Tag:Super Bowl XLIV
Posted on: February 8, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2010 12:58 pm
 

A Who Dat Nation Celebration

Team of destiny? Maybe. I prefer to think that God just thought the city of New Orleans would have a better time with it than the city of Indianapolis. 

And who's gonna argue with God?

 

 

hat tip to Deadspin

Posted on: February 8, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: February 8, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Sean Payton Slept With Vince Lombardi



Sean Payton says he was up til 4AM this morning. Then he went back to his hotel room. And he wasn't alone:

"[The Lombardi Trophy] laid in my bed next to me,” said Payton, all bleary-eyed and looking like he may have celebrated a little. “I rolled over a couple times, and I probably drooled on it, man. Nothing like being an NFL coach and being part of this with great players like Drew Brees. I don’t take that lightly. I’m honored.”  
My advice for you singles out there: Go the Sean Payton route. Become an assistant coach in college, then move up and become an assistant coach the NFL, then become a head coach, then sign a free agent franchise quarterback, then win the Super Bowl. Ping. You don't wake up alone the next day. Suck on that, eHarmony.com!
Category: NFL
Posted on: February 8, 2010 11:27 am
 

The Bourbon Street Live Cam Is Live



EarthCam.com gives us a live view of Bourbon Street. Of course it's nothing like it was twelve hours ago or so. But it's early. There'll be plenty of time to live vicariously through the drunken revelers. So pop open a bottle of Jim Bean, take off your shirt, kick back and relax and enjoy the festivities. 

The camera's original intent was to capture Mardi Gras, which starts tomorrow. But since the Saints are now Super Bowl champs, we get to see the crazy happen a little early.

Good to know that the street cleaners and sweepers can wash off the confetti and vomit so thoroughly. Need this place spic-n-span if we're gonna have thousands of drunks dancing through the streets flashing their boobies at each other. 

It's gonna be great!
Posted on: February 8, 2010 8:53 am
 

The Little Brees Says It's All Good



Congrats to the World Champion New Orleans Saints and Who Dat Nation! We look forward to seeing more of Bobby Hebert in a dress.

Congrats also to Sean Payton's balls.

And congrats to Tracy Porter, who laughs at your silly Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

Keep it here as we cover the post-game interviews, analysis and the ballsout nuttery going on down in the French Quarter!
Posted on: February 7, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Its Super Bowl XLIV Blog Arbitrary Analysis Time!



Let's just kick this thing off by saying: Holy crapcakes this game could go either way!

The Colts and Saints both feature semi-truck running over your face offenses. They both have solid enough defenses to get the job done. But let's face it, this thing's probably going to come down to whoever has the ball last. And then a kicker will inevitably trot out and attempt a game-winning field goal. And, in keeping with the Worst Season For Kickers Ever, said kicker will just explode into a cloud of dust. 

So let's hope that doesn't happen. What will happen? Well, the Super Bowl XLIV Blog is here to tell you. Quick! To the totally meaningless conjecture and analysis machine, Robin! 

Will the Saints put up their usual big numbers?
I don't see why not.

Wait. That's it? How bout a little analysis to go with that answer?
Oh... right. Analysis. Well, Drew Brees threw 40 touchdown passes this year, completed 69 percent of his passes, and leads the NFL's number one offense into Miami. For all the talk about Peyton Manning and the Indy offense the last two weeks, everyone seems to have forgotten that the Saints offense is a runaway freight train of awesome. Brees has the weapons (Marques Colston, Jeremy Shockey, Devery Henderson, Reggie Bush) and an offensive line that allowed the forth fewest sacks this season. And Dwight Freeney will either be out or very limited. So, yea, it's safe to say the Saints will continue to do their thing. Bottom line, the Colts secondary is banged up and the Saints receivers will pose a matchup problem for them. Freeney's ankle will be an issue.

So what about the Colts offense? They're just as high powered and have the league's best QB leading them
Yep.

Ahem.
Oh. Sorry. Analysis. Here's the thing about Peyton: These two weeks he's had to prepare make things very scary for the Saints. Aside from his laser-rocket arm, his giant forehead and his gangly disposition, the man is a devourer of defensive schemes. What he did to the Jets defense in the AFC Championship was sick. And for all the talk about Peyton and his receivers, his protection has been excellent this year. Indy's offensive line ranks number one in fewest sacks allowed this season. Give Manning enough time in the pocket and he will pick you apart like Rex Ryan does a whole Christmas ham. The Saints defense knows how to harass quarterbacks and produce takeaways. But they'll be dealing with a whole other animal tonight. Dallas Clark is a matchup nightmare. Reggie Wayne is quite possibly the Chupacabra. And Pierre Garcon has stepped up as Manning's go-to guy in the playoffs. So, yea. Get ready for fireworks from the Colts as well.

So what could be the difference in this game?
You mean besides the coin toss?

Um, yea....
The difference could very well come down to the running game. For all the Michael Bay-like explosions the Colts offense has been able to produce this season, their running game hasn't so much. In fact, it's been pretty bad during the post-season as well with a 2.9 yards per carry average. Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita and crew should have an easy time keeping Indy's running game in check. Meanwhile, the Saints have a three-headed monster in the backfield with Reggie, Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas. The Colts D has allowed only 10 rushing TDs this season. But with a limited (or no) Freeney, this could be the edge the Saints need to win it all. It's going to come down to which team will run the ball more effectively.

Really? The running game will decide this tonight?
Of course. Oh who am I kidding? Running game? This thing is going to be a shootout! Running game? Hahahahaha!!!! Bwhahahahahahahahaha!!! *cough* haha!.. *cough* ohhh.. uhohh...... 

Uhh... You alright?
Yea.... sorry... the Zima went down the wrong pipe.... ahem... anyway... yea.

So, final prediction: 
Okay... Let's do this!
Saints 38 Colts 31 
Saints 35 Colts 28 
Colts 42 Saints 38 

Guh... alright. This is it: Colts 37 Saints 31. There. That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it! 

MVP: Peyton Manning


There you go. In all likelihood, none these things will be a factor in the game. But whatever happens, we hope the best team truly does prevail tonight. And we hope that, no matter what happens or who plays well or who plays poorly, or who becomes a hero or who becomes a goat.... that this game doesn't come down to this. Because that would be all kinds of suck.

Enjoy the game, everyone. Be sure to stop by our live chat tonight. And be sure to stop by tomorrow to get all your post-Super Bowl news and reaction.



Category: NFL
Posted on: February 7, 2010 12:00 am
 

Let's Watch The Super Bowl Together!



Hey there Super Bowl XLIV Blog readers. Hi. Hello. How's it goin?

Well the big day is finally here! And despite what ESPN claims to know, the winner has not yet been decided. That, dear readers, will be decided on the field. And wherever you might be watching the big game, we want to invite you to come on by and join CBSSports.com's Super Bowl Live Chat, hosted by yours truly, Chris Joseph, and also featuring in-game analysis from CBSSports.com writer Eric Kay. 

Eric will surely supply his insight and vast football acumen in the chat while I complain how it is that since I've worked with CBSSports why I have yet to meet my idol, Dan Marino. I mean, seriously, we're both employees under the CBS Sports banner! The hell, man!

Seriously though, the chat is for you, the reader. You guys know your stuff, so come on by and steer us in the right direction.

You can join us by banging it here. We'll go live shortly before kickoff and take you through the entire game. Trips to the crapper not withstanding.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Category: NFL
Posted on: February 6, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Final Super Bowl XLIV Injury Updates



The Saints held their final practice session on Saturday, and so far still only have corner back Randall Gay (illness) and Lyle Hamilton (ankle) as their sole injury concerns. Gay has been suffering from a cold, but head coach Sean Payton expects him to play. Payton is not as sure about Hamilton, who has been nursing a sore ankle, but the coach remains optimistic. 

When last we heard from the Colts, all their star players were spontaneously combusting all over the place. Indianapolis also held their final walkthrough practice Saturday morning. Dwight Freeney (ankle!) sat out practice again. Corner back Jerraud Powers (foot) did some light work. Head coach Jim Caldwell said both are considered day-to-day. As for Reggie Wayne, he returned to practice Saturday after leaving 20 minutes early Friday when he re-aggravated his right knee.  

“We’ve done extremely well and been attentive," he said. "The [players] have been very, very focused and our practices have been sharp as well. Overall we’ve been moving in the right direction.”
I certainly hope so. It would be great if both teams had all their star players in the game. Super Bowl parties are depending on it. And these injured players need to stand up, play through the pain and understand that destiny is calling. "Perseverance!: What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!" I read that on a poster at a dentist's office once. I'm not sure what it means, but if it has anything to do with my Super Bowl party and the crapload of buffalo wings and Jose Ole' taquitos that' I'm planning to consume, then that would be fantastic.
Posted on: February 6, 2010 10:41 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2010 12:09 pm
 

SAINTS WIN SUPER BOWL!!! (Updated)



ESPN is not only The World Wide Leader In Sports, they are also apparently The World Wide Leader In Knowing Our Destinies & All Future Events. On this particular poll (man does ESPN love them some polls!) ESPN asks you, the reader, to rank all the quarterbacks in NFL history who have won one Super Bowl. And it lists Drew Brees as the most recent one-Super Bowl title winner:

After completing the best season in New Orleans Saints history, Drew Brees has finally won his first Super Bowl. Brees' lone Super Bowl victory puts him on an eclectic list of starting quarterbacks with one title to their names. From all-time greats like Brett Favre to big personalities like Jim McMahon, 18 men have started and won pro football's biggest game but once in their careers.So there you go. Aside from the fact that ESPN is keeping from us vital information about the future -- such as, when exactly will the damn dirty apes take over or when and where exactly will our robot overlords land their massive fleet of UFOs -- they've also just ruined Super Bowl Sunday for all of us by revealing the winner. No need to bother watching the game now. We already know the outcome. Thanks a lot ESPN! Jerks!


Update: As you may have figured out already, ESPN has changed the link and it now directs you to their front page. 


hat tip to reader Sam K. for sending in the link
 
 
 
 
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