Super Bowl’s Best

20 teams have won at least one Super Bowl.  But in my almost totally subjective opinion, which franchises  have performed the best?  With apologies to the Packers and Cowboys (who had much success in the NFL), I’m looking in a few different directions.

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Before mentioning my top 3 teams, I must give Honorable Mention to the 1985 Chicago bears.  Their record was 15 – 1 in the regular season. Often, their offense consisted of handing the ball to Walter Payton (see above), the finest all-round running back ever, and, occasionally, a Jim McMahon pass to an ex-Olympic track star turned flanker.  But their defense (ranked first in the NFL with fewest points allowed) dominated teams.  In three ’85 playoff games (including the Super Bowl), they won games by scores 21 – 0, 24 – 0, and against the pre-Brady/ Belichick New England Patriots, they dominated in a 46 – 10 triumph.  In their 3 wins, they outscored their opponents 91 – 10.  Their defense had 4 All-Pros: Richard Dent, Steve McMichael, Mike Singletary, and Otis Wilson.  I never saw a defense so overwhelming.

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My choice for the third best team in Super Bowl history is the San Francisco 49ers.  They won 5 of their 6 Super Bowl appearances.   Coach Bill Walsh created their offense and Joe Montana and Jerry Rice (see above)  starred in it.

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My second best team is the New England Patriots (see Belichick and Brady above).  They have played in a record 10 Super Bowls –winning and losing 5 of each.  A loss this year would give them a record-setting 6thdefeat.  But a win would give them a record-tying 6thvictory.

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My first choice is the Pittsburg Steelers.  They have a Super Bowl record of 6 – 2.  Coached by Chuck Noll, they won 4 Super Bowls in the 1970s –twice winning back-to-back Championships.  They won 2 more Bowls under 2 other coaches.  No other team has been so successful.  Their stars included (remember these names): “Mean” Joe Greene (see above)(whether wearing his dirty game jersey or trading it with a young fan for a Coke) who led a defense with 3 other All-Pros: Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, and Mel Blount.  On offense, their stars included: Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Mike Webster, Franco Harris, and Terry Bradshaw.  They were an incredibly football force.

Your choices may differ from mine, but either way, we’ve seen some fantastic  football.

 

About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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