Happy post-Super Bowl Hangover Monday Cougs. Here's hoping, as always, that all is well with you and yours. And the biggest question I have for you today, is, uh, WHY isn't the Monday after the Super Bowl not a national holiday!?!? Couldn't they roll back MLK day a few weeks and align it with the day after the big game?? (Note - there is some sarcasm in that question, so, please don't feel the need to educate the masses in comments about the details of the MLK holiday.)
So quite a game yesterday, hmmm? Like many of you, we celebrated SB Sunday by having a little get-together with some friends. The overriding theme yesterday was 1) how tough both teams were hitting the crap out of each other, as well as how damn chippy the whole thing was, and 2) how it totally felt like two completely different football games, before and after the power outage/surge/whatever! It was really remarkable to see how different things were before and after that strange moment, when we were treated to Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots attempting to keep the broadcast upright and moving along with limited information. It was really, uh, strange, I guess (and maybe some Sean Payton revenge on the NFL??)
During the outage, a friend of mine and I were debating on who this helps most. Obviously looking back at it you can see that it got the 49ers back on track, I mean it was 28-6 and Kaepernick was looking pretty "wobbly", ala the 42-13 beatdown suffered at the hands of the mighty Seahawks back in December! I even heard either Shannon Sharpe or Bill Cowher mention it during the downtime, that this was basically the worst Kaepernick had looked since that blowout loss in Seattle. Anyway, we both felt like this was nothing but a good thing for the 49ers, and a way to give them a chance to feel like they could mentally "reboot" and approach the rest of the game as a new opportunity. That downtime just seemed to reel it all in for San Fran, and somehow they scraped themselves off the mat and put on a hell of a show for the rest of the way.
Anyway, quite a show when it was all said and done. So what will YOU take away from this year's game? The arrival of Joe Flacco as a true elite NFL QB, now 9-4 in the playoffs in his career and a SB ring, and 11 TD's to 0 INT's in the postseason, best since Joe Montana? Kaepernick leading the team back to what looked like could have been the biggest comeback in SB history? The intense physical hitting, some of the most physical hitting I can remember in a SB? The end (thank GOD) of Ray Lewis and his playing career in the NFL? The holding/non-holding call that wasn't on the 4th down fade to Michael Crabtree? The Harbaugh bowl and the postgame handshake? Beyonce and the Destiny's Child reunion? Alicia Keys on the piano with the anthem, with NO lip-synch? Bar Refaeli and the nerd kissing commercial? The power outage??
One thing I think we all can safely say in looking back at the NFL Saturday night award show and then the game yesterday - there are some damn good young QB's in the league right now, and as RGIII said in his acceptance speech of the NFL ROY, the NFL is in good hands at QB going forward. RGIII (with a healthy knee), Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Kaepernick, I mean the list just grows with a new era of players and leaders at the most important position in the NFL. I don't know about you, but I can't WAIT for the NFL to get it fired up again next season and watch these guys continue to grow!
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