January 29, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Jim Harbaugh stepped to the podium, smirked a bit, and opened his first news conference as a Super Bowl coach. "We're super happy to be here," he said Sunday night as his NFC champion San Francisco 49ers arrived in the Big Easy for the big game. "I think this team has the best focus on unity and winning I've ever been a part of. " Considering that Harbaugh was an NFL quarterback for 14 seasons and a successful college coach before joining the 49ers, he knows something about winning.
February 7, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Stray shards of shiny confetti stuck to the Green Bay Packers' skin. Several of them carried their young children into the county-fair-booth interview stalls underneath Cowboys Stadium, after the onfield celebration died down. They looked like worn-out travelers at the end of a long journey, and they were. All season long, the Packers survived. Key players went down, one after another, from the season opener on. They had to win their last two regular-season games to claw their way into the final NFC playoff berth, then they had to go into hostile postseason stadiums three times and win to get to Super Bowl XLV, where again, the crowd was not their friend.
January 19, 2009
GLENDALE, Ariz. - You can look at the glass as half-full if you want. After all, it did require a significant amount of intestinal fortitude for the Eagles to crawl out of the hole of a wasted season and make it to the NFC Championship Game. There's something to be said for a team that can go from 5-5-1 to within a game of the Super Bowl. Still, haven't we been down this road four times before? While it would be ridiculous to dismiss the fact that the Eagles have played in five NFC Championship Games in eight seasons, it would be just as silly to ignore the fact that with yesterday's 32-25 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, they are now 1-4 in those games.
February 6, 2008 |
The New York Giants finally got to make a postseason appearance in front of their own fans, and this time they brought the Super Bowl trophy with them. After a playoff run that took place entirely on the road and culminated in Sunday night's pulsating win over New England in Super Bowl XLII in Arizona, the Giants celebrated along with about 25,000 delirious fans who made Giants Stadium sound and feel as it does on fall Sundays. "It's good to come back home," linebacker Antonio Pierce said.
May 28, 2006 |
For some fans, the coolest thing about today's Indianapolis 500 is the race. For others, maybe it's Danica Patrick. Then there's the trophy - the Borg-Warner - the coolest trophy in all of sports. We couldn't let another Indy 500 pass without recognizing the awe-inspiring prize awarded to the winner. And - with other precious metal due to be awarded in coming weeks - we thought we'd seize the moment to honor the honors themselves, selecting the ten coolest trophies in sports.
February 8, 2006 |
The NFL defended the officiating in the Super Bowl, and Joe Montana defended himself. Two days after the Steelers beat the Seahawks, 21-10, in the NFL title game, the league said yesterday that the game was "properly officiated. " "Including, as in most NFL games, some tight plays that produced disagreement about the calls made by the officials," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. Meanwhile, three-time Super Bowl MVP Montana denied reports he had asked for $100,000 to appear with other past MVPs at pre-game ceremonies.
February 3, 2004 |
Some New England Patriots fans didn't want to wait for the team's official celebration. The Super Bowl champions will have a victory parade today through the streets of Boston. But hundreds of fans were at Gillette Stadium last night to welcome the team back from Houston, where the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, 32-29, for their second Super Bowl championship in 3 years. "We couldn't have done it without all these crazy people," said offensive lineman Matt Light, who got off the bus wearing a bathrobe with the logos of the Patriots and the Super Bowl.
September 5, 2003 |
By the end of January, coach Jon Gruden was almost as famous as his popular, if somewhat annoying, alter ego Chucky, the media darling of the NFL. Gruden got to meet Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella - a personal thrill - and late-night talk-show king David Letterman. But the biggest perk of leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the 2003 Super Bowl championship has yet to come. It is years away, in fact, to be enjoyed when the youngest NFL head coach is old and gray. "The great thing about winning a Super Bowl - the one thing I have discovered - is no one will ever take that away from you," the 40-year-old Gruden said yesterday.
June 21, 2000 |
News flash: Dick Vermeil might have a couple more days off this month. That's if a friend doesn't call asking for a favor or a local charity doesn't phone desperate for a speaker with fund-raising clout. Vermeil has yet to reach double figures in off days since returning from a week vacation with family in Key West, Fla., shortly after coaching the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. Two days after Super Sunday, he announced his retirement from coaching. "Retirement?
January 28, 1996 |
Twenty-seven years ago, the future arrived with shaggy hair and white shoes. The old National Football League, populated by gray and gritty warriors and stern owners in fedoras who never sold anything but tickets, vanished with a theatrical flourish in the Miami twilight: On Jan. 12, 1969, young Joe Namath, the brash, blue-eyed future, and aging Johnny Unitas, the crew-cut, high-topped past, embraced at midfield after the New York Jets' stunning...