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I Cannot Wait for the SUPER BOWL!

African American news from Pasadena - Sports Watching with John Randolph Rogers

The Colts and the Saints have made professional football fun for me again. I look forward to a game where there are lots of passes thrown, and each side scores a bunch of touchdowns. While I respect the purists who like the defensive struggles, and scores of 3-0. Please do not count me among those.

This year's championship game should not only be high-scoring, but it should be a classic as well. In addition to the usual hoopla, Jim Caldwell will have the opportunity to become the third African-American head coach in the NFL to win the Super Bowl.

I think that this will be a high-scoring game whose outcome will not be decided until the last seconds of the game. The Colts are being quarterbacked by Peyton Manning, in my opinion, the greatest quarterback who ever lived. The Saints are being led by Drew Brees, who had a sensational year, and is almost as good as Manning. With Photo Ops that will include Reggie Bush and Chloe Kardashian, you are certain to have an exciting weekend.

Oh, Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson, where have you gone? The game will be played on February 7, 2010, in Miami, Florida. So, now the NFL has two weeks to promote this game. We will have to struggle with all of the hype, until mercifully, they actually begin to play. Between now and then there will be millions of words written and spoken about this game by various experts and pundits. Even the smallest detail will be analyzed, reanalyzed, and overanalyzed. There are many, many sports channels, and each is loaded with its own pundits, and they have to put something on the air. That is where the pundits come in. They just have to talk, they don't necessarily have to make any sense, but they do have to keep talking.

Jim Caldwell, the first-year head coach of the Colts is a very impressive man. He is cool, collected, and thoughtful. He took over the reins of the team from the retired Tony Dungy. Dungy was one of the pioneering coaches, and he has retired to pursue other activities. I strongly suspect that within two or three years, he will take another head coaching position in the NFL. Very few of the NFL head coaches stay retired. Apparently the profession of coaching is an itch that just has to be scratched.

Caldwell will have the opportunity to become the third African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl. The first one was Tony Dungy in 2006, also with the Colts organization. The second was Mike Tomlin, with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. Now it is Caldwell's turn to go for the big ring. I think that the Colts will be slight favorites in this game, and I am picking them to win it.

The Saints are a great team, but for the grace of Brett Favre, they would already be golfing or fishing or whatever they do in the off-season. His team, the Vikings, was ahead in the game, with just a few seconds left. They were close enough to their goal line, and there was about a 90% probability that their kicker could kick the winning field goal. There was some time left on the clock, and if the Vikings could get just a little closer, that probability could increase to about 95%. Then, the first dumb thing happened. The Vikings were penalized five yards for having 12 men on the field. Unbelievable! How could a mistake like this happen at an important time, in the most critical game of the year. Then it became Favre's job to get them a little closer if he could, while doing everything that he could to be certain that he maintained ball security. This was such an easy chore, that even a Cave Man could have done it. To the utter astonishment of his coaches, teammates, and the fans, he ran to the right side of the field, and then he threw the ball back to the middle of the field. Even under normal circumstances, this would have been considered a no-no. The ball was intercepted, and his team was finished. Doing what he did was so dumb, that it was almost criminal. Farve was, and is, one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. It is even more amazing to consider, that he did what he did, without being able to think. He committed almost the same egregious act in the 2007 playoff game against the Giants. In his defense, his 40-year-old body had taken an awful beating from the Saints. If he comes back for another season, and I think he will, you can expect that he will make the same mistake again if he gets the opportunity to do so.

I don't know about you, but I really miss Tiger Woods. For a while, I wondered if his face might have been injured and that he did not want to be photographed. If something like that did happen to him, there has been enough time for the experts to rebuild his face, if that was necessary. I have heard that he is in a rehabilitation center, and under the circumstances, that does not sound unreasonable. My own take is that he is just too embarrassed to come out yet. He has become a national joke, and there are sure to be some hecklers waiting for him. He has gone from being one of the most admired men in the world, through will and that they make fun of. It is true that this is all his fault, but I don't think that he is ready to deal with it yet. Infidelity or not, the PGA would like to have him back on the tour. Their television ratings and revenues go down about 50% when he does not play in one of the matches. Tiger, please come back!

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