Originally posted by 808niner4lyphe:
The SB has already been decided in November. Its between the Saints and Broncos, with the Broncos winning it followed by Manning's retirement. Ray Lewis style, right now Goodell is all about publicity and fame. He wants to go down as the Commissioner with the most Hall of Famers winning Super Bowls, makes him looks like the best NFL Commissioner ever.
I absolutely agree with what this guy said. Manning is Goodell's golden boy this year. The Chiefs have one of the fiercest pash rushes in the NFL and are playing at a high level, but when they played the Broncos, they didnt touch Manning. It looked like they were afraid to even get close. I believe this is because Andy Ried knew that if another player so much as breathed on Manning wrong, they would be hit with a PF penalty.
I believe the reason Goodell chose these two teams is because Manning is a great QB that hasn't won enough SB's in his opinion. And there was so much uproar over the Saints scandal last year, Goodell is trying to prove that the Saints are back in his good graces. Besides, both provide offensive fire power and help Goodell print the money.
Oddly enough, Goodell has actually raised the value of someone like Dan Marino in my mind. Marino was without question a HOF QB, but never won the SB. This is unheard of and the cardinal sin in Goodell's tenure. I believe had Goodell been the commissioner back during the SF/Mia SB, he would have made sure the refs called that game 100% in favor of Miami. Cause Montana already had at least one ring, and so Marino could get his ring. Anyway, we may never see a HOF QB like Marino without a SB, which in my opinion makes him all the more special.