Tag:Shuless Joe
Posted on: May 26, 2008 11:25 pm

Distraught over my favorite blog

What happened to Shuless Joe's "while you were sleeping" installments? I loved being able to sift through the cream of the crop from yesterday's blogs, and sometimes getting a mention myself (the Super Bowl Series). Where's the love? I want Shulaces to feature "While You Were Sleeping" again...

Haha as a top 100 member I demand it! :P
Posted on: February 1, 2008 8:26 am
Edited on: May 28, 2008 10:40 pm

Super Bowl Musings - Friday - Super Bowl Trivia

Another day, another massive ice storm taking over the northeast, right? I didn't have time to type this up last night, so I'm typing this on borrowed time from Jack Frost considering my meeting with the Sandman last night... Anyway, as the ice surround my western Pennsylvania abode, I'll list some of the more interesting Super Bowl Trivia or oddities. Bring it up to your friends as Shuless Joe has advised, this sunday. It's less than 72 hours away!

The following trends occur regarding Super Bowl games:

  • Teams scoring 30 or more points are currently 21-1 (.955). (Only such team to lose: Dallas in XIII.) Teams scoring fewer than 20 points are currently 4-31 (.114). (Last such team to win: Pittsburgh in IX.) More specifically, teams scoring 32 points or more are undefeated (18-0) and teams scoring fewer than 14 points are winless (0-17).
  • Field goals have been converted in all but two Super Bowls (VII and IX).
  • Teams leading at halftime are 32-7 (.821) (two Super Bowls, XXIII and XXXIX, have been tied at halftime).
  • Teams shutout in the first half are 0-11; teams shutout in the second half are 1-7 (.125). (Only such team to win: Miami in VII.)
  • Higher seeded teams are 13-11 (.542) and NFC teams are 6-2 (.750) in Super Bowls matching same-numbered seeds, which thus far have always been #1 vs. #1. Playoff seedings were first instituted in 1975.
  • When the game matches two teams that played each other during the regular season, the team that lost the regular season meeting is 6-5 in the Super Bowl, including 4-1 the last five times this has happened. This record will be tested shortly, as this year's contest between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is a rematch of a game played on the final weekend of the regular season, won by New England.
<dl><dt>Notable stretches</dt></dl>
  • 1969-81: AFL/AFC, 11-2
  • 1982-97: NFC, 15-1
  • 1998-Present: AFC, 8-2
<dl><dt>Longest winning streak</dt></dl>
  • 13: NFC, 1985-97 (AFC's longest is 5, 1973-77)
By regular decades (based on regular season year, not Super Bowl calendar year)
  • 1960s (I-IV): tied, 2-2
  • 1970s (V-XIV): AFC, 8-2
  • 1980s (XV-XXIV): NFC, 8-2
  • 1990s (XXV-XXXIV): NFC, 8-2
  • 2000s (XXXV-XLI): AFC, 6-1

In the history of the Super Bowl, the following "firsts" have yet to occur:

  • Snowy Weather - While Super Bowl XLI was the first to feature rain, snow has yet to fall during the game. This is highly unlikely (barring a freak occurrence in Arizona, Florida or Southern California, or a malfunctioning retractable roof) since the NFL schedules the game only in stadiums that have roofs or that have warm, dry winter climates.
  • An all-wild card matchup (teams who failed to win their divisions). - Nine wild card teams (since the 1970 merger) have won conference titles, but never two in the same season.
  • A shutout- Every Super Bowl participant to date has scored. In three cases the offenses have been shut out while the special teams scored a single touchdown:
    • Super Bowl VII: The Washington Redskins returned a fumble for a touchdown after blocking field goal attempt.
    • Super Bowl IX: The Minnesota Vikings recovered a blocked punt in the end zone but missing the extra point.
    • Super Bowl XXXV: The New York Giants scored a 97-yard kickoff return.
    • Super Bowl VI: The Miami Dolphins finished with 3 points, the fewest in a Super Bowl.
  • A punt return touchdown. - While many kickoffs have been returned for a touchdown, a punt has yet to be returned for one.
  • Home Field Advantage (playing in one's own home stadium). - The closest instances to this have been Super Bowl XIV being played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena near the Rams' then-hometown of Los Angeles and Super Bowl XIX being played at Stanford Stadium which is about 25 miles south of the 49ers' home stadium, Candlestick Park. While many Super Bowls have occurred in the Miami and New Orleans areas, neither of the area's teams (the Dolphins and Saints, respectively) have ever taken advantage of these opportunities.
  • Overtime - The narrowest margin of victory in a Super Bowl is one point, in Super Bowl XXV (1991). The closest instances to overtime, in which the result of the last play of the game could have realistically led to a tie and thus an overtime, have been:
    • Super Bowl V: Baltimore's Jim O'Brien kicked a game-winning field goal with :05 left.
    • Super Bowl XXXIV: Tennessee's Kevin Dyson was stopped one yard short of a tying touchdown.
    • Super Bowl XXXVI: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired.
    • Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked another game-winning field goal with :04 left.
  • An appearance by every team. - Six teams have yet to reach their first Super Bowl: Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit,Houston, Jacksonville, and New Orleans.
This concludes my WEEKDAY Version of my Super Bowl Musings series. Have a good one as you watch the big game this weekend!
Posted on: January 31, 2008 12:20 am
Edited on: January 31, 2008 12:46 am

Super Bowl Musings -Thursday -Top 10 Super Bowls

Another day, another blog, and, suprisingly, another mention on While You Were Sleeping. It's uncanny how i get in there while i take 30 minutes or so to do the blog itself. It's mostly research. Anyway, as promised, today will showcase the top ten most interesting super bowls. Obviously, this will be a different take on it than just a close game effect at times, but i want to provide a good product, and that's what i'll strive to do.

Top Ten Most Interesting Super Bowls

  • 10 - Super Bowl XLI - Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17 - This is one of the more interesting Super Bowls simply because of the conditions, records broken, and competition. It was the very first Super Bowl to have rain. Also, on a thrilling showcase of talent, Devin Hester ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown, the first time done in history, and set the tone for the game. Sadly, it didn't last long. Indianapolis found holes in the nigh-impenetrable Bears defense and the Bears simply couldn't keep up with Manning, the game's MVP.
  • 9 - Super Bowl XXXIII - Denver 34, Atlanta 19 - This game earns a spot simply because of John Elway's absolutely triumphant end to his career. After a losing appearance, he came back to the big dance to win twice and earning MVP Honors in his final game. Denver's defense played well and Atlanta made a trip inside Denver's 30 7 times only to score 1 touchdown and 2 field goals. It all fell into place for Elway as Atlanta missed a field goal, threw two interceptions, and turned the ball over on downs on the other trips.
  • 8 - Super Bowl XXXI - Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21 - This game slips on the list because one of the league's greatest quarterbacks only Super Bowl victory and the only case in which a special teams play earned MVP honors. Desmond Howard did so as he ran for a record 244 return yards. Brett Favre supplemented with 2 passing and 1 rushing TD.
  • 7 - Super Bowl XII - Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10 - If there is any particular Super Bowl in which you could say it was a full defensive effort, It would be second earliest game on this list. League-first co-MVPs Harvey Martin and Randy White led a defensive unit that intercepted 4 passes and forced 4 fumbles. Dallas also shut out Denver in the first half 13-0, an interesting statistic in tomorrow's topic.
  • 6 - Super Bowl VII - Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7 - This game made the list because of it's huge meaning. This Super Bowl solidified the '73 Dolphins place in history as they finished 17-0, a record only recently broken by the 2008 New England Patriots, now 18-0. The Dolphins played great defense and the low score didn't begin to represent the dominance.
  • 5 - Super Bowl XXV - New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19 - This game shows that no matter how badly the other team is playing, you can never count them out. The Bills had the ball only 8 minutes in the first half but still closed the half at 12-10. New York possessed the ball over 40 minutes, 9:29 of it coming on a record drive covering 75 yards, ended by a Ottis Anderson touchdown. This game also had the closest score in any Super Bowl to date.
  • 4 - Super Bowl XXII - Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10 - The Broncos had a nice start to the game getting out 10-0 but allowed 42 points unanswered as Doug Williams threw for a record-tying 4 TDs and record-breaking 340 yards.Sanders also broke the receiving record set by Lynn Swann by over 30 yards, 193 to 161. QB Doug Williams went on to win MVP honors, making him the first and only African-American quarterback to win such an honor.
  • 3 - Super Bowl XXXIV - St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16 - Now you knew it was coming. You knew it'd be in the top ten. Though not score-wise, this had to have been one of THE closest games in Super Bowl history as a Kevin Dyson catch with the clock ticking came up exactly one yard short of score-tying TD. Two offensive juggernauts, these two teams duked it out to the very end. The Titans came in as an extremely well-rounded team with a top offense and even better defense, finished a league-high 13-3 that preceding regular season.
  • 2 - Super Bowl XXVIII - Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13 - This choice was odd to make, but the Super Bowl itself is dwarfed by it's circumstances. This is the only Super Bowl rematch to date. The Buffalo Bills found themselves in the final postseason game against the same opponents that beat them last year. Dallas struggled at first, but yet again the Cowboys prevailed. This gave the Cowboys four Super Bowl wins, tied for the record. It also gave the Bills their fourth Super Bowl loss, another record, tied with Minnesota and Oakland. Bills QB Jim Kelly also completed 31 passes, a Super Bowl record, out of 50 attempts.
  • 1 - Super Bowl XXIV - San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10 - I chose this game simply because it showed the most athleticism, in my opinion, than any other Bowl. The niners completely dominated as Joe Montana threw for a current NFL record 5 TD passes. Jerry Rice showed he's still got some left in his tank, and Montana won his third Super Bowl, which, until recently, was an uncontested accomplishment. He also won 3 MVP awards, some thing that has yet to be even challenged.

As we reflect upon these great games, there is one thing to realize about Sunday. We can't even comprehend the significance of Super Bowl XLII. So many records already broken, so many about to be on the line. When Tom Coughlin and Bill Bellicheck walk out on to that field to shake hands, it will hit you like a ton of bricks. This is THE most interesting Super Bowl, no matter the outcome. These two teams will walk on to the field like it's any given sunday, and walk off like it was the last game they've played. What an amazing game. Is any one else HATING work/classes right around now? God Bless Football.
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:18 am

Super Bowl Musings - Wednesday - MVP Breakdown

Another day of late-night blogging, another exhausting day. It is exceedingly hard to find a macbook in western PA/east OH. I ended up in Pittsburgh after starting out in New Castle and over to Boardman... What a day. Anyway, you aren't here to hear about my life. If i blogged that on here, i wouldn't be getting such praise from Shuless Joe, whom I thank for another shout-out in his daily weekday blog While You Were Sleeping. Here it comes, Ladies and Gents. Here's where the fights start. Cowboys fans, claim your superiority to others as your team gets 7 MVPs, 3 more than ANY other team in the league. Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame fans, rejoice as you read.

Positional Breakdown

  • 21 Quarterbacks
  • 7 Runnings Backs
  • 5 Wide Receivers
  • 2 Defensive Ends
  • 2 Linebackers
  • 2 Safeties
  • 1 Cornerback
  • 1 Defensive Tackle
  • 1 Return Specialist

MVP-Producing Teams (By amount of MVPs)
  1. Dallas Cowboys -7 - co-MVP's once and MVP on a losing team
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers - 4
  3. Oakland/L.A. Raiders - 3
  4. San Francisco 49ers - 3
  5. Washington Redskins - 3
  6. Denver Broncos - 2
  7. Green Bay Packers - 2
  8. Miami Dolphins - 2
  9. New England Patriots - 2
  10. New York Giants - 2
  11. Baltimore Ravens - 1
  12. Chicago Bears - 1
  13. Indianapolis Colts - 1
  14. Kansas City Chiefs - 1
  15. New York Jets - 1
  16. St. Louis Rams - 1
  17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1

Award-Winning MVPs
  • 16 Hall Of Fame players
  • 12 retired, eligible for Hall Of Fame
  • 7 Active Players
  • 2 Retired, not yet eligible for Hall Of Fame
  • 4 Heisman Trophy winners
Schools Producing 3 MVP Awards (Not Players)
  • Georgia
Jake Scott, SBXII -- Terrell Davis, SBXXXII -- Hines Ward, SBXL

  • Alabama
Bart Starr, SBI-SBII -- Joe Namath, SBIII

  • Michigan
Desmond Howard, SBXXXI -- Tom Brady SBXXXVI-SBXXXVIII

  • Notre Dame

In the end, Quarterbacks are overwhelmingly chosen as MVP, and the top 3 most chosen posititions are all offensive. There has yet to be a kicker, punter, offensive lineman, or tight end chosen as MVP. Georgia is the only college to produce three different MVPs. The Crimson Tide can say they dominated the first three superbowls as Alabama QBs not only won the first three Bowls, but had them named MVP. Notre Dame may claim the high pedigree award or possibly the one-hit wonder award as they've bred a QB who won three superbowls, the only bowls a Notre Dame player has won. When it comes down to it, Michigan might pull away from the pack as MVP-producing college if Brady comes through this Sunday in Phoenix. All I know is that i've got 20 on Tennessee. I've been letting it ride. haha.

Super Bowl Musings Schedule

Wednesday -- Breakdown of MVPs
Thursday -- 10 Most Interesting Super Bowls
Friday -- Super Bowl Controversies/Oddities
Saturday -- Preview Of Super Bowl XXXXII

Also, I understand Thursday's topic may be a little overdone, but c'mon it's not easy compiling these things so late at night! I've gotta take a little break somehow! I'll be back in full force Friday with a full report on Super Bowl Controversies and Oddities. Saturday will be the preview of the Big Game and i'm contemplating running a drive-by-drive blog as the game runs (simply editing after each new drive), so after the game, the losers can grasp at straws as they find aspects in which they won. Best of luck to both teams and safe travels this week and weekend. Christian, your personal unrewarded workhorse, will be back tomorrow providing you information that will be wiped out by that headache Monday morning. haha. I suppose
Posted on: January 28, 2008 8:25 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2008 8:43 pm

Super Bowl Musings - Tuesday - Super Bowls 22-41

Back again and with a nice plug from Shuless Joe at that. Thanks. Oh, and I CAN fight like Kimbo Slice. I simply choose not to. Plus that outtie is more than enough to knock a man to the ground in fear. Anyway, Sticking to the schedule and subject at hand.

Tomorrow's blog post will have a bit more... substance to it as i break down trends and anti-trends in the MVP honors. I will do the same on saturday as far as the scores/stats/players/teams go after a brief listing of the top ten most scintillating Super Bowls in history on Friday. Also i'll provide numbers for those (like i, admittedly) of us who are Roman Numeral... adverse. While this takes a factual route, tomorrow will have a more trivial subject.

Super Bowl XXII (22) - Washington Redskins 42 Oakland Raiders 10
MVP: QB Doug Williams, Washington Redskins

Super Bowl XXIII (23) - Cincinnati Bengals 16 San Francisco 49ers 20
MVP: WR Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XXIV (24) - San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10
MVP: QB Joe Montana, San Francisco

Super Bowl XXV (25) - Buffalo Bills 19 New York Giants 20
MVP: RB Ottis Anderson, New York Giants

Super Bowl XXVI (26) - Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 14
MVP: QB Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins

Super Bowl XXVII (27) - Buffalo Bills 17 Dallas Cowboys 52
MVP: QB Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl XXVIII (28) - Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13
MVP: RB Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl XXIX (29) - San Diego Chargers 26 San Francisco 49ers 49
MVP: QB Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XXX (30) - Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
MVP: CB Larry Brown, Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl XXXI (31) - New England Patriots 21 Green Bay Packers 35
MVP: KR/PR Desmond Howard, Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XXXII (32) - Green Bay Packers 24 Denver Broncos 31
MVP: RB Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XXXIII (33) - Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19
MVP: QB John Elway, Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XXXIV (34) - St. Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16 ( ONE YARD SHORT. AUGH.)
MVP: QB Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams

Super Bowl XXXV (35) - Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7
MVP: LB Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

Super Bowl XXXVI (36) - St. Louis Rams 17 New England Patriots 20
MVP: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Super Bowl XXXVII (37) - Oakland Raiders 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48
MVP: FS Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) - Carolina Panthers 29 New England Patriots 32
MVP: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Super Bowl XXXIX (39) - New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
MVP: WR Deion Branch, New England Patriots

Super Bowl XL (40) - Seattle Seahawks 10 Pittsburgh Steelers 21
MVP: WR Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl XLI (41) - Indianapolis Colts 29 Chicago Bears 17
MVP: QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

Tune in tomorrow for a breakdown of all 42 past super bowl MVPs! Thanks for reading.

Super Bowl Musings Schedule

Tuesday -- Next 20 Super Bowls and their MVPs
Wednesday -- Breakdown of MVPs
Thursday -- 10 Most Interesting Super Bowls
Friday -- Super Bowl Controversies/Oddities
Saturday -- Preview Of Super Bowl XXXXII
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