This is a great Super Bowl matchup for fans to enjoy, with the NY Giants representing the NFC and the New England Patriots representing the AFC. These two teams have had solid teams for a long time, and in fact they met in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season in what wound up being one of the most dramatic Super Bowls ever.
The storylines discussed in the 2-week build up to Super Bowl XLVI have been numerous and they’ve been interesting. Rematches from the regular season and the 2007 Super Bowl; Bill Belichick and Tom Brady trying to win their 4th Super Bowl together; Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning trying to win their 2nd Super Bowl together; Peyton Manning’s arch rival and Peyton Manning’s brother battling each other for a Super Bowl in the house that Peyton built in Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium); Injuries to key offensive players for both teams – New England’s Rob Gronkowski and New York’s Hakeem Nicks; The Giants pass rush versus Brady; The emergence of Victor Cruz, and the list goes on. Great storylines for this great matchup.
The one storyline I want to focus on today before the game, though, is the same storyline I discussed in last week’s Wobcast – the coaches in this game. Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin.
I have an appreciation for both of these coaches. I like the way both of them conduct their teams and their business. They are both from the Bill Parcells coaching tree and in fact they were once on the same staff together. This would be the 4th Super Bowl victory of Belichick’s career and it would further cement his legacy as one of the best coaches of all-time. But this would be Coughlin’s 2nd Super Bowl, matching the number won by Parcells, and it would push Coughlin into the discussion not as the best coach of all-time, but into that next tier of the elite coaches of all-time. Coughlin would indeed become a potential Hall of Fame type of coach. And to think that some were calling for Coughlin’s head before the season. Some probably called for his head during the season after the Giants had lost 4 in a row.
As for Belichick, I would think this would be his favorite Super Bowl win. He’s doing it with a team that includes 18 undrafted free agents, an unheralded defense, a WR (Julian Edelman) who plays nickel back, a TE (Aaron Hernandez) who led the team in rushing in a playoff game, and a punter who is from Romania.
Truly, this is a great matchup with two great coaches. I’ll be happy for whoever wins.
My pick is New England, by the way, in a close game. The only results that would surprise me would be a low-scoring game or a blowout by either team. I think it’ll be a mid- to high-scoring game that is close until the end. Should be a lot fun.
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It was announced on Saturday that former Vikings DE Chris Doleman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and two prominent members of the Vikings family have weighed in to give their reaction.
“Having watched Chris enter the Vikings Ring of Honor this past season, we’re very excited that he has now been chosen as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012,” Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf said. “Chris was a very important part of the organization’s success for ten years and his accomplishments on the field speak for themselves. He has earned this honor and we look forward to celebrating his enshrinement in Canton in August.”
A fellow Vikings Ring of Honor inductee and now a fellow Hall of Famer, John Randle has a special appreciation for Doleman because the two were both defensive linemen, were both outstanding pass rushers, and were teammates with the Vikings in the 1990s.
“I’m so, so happy for big Dole,” Randle said. “I never thought I would have a guy who was like a big brother on the football field, but Chris was that guy for me. I looked up to him and studied the way he worked. I’m so happy that he will be up on that stage in Canton this summer where he belongs. It’s really a testament to that defensive line we had with the Vikings during those days and the work of some great coaches. Chris deserves this so much and I’m probably more excited for him than he is for himself.”
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