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Saturday Top 5: Super Bowl Era Teams

Honorable Mention:

1988 San Francisco 49ers

1976 Oakland Raiders

And now the Top 5…

#5 1992 Dallas Cowboys – Jimmy Johnson assembled one of the greatest teams, talent wise, in NFL history. Aikman, E. Smith, “Moose” Johnson, Haley, Lett, Jay Novacek, Irvin and Harper formed a team that mowed just about everyone over. They totally destroyed the Bills in the Super Bowl in historic fashion, even with Leon Lett’s blunder running toward the endzone.

#4 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steel Curtain’s second Super Bowl Championship came in 75, with such greats as Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, and Lynn Swann. They lost two games all year, one of which was an inconsequential game at the end of the season and all but two games were won by two or more touchdowns. This was truly a great team. This team also did what rarely happens in pro sports, that is to repeat as champions. Another piece of interesting trivia was that the 75 Steelers started the great tradition of “The Terrible Towel”. It’s just a yellow dish towel, but it is twirled in menacing fashion.

#3 1984 San Fracisco 49ers – This incredibly talented team became the first in NFL history to send the entire defensive backfield to the pro bowl. They also were led by Joe Montana, who is considered by many as the greatest QB in NFL history. Oh yea, they destroyed Dan Marino’s Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

#2. 1985 Chicago Bears – Notorious not only for what many consider the most dominating defense in league history, but also for the “Super Bowl Shuffle”. It was the cheesiest rap, but it started a revolution in sports and entertainment where athletes did so much more than just play ball. Also, William “The Fridge” Perry provided plenty of good times for fans of trick plays when he would become the NFL’s largest running back on the goal line. This team lost one game all year, a late season loss to the Miami Dolphins (protecting the only undefeated season in NFL history). Gault, Singletary, Payton, Hampton, Perry, Dent, Wilson and Gentry were just of the few greats that really made this team the beast that it was.

#1. 1972 Miami Dolphins – The only perfect team in NFL history was the 1972 Dolphins.  While there were only 14 regular season games, the 72 Fins remain the only team to win all regular season and post season games. Shula, the greatest NFL coach, grabbed his first Super Bowl win with Griese, Csonka, Kick, Fernandez, Yepremian, Warfield, Morris, Buonticonti, Morrall and Fernandez who were some of the most notable names on this the greatest NFL team of all time.

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Various Thoughts

-I enjoy this blog entry because the topics are whatever pops in my head while I write.

-There is a lot of junk in my head sometimes; it’s nice to get it out.

-I am working overtime for only the second day since September. The only other time I worked OT, it was on a call in. This time I actually signed up and got notice Tuesday that I would get the OT. This comes in very timely since I lost almost 4 hours of work last week due to training and qualification.

-Also, I’ll be working this weekend so I will not be able to join you at the theater for our weekly Life Pointe Sunday party.

-I requested two more vacation days and it was ultimately approved. I now have all of Spring Break off.

-I will be looking for a 7 day cruise to fit my scheduled time. Right now I am leaning towards MSC Cruises (The Orchestra) to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Dominican Republic.

-There are some serious deals right now, even on Spring Break. I assume that it is due to the economy. Check out Vacations To Go to see what I am talking about.

-Speaking of the economy… My stand by for my first political rant since the new prez took office.

-ACORN was accused of voter fraud in the presidential election this year and years past. In this new so-called economic stimulus package ($890 billion), $5.2 billion has been set aside for neighborhood foreclosure relief. $4.19 billion of that is supposed to go to ACORN.

-How does this pass the smell test? ACORN helps perpetrate fraud, then gets a $4.19 billion cash kickback. Like they say, “Dance with the one who brung ya.”. It makes me sick.

-Max really hates being brushed. Marcela normally does it, but I figured I would help her with that duty. I don’t want the little mop to despise her because she wants to keep his hair looking handsome.

-The little runt growled at me and then snapped when I was trying to take out a knot.

-I work Super Bowl Sunday, but I should get home before the end of the first quarter. Anybody hosting a party? Naw, you guys should be down in Plantation Key, right?

-My heart wants the Arizona Hurricanes (Cardinals) to win, but my head tells me that the Steelers are going to win this with their dominating D.

-I want Edgerrin James, Calais Campbell, and especially Antrel Rolle to win their first Super Bowl rings.

-The Edge left Indy the year before they won their Super Bowl title. I’d love to see him not only win a ring, but to be a major part of the victory.

-Last night I watched a show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” on Animal Planet. I am sure they embellished a little, but the show was riveting. They told a story with reenactment of a couple who were hiking a trail in the Amazon Basin when they got lost. Using a compass, they actually went in the opposite direction because the map was flipped with North at the bottom and South at the top. They were stranded 6 days before finding their way to a river where they were rescued by a boatman. I highly recommend the show, but be warned that it contains some disturbing and mature content due to the nature of the material.

-I’ll see you at LPC a week from Sunday if not sooner!

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Monday Armchair Cowboy

Football is on hold for one week, and following the Super Bowl will be held until games resume in the Fall.  Sometimes it’s hard to let go. 😦

So, this week we have the Armchair Cowboy.  Marcela and I enjoyed the Homestead Rodeo on Saturday afternoon.  The clown was funny, but the saddle bronc riding, bull riding, and the intermission show with the two girls riding ponies beside a trained bull and rider were the highlights of a great time.

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Monday Armchair QB

Yesterday was bitter sweet. I was really hoping for a Ravens vs Cardinals match up in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Baltimore got in a hole again the Steelers and was unable to climb out with a rookie QB at the helm. The Arizona Cardinals on the other hand were able to muster a big win against the favored Eagles, despite blowing a 24-6 halftime lead. Larry Fitzgerald has a record breaking game with 3 touchdowns in the first half, the most in NFL playoff history.

With about 3 1/2 minutes to play in the Ravens/Steelers game, Hurricane Willis McGahee took a pass over the middle in the 4th quarter and then clashed helmet-to-helmet with the Steelers DB. Immediately he collapsed unconscious and fumbled the ball. Effectively, the game was over after that play. It was obvious to me that he was hurt badly. The DB that collided with him was also knocked out, but not as bad. McGahee was carted off and as of this morning, he is listed with a neck injury but he is able to move his arms and legs. Baltimore actually had an opportunity to win down by a field goal late in the 4th quarter. Troy Polamalu had something to say about that, though. The curly haired Samoan returned a pick for 6 and made a comeback very unlikely.

Congrats to the Steelers who will most likely be your Super Bowl champs. Arizona is definitely the better offense in this comparison, but Pittsburgh has the better defense. I will be rooting for the underdog Cardinals in the “big game”, but as they say Defense wins championships. I expect a touchdown or more victory for the Steelers, but it could get ugly if Warner starts tossing interceptions.

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Monday Armchair QB

Kudos to the Miami Dolphins for an incredible season. They say that the season is a failure unless you win the championship. I don’t believe that we Dolphin fans feel that way this year. We succeeded by exceeding everyone’s expectations this year.

As for the game, here are some things to take away.

-The Dolphins turned the ball over only 13 times all year, an NFL record, but managed 5 turnovers yesterday.

-Pennington (2nd in MVP voting) threw 4 interceptions yesterday which is a Dolphins record. He only had 7 interceptions all year.

-Cam Cameron is the offensive coordinator for the Ravens. As of yesterday’s win, he now has more wins in Dolphins Stadium in one game than he did all last year as head coach of the Dolphins.

-Future Hall of Fame Free Safety Ed Reed of the U was a one man wrecking crew. He had one heck of an interception return for a TD, and a second interception in the red zone when Miami was making a furious effort to come from behind. Ed “Greedy” Reed is maybe the best free safety to play the game.

-The wildcat was tamed yesterday. It gained 7 yards on two plays. We had a feeling that would happen against the Ravens.

-I will be pulling for the Ravens to go all the way this year. The U is well represented in Baltimore with Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and Willis McGahee.

The Ravens and the Eagles won yesterday. Sunday was the day of the favorites. The Chargers beat the favored Colts in a bigtime surprise game, and the Falcons lost at the Cardinals in a mild upset. That means Saturday was the day of the upset.

The big game to watch for this year is in the NFC Championship with a potential matchup of the Panthers and the Giants. The league appears to be wide open this year with no huge favorite. We know that favorites don’t exactly meet expectations anyway, don we Patriot fans?

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They’re in the air, they’re on the ground, they’re always in control!

OK, pause the corny touchdown music. Well, it’s been a few years since we have consistently heard that tune. We haven’t been able to proudly play it because: #1 We only play that song when we score and we haven’t been scoring. #2 We haven’t even been in a Super Bowl in about 25 years and we haven’t won a Super Bowl in more than 35 years, so “When you say Miami, you’re (not) talking Super Bowl”. Will we win a Super Bowl? No, not this year. But, this team is heading in the right direction both offensively and defensively. If the loose ends on OL, LB, special teams etc get tied up, we are looking at a contender. This team could have won 13 this year though admittedly there were a few close games that could have gone the other way as well. 11 wins ain’t no joke! Win or lose today, this has been a great season.

We had the greatest turnaround in NFL history from 1 win to 11, the 2nd place MVP (Pennington), the Ronnie and Ricky show, likely Coach of the Year, the NFL season sack leader, and the Tuna (who should get the credit for turning this thing around) looking to buy the squad from H Wayne Huizenga. This team and the fans have a lot to be proud of, win or lose today. Unfortunately, I am at work so I will have to listen to the game on the radio, but that’s better than nothing.

During the game I hope I get to hear plenty of music…”Yes we’re the Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins #1. We’re the Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins #1!”

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New Thoughts

-The old man known as 2008 has breathed his last breath and the little baby 2009 has been born. Little 2009 is in diapers, yet it is projected to be a monster. We shall see.

-Pet Peeve: It’s “Happy New Year” or “Happy New Year’s Day”, not “Happy New Years”. There is only one New Year at a time.

-The Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavs to make it two wins over the two best teams in each conference (Lakers were the other) over the last couple of weeks. They have already surpassed last year’s win total. That’s two Miami sports franchises turning it around from dismal records last season.

-With my work day starting as early as it does, I knew I had to go to sleep early. I tried, but every time I started to drift to sleep, someone shot a fire cracker and Max barked.

-Last night was going to be my first night in my memory in which I missed seeing in the New Year. Due to my little buddy Max, I ended up going to sleep at 12:30 AM. I did get to kiss Marcela at midnight, though.

-I finally beat Marcela in bowling on the Wii. She nearly came back to beat me, but she came up 5 pins short after I built a huge lead.

-Marcela stayed up until about 11:30 cooking her “chilis rellenos”. I ate the first one, it was most excellent!

-My sis-in-law is going camping this weekend. So I broke out my tent and some camping gear. It’s been about 3 years since I used it. While doing an inventory of the tent parts, Vivi discovered a gecko egg with a baby gecko inside. By “discovered” I mean she accidentally crushed it. NASTY!

-Go Dolphins! I am still in shock that they have made the playoffs and won 11 games.

-Marcela’s new camera I gave her for Christmas has been great. Yesterday we went to the Everglades and she took some wonderful pictures. I will be sure to load them on flckr and post the link. In the mean time, check out my twitter account to see some of the pics I have uploaded.

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The Fantasy Football Report

Well, it was a great year. Mark Similey won the LPC Championship, I won the incredibly difficult LPC Pickem, and Chris Day won the second chance pickem in come from behind fashion edging out Alex by 2 games. I finished 4th in that league. Today’s report will be the final edition until next season. I am going to hand out a few awards.

Manager of the Year goes to Mark Similey’s Dead Skins for his strong season and championship.

Ritz gets the Rookie of the Year award since this is his first season in fantasy football and he made it to the championship game.

Comeback Team of the Year goes to Oral Beason’s Bachrach, at one point with a record of 3-6 missed the playoffs by one play and finished the season at 7-6 with the highest point total in the league.

The “Never Give Up” award goes to Mary Similey’s Turkey Buzzards. She started the season 0-8, yet she kept managing her team, won 3 of the last 5, and 2 straight in the consolation to finish in 5th place in post season.

The Ghost Rider awards goes to Jesse who kept the same roster all year, and even without a starting QB since week 3 made the playoffs. BTW, Jesse would have won the league had he just started a QB.

Pastor Travis gets the Dallas Cowboys award, for expectations that were not met. Every year he seems to do great in fantasy football, and he was projected to do well this year. Unfortunately he left us with the same results as the Dallas Cowboys.

There you have it, the Fantasy Football Report Awards Ceremony. Congrats on a great season. We will see you next year!

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Sunday Armchair QB

  1. The Dolphins have done what I did not actually believe they would do.  They won 11 games, won the division, and made the playoffs as the 4 seed.  They will host a playoff game against Baltimore, one of the few teams that whipped Miami earlier in the year.  Miami has matured a bit since then and may actually be favored to win this one.  As for my expectations, I will keep it  to myself and just say that no matter what happens the Dolphins have had an amazing season.  Especially nice was how Pennington avenged his dismissal from the Jets by (probably) ending Favre’s career by beating him in NY.  The Jets sent Pennington packing and replaced him with Favre.  The Jets missed the playoffs, the Dolphins and Pennington made the playoffs, and as of next year the Jets will have to find a QB.  This is indeed a rare situation for Miami who is usually at the losing side of such free agent and waiver acquisitions to teams like the Patriots with Welker and the Jets with Brian Cox and others.
  2. The Hurricanes took a dive against the oh-so-powerful Cal Golden Bears.  It wasn’t actually so disappointing that we lost, but that we looked so unprepared all through the first quarter and the final drive of the game.  Harris looked good, but with 2:40 to play in the game and down by a TD, he didn’t have a clue how to manage the team.  That has to rest on the shoulder of the coaches Shannon and Nix.  Nix will possibly get canned for his inconsistency this year.  How do you have as much time as the Canes had between the end of the season and the bowl game and yet the QB had no idea how to run a 2 minute offense?  He literally looked like he was totally lost.  It took 40 seconds to go 6 yards, and with a time out that was finally called while the clock was stopped.  To top it off, it was Shannon who ended up having to call the time out.  With less than 30 seconds to play, the team called a run play.  What gives?
  3. Back to the NFL, there were some huge stories this year.  The Dolphins made the playoffs with 11 wins after winning 1 game the entire previous year.  The Falcons with no head coach and no starting QB at the beginning of the year made the playoffs after being projected to finish last in the division with 3 or 4 wins, and they did it with a rookie head coach and QB.  The patriots miss the playoffs altogether with 11 wins after losing only one game the entire previous season.  The Chargers exact revenge on the Broncos who beat them earlier in the year on a totally bogus call that cost them the game.  Their win put them in the playoffs and the Broncos out.  The Cowboys who were projected by nearly everyone to win the NFC and maybe the Super Bowl did not even make the playoffs and got trounced in one of the worst blow outs in team history to finish the season.  The Jets choked in 5 of their last 6 games to miss the playoffs while Favre’s career will likely end, and they were eliminated AT HOME by the QB they let go to make room for Favre.  The Detroit Lions finished the season with the worst record (0-16) in the history of the NFL.  Tampa Bay choked away their chance at a playoff birth by losing to one of the worst teams in the NFL giving up 17 straight points to finish the game.  An 8-8 team made the playoffs winning their last 4 games while an 11 win team missed the playoffs.  Green Bay dumped Favre to go with Rodgers, and won only 6 games which was a huge disappointment considering they only lost 3 games the previous season with Favre.  What a crazy year!
  4. I will provide a final fantasy football report tomorrow with awards for Manager of the Year, comeback team of the year, trash talker of the year, etc.  See you tomorrow!

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Fantasy Football Report

The league championship has been determined, and like the whole season the finale was exciting right down to the wire.
Congrats to Mark Similey, the Life Pointe Church Fantasy Football Champion!  He defeated Ritz by a score of 102-98 with the game literally coming down to the final play.  If Forte had broken loose for a TD, or if Chicago missed their FG and Green Bay had a field goal of more than 50 yards Ritz would have won the game.

In the consolation games, Jesse’s dead team showed once again that if he had just managed the QB position, we would have had a different champion.  I was able to beat Jesse on tie breakers with the final score being 107-107. Pastor Travis dropped his final game against Mary’s Turkey Buzzards, and Paul’s Skins got smacked by the league’s top scoring team, Bachrach.

The final standings determined by the payoffs are:

#1 Dead Skins (League Champs!)
#2 Ritz
#3 Citizen Cane
#4 Fuser Heads
#5 Turkey Buzzards
#6 TJ’s Big Doggs
#7 Bachrach
#8 Skins

It was a great season in the most competitive league I have ever competed in. Thanks for your participation! I had fun serving as the league commish and next year I look forward to an even bigger league so that I can reclaim my rightful place at the top.

In LPC Vegas style pickem, I have already cinched up first place. In 2nd Chance, barring a miracle, the race has come down to Alex in 1st by only one game vs Chris Day in 2nd. This was a disaster of a week in which I only scored 4 wins out of 16. The upsets were plentiful. I’m now 7 games back and essentially out of contention for 1st.

See you next week for the Fantasy Football report finale and awards show!

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