Super Bowl Thoughts
Puppymonkeybaby must die.
That aside, I was happy with the result.
I really didn't care very much about either team, so what was interesting to me was the matchup between Peyton Manning and Cam Newton. Manning had been a thorn in the side of Jaguars fans for many years; but it's been kind of sad watching him the last couple of seasons. I like to see "old guys" keep suiting up and trying to be competitive, but there comes a point when it's just kind of foolish.
I was at the stadium to see Dan Marino play his last game. It was obvious there was nothing left in his arm, and it was painful to witness. (Watch the video. Good times.) I suspected Manning had entered the foolish phase, but the playoffs seemed to offer some room for doubt.
And Cam Newton. I don't like Cam Newton. I hesitate to say that because too many people immediately assume it's a race thing. Nothing I say here will change anyone's mind on that score, but I just don't like Cam Newton and it's for the same reason I don't like Colin Kaepernick, and why I didn't like Jim McMahon. Football is a team sport. Ego plays a role, it has to to endure the punishment the game dishes out. But you're only as good as the other ten guys around you. You can't take all the credit, and you don't get all the blame. The superhero antics are a distraction. Colin Kaepernick didn't look very heroic this year, and Cam Newton didn't look very heroic last night. Call it karma, maybe.
So I was happy with the result.
But it was a sloppy, ugly game on both sides. A bit less so on Denver's side, perhaps.
Clearly, at least to me, Peyton's career is over. He couldn't retire on a better note. The defense carried him on this one, and perhaps that's as it should be. It's a team effort.
Cam Newton is a gifted athlete, and a good quarterback, maybe a great quarterback. Only time will tell. But last night should have been an object lesson in the value of humility.
Update: Well, and then there's this.