The weirdest Super Bowl of all-time

Saturday, February 6, 2016 9:33 PM

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! In anticipation of the biggest event on the sports-viewing calendar, concludes the “Weirdest Super Bowl” series with clearly the most bizarre of all ‘Bowl games. The remainder of the top five included:

5. Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19

4. Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13

3. Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10

2. Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins 14, Washington 7

And today, the oddest of the odd.

(Cue earnest ESPN’s “30 for 30” promo voice.) “What if I told you that, in a Super Bowl when 61 points were scored, two whole quarters went by with both teams shut out…?

Weirdest Super Bowls ever, #2: Super Bowl VII

Friday, February 5, 2016 9:40 PM

Garo Yepremian showing awesome passing form in Super Bowl continues its countdown of not the best or most exciting Super Bowls of all-time, but the weirdest with a game full of notoriety and oddity, but well short on action…

Previous weirdies included:

5. Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19

4. Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13

3. Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10

And now…

2. Super Bowl VII – Miami Dolphins 14, Washington 7.
Full disclosure: I’ve never actually seen Super Bowl VII – just one of the two I’ve missed live or on replay. And I probably never will.

Why? The mystery.

Weirdest Super Bowls ever, #3: Super Bowl XL

Friday, February 5, 2016 3:09 AM

Super Bowl XL: Ben Roethlisberger's (quite possibly) phantom TDIn advance of #50, continues its look at the five weirdest Super Bowls of all-time. Click on the links for the fifth-oddest (Super Bowl XIV, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Los Angeles Rams) and fourth-oddest (Super Bowl XXVIII, Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo Bills) before reading up on another bizarre NFL championship game, namely Super Bowl XL…

For all the hoopla surrounding the players in each Super Bowl and all the hyperbole afterward nearly inevitably seeking to call the last the greatest ever, how much do we remember even the most dominant performances?

Weirdest Super Bowls Ever, #4: Super Bowl XXVIII

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:03 PM

In advance of the Super Bowl, yesterday kicked off a list of the Top 5 Weirdest Super Bowls Ever starring our own Los Angeles Rams’ egregious, mysterious loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers back in no. XIV.

As historically disheartening as the Los Angeles Rams can be, however, there’s always the Buffalo Bills. Think L.A.’s lead back in the 1980 game disappeared like magic? Let's travel back in time again, this time to 1994 (cue time travel music)...

4. Super Bowl XXVIII – Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13.

I sometimes wonder whatever happened to this guy –

Weirdest Super Bowls ever, #5: Super Bowl XIV

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:23 AM

Forget ranking the greatest Super Bowls of all-time; such a task is made impossible these days. In the ESPN era, thousands of neutral observers must loudly proclaim annually that the most recent Super Bowl was clearly The Greatest Of All-Time; the rest stick with That Time Their Team Won in the no. 1 spot.

(That would therefore make Super Bowl XXXIV’s Greatest Ever – not a bad choice.)

So let’s talk Weirdest Super Bowls of All-Time, a subject yours truly comes back to every few years. With (yet again) no pony in this race and not even the Seahawks, Cardinals or 49ers to root against,  looks forward to the oddity in Super Bowl 50 while looking back at some great WTF games of the past.

Three reasons why any self-respecting football fan cannot support Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:04 AM

On a Super Tuesday on which we can also celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the USFL,  reckons it's an appropriate time to rerun this piece, which was originally posted in October of last year. The point: If you must vote Republican, please don't vote for the guy who killed the most noble experiment in American professional sports...

Donald Trump has a massive lead over his would-be competitors for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. This writer is an unabashed stat guy when enjoying two obsessions – football and electoral politics – so let’s crunch some numbers.

•  US census bureau statistics say that 23.1% of the population is under 18 and thus ineligible to vote. Of the estimated 318.9 million, this leaves 222.9 potential voters.

James Corden sucks, spouts clichés, knows nothing about Rams

Saturday, January 16, 2016 10:50 PM

First of all,  is shocked that the Late Late Show continues to exist; secondly, that anyone watches this particularly excruciating example of the late-night gabfest; and lastly that any American gives one tiny fuck about any talk show since the retirements of David Letterman and John Stewart.

But let’s say you are, against all odds, a fan of the late-night talkshow genre. Maybe you’re a child of the 1980s who remembers Arsenio Hall fondly and to this day just can’t give up the addiction to mindless patter with Beautiful People peppered with the occasional freakazoid nutjob or YouTubable moment. No matter: Because after a maximum of 10 minutes spent viewing an episode of the Late Late Show, even the “connoisseur” will reach one inescapable conclusion: Wow, does James Corden suck.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:07 PM

It’s official: The Los Angeles Rams are returning for the 2016 season!

Here comes the cavalry and/or Jerry Jones!

Saturday, January 9, 2016 11:33 PM

The most interesting bit for a Rams fan during the late stages of the Kansas City Chiefs-Houston Texans playoff “contest” yesterday? The teaser-style announcement that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the most vociferous supporter of Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s bid to move his team to Inglewood, was attempting to broker a deal which would bring the Rams along with the Chargers into Kroenke’s planned venue on the old Hollywood Park site.

Unfortunately, little got out to the greater public than a single in-game utterance for about 12 hours, when Pro Football Talk provided some details this morning about Jerry’s pitch at the NFL’s current conundrum regarding which of three prospective franchises to move Los Angeles.

49ers 19, Rams 16: Pleading on Twitter for no overtime

Sunday, January 3, 2016 11:40 PM

Rams fans will find little to wax nostalgic about regarding the 2015 season, but will miss one bit greatly: The wit – sometimes cynical, always amusing – shared on Twitter on Sundays. Without further ado, then, here is the last Twitter game wrap of the year gone by, full of calls to fire head coach Jeff Fisher, worries/optimism about the franchise’s relocation to Los Angeles and lots of suggestions for the free-agency period…