Saturday, January 30, 2010

Super Bowl Countdown - Others To Consider

Over the next seven days, Lattanzi Land is continuing a top ten countdown of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. This is a collaborative effort between myself and my good friend and football expert Dustin Holt. Every day, Monday through Friday, the next one will be put up, climaxing with #1 on Friday, February 5th. Some of these may surprise you, and some may make you ask what we are smoking. Enjoy, and any feedback can be made in the comment boxes or via email at joshua.lattanzi@gmail.com or dholt13@gmail.com - today, though, we wish to present some that we kicked around for our Top 10, but for whatever reason, just did not make the cut. Likewise, we wanted to explain some of the methodology in making the list.

Super Bowl XXX: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17 – the third matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers for once went the Cowboys way as they won their third championship of the 1990’s and their third in four seasons. The game itself had some back and forth, but mostly a lot of scoring by one time followed by a lot of scoring from the other team. Dallas went up 13-0 and 20-7, with Pittsburgh responding to make it 20-17 late in the 4th quarter. Two horrendously bad interceptions from Neil O’Donnell killed any chance the Steelers had, especially with about 4 minutes remaining and the Steelers driving with a chance to take the lead.

Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29 – this matchup between New England and Carolina bears some similarities to Super Bowl 43, but the difference to be made is ultimately in the fact that 43 had actual lead changes in all the 4th quarter scoring, whereas this game’s 4th scoring was a lot of tying and did not have a signature sequence like James Harrison’s interception return before halftime. The final score on a kick by Adam Vinatieri only broke a tie – we feel that tie-breaking, game-ending field goals just don’t have the same power as a come-from-behind kick would (except in overtime, of course).

Super Bowl XIII: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31 – the second of the three matchups between the Cowboys and Steelers was probably the toughest one to keep off the top ten. For the first half, the game was about as evenly matched as it could be. The Steelers had a 21-14 halftime lead, but then the Cowboys were about to tie the score when Jackie Smith made his famous drop of a wide-open pass in the end zone (Go forward to 1:55). Instead, the Cowboys only kicked a field goal and made it 21-17. The Steelers then scored 14 unanswered points to make it 35-17 with just over six minutes remaining, but the Cowboys didn’t quit. The scored on a long drive, recovered an onside kick, then scored again, but could not recover a second onside kick, allowing Pittsburgh to run out the clock on their 35-31 victory over Dallas.

As for our methodology, certain things had to be considered. Blowouts, no matter how historic (i.e. Doug Williams in Super Bowl 22, Joe Montana in Super Bowl 24, or Steve Young in Super Bowl 29), just cannot be placed into a top 10 games list. Individual performances, yes, but overall games, no. Likewise, a close game doesn't necessarily qualify it to be on the list either. Super Bowl 5 was a close game, but no one would EVER place it on a top 10 list. The things we were looking for included (but not limited to) entertainment value, tension, big moments, competitiveness, and long-term importance.

Stay tuned as we unveil our top 5 this coming week. We hope you enjoy the list, and look forward to the feedback.

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