Commentary | Scoundrels, liars dominate Super Bowl week

adell@bradenton.comFebruary 3, 2013 

Should we rename Super Bowl XLVII the Liars Bowl?

With so many accusations flying around regarding past Super Bowl indiscretions, you need one of those truth meters to determine fact from fiction.

Unfortunately most of them broke from overuse when Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o were doing their public service television appearances.

It's getting to the point that the only thing we know for certain is that the Liars Club will soon be admitting many new members.

According to the world of Tim Brown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers never won the 2003 Super Bowl, but were given it by then-Raiders head coach Bill Callahan.

Brown claims Callaghan sabotaged the game plan.

He must have done a good job because the Bucs won 48-21, which is the fifth-largest winning margin in a Super Bowl series that started in 1967.

This whining proved contagious several days later, when Marshall Falk told us that his St. Louis Rams team lost

Super Bowl XXXVI because the New England Patriots cheated when they spied on the Rams walk-through a day before the game.

With Brown one of 17 finalists eligible for the Hall of Fame, you wonder if he was trying to garner a sympathy vote. He says Callahan's decision to abandon the running game doomed his Raiders. Callahan points out that the Raiders ran the ball 11 times, averaging fewer than two yards per carry and were down by more than two touchdowns when they went predominately to the air.

"I'll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl," Falk said in his latest whine 11 years after the game.

Suggestion to Falk and Brown: Get over it or be ready for induction into the Cry Babies Hall of Fame.

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By the way, Brown had no chance to gain anyone's sympathy because that commodity has been drained away by Ray Lewis; the self-proclaimed biggest victim in the world and living deity.

What we do know is that Lewis is the most polarizing figure in the history of the Super Bowl. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker is either hated or adored, with the conflict stemming from his involvement in a double homicide 13 years ago in Atlanta.

Lewis could clear up a lot of the discord if he told everyone what happened to his bloody suit that disappeared the night of the murders along with the knives that were used in the killing.

If Lewis thinks the media is unfair to him, think what it would've been like if the Atlanta Falcons had made the Super Bowl.

As for those Deer Antler spray rumors, if that's the worst Lewis did he would be forgiven.

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Among everything that has happened this week in New Orleans, the most ludicrous has to be the decision by the NFL-Sanctioned Gospel Concert to give the "Lifetime of Inspiration Award" to Lewis.

Now let's get this straight: This is going to a man who pled guilty to obstruction of justice in a double murder that has never been solved, reached a multimillion-dollar settlement to the families of the two victims and is the father of six children by four different women, none of whom he ever married.

Well, yes he has certainly made an impact on our society.

To make this worse, the only other NFL connected person to receive the award is Tony Dungy.

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Reginald Oakley, one of the two Lewis friends acquitted of the murders, says he has written a book about the incident that is expected to be published this summer.

Oakley told USA Today people will have to read his book to find out who did the murders. That must make the victims' family feel good. They suffered for 13 years and he is going to add more time so he can make a few bucks. And these are the guys Lewis admittedly obstructed justice to protect.

Don't think anyone should hold their breath on this literary gem; expect it to be one of the greatest works of fiction since Disney invented Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

But here is an interesting note: He told CNN last week that Lewis wasn't a peacemaker in the fight that led to the deaths, but a participant.

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Here is a chilling thought.

Next year's Super Bowl will be a MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets.

Whatever happened to the belief that Super Bowls should be held in warm weather cities?

Will someone tell NFL top cop Roger Goodell that Tampa has some pretty good weather in February, or has he been hit in the head by too many snowballs thrown from players he fined?

So what would've it been like if the Super Bowl was held this year in the outdoor facility across the river from New York City?

Anyone arriving a week prior to kickoff would have had to break out their snow shovels and galoshes. The temperature hit the 15-degree mark for a few days, which in Manhattan with its tall buildings is equivalent to below zero.

In February, the average low temperature in NYC is 29 degrees, and the average high is 32, so a warm coat, earmuffs, scarves, mittens and gloves are mandatory. February is the second-coldest month of the year in NYC.

No one has figured out yet why NFL owners decided to have their first Super Bowl in a cold-weather-city stadium without a roof.

Does Goodell own stock in Frosty the Snowman?

If the weather holds and the kickoff is around 6:30 p.m. EST, fans will be getting the brunt of the cold. Historically, snowfall in NYC is at its highest in February with an average of 9.4 inches for the month.

Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7080, ext. 2112. Follow him at @ADellSports.

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