All Good Things Must Come To An End ……. So Did Superbowl SBXLIV ……………

All Good Things Must Come To An End ……. So Did Superbowl SBXLIV ……………

So it came and went , what was the NFL’s showcase event …. Superbowl 44 (SBXLIV). The two representatives of the AFC and NFC put on a thoroughly energetic display of all-out attacking football. And at times the Indianapolis Colts showed that their defense was more than capable of stopping the New Orleans Saints’ ‘prolific offense’. But when it was all said and done , the Boys of ‘The Louisiana Bayou’ would end up prevailing in an exhilarating and well earned 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

<strong>Superbowl  (SBXLIV)  MVP  Drew Brees </strong> raises  the  Lombardi  Trophy  aloft   after  his   team's victory  over  the   Indianapolis  Colts <strong> 31-17 </strong>  in  the  game  played   at  Sun  Life  Stadium  ,  Miami,  Florida.   This  was  the  Saints'  first  victory  in  the  Superbowl in  their  enrtire  43  year  existence.     photo  appears  courtesy  of   Getty  Images  /   Chad   Restins..................
Superbowl (SBXLIV) MVP Drew Brees raises the Lombardi Trophy aloft after his team's victory over the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the game played at Sun Life Stadium , Miami, Florida. This was the Saints' first victory in the Superbowl in their enrtire 43 year existence. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images / Chad Restins..................

Sun Life Stadium , Miami, played host to the event and its ensemble spectacle. The half time showed had veteran rockers ‘The Who’ perform many of their hits, the show of which was somewhat uninspired , to say the very least. But then again the demographics that the NFL tends to appeal to doesn’t always resonate with the masses at large . The preponderance of young kids watching may only know some of themes being sang as that to the various CBS hit shows from the ‘CSI’ (trilogy) dramas on the station, hosting the Superbowl itself. Good cross product tie in by the network , even if it was somewhat uninspired to begin with.

New Orleans - February 7th, 2010. Celebrating New Orleans Saints fans spill out into the streets outside of LeBon Temps Roule uptown neighborhood bar just minutes after the New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl XLIV victory  in New Orleans, Louisiana. photo appears  courtesy  of  <strong>Getty  Images </strong>/  Skip Bolen  ......
New Orleans - February 7th, 2010. Celebrating New Orleans Saints fans spill out into the streets outside of LeBon Temps Roule uptown neighborhood bar just minutes after the New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl XLIV victory in New Orleans, Louisiana. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images / Skip Bolen ......

Courtesy of NFL.com and Associated Press

Brees answers ‘Who dat?’ with Super Bowl MVP performance

Miami Gardens, Fla. — Drew Brees grew up in Texas and started playing for pay in faraway San Diego. But he made New Orleans his home and its cause uniquely his own.

After 43 years of Saints futility and one of the finest quarterbacking performances ever delivered in a Super Bowl, Brees made sure there’s no need to ask “Who dat?” anymore.

Thanks to Brees, the answer to “Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?” is nobody.

“We just believed in ourselves, and we knew that we had an entire city and maybe an entire country behind us,” Brees said Sunday after being voted MVP in New Orleans’ 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. “What can I say? I tried to imagine what this moment would be like for a long time, and it’s better than expected.”

“I’m just feeling like it was all meant to be. What can I say? The birth of my son, and in the first year of his life, we won a Super Bowl championship.”

The people of New Orleans now will embrace Brees tighter than some of their kinfolk. It didn’t hurt, of course, that when Brees arrived in 2006, both he and the city were at a crossroad.

A torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in the final game of the 2005 season, coupled with young Chargers passer Philip Rivers waiting in the wings, made Brees expendable in San Diego and left him wondering whether his career already was on the downside. When Saints coach Sean Payton drove Brees around New Orleans hoping to sell him on joining the Saints, the quarterback realized, seeing residents struggling to cope with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, that he’d found the perfect place to begin his own comeback.

“Four years ago, who ever thought this would happen?” Brees said, still fighting back tears.

Earlier, as confetti swirled just above the playing surface at Sun Life Stadium, Brees’ eyes already were watering, trying not to cry as he held his son, Baylen, who was wearing a Saints jersey with his father’s name on the back and a headset so the loud celebration wouldn’t scare him. Brees struggled yet one more time to keep his emotions in check as he lifted the silver Lombardi Trophy over his head.

But a few minutes into his post-game interview, Brees simply quit trying.

“Eighty-five percent of the city was under water, all the residents evacuated all over the country, people never knowing if they were coming back or if New Orleans would come back,” he said. “But not only the city came back, and the team came back … when the players got there, we all looked at one another and said, ‘We’re going to rebuild together.’

“We leaned on each other,” Brees said, pausing as he choked up. “This is the culmination of that.”

Yet in the same way that New Orleans’ progress has come in fits and starts, so it was with the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV. After a rocky first quarter, Brees found his rhythm midway through the second quarter and finished with a record-tying 32 completions in 39 attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns. He was never finer than during what turned out to be the go-ahead scoring drive, stringing together seven straight completions — to seven different receivers.

“Phenomenal,” Saints wide receiver Marques Colston said. “You really can’t put that kind of performance in words. To have 32 completions and two drops, he deserves the MVP.

“Hopefully,” he added, “you guys (in the media) can start putting Drew in that elite quarterback conversation.”

Consider it a done deal.

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The Indianapolis Colts fights for a loose ball against the New Orleans Saints after an onside kick to start the second half during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. photo  appears  courtesy  of  <strong>Getty Images/ </strong>  Doug Benc .....
The Indianapolis Colts fights for a loose ball against the New Orleans Saints after an onside kick to start the second half during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Doug Benc .....

The game pitted two of the better quarterbacks in the NFL to have started a Superbowl in recent years and it was expected to be something of a chess match between these two celebrated stars of the league in, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. And the two most certainly did not disappoint with their play. If anything they served to show they have two of the most prolific and accurate passers in the NFL, in recent years.
And for the respective coaches in, Jim Caldwell and Sean Payton , this was an experience to soak up and remember for years to come. They may well use it as anecdote to tell their children and grandchildren for years to come, into the future.

<strong> Garrett Hartley (#5) </strong> of the New Orleans Saints kicks a field goal as <strong> Mark Brunell (#11)</strong> holds against the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  photo appears courtesy  of  <strong> Getty Images</strong>/  Ezra   Shaw ..........
Garrett Hartley (#5) of the New Orleans Saints kicks a field goal as Mark Brunell (#11) holds against the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Ezra Shaw ..........

Initially it was the Colts who got off to a fast start and they harried and rushed the Saints and their offensive line. But once the Saints steadied themselves , the game took on something more of a competitive edge about it all aspects. It was never going to be blowout for either side but at the same you got the inclination that whoever made the least amount of mistakes would end up prevailing in the game. And when it was all said and done , that was inevitably became the case. And for residents and citizens of New Orleans this may well have felt like vindication and redemption for all that the city has been through over the past few years. At the height of its troubles , they well have felt that the world had left them behind and had forgotten about them. But that was never really the case . As it all came down to the haphazard way that the local , state and federal government agencies dealt with a natural disaster that was unimaginable and inconceivable to comprehend in the magnitude of the destruction caused and the psychological aftermath of the toll that it left on the city’s citizens , young and old. Never mind the lives that were lost in the tragic disaster that was ‘Hurricane Katrina’ . This victory by the Saints may well provide some and be part of the healing process in the end , as the city looks to pick up the pieces and rebuild.


For the moment , whatever the future hold for the Saints and its owner, Tom Benson remains to be seen. But somehow , I for one don’t believe that the masses and the fans of the NFL will begrudge the team , the organization or for that matter , the citizens of New Orleans their moment to shine and to be proud of the achievements of their team. Kudos to the New Orleans Saints on a well deserved victory !

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Kellita Smith, actress and former model. Smith is more widely known for playing the wife of the late comedian Bernie Mac , on the Fox comedy hit ‘ The Bernie Mac Show’.

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11 thoughts on “All Good Things Must Come To An End ……. So Did Superbowl SBXLIV ……………”

  1. Solid game! I was happy to see them win! I’m glad I won my bet! It’s too bad the season is over, now there’s not a whole lot to get excited about in the sports world… For me at least…

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    1. chappy 81

      This was one of the better Superbowls in recent memory , in terms of the sheer quality of the football played. Both qb’s were as near perfect as could be imaginable. Save for the ‘pick’ thrown by Manning , this game could’ve gone either way. Brees was just exceptional !

      Alan Parkins

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  2. Was a great win…deserved too. 43 years in existance, about time. “Ole” man Benson finally got all the pieces together.

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    1. al clements

      For Tom Benson , he’s gone from a ‘parasite’ and ‘pariah’ to a ‘full bloodied hero’ in the eyes of the fans there in New Orleans. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t abuse the goodwill that’s now being shown to him and to the team !

      Alan Parkins

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  3. As an old rocker I have always been a big fan of the Who. Having said that I feel it is time for the older guys to step aside and give the new blood a chance to shine.

    As for the game itself I couldn’t of been happier about the outcome.

    Bon Temps!

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    1. The Who are a great band but their performance at the Superbowl wasn’t one their best. If anything it was marginally above average.

      The game itself to my mind was one of the better Superbowls of recent times.

      Terrific win for Brees and the Saints but most of all for the city of New Orleans and its residents ! They’ve been long overdue in that respect.

      As far as the half-time entertainment goes , if the NFL is going to recycle primarily English rock bands . Then what about the likes of ‘Pink Floyd’, ‘Cream’ or even ‘Led Zeppelin’ for that matter ? I’m sure that there’d be interest there to see either of the bands mentioned. Dependent upon their formation that is !

      Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      This was one of the ‘better’ Superbowls of recent years by far. It may well have lacked some excitement but that was offset by the stellar quarterback play of both Brees and Manning . We’re unlikely to ever see that caliber of a duo of qb’s participate in another Superbowl for the foreseesable future.

      The better team did indeed win on the day and kudos to the Saints and their fans !

      Alan Parkins

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  4. Huge stones…. that’s what Sean Payton has… to go with that onside kick call and some of the other calls he made in that game – and while Brees played great and Porter made the biggest play of the game… Payton and the coaching staff are the ones that deserve to be the MVP if you ask me.

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  5. KP

    There’s no doubt that the Porter play changed the face and tempo of the game. But you have to acknowledge that Brees’ consistency throughout the game was of the ‘highest order’ . Any other quarterback not named Brady , Montana , Young or Elway would’ve ‘buckled’ under the pressure. So deservedly so , Brees was rightfully named Superbowl MVP for this Superbowl. To not acknowledge that would be doing the guy a ‘great injustice’ given the evidence of his play throughout the game.

    Alan Parkins

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