Super Bowl Blowouts, Dynasties

Thank God for box pools. Sunday’s Super Bowl was an all-time snooze fest, as Seattle steamrolled Denver 43-8. In the aftermath, I heard two statements thrown around often. The first was that the wide margin was highly unusual and the second was that Seattle looks primed to start a dynasty. Are either true?

Starting with Super Bowl XXX in 1996, 13 of the 18 games have been exciting.* And by that I mean they were within one score at some point in the fourth quarter. Common sense tells us that the championship game in any sport should be a competitive game and the numbers back that up: for every Seahawks-Broncos or Bucs-Raiders we get five Giants-Patriots or at least Saints-Colts. That’s a good deal for us fans and it was fair to criticize Sunday’s game for not living up to the hype.

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College Basketball Writing Update

For those who don’t follow me on the Twitters or regularly check the Freelance page on the site, I wanted to update you on some of my writing. I continue to profile a Rising Star for CBS Local each week. My last two featured players are Iona’s A.J. English and Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff.

I wrote about the most entertaining broadcast duo in college basketball, ESPN’s Dave Pasch and Bill Walton, for the Arizona Daily Star. If you can’t get your hands on today’s Star, it is available online. My phone conversation with Walton is not something I will soon forget.

Lastly, about a month ago I wrote about Bria Hartley, a starting guard for Connecticut’s undefeated women’s team, for Newsday. Her work ethic and freakish endurance have made her a star.

I’m in the process of writing stories for several other publications and will keep you all updated. Thanks for reading!

San Diego State Basketball Streak

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher does not script what he’ll say to his players in the huddle. But at the end of close games, if he senses any doubt or worry, he tells them to capture a positive thought. “Take a deep breath,” he’ll say, “and envision running off the floor with the victory.” Or, as he said earlier this month at Kansas, as an 11-point second half lead shrunk to one: “Imagine you just played the best 30 minutes of basketball of your life.” The Aztecs made four straight free throws to seal the win. They have won 108 games in a row when leading with five minutes to play.

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