October 25, 2014

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Noland sports commentary: Of losers, snoozers & boozers

On the heels of one of the worst Super Bowls ever, I will do my best not to follow with one of the worst Rick-o-chets of all-time, but I make no guarantees:

By early in the third quarter, I found myself watching a rerun of the 2013 World Series of Poker more than the alleged “game” between the Seahawks and Broncos. …

Love the guy and this may not be fair, but Peyton Manning’s legacy took a huge, huge hit. …

The play (or non-play) of the Denver offensive line didn’t help, but at times it looked like Brandon Weeden had crawled into Manning’s uniform. …

Rumor has it hotel room prices in Omaha have been greatly reduced. …

Take nothing away from the Seahawks. They were fantastic and are a very deserving champion. …

Saw a Facebook post, obviously from a diehard, glass-is-overflowing Browns fan, asking how far Cleveland is from Seattle, the inference being everything starts with a great defense. Thank goodness someone quickly responded with “about 3,000 miles.” …

Memo to self: Next time you start to believe the hype surrounding a high-octane offense, remember that in the Super Bowl era, none of the top-seven scoring teams in regular-season history have won it all. …

It sounds so trite, but it’s truer in the NFL than in any other major pro sport: Defense wins championships. It might not always dominate the regular season, but it rules in the playoffs. …

Loved the choice of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith as MVP. …

It was just the seventh time in XLVIII Super Bowls — I double-checked to make sure that was 48 — that a defensive player won the award (one of the seven was shared by two defensive players). …

Anybody out there wish the Browns had waited on Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn before hiring their head coach? …

At the beginning of each half, the Seahawks totaled nine points on one play from scrimmage — and their offense never took the field! …

With the Broncos down 29-0 after Percy Harvin’s touchdown return of the second-half kickoff, Joe Buck opined that the Broncos needed at least three touchdowns and three two-point conversions. What kind of math did he take in school? …

As for Super Bowl commercials, they are completely overhyped, overrated and overemphasized. Simply put, the vast majority aren’t very good at all. …

Speaking of commercials, how would you have liked to have paid top dollar for those at the 2-minute warning in the fourth quarter? Hardly anyone was paying attention anymore, and many of those who were had already had more than a few Bud Lights. …

OK, so maybe all that advertising worked. …

Over the course of my life, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on Super Bowl “squares” and have never won. I didn’t purchase any this year because I usually get horrible numbers like 8 and 0, 2 and 0, 6 and 8 and/or 3 and 8. All were quarterly winners Sunday. …

Can we now please stop talking about pro football, the Browns in particular, for a month or so? …

Of course we can’t. The NFL Draft looms. This is the league that never, ever goes away. …

Then again, we really don’t want to devote our full focus to Cavaliers basketball, do we? …

So when does spring training start? …

OK, that’s enough for this week. If you have any trouble sleeping tonight, watch a replay of the Super Bowl. Or try to read this Rick-o-chet again.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @RickNoland.