Thursday, February 09, 2012

Just a thought about reaching the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is the ultimate all-or-nothing game. A team either wins it, or they won't - period.
It's not a building block for the team that gets there and loses. At least it hasn't been for a long, long time.
Since the advent of the Super Bowl following the 1966 season, only one Super Bowl losing team won it the following year. Miami was crushed by Dallas following the 1971 season and then put together a perfect season on the way to the Super Bowl title in 1972.
There have been a number of teams that have gone to the Super Bowl on multiple occasions and then lost again. Minnesota in the 1970s, Denver in the 1980s, Buffalo in the 1990s. The last 17 losers of the Super did not even return the following season.


Blogger Fred Brill said...

I'm not sure where you're going with this? Interesting until you remember that this years loser was Brady and New England - and by the way they did return this year after losing it last year?

What am I missing here?

12:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, I think what Pat is saying is that when you get to the big dance, it does not necessarily mean you are the most solid team that has no where to got but up again.

Look at the Pats. They played the easiest schedule, by chance, in the league. They beat no team over a 0.500 record. Also they were the 31st out of 32 teams in total defensive yards given up.

Admittedly, the Lions have a few weaknesses but a lot, and I mean a lot, less than 2 yrs ago. A couple of position improvements and some luck of the draw and a few close game wins, and the Lions could actually be there, as surprising that seems.

4:37 PM 
Blogger rick snares said...

Fred, the Pack beat the Steelers last year........New England was making tee times last year......

10:04 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Thanks Rick - I had a brain hemmorage - your right the Pats were tanning. Brain fart.

11:44 PM 

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