Mehno: Super blowout not much fun to watch
PITTSBURGH – Some final thoughts on the final game of the football season:
* The weather was fine, but the game was rotten.
There was so much focus on any possible disruption winter might bring. Instead, the Seattle Seahawks’ dominance made it a lousy show.
Unless you have a rooting interest (or a wager), you just hope for a competitive game that isn’t decided until the end.
This one was over at halftime, when Seattle led 22-0. If there was any lingering doubt about the outcome, it was erased when Percy Harvin returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown.
Denver wasn’t coming back from 22-0 – not against that defense. So unless you had an interest in the remaining big-budget commercials, there was no reason to watch.
It was a disappointing end to a great season, and what had been an equally enjoyable postseason.
* The Seattle defense was impressive – young, fast, aggressive and violent.
It was the kind of defense the Pittsburgh Steelers have played in the past.
Watching the Seahawks fly to the football like madmen was a reminder of how much the Steelers’ defense has slipped in the last few seasons.
The Steelers have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball.
* Joe Namath in the fur coat? Why not. It was the New York stage (OK, it was in New Jersey) and that was the town Namath owned for a few years in the late 1960s.
You pretty much have to be over 45 to remember what a flamboyant figure Namath was back in those days, and how different he was from the Johnny Unitas crew-cut- and-high-tops variety of quarterback.
But unlike a lot of contemporary me-first boors, Namath always had respect for his peers and the game.
He just liked to have fun, and New York was the perfect place for him at that time.
Super Bowl 48 was sort of a curtain call for the artist once known as Broadway Joe.
* Nobody ever said it would be easy for Jerome Bettis to get into the Hall of Fame.
He fell short for the fourth time, but he’s not eliminated. Bettis was never a highlight reel type of back, unless it was a play where he confronted a tackler head on and won extra yards.
There’s more sentiment for Bettis in these parts because people saw him play and appreciate what a big part of the offense he was.
Bettis deserves the honor, and he’ll get it. It just may take a while.
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