I was out-of-town the week prior to the Super Bowl (sailing in the BVI - great trip!) and so I missed the pre-game hype. I would, however, like to offer these observations:
1) I don't think the weather was that big a factor. These guys have all played in the rain before. Almost every weekend in the NFL someone plays a game in less-than-ideal conditions. I think both teams were in unfamiliar territory, and were very nervous. If either team could have overcome this, they could have put this game away early.
2.) The quarterback gets too much credit when you win, and too much blame when you lose. The Colt's won in the playoffs by running the ball and stopping the run. Their offensive line made a nice-looking rookie (Addai) and a career backup (Rhodes) look like Harris and Bleier. Their defense, ranked thirty-one out of thirty-two in the regular season, played their three best games in the playoffs. Peyton Manning was the eighth-ranked passer (of sixteen) in the playoffs, and threw nine interceptions in four games. I guess the MVP was a lifetime achievement award.
3.) The above does not apply to Rex Grossman. He deserves all the criticism he's received, and more. Two weeks before the game I read an article titled "Is Rex Grossman The Worst Quarterback To Start A Superbowl?". My first thought was that Trent Dilfer, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien and Brad Johnson WON Super Bowls. I stand corrected, the answer is YES. With even mediocre quarterbacking Chicago would've won.
4.) In the middle of the 2004 NFL season Skip Bayless, respected (not by me) sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, now with the San Jose Mercury, wrote an article declaring Tom Brady, who led two last-minute game-winning drives in the Super Bowl, a "system quarterback". Of course, later that season Brady led New England to their third title in four years (as witnessed by ldrjax at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL). Now that the Colt's won a title, in spite of some ordinary performances by Peyton Manning, will he declare Mannning a system quarterback? I guess the old bromide of there being no paper that won't accept ink is still true.
5.) Not to be a homer, but Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars should have been the rookie of the year. He had nearly 2500 all-purpose yards, the most in team history, and third most in league history. Vince Young was a joke - his quarterback rating was in the lowest quartile in the league; he won a couple of games with his legs, but quarterbacks are paid to throw the ball. Marques Colston of the Saints had a great year, and may represent the best value versus his draft position, but Jones-Drew should have won the award.
6.) Houston, you've got a lot of problems, and you compounded them by passing on Reggie Bush. I didn't get to see him play a lot in college since the USC games generally started at 10 PM Saturday here on the east coast, by which time Mrs. ldrjax and I were usually cracking the second bottle of cab. Mario Williams, call Sam Bowie; he knows how you feel.