There really isn’t much to add as far as contributing to the overwhelming amount of coverage that Super Bowl XLVI has and is receiving. There are very few websites that won’t mention it so I’ll just skip the details. The important thing to note about the 2011 football season was that it was full of story lines.
I won’t break them all down, but remember how close we were to not having a season? It was fitting this game involved a team whose owner, Robert Kraft, had to make so many difficult decisions about the work stoppage. The untimely passing of his wife Myra almost made the difference when it came down to having a full season or not. The image of Colts center Jeff Saturday hugging Kraft after the resolution is something NFL fans should never forget. It was a welcome site to see Saturday get a rousing ovation in New England as well.
Today, the day when the 2012 season begins to be focused upon by NFL teams and fans, we can accept the fact that Detroit had a sudden resurgence into relevancy…and how Minnesota may be in the cellar for a few years while the NFC North gets better around them…and Alex Smith proving he isn’t a complete bust thanks to Jim Harbaugh…and a “dream team” in Philadelphia means nothing if you don’t play like a team…and the Cowboys are overrated again…and that the AFC West is the new NFC West…and Houston really has an NFL team, and they aren’t going anywhere.
However, some things simply were anomalies…like Tim Tebow being even half way decent…or Buffalo being the hottest team in the league to start the year..or the Giants’ regular season.
The biggest off season watch will of course be on the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning. Manning is owed a massive amount of money in about 4 weeks. That’s the deadline for keeping or dumping him. With Andrew Luck, the almost certain #1 overall pick by Indy, waiting for his shot, it seems like an almost impossible decision for the Colts to make.
No matter who you are a fan of, please don’t forget: