Sunday, February 1, 2009
Super Revenge...30 Years In the Making
By Allen Bacon, Editor, The Daily Bosco
It took nearly 30 years but I believe revenge will be mine when the Arizona Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Big Game today.
There is unfinished business with the 1980 Super Bowl if you are a Los Angeles Ram fan. This is of course when my Los Angeles Rams in their only Super Bowl appearance missed the opportunity to win against Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann and Mean Joe Greene and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We were actually leading in the third quarter of the game. Did I mention I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers?
There should be a moratorium on Super Bowl wins. If you win five...you should just be able to hang it up...no more for you. My poor Los Angeles Rams never won any Super Bowls...until they got to St. Louis (and I still refuse to recognize that team anymore...they ceased to exist after Georgia Frontierre moved the team). Pittsburgh's already won five...they don't need anymore.
Why will it be revenge when the Cardinals beat the Steelers today?
Follow my fuzzy logic here. (The similarities are uncanny)
The 1979 Rams were the worst team to make it to the Super Bowl. At 9-7 there is only one team that is as bad, record wise....The 2008 Arizona Cardinals at a record of 9-7. Both teams capitilized on poor teams in the NFC West to make it to the playoffs.
The 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers were 12-4...The 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers are 12-4.
The 1979 Rams were and 2008 Arizona Cardinals are heavy underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Los Angeles Rams were a transplanted team that came from Cleveland and then moved on to St. Louis...The Arizona Cardinals are a transplanted team that started in Chicago's Comisky Park moved to St. Louis before settling in the valley of the sun. Both franchises have been in three cities in their lifespan.
The Los Angeles Rams to that point had never been to or won a Super Bowl. The Cardinals have never been or won a Super Bowl for whatever city they were in.
When the 1979 Rams went to the Super Bowl a former USC quarterback was on the sidelines that day...the injured Pat Haden. When the 2008 Cardinals take the field today they will also have a former USC quarterback on the field in a backup roll...Matt Leinert.
In 1979 A Coke commercial featured a Pittsburgh linebacker...in 2009 a Coke commercial will feature a Pittsburgh linebacker.
The 1979 Los Angeles Rams beat the Tampa Bay Bucanneers in the most unlikely of all NFC championship games to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is being played in Tampa Bay today.
And now for the coup de gras...the Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis in the 90's. Keep in mind they had never a Super Bowl. And almost immediately after the move...the team wins the Super Bowl with current Arizona quarterback Curt Warner. Warner owes us one. Once a Ram...always a Ram. The former Ram will avenge our loss.
Oh, Revenge will be sweet. I can't wait to taste it.