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February 6, 2014

Norman Arey: Super Bowl goes bust

OK, let’s get this out of the way so we can discuss more interesting topics. Yes, that was one of the worst Super Bowls in history.

In fact, there are several articles out pointing out that the recently completed 48th version of the NFL’s gift to mankind was among the six worst ever. After looking through the selection of previous warts, I say it was the second-worst behind only Super Bowl XXIV, when San Francisco beat up poor Denver, 55-10.

Yet Sunday’s game, in which Seattle beat Denver 43-8, set a record for the most watched in history. Go figure.

I felt bad for Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and good for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, with Manning on his way to the end and Wilson taking strides at the beginning of his career. My good friend Joey Mac said, “Peyton is football’s equivalent to baseball’s Nolan Ryan. He has great stats but little to show for it.”

The best thing about this Super Bowl was that it means we don’t have to see any more pro football until next fall. It just wasn’t that great of a year.

Good riddance.

MORE NFL: Johnny Manziel is changing before our very eyes. The former Texas A&M quarterback, who is bound for the NFL draft, was invited to attend the Super Bowl. However, he declined so that he could continue his training in California. It’s almost unheard of for Johnny Football to pass up a marketing opportunity in the Big Apple. ... Billboards in both Wisconsin and North Carolina have congratulated Wilson following his Super Bowl victory. Wilson played his senior season for Wisconsin after playing three years at N.C. State. He was one of four former N.C. State players who appeared in the game. ... With dog murderer Michael Vick headed out the door in Philadelphia, the quarterback’s most likely landing spots include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the New York Jets. ... DiGiorno Pizza had perhaps the best tweet of the night during the Super Bowl: “YO, THIS GAME IS LIKE A DIGIORNO PIZZA BECAUSE IT WAS DONE AFTER TWENTY MINUTES.”

HERE AND THERE: For the first time since 1935, Great Britain beat the United States in Davis Cup play, 3-1. ... Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, so the city  has hired an exterminating company to do away with the animals before the Olympics begin. Hey, after all, it is Russia. ... Bad news for Minnesotans who love to ice fish. The state has passed a law that forbids the fishermen from using drones to deliver their beer. What’s a man to do? ... The two richest American Winter Olympians who will compete in Sochi are Bode Miller, who has a net worth of $8 million, and Shaun White, with a bank account that tops $20 million.

COLLEGE SPORTS: I’m not sure, but when running back Sony Michel signed with Georgia, I think that was the first time a team landed a player named after an appliance. ... The University of Texas held a press conference announcing its intention to hold a football game in Mexico City. ... A.J. McCarron, the former Alabama quarterback, blames the Tide’s success for contributing to its downfall. He said that some of the younger players felt they could win by just showing up and didn’t realize what hard work it took to achieve their goals. ... Easy now, Gus. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said the Iron Bowl trophy will “be around here for a long time.” ... Cowboys and Indians. Justin Motlow, a walk-on wide receiver at Florida State, is a real Seminole. His grandmother was 100 percent Seminole. ... Former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator and Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen has been hired as an offensive boss at Rutgers. ... Florida coach Will Muschamp has a new nickname. Gators fans are referring to him as “Flipper.” In four recruiting seasons, Muschamp has “flipped” 18 players who were already committed to other schools. ... It’s entirely possible that the Southeastern Conference will receive only two bids to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this year — Kentucky and Florida. ... If you missed Syracuse’s thrilling 91-89 overtime win over Duke last weekend, you missed one of the best college basketball games you will ever see.

Norman Arey is an award-winning journalist whose column appears in The Daily Citizen on Thursday and Saturday. You can write to him at

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