Seahawks fans celebrate after Seattle defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8,… (Matt York / Associated Press )
At the Broncos' official post-Super Bowl news conference, here was John Elway: "We got off to a slow start, got behind early and hung in there. We just played into their hand and were never able to get over the hump."
Here, now, is the post-massacre interview with Custer after Little Bighorn:
"General, what happened out there today?"
Custer: "Well, they showed us some packages we weren't familiar with and they jumped on us early. That's what they do. We really played into their hand. We hung in there but were never able to get over the hump!"
XLVIII was about as exciting as an early February Sunday stroll through "Omaha."
As a Denver Broncos fan, I first want to thank Time Warner Cable for having our TV screen go black in the middle of the Super Bowl, but then I want to complain about them having it come back on again after an hour.
After watching the Super Bowl on Jan. 19 between the 49ers and Seahawks, I couldn't understand why the NFL started the preseason in February with an exhibition between the Seahawks and the Broncos.
That bad snap by Manny Ramirez on the first play from scrimmage? Just Manny being Manny.
Andrew M. Weiss
Playa del Rey
As a lifelong UCLA football fan I suffered year after year as Pete Carroll-coached USC teams would defeat my Bruins. I would try to attribute USC's success to luck, referee's bias, shady recruiting, lower academic standards, etc. I now realize they won because they had one hell of a coach. Congrats, Pete, you deserve it.
In a league filled with joyless coaches and self-aggrandizing players with overinflated egos, Pete Carroll's team-first culture is a breath of fresh air. Just as he did at USC, Carroll has proven that fun and success are not mutually exclusive. Carroll has filled the Seahawks roster with players that have bought into his system — and the results are self-evident.
Mark S. Roth
Pete Carroll's attempt to sweet-talk Los Angeles after his Super Bowl win was both transparent and nauseating. L.A. will never forget how Pete hightailed it out of town when USC was in its darkest hour. The program was left in tatters, a national championship was stricken from the books, while Carroll distanced himself from the mess he created. L.A. will never forget!
Bill Plaschke does not speak for the average L.A. sports fan. His statement, "On this national sports holiday [the Super Bowl], Los Angeles is a different country" is laughably absurd. Nor, I suspect, does the average fan care or perhaps even want a return of the NFL to L.A. Here's what that would mean: tickets so expensive only corporations, super high rollers and, of course, sportswriters, would be able to attend; a lot of blacked-out home games and fewer TV games in general.
Fortunately, the likelihood of an NFL return to L.A. in the foreseeable future is about the same as L.A. citizens voting for a tax to fund a new stadium.
What the deal, Lakers?
How about Emeka Okafor and a player to be named later for Pau Gasol and a coach to be named now?
So, Magic Johnson has been silenced. For months, he has been the lone truthful voice coming from the Lakers organization. While Mitch Kupchak told us that D'Antoni was doing a "great" job, Magic expressed the feelings of thousands of fans. When you have two poor squads playing each other and the Lakers' poor roster loses consistently to the others, it's not the coach's fault? And when they make no adjustment to change the results, it's not the coach's fault? Come on. I guess now, we're just supposed to continue not believing our lying eyes.
Ben Bolch's five-point plan for rebuilding the Lakers makes some sense but contained a glaring omission that should have topped the list.
The very first step should be to make Jim Buss the "sign-the-contract" man and keep him out of personnel decisions. His choice to hire D'Antoni over Jackson (when the Lakers had the perfect personnel to run the triangle) was not only dumb, but, in the way it unfolded, was thoroughly wrought with disrespect and dishonesty. If Dr. Buss had agreed on a Saturday to give Jackson till Monday to consider the offer, that's exactly what the elder Buss would have done; he never would have hired someone else 24 hours later.
Then step 2: Replace D'Antoni. His faults are myriad and well-documented but central to all of them is that he lacks a championship mentality. Every Lakers and Suns fan knew this, and the fact that Jim Buss ignored it and hired him anyway is the best proof supporting point 1.