Super Bowl XLIII: The Game No One Should Have Lost
People are going to be going after this game from now on.
Thanks to what this game was, people are going to look for what was wrong about it. Not just for kicks—it's just human nature to not like a game you don't suspect was like this and claim it was fixed. If not, chaos will ensue. Just look at the Patriots fans who made a massive complaint about the Super Bowl on deaf ears last year.
What people don't realize is that we watched a game that can be dubbed one of, if not the greatest games, Super Bowls, and fourth quarters in the history of the NFL.
Just think of all the moments that occurred during this game and try to defy what I am saying about this game. Think about all the folklore plays and moments that will come out soon
Note—I will dub for this article "The Dwight Clark", "The Interception", and "The Comeback"
Maybe those names will stick, but back to the article. If you watched, this seemed like a game that no one team really lost.
I was rooting for the Cardinals for the same reason millions root for the Cubs—you just want to see them win once. There are people who lived their whole lives and never saw the Cardinals win a championship or even make a postseason game.
With a minute remaining, you could've said the Cardinals had what appeared to be their first Super Bowl ring. This makes me wonder—if the Steelers, for the game and everything, will just send them a consolation? They could say they at least got a "ring" or something right?
If the Rooney's do that, I will send letters to them saying they are the greatest owners alive just for doing that simple gesture of generosity and sportsmanship.
Plus, who deserves it more than Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt? Patriots head coach Bill Belichick famously acted like a low-life after the Giants win last year and deserves what he got this year, which was continuing a slump of Super Bowl losers not to reach the postseason the following season. Everyone seemed to forget that this year when it came to New England.
Whisenhunt deserves to be Sportsman of the Year. He stuck around for a postgame interview that honestly made me feel moved. I was listening to him and he sounded perfectly genuine, almost on the verge of tears.
Watching both teams I thought both deserved everything they got—they weree class acts at the end. The only exception is Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who got into a fist fight. Nonetheless, aggression during the game is understandable.
The infamous Super Bowl ads were decent, especially the Busch, Doritos and NBC ads. Thankfully, this was a year where the game was definitely the main event. We had it all, including the longest play in Super Bowl history, probably forever known as "The Interception".
A play so beautiful that, it is hard to say how it happened. It just bloody did.
Next was the largest deficit overcome in a Super Bowl and the Cardinals.The Cardinals were coming so close to doing something that would have Vegas screaming. "The Comeback" honestly could start making cases that Cardinals wide reciever Larry Fitzgerald is to be the next Jerry Rice.
To top it all off, we had "The Dwight Clark".
I was watching this game with my dad and out of nowhere during Holmes' touchdown catch, he told me a story.
"I was in San Francisco in the 80's and on the 49ers, there was this guy in the back of the endzone and he caught it just like that with both feet and everyone was going crazy!"
If you do not get what my dad said, he was talking about "The Catch"—the last second ditch effort where a player just does something so unbelievable that you stand in awe.
Maybe, as I graduate next year, this will be the last Super Bowl with my dear old dad. He was a reason I got into the NFL as a little kid, with his talk of the 49ers and the Dolphins.
His memory of "The Catch" has always been something he would talk about during any game we would watch, and I feel happy I was there to relive it with him. But, this is our catch.
Though, like Holmes said, "I will never say what it's called," which probably referred to the Wild Cat, (Which was used, making it obviously now the next multi-used play in the NFL).
I say we should call it something. I say we name it for an old thing that happened in similar ways, but in different circumstances, launched so much.
Let us call it the "Dwight Clark."
How do we call this game? After all this? After all the heart breaking moments? Let us just name it something simple—let us name this game, for both squads.
"The Game No Team Should Have Lost"
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