Previously on Sports Toothache
Sunday Night Super Blizzard
On the Couch: Super Bowl
2008 HOF debate: why Cris Carter is better than Art Monk
Monday Morning's Reaction
"Monday (Super Bowl) Edition: Wha' Happened?" (Randball)
"The play of the game" (Star Tribune)
David Tyree showed incredibly strong hands on that play.
"Thoughts on the Super Bowl" (The Ragnarok)
"An inconvenient truth" (Andrew Perloff)
"Perfection KO'd" (Peter King)
Let's note one particularly stupid thing King writes. King compares Wes Welker's 2007 season with "the most productive season Jerry Rice ever had," which he calls 1995. He then ONLY compares regular season and post-season receptions to show Welker looking comparable to Jerry Rice. He doesn't point out that in 1995, Rice set the NFL RECORD FOR RECEIVING YARDS IN A SEASON with 1,848. In 2007 Welker had 1,175 receiving yards in the regular season, a total Rice topped ELEVEN TIMES! And in '95 Jerry Rice had 15 touchdown receptions in the regular season to Wes Welker's 8--a total Rice topped TWELVE TIMES!
If King wants to show how great Wes Welker is by comparing his best receptions total in a season (in 19 regular and post-season games) to Jerry Rice's best receptions total in a season (in 17 regular and post-season games), he can do so. He is, however, fairly idiotic to simply present only receptions without pointing out that in 1995 Rice had MORE RECEIVING YARDS THAN ANYBODY EVER HAD IN A SINGLE SEASON!, while Welker's 1,175 yards was topped by BY TEN RECEIVERS THIS SEASON! I'm completely appalled by this statistical cherry picking.
"My life story, one Super Sunday at a time (revisited)" (pro-football-reference.com blog)
"Audibles at the Line: Super Bowl XLII" (Football Outsiders)
This should be one of your must-read articles today.
"Sales Genie: Racists" (MVN Outsider)
Found via Ballhype. At some point in the night I said to my wife, "I keep wondering how many of these commercials are vaguely racist."
"'Free Fallin' out into Nothin'" (Bill Simmons)
Everybody on the internet is looking forward to this column, right? (also found via Ballhype).
"Thoughts on the Super Bowl" (The Starting Five)
"Holy Bleepers!" (The Football Professor)