MY SUPER BOWL PICK (SINCE THE TEAM I WAS ROOTING FOR AIN'T GOIN')
I ended up 1-for-2 Sunday in picking championship teams. Being from the Gulf South, I was rooting for the New Orleans Saints to build their remarkable season to a climax at the Super Bowl, but it was simply not to be. Blame it on the cold of Soldier Field, or whatever else you want, but although the conference championship was not to be in their grasp, the Saints have capped a remarkable season and at the same time set an example for the people of their home city and region still suffering from the devestation of Hurricane Katrina.
On the other hand, I knew the Colts - Patriots game would be a good one, and was certainly not disappointed. I picked the team from Indianapolis with Peyton Manning (his daddy's a fellow native Mississippian, although we can forgive him for going to Ole Miss) and one of the finest, classiest head coaches in the business, Tony Dungy. While the Colts had me on pins and needles as the game winded down, they came through when it counted.
Of course, much will be made that this will be the first Super Bowl featuring a black head coach, and in this case, both head coaches will be African-American. Best of friends at that! And I, as with any Bucs fan, will root for the Colts to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. There's probably not a more deserving head coach then Dungy, and he's got just the team to do it.