Tag:Super Bowl
Posted on: February 2, 2009 1:13 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2009 4:37 pm

Where was flag on Santonio Holmes' celebration?

I have the pleasure of sitting near a TV running endless SportsCenter loops.

If you think that's an ideal work environment, trust me, it ain't after the fourth highlight clip narrated by Chris Berman enters your right ear. 

However, it has brought something to my attention regarding Super Bowl XLIII. Santonio Holmes' catch, in all its best-ever glory , was capped with a clear violation of NFL rules.

He used the ball as a prop in his LeBron-homage celebration.

In a game littered with yellow flags, that's a no-brainer. That's ref 101.

Ask Joe Horn, Chad Johnson or pretty much any receiver not named Hines Ward.

No flag. No 15 yards enforced on the kickoff. No big deal?

Fifteen yards shaved off a kickoff often isn't often a big deal. But when there's 35 seconds on the clock, your team has two timeouts and when your quarterback has to march the offense down the length of the field, 15 yards is a big deal.

Fifteen yards changes the kickoff coverage, it adds life to the kickoff return team and it, well, it's simply part of the rules.

A big gaffe in a game where the refs seemed to have their whistle senses finely tuned. Maybe the action was obstructed because it was in the back of the endzone. But it's now part of the standard Super Bowl b-roll. I'd imagine Arizona fans treat it as a clear slap in the face.

Whether it would changed the outcome of the game anybody knows, but I agree with them.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 2, 2009 12:33 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2009 12:57 pm

Let's make Monday after Super Bowl a holiday

Dear President Obama,

What I'm going to ask you isn't on par with current agenda items like getting your cabinet finalized, troop withdrawal and fixing the nation's infrastructure.

But since you like to hang around the sporting world and interject your two cents on nearly every significant event, this seems right up your alley.

I'm not hungover. Sounds like a good thing, right? It's not, buddy. It's a real bad thing. I'll tell you why. I'm not hungover because I'm  at work. On work on Monday? Sounds status quo, right? It's not. Last n ight was the Super Bowl and I only had a few beers, not the dozen or so I should have consumed. Why Eric, why only a few beers? That doesn't sound like you? Well, it's not me. But because I have work today, I had to lock Fun Eric up all night. I had to be Sober Eric. I had to stay responsible and stay focused knowing I had to check in at the office February 2.

Bail me out, Obama. Bail us all out from working the day after the Super Bowl. It's not fair.

(Life's not fair, homey)

Maybe not, but I have a fair idea for you, Mr. President.

Make Monday a national holiday. I know what you're thinking.

"Eric, my lad, we can't just make holidays because of sporting events. Rather, we can't make holidays just so can you drink like a Fleury on Super Bowl Sunday. That's against everything I stand for: integrity, intellectualism, stone-cold sobriety in times of conflict."

(Awe-inspiring, me's thinks)

All you say is true, Mr. President. But I have a way around this. We shall call the Monday after the Super Bowl, Consumer Day. Cha-ching! Consider this phase one of your stimulus package. Think about what is consumed Sunday: 90 million pounds of chicken wings, 46 million pounds of avocados , 15,000 tons of chips, 4,000 tons of popcorn and heck, even 7-Eleven says they sell 20 percent more antacids on the Monday after the Super Bowl than on an average Monday. We're consuming like good little "bi-products of a lifestyle obsession."

Let's honor this. Give us Monday off to consume those half-off deli trays that never sold. Give us Monday off to consume discounted flat-screen TVs that never moved before Super Bowl Sunday. Give us Monday off to chew on antacids and get pissed off at Punxsutawney Phil.

Give us a day off to sober up from a massive day of consumption.

"But Eric, what about the water cooler conversations that will be lost?"

Sir, as you know from your dizzying campaign, the power of the Internet has rendered water cooler talk, nay, human interaction void. Message boards handle the task aptly.

Yes, February already has a national holiday and yes, it's the shortest month of the year. But we're not getting off Joe Pesci's birthday (February 9th), so I consider it sort of a trade off. 

What do you say, Joe?

"Did you get these grits from the same guy who sold Jack his bean stalk beans?"

Eh, who asked you?

Mr. President, 90-plus million watch the Super Bowl. That's a little less than a third of the country. We chow on the equivalent of the GDP of Paraguay in one night. We wear stretchy pants, unabashedly.

Give us Monday off. Let us reach sobriety, in whatever form it must be achieved. And for those who can keep on trucking, let them consume.

Yours truly,
Football fan No. 4,905,812

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Nothing quite like a Browns fan to rain on the Steelers' parade. The Thoughts of a Gentledawg says congrats Pittsburgh fans, your city is celebrating a title won in large part, thanks to two "thugs."

Kurt Warner has done a lot this season to help cement his legacy as one of the game's best-ever passers. It doesn't stop there for The A-ll . The blog says Warner is the best-ever Super Bowl quarterback .

With the NFL season finito, it's time to shift to baseball. Sports Commentary from Your local Nerd breaks down the AL East , giving the Yankees 2:1 odds to win it all. The O's odds are slightly worse.

From a running into the holder call to a questionable late hit, the refs seemed to be on the Steelers' side most of the night in Super Bowl XLIII, says Thoughts from the Heart of California!

Klick of the Day

Madden '09 came darn close to predicting the final score

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 16, 2009 11:45 am
Edited on: January 16, 2009 3:13 pm

Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

Friday's edition of the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal has the headline: The Inaugural Pregame Show. The spread goes on to inform travelers of all the great things to do in Washington while waiting for Tuesday's festivities to occur.

Interesting word choice, WSJ.


Pre- as in before. 

-game as in game.

Games? Games? Games? Boardgames? No. Videogames? Wicked Game? No!

Sports games? Yes.

As in before a big sports game?


Not Bingo, sports games!

What's the biggest sports game?

The Super Bowl?


No, the Super Bowl.

OK, so the story has me thinking what I would rather attend: The Obama inauguration or the Super Bowl?

I have my opinion on the matter, and it's probably too convoluted to share thanks to a decades worth of Redskins' mismanagement, but I pose the question to you, and you, and yes, you:


What would you, the CBSSports.com community member do?

Being that this is CBSSports.com and not CBSNews.com, I have a feeling. But it's not one I'm hooked on. This swearing in is a bit different than most. It may not involve the Budweiser Clydesdales, but some say this whole presidential hubbub is a bit, well, historical.

So is the Super Bowl, thee say, unless one is a Patriots fan. This is true. Four years between inaugurations is a blip on the Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl attendance sheet. Ditto for the Jets, Lions, Saints and Chiefs.

But passion for one's team is a different animal than political fervor. For some, sports is a distraction, for others a means of connection. For some, politics is a means to action, for others a facilitator of dissatisfaction. 

Both events cater to the grandiose. One knights a democratic demigod, the other crowns a gridiron king.

Both have glitz, whether it be Kennedys, Clintons, and trips to Watergate or Barbers, Hasselback's and slips called "Nipplegate." 

Both have pregame star-studded events. Bono, Bruce, Beyonce, Mellencamp, Crow and Brooks will all perform before Obama is sworn in. Carnies, ghosts, Original Hooters girls, and kangaroos will be present in Tampa.

Both ... you get the point. Now share your's!

Category: NFL
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