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The Furey Factor: Super Bowl

       It looks like golden boy and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning didn’t eat his Wheaties before Super Bowl XLIV. I bet his sponsors aren’t too thrilled with him. 

    In case you live under a rock and didn’t watch the biggest football game of the year, the underdog New Orleans Saints defeated the favored-to-win Colts 31-17 Feb. 7, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. The Colts may have had the early lead, but a recovered onside kick in the first play of the third quarter and an interception by Tracy Porter gave them the Saints the confidence to walk away with a win.

    It must have been a dream come true for the Saints because it was their first appearance and win at a Super Bowl in franchise history. The victory was enough to send people celebrating in the streets of New Orleans, after a long dry spell from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.

    It’s always nice to see an underdog come out on top, especially when a player on the other team threw a temper tantrum. I understand the hostility from Manning because it was a close game, but he didn’t even make as many appearances as Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

    During Super Bowl XLIV, Brees completed 32 of 39 passes over the course of 288 yards to score two touchdowns, earning him the well-deserved title of MVP. Manning only threw one.

    It was a crushing loss to the record holder of four MVP trophies. Maybe the cocky Colts didn’t anticipate having to run at full speed against a team that was once an embarrassment to the NFL for their lack of winning games.

    The Saints may have been knocked down a few years back, but they definitely got back up this season. And they proved it to the world at Super Bowl XLIV with big plays and breaking records.

    Even Saints kicker Garrett Hartley must have eaten his Wheaties before the big game because he kicked three field goals of 40 yards or more, the most in Super Bowl history.

    The Colts shouldn’t have underestimated the Saints’ abilities. Maybe they should have spent more time preparing other players for the Super Bowl, instead of wasting all that time wrapping Dwight Freeney’s ankle. I understand he’s a good player, but there’s 101 players on the bench. You could use a few more of them.

    I can’t give the Colts too much of hard time though because I think a lot of people underestimated what the Saints could do. Even President Barack Obama had to kick himself after last weekend’s game because he too predicted the Colts would take the trophy.

    “Peyton Manning is unbelievable,” Obama told CBS during a pre-game interview. “[He is] perhaps the best quarterback in history.”   

    Maybe so, but it was hard to tell after this year’s Super Bowl.

    Even with some disappointing plays from the big-time quarterback, I’m sure fans were on the edge of their seats waiting to see what Manning would do next. More were probably waiting impatiently for the much-anticipated Tim Tebow anti-abortion commercial.

    The commercial are always a big part of the Super Bowl. I personally liked the Budweiser tale of a friendship between a horse and a bull and the KGB Super Bowl ad. If I could text them any question, I would ask, “What was Tebow thinking?”

    The Super Bowl halftime show is also almost always a must-see, that is until the NFL decided to let AARP handle booking the bands. Ever since the Justin and Janet incident from Super Bowl XXXVIII, old timers seem to be taking over the entertainment. There were probably more paramedics on stand by for The Who then there were for the actual football players.

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