (1984) was one of the most exciting plays in Super Bowl history. And the Rams-Titans game was the most exciting in years (since the Giants beat the Bills by one point in Super Bowl XXV in 1991). Plus, since the Bills lost four in a row, nobody remembers that the Vikings were the first to lose four Super Bowls. (I like the Super Bowl.com recaps better.)

posted by kirkaracha at 08:05 PM on January 30, 2002

Wulfgar! - but how can any Show rival XXXIV Owillis - I swear, I am the only person who found that game boring as hell. Sure, the fourth quarter was top-notch nail biting excitement. But the other three quarters? AH HA, so you admit that the Broncos upset (13 and 1/2 point underdogs) of the Packers was the most exciting SuperBowl ever? I knew you'd come around. They all do ... eventually.

posted by Wulfgar! at 08:12 PM on January 30, 2002

Superbowls are overrated (he says as he clicks to read the latest Saints news...)

posted by fooljay at 01:13 AM on January 31, 2002

My earliest memories are of watching the cowboys in superbowl XII. I was a small child but couldn't take my eyes off those 'stars'. I've since been rewarded with superbowl after superbowl, though it'll be a while till the next I'm afraid. And yes, fooljay, the superbowl IS overrated. But if the saints ever make it and the superbowl is in new orleans again I will be there. The city will implode with excitement. Actually, I was in New Orleans yesterday. I saw Ricky Williams in a corner store in the french quarter. He was buying water. I thought of trying to get him to hold a sign that says, 'sportsfilter.com', but then I came to my senses.

posted by justgary at 05:39 AM on January 31, 2002

I'm suprised they even have time to play football during the Super Bowl with all the other bullshit performances going on. Throw in about 10 musical acts and 150 new commercials and sadly the football game begins to take a back seat.

posted by howa2396 at 11:37 AM on January 31, 2002

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