You know, I love writing these sports blog entries. Really, it's just a hobby of mine. CBS' Community Admins continually feature my entries on the CBSSports.com home page, truly a honor given how many other great users and well-written blogs are out there. Why I keep getting featured is beyond me. Perhaps my entries spark great debate like my BCS/SEC entry a few months ago. Either way, I was generally suprised when my last entry, my Super Bowl "Preview," was featured. I didn't feel like that was one of my better entries. I was more suprised at the comments that I got from everyone. So, for a second straight Monday, let's get to the mailbag.
Are you serious? America's Team? I know the Saints are getting lots of PR, but I would slow your roll annointing them as America's Team. Even though I am a Colt fan, I don't know 1 person who is rooting for the Saints. And as far as what the city has overcome, give me a break. What about New York?? 8 years ago a couple of Jets crashed into a couple of big buildings, you might have heard about it. - Indians33Fan
I have no idea why Browns or Steelers fans would root for the Colts, being old AFC rivals and all, but generally the consensus that I got was that the majority was rooting for the Saints. Why? For the same reason why everyone rooted for the Jets in the AFC Championship Game. The Jets were underdogs, the Colts have been here before, etc. Maybe the Saints aren't "America's Team," but yesterday, I think they were.
And here's why the New Orleans Saints got more attention than New York did on 9/11. Because New Orleans almost lost it's sports teams because of Hurricane Katrina. New York City has two football teams (in New Jersey), two baseball teams, two hockey teams and the Knicks. New Orleans has the Saints and the Hornets, both were very close to moving to San Antonio and Oklahoma City respectively. New Yorkers could have turned to anyone one of a half dozen or more teams. New Orleans turned to the Saints and Hornets. There weren't any other teams to turn too. That's what makes this win special for the city, because everyone is connected to it.
spoken like the true Eagles fan... anything you can say to take a shot at those Cowboys. - oupioneer
Actually, this wasn't a shot at Dallas. If anything, they did more this year to keep their "America's Team" title. Yes, the are Philly fans who constantly take shots at Dallas. Those are Philadelphia fans. I am an Eagles fan, and Eagles fan only. Big difference. At least to me.
As a Cowboys fan, let me say this about that moniker: They can f***in have it. NFL Films gave our team that name, not us. And if the Saints win four more of these, let's see just how much you'll be loving the Saints at that point. - TheBunk
Well, maybe I was wrong about Dallas keeping their "title." I guess making the playoffs and beating the Eagles three times in one season is still not good enough for Cowboys fans. And I will still like the Saints in they win more Super Bowls, I will never love them, they aren't my favorite team. Now if they beat the Eagles in four consectutive NFC Championship games, we might have some problems, but I'll always have respect for the New Orleans Saints.
That loss could not have happened to a better team. Indy was Wayyyyyyyyyyyy over rated. No running game and all they had was Peyton. Now we know which QB is better Brady or Manning.. Brady by far now!!!. What happened to the Miracle man in the end. Throws an interception.. Nice Love it!!! - STEVENB2662
I don't think Indt was overrated. Joseph Addai and Donald Brown (from UConn) had one of their best rushing games all season, especially Addai. And I can't fault him for the interception. It looked liked Wayne made an adjustment to the outside as Manning was throwing it and then Tracy Porter stepped in front of it. Peyton's worst throw came at the goal line to end the game in my opinion. One of the few times he forced a ball in the Super Bowl, but again, he's down two scores. I'm suprised the Colts didn't call a timeout there on 4th and Goal. That in my opinion was truly a mistake. But don't hate on Peyton, instead give props to Sean Payton and the Saints for a great gameplan and holding the Colts to 6 plays, two three-and-outs, in the second quarter.
Wow!! America's team. I always thought America's and the team of the people was the Steelers. Just who are these "people" that has replaced the Steeler Nation? - Goldpanther4
The Steelers were the anti-Cowboys decades ago when the two team were battling out for Super Bowl titles. And Pittsburgh is still home to one of the Top 5 football fan bases in the country in my opinion. I don't know about America's team, but the Steelers being "The Team of the People" has a nice ring to it. Maybe bring back the old WWE ccatchprase and call the Steelers "The People's Champion."
And now for an epic three-part comment to bring it home.
"America's Team"? What the heck is that supposed to mean anyways? For one game- yes New Orleans can lay claim to it. However, given the visibility of the Cowboys- you either rabidly love them or visciously hate them, and you find that anywhere in the country. They are akin to baseball's Yankees- you cant find anyone in middle ground on that team. - Texsux
This comment was so good, I had to include all of it. I have no idea what "America's Team" means. If it means the biggest stadium, fan base, anti-fan base, history and all of that, then yes, the Cowboys are America's Team. Personally, I think America's Team should be the Green Bay Packers. They're owned by the citizens of Green Bay! And aside from Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit, does the average football fan hate Green Bay and Lambeau Field? I think not, but hey, I'm an idiot according to most people so who cares what I think.
You seem to be rather young, so it's time to educate you on a few things. Americans tend to root for the underdogs in these things. Fans with no previous allegiances were rooting for the Cardinals last year, the Giants the year before, and the list goes on. - Texsux
I disagree with the word underdogs here. Americans tend to root for the better story in my opinion. This year, the Saints were the better story. Yes, usually being the underdog is the better story, but I think that most Americans wanted to see the Colts beat the Bears and Peyton get his ring. That was the better story this year.
Your bias against the rest of the NFC East is showing. You forgot to put a jab in there against the Redskins. - Texsux
Okay, I try to be as fair and unbiased as I can. Really, I do. Naturally, as a sports fan, I fail miserably. I can see where I took a shot at the Cowboys. I don't see where I made fun of the Giants. And I stopped making fun of the Redskins a long time ago. Why?
Daniel Snyder does it for me.