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Posted at 8:46am on Feb. 5, 2007 Super Bowls and Legacies

By Mark Kilmer

The Colts beat the Bears, 29-17, and the New York Times likened the Bears’ play to the Bush Administration. Okay, they didn’t, but I’m sure we could find something if we read between the lines.

My local paper had this whole thing about LEGACY. It was Peyton Manning solidifying his legacy as a great QB. It was Tony Dungy’s legacy as the first black coach to win it all. Surely, Mannning’s moment was big on a football level, and Dungy’s was huge on both a football and a social level, but no one game can convert something bad into something good, or even something good into something better.

Dan Marino, who was on CBS’ Face the Nation yesterday, told Phil Simms that he would trade his spot in Canton and his long career in Miami for a Super Bowl ring. Simms had a few minutes in his prime, while Marino had a career. Manning and Dungy have had both.

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Posted at 11:22pm on Feb. 4, 2007 Super Bust

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

How very depressing.

I thought the Hester kick return might be a sign of good things to come, as was the initial skittishness suffered by Manning and the Colts. Unfortunately for the Bears, Manning and the Colts settled down quick and the skittishness passed over to the Chicago offense. It didn’t have to be this way, of course; the Bears were doing fine in running the ball but they didn’t pay attention to the advice they were given and they got away from the running game as if it had leprosy. Meanwhile, the defense was forced to spend obscene amounts of time out on the field and naturally, it got fatigued. The Colts ran the ball much better than I thought they would and frankly, I thought that Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai should have been co-MVP’s. Instead, they decided to give it to Peyton. No offense to Manning, but the running game really was the key to the Colts’ offensive success.

On the other side of the ball, Rex Grossman fumbled snaps and showed that he couldn’t even run without tripping over himself. Somehow, Manning did not have these problems despite playing on the same field.

I knew that my Bears were underdogs going into the game. But there was a way to win this and the Bears didn’t take that way. It hurts now to see a great season come to such a sudden and sad end.

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Posted at 4:17pm on Feb. 4, 2007 It’s Super Bowl open thread time

By Jeff Emanuel

I’ll be watching this on my new 50″ HDTV. Go Rextasy!

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Posted at 3:11pm on Feb. 4, 2007 The poll is below…

By Jeff Emanuel

But my pick is right here.

Below the fold . . .

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Posted at 3:08pm on Feb. 4, 2007 Who wins the game?

By Jeff Emanuel

Indy
69% (11 votes)
Chicago
25% (4 votes)
What? The Cowboys aren’t playing? Well, who cares then?
6% (1 vote)
Total votes: 16

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Posted at 3:07pm on Feb. 4, 2007 Another poll: who rushes for more yards?

By Jeff Emanuel

Daaaaaaa Bears
33% (2 votes)
Colts
67% (4 votes)
Total votes: 6

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Posted at 3:06pm on Feb. 4, 2007 I feel the need for a poll. Who throws more interceptions tonight?

By Jeff Emanuel

Peyton Manning
33% (4 votes)
Rex Grossman
67% (8 votes)
Brian Griese
0% (0 votes)
Jim Sorgi (yeah, he plays for the Colts)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 12

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Posted at 3:05pm on Feb. 4, 2007 Look…

By Jeff Emanuel

I realize that we’re in need of a Colts supporter on this page; unfortunately, the only one we can muster is Ben “Peyton Manning has won me fantasy titles every year since 1822” Domenech – and he’s a little busy today.

So, suck it up, Kowalski. Talk all the pro-Indy smack you’d like in the comments (within the bounds of good taste, of course), but don’t expect to see much of anything on the front that doesn’t scream “Monsters of the Midway!” at you.

Sorry.

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Posted at 12:59am on Feb. 4, 2007 Reprise–Now With Images

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

Who says we can’t have music videos of the Chicago Bears fight song?

Here are the . . . um . . . enthusiastic and well-meaning amateurs:

 

And here’s a pro:

 

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Posted at 12:58am on Feb. 4, 2007 Sing With Me . . .

By Pejman Yousefzadeh

Bear down, Chicago Bears! Make every play clear the way to victory!

Bear down, Chicago Bears! Put up a fight with a might so fearlessly!

We’ll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T formation.

Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you’re wearing the crown

You’re the pride and joy of Illinois. Chicago Bears, bear down!

And yes, we have the music.

Go Bears. Go Bears. Go Bears. Go Bears. Go Bears. Go Bears.

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