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A Glaring, Golden Omission

5 February 2016 Views From The Booth

2d4a67b9a73b745097175de4d1104c15Greetings once again from the Booth!

The meatballs are simmering in the crock pot, the 7-layer dip is being prepared, the fleet of pizza-delivery vehicles is gassed up, the beverage is on ice, and we’re all ready for Super Bowl 50!

Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest day of food consumption in America, right behind Thanksgiving (I’m convinced Thanksgiving is number one only because there are 3 football games that day!) Over the last 50 years, there have been some great games and some stinkers, but either way we still have the food!

And the Clydesdales. Advertisers will shell out $4.5 million dollars (per commercial!) to dazzle us with 30 seconds of horses playing football, flying pigs, talking babies, etc. Sometimes Madison Avenue out-thinks itself, as we remember the commercial but not the product. But I digress…

Much will be written this week about Cam Newton vs Peyton Manning, and the other story lines leading up to the Big Game. I can’t add much to that discussion, so I wanted to go in a different direction as we head to Super Sunday.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors recently chose the “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team” in honor of Super Bowl 50. This team was chosen on the basis of best overall career performances in the Super Bowl. For the most part, I have no problem with the selections. As you might guess, the team features lots of Steelers, Joe Montana at QB, and names like LT, Lott, and Prime Time.

While this Golden Team also has a great offensive line of Shell, Gregg, Upshaw, Webster, and Larry Allen, there is not one member of the celebrated Washington Redskins “Hogs.” The Hogs were instrumental in the ‘Skins 3 Super Bowl wins. In Washington’s first Super Bowl win against Miami, it was Jacoby, Grimm, Bostic, Starke, and May who paved the way for John Riggins’ then record-setting day (and the most famous run in Redskins history).

In the Super Bowl win against Denver, a little-known running back named Tim Smith ran for a record 204 yards (a record that still stands) through gaping holes made by the Hogs. Smith averaged 9.3 yards per carry in the 42-10 rout.

And, in the Washington win against the Bills in the 1991 season, the hogs once again opened the holes for Ernest Byner and company, while protecting QB Mark Rypien on his MVP-winning afternoon. (Footnote: Rypien was sacked only 9 times the entire season)

Maybe it’s a backhanded compliment, in that the Selectors couldn’t put an entire unit on their squad. That speaks to the team concept of football. Not to mention, the Hogs had different, interchangeable parts. But one constant was Joe Jacoby, who very soon should go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a part of all 3 Championships, and certainly deserves a place on the Super Bowl Golden Team. Having no member of the Hogs on this team is like…not having food at your Super Bowl party.

That’s it from the Booth. Enjoy the game…and GO HORNETS!

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