SportsLifer Rewind: I posted this blog two years ago, after the Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl by beating the Arizona Cardinals.
Who knew that Super Bowl XLV would pit the Steelers against the Packers.
Not to rain on Pittsburgh’s parade (hey, we all love a parade), but to claim the Steelers are the best team in NFL history is a bit over the top.
Granted, the Steelers have now win six Super Bowls, more than any other franchise—the Cowboys and the 49ers have each won five. So, if you want to give Pittsburgh the nod as the best team in the Super Bowl era, well who’s to argue?
No disputing the fact that they are a model franchise, classy and competitive.
But the best all-time? Not.
That’s like claiming the team that has won the most World Series since baseball adopted its playoff format in 1969 is the best ever. (That team happens to be the Yankees with six [now seven] championships, but they won 20 more before 1969).
The Steelers were formed in 1933 and were NFL doormats for more than 40 years, never winning so much as a conference championship.
Five years after shifting to the AFC Central in 1970, the Steelers won their first Super Bowl.
You can’t ignore history.
Packers Have Most Titles
So who is the best? Counting three Super Bowls, the Green Bay Packers have won nine total NFL titles since the league’s first championship game in 1933.
In fact, if you go back to the formation of the NFL in 1920, the Packers have actually won 12 titles.
Green Bay is the only NFL team to win three straight championships (1929-31) and (1965-67), the latter including the first two Super Bowls.
The Chicago Bears also supersede the Steelers with nine NFL titles, including Super Bowl XX, and the New York Giants have six championships, including three Super Bowls.
The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers rank behind the Steelers with five Super Bowl wins apiece
Another team that’s sometimes forgotten in the haze of football history is the Cleveland Browns: They won four straight championships in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) before that league was disbanded in 1950.
The Browns then proceeded to make six straight appearances in the NFL championship game, winning in 1950, 1954 and 1955.
Cleveland won another championship in 1964, but has been to the Super Bowl.
Cleaning out the Notebook
Among the dozen or more “experts” in the booth for Super Bowl XLIII, it’s hard to believe NBC would include Matt Millen. Yes, the same Matt Millen, the general manager who set the Detroit Lions back years.
Heck, I wouldn’t trust this guy to pick my fantasy football team.
Jennifer Hudson’s emotional rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was moving, best since Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV.
Lots of fans, even football fanatics, were looking forward to the halftime show as much as the game.
Bruce Springsteen didn’t disappoint. He never does. That’s why he’s the Boss.
Finally, why didn’t the refs review Kurt Warner’s last play? Fumble or incomplete pass? Close call. But at the very least the play deserved review.
According to the NFL head of officials, the play was reviewed and upheld. For what, 20 seconds?
Rules state that if Warner’s arm is moving in a forward motion with the ball still in his hand when it comes out, the play should be ruled an incomplete pass, not a fumble.
Oh, and one more thing.
After the play, the Steelers were called for a personal foul, so if the play had been reversed and with the 15-yard penalty yardage marked off, the Cardinals would have had the ball on the Pittsburgh 30 with about seven seconds remaining.