NFL owners voted Tuesday to award Super Bowl XLVII (that’s 47, for the laymen) in 2013 to New Orleans, which will host its first NFL championship game since Hurricane Katrina hit the city hard in 2005.
They might want to use pencil when they write that on the docket, because another Category 5 hurricane could drown the city and, at worst, wipe it off the map. But if all goes well and Mother Nature cooperates, there aren’t too many better cities to host such a grand spectacle on a world stage than the Big Easy.
Who could forget the last time New Orleans hosted a Super Bowl? It was in 2002 when, just a few months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New England Patriots — fittingly by name — defeated the heavily-favored St. Louis Rams. I know I can’t forget it. It was the last, and only time I rooted for the Patriots in a Super Bowl.
I despise the Patriots just shy of the Packers and almost equally as much as I loathe the Vikings. But I digress.
Goodell says vote on regular season extension not likely: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect the owners to vote this week on a measure that would lengthen the regular season to 17 or 18 games while shortening the preseason to 2 or 3.
I’m all for shortening the preseason and adding two games to the regular season. It’s not as if players will be playing any additional games. Sure, the starters on each team will see more action in an 18-game regular season than they will in a 16-game one because they don’t participate much in preseason games. But they still have to prepare themselves each week for a collision sport, because if they don’t they’re liable to get injured.
Favre continues comeback bid: NFL.com is reporting that temporarily-retired quarterback Brett Favre received a cortisone shot and threw the ball last week. What passes for news these days? I wish the old man would make up his mind already and decide if he wants to poison the Vikings’ Super Bowl aspirations or not.
Cribbs unhappy with contract: The man who might forever be linked with Devin Hester and who often was called the Devin Hester of the AFC, Browns kick returner and wide receiver Joshua Cribbs, will skip Cleveland’s minicamp because of a contract dispute.
Boy, does that sound familiar. What is it with long-haired speedy kick-returners who think they deserve more money than they’re worth simply because of their athletic ability? My advice to Cribbs, just as it was to Hester: report to camp, honor your original contract and prove you deserve a new one.
Angelo defends young receivers: Bears fans who are unsatisifed with the current crop of receivers the Bears possess can’t be too happy with general manager Jerry Angelo’s latest comments.
“We like our receivers,” Angelo said. “Our receiving corps will not be the weak link of our football team. If things don’t materialize the way we want on offense, I don’t feel that it’s going to be because we felt like we shorted ourselves at the receiver position.”
I’m still hoping the Bears might add a veteran receiver closer to training camp — maybe after the June 1 cutdown threshold — but it doesn’t sound like that might happen at this point.