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Remember the good ol’ days of Super Bowl blowouts?
Remember when Super Bowls more often than not were blowout affairs most people stopped watching midway through the third quarter?
I'm sure some of you old-timers recall the Green Bay Packers' first two Super Bowl titles (which, by the way weren't even called Super Bowls, but rather AFL-NFL World Championship Games), where the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders barely put up a fight in being decimated 35-10 and 33-14 respectively.
I personally wasn't around watching those games, but from what I've heard, they weren't pretty. It's probably why Joe Namath's famous guarantee of a win in Super Bowl III was roundly laughed off as bluster and bravado by those who heard it.
The Chiefs themselves got in on the Super Bowl rout game, destroying the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. They were quickly followed by the Dallas Cowboys, who annihilated my beloved Miami Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI; who in turn crushed the woeful Vikings 24-7 in Super Bowl VIII.
I hated the game my 'Phins were trounced by "America's Team" but have to say I was more than happy to have them win an easy one against the Purple People Eaters. The tense 14-7 win they had over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII to cap off their perfect season strained even my seven-year-old heart.
Everyone was then subjected to three pathetic Super Bowl performances by the Denver Broncos in the late 70's and late 80's, as they lost 27-10 to the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII, 39-20 to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXI, and 42-10 to Washington in Super Bowl XXII.
The boys from the nation's capital didn't disappoint in providing another blowout loss, as they were dismantled 38-9 by the Los Angeles Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.
The Raiders had already given America a taste of blowing out their Super Bowl opponents, as they ripped the Philadelphia Eagles to shreds 27-10 in Super Bowl XV when they were still in Oakland (where they are now again thanks to owner Al Davis' love of moving).
And who could forget the New England Patriots subjecting America to the "Super Bowl Shuffle" by getting manhandled by the Chicago Bears 46-10 in Super Bowl XX (a game I truly believe would have been much different if those Patriots hadn't shocked Dan Marino and my beloved Dolphins to win the AFC Championship Game that year).
Not wanting the people of our good country to feel the blowout craze of the 60's, 70's, and 80's was just a passing fad, the Broncos decided to give everyone the worst debacle in the history of the game, as they were literally put to the torch by the San Francisco 49ers in a 55-10 Super Bowl XXIV laugher.
During the early part of the 1990's the Buffalo Bills decided they needed to chime in too, after initially providing one of the tightest and most thrilling Super Bowls ever in their 20-19 defeat at the hands of the Giants when Scott Norwood's kick to end regulation sailed wide right, they went on to be hammered by the Redskins, and then Cowboys twice, 37-24, 52-17, and 30-13 respectively.
These were especially poignant to me as a Miami Dolphins fan, as I was able to coin the question and answer, "You know what the BILLS stand for? Boy I Love Losing Super-Bowls."
However, the era of the blowout seems to have largely gone by the wayside since the St. Louis Rams exciting 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, a contest that featured two 13-3 behemoths that ended when Rams linebacker Mike Jones brought down Titans wideout Kevin Dyson just shy of the goal-line in the final second of the contest.
Sure, the Baltimore Ravens wiped out the Giants 34-17 the very next year in Super Bowl XXXV, and the Buccaneers tore the Raiders a new one in their 48-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXVII, but there've also been seven games where the victor won by less than a touchdown, including this year's six-point victory by the Packers, four games decided by just a field goal, and another game (the Steelers 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals) that many believe was the most exciting game in Super Bowl history.
So, to put it bluntly, while there are likely to be some blowouts in the future, recent evidence suggests Super Bowls going forward are going to be thrilling games with plenty of action and no clear winner decided till late in the game; if not at the final gun.
Now if only my beloved Miami Dolphins could find a way to make an appearance sometime in the near future. Nah, that's just way too much to hope for, and besides, it would just be a blowout loss by my 'Phins.
Yet, perhaps we could get the NFL to go back to what did work back when, and not sign ridiculous acts to host the half-time show.
*All stats and information taken from personal notes and verified at Yahoo! Sports and Wikipedia
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