It's Bears vs. Colts in Super Bowl XLI!
Big-time props to both Chicago and Indianapolis, who most definitely earned their tickets to Miami. Sure, it stings to have both of my picks lose in almost exactly the fashion I predicted them to win, but it's hard to stay mad at classy guys like Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy. Plus, that was just some great football yesterday.
Big plays no one is talking about much: Reggie Bush's big touchdown catch might have broken the Bears' spirits if he hadn't turned around to taunt Brian Urlacher while crossing the goal line. Don't give them any motivation, rookie! It might have been a real momentum change for the Saints if he hadn't pissed the Bears' D off so much... And Marvin Harrison's 2-point conversion was absolutely a key play in the Colts game.
The Bears return to the Super Bowl for the first time in two decades, the Colts for the first time in almost four. Wow! And mad respect to the Saints and Patriots, both of whom overachieved their way into this game. They'll both be back.
And thanks to the friends who joined in the discussion. Sorry I had to delete it all, but it just took up too much darn space. Maybe Frank will let me bring my laptop over for the Super Bowl party, and we can do it again.
ADDENDUM: Latest reports are that Michael Vick did not have an illegal substance in that water bottle. This of course doesn't change the fact that he was carrying a water bottle designed to smuggle illegal substances around... Official report from the police coming later today.