This Sunday will crown either the Steelers or the Packers as "The Champs," which is a title they will deservedly carry throughout the 2011 season. It's been a great two years for us Saints fans. Sure, we fell a little short this season, but an 11-5 record ain't exactly chopped liver. Many Super Bowl winners in recent years never even made it back to the playoffs in the following season. We at least avoided that shortcoming.
Earlier this millennium, the Patriots didn't make it back after winning their first SB, but they did make it back the following year and won the next two. This year, the Steelers made it to the Super Bowl after winning it all two years ago and falling short of the playoffs last year. This trend makes me very optimistic for our chances in the 2011 season.
How about that Pro Bowl? How many turnovers were there? Thirty-seven? It seemed like a lot. When our man Drew Brees came in, there was really little he needed to do other than hand off the ball and run out the clock. It was cool seeing him, Carl Nicks, and Jahri Evans all on the field at the same time. I don't ever remember seeing three Saints on offense together in the Pro Bowl before. How about that Jay Glazer play call? Did you hear Drew reply, "Are you serious?" That was cool.
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"With the Saints losing to Seattle, with us not making the playoffs (in 2002), it finally gives you closure. Now it's, 'OK, someone else is going to deal with this next year,'" said Bruschi, who works as an analyst for ESPN. "You almost need that losing experience to move on to the next year."
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