Maybe it would have been too much for all of us to digest.
Arizona Cardinals; Super Bowl champions.
We've dealt with the Carolina Hurricanes winning the Stanley Cup, and the Florida Marlins capturing the World Series. The NBA's equivalent? Maybe Golden State under Al Attles taking the title back in 1975.
But the former St. Louis Cardinals winning it all, well, that wouldn't have been Cinderella getting the glass slipper and the prince. It would've been one of the ugly stepsisters ending up ahead in the fairy tale.
The Cardinals didn't quite pull it off, ending a terrific Sunday that began with the Aussie Open men's final in Melbourne, included the Bruins-Canadiens and the Boss in the middle, and ended up with the Steelers getting No. 6 late in the evening.
What a day to be a couch potato.
Other thoughts from the weekend that was:
Santonio Holmes might have been credited with the greatest catch in Super Bowl history if not for the still unsurpassed grab of David Tyree of the Giants last year.
To me, it was Ben Roethlisberger's ability to avoid the rush and scramble for extra time that ultimately made the difference. Roethlisberger is Fran Tarkenton in a big man's body.
It was the second straight terrific Super Bowl, particularly the conclusion and third in a decade, if you count the 2000 heartstopper between Kurt Warner's St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans. That's a better rate of recent success than the Grey Cup, which last had an outstanding game in 2005 (Edmonton-Montreal) and only one other (2000, B.C-Montreal) in the past decade.
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I'm thinking it was honest of Roger Federer to break down after losing to Rafa Nadal yesterday in a grinding Aussie Open final, but not great strategy. If Nadal didn't know he was deep inside Federer's head before, he surely does now. With six Grand Slam titles to his name, do we start wondering now how many Nadal will win?
Given that every team sport now seems to produce different finalists every year, it's pretty clear Federer-Nadal is the greatest rivalry, individual or otherwise, in sports today. Nadal seems to own Federer now, but just in 2009 we have possible clashes at the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open ahead.
It's pretty apparent that a big part of the pro-fighting agenda in hockey is to take hitting out of the sport, a dangerous agenda indeed. We saw it again on Saturday when Luke Schenn, after a great hit on Evgeni Malkin, then had to drop 'em with Tyler Kennedy of the Penguins. The equation is simple: more fighting, less hitting; less fighting, more hitting. Frankly, I vastly prefer the latter.
Doubt Brian Burke is going to go out and spend huge dollars on the free agent market this summer. But for a reasonable sum he might be able to bring in his entire checking line from the 2007 Anaheim team that won the Cup as Samuel Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen are all unrestricted free agents. Ditto for Ducks rearguards Francois Beauchemin and Kent Huskins. Bring in those five and suddenly you have a Leaf team with a lot more bite to it.
It's pretty clear that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to have to decide between keeping Malkin or Jordan Staal. They can't keep those two and Sidney Crosby and hope to be able to fill out the rest of the lineup with enough quality. Unless the cap goes up in the next few years - and there are those in hockey who believe it will go up, not down - having Malkin and Crosby at a combined salary cap hit of $17.4 million is going to make it tough for the Pens.
Tracy McGrady was tough. Having Vince Carter force his way out of town was ugly, But if Chris Bosh were to bolt the Raptors in 2010 it would be darn near catastrophic in terms of public relations, and doesn't it seem as if the love-in between Bosh and the city is fading? He's getting booed just a little and doesn't like it.