Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Three Super Bowl thoughts

1. All week, the Super Bowl talk has surrounded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick, running backs Ray Rice and Frank Gore, receivers Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree and, of course, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (left, bottom). But often, the Super Bowl's star isn't really a star at all. Remember when Bucs safety Dexter Jackson won MVP honors? Or Dallas' Larry Brown and Chuck Howley? Or Miami's Jake Scott? Even recognizable names such as Desmond Howard, Deion Branch and Richard Dent were not among the favorites to win MVP awards. So who might be this year's dark horse MVP candidates? For the Ravens, there's tight end Dennis Pitta (top), who caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Pats in the AFC title game. He would be the first tight end to win. Meantime, what would happen if Kaepernick gets knocked out of the game? Backup Alex Smith could come off the bench, reclaim his job and lead the 49ers to victory. Man, wouldn't that be something?

2. Know which fans cannot figure out which team to root for? Steelers fans. See, there's no team on earth Steelers fans hate more than the Ravens, their AFC North rival. Then again, if the 49ers win, they tie the Steelers for most Super Bowl victories with six. Pittsburghers, who live in the past as well as anyone, might be best served putting on their two-sizes-too-small, moth-eaten, numbers-peeling Jack Lambert jersey and cueing up their antique VCR to watch a highlight tape from one of the Steelers-Cowboys Super Bowls — one the Steelers won, of course.

3. The projected high temperature in the New York area today is 32 degrees. The Super Bowl will played there exactly one year from today.

     
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