January 24, 2006
Now that the teams are set, which should be favored to win the Super Bowl? Forget all the drivel of analysis, semantics and persiflage you may hear over the next two weeks. This is the year that the Steelers will finally win one for their thumb. Bill Leavy Millersville Pittsburgh can't win. Any team that lost to the 2005 Ravens can't win the Super Bowl. Kelby Brick Catonsville As much as it pains me to say - the Steelers! They clearly have the momentum, and "The Bus" would love to go out on top, a la John Elway.
January 25, 1997
For what it's worth, the Maryland House of Delegates is strongly convinced that the Green Bay Packers will win the Super Bowl.With an extremely light agenda early in the 90-day legislative session, House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. yesterday instructed the House clerks to call the roll on the game's outcome.Before the vote was taken, there was even some lobbying. One Baltimore County delegate rose to remind his colleagues that the New England Patriots feature running back David Meggett, a former Towson State University standout.
January 13, 1999
SUPER BOWL HERORunning BackFRANCO HARRISFranco played in four Super Bowls with the Steelers (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980). Pittsburgh won all four games.Franco holds the Super Bowl records for career rushing attempts (101) and rushing yards (354).Franco was the MVP of the 1975 Super Bowl. He ran for 158 yards and one TD.SUPER FUN FACTSLinebacker Matt Millen is the only player to win the Super Bowl four times with three different teams!Matt won Super Bowls with the Oakland 1/8 Los Angeles Raiders (1981 and 1984)
March 14, 2001
David Modell, president of the Ravens, is fulfilling a promise with the Lombardi Trophy. He and the Super Bowl trophy will be the "guests" of honor April 17 at a dinner for Carroll County's 18 volunteer recreation councils. The councils will have first crack at the 600 tickets, which sell for $16. A sellout is expected. Modell has appeared twice at recreation council events and promised on both occasions to return with the trophy. "He never said, `If we win the Super Bowl,'" said Barbara Lages, county recreation supervisor.
February 9, 2008
According to a Reuters report I saw, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said it was only the second time since 1992 when such records have been kept that the sports books went in the red over the Super Bowl. The other occasion was in 1995 (San Francisco-San Diego). The killer bet for the sports books was the money line wagers on the Giants in which bettors were getting hefty odds for underdog New York to win outright. The dream bet, though, was for anyone who took the Giants on what is known as a "futures" bet to win the Super Bowl.
November 30, 2005
Let's hope Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy experiences a change of heart in the next few weeks as his undefeated team goes about wrapping up a division title and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Let's hope he decides to make every effort to have the Colts become the first NFL team to go 16-0, and just the second in the modern era to finish a regular season with a perfect record. Let's hope he doesn't ease up in the last few games if the Colts have nothing left to play for, as he intimated he might late Monday night after the Colts thrashed the Steelers to improve to 11-0.