Five thoughts in the wake of the 46th Super Bowl:
Now for your email:
HE DOESN'T LIKE MY GOAT CHOICE.
I call it the way I see it. Brady certainly should have made a better throw. But Welker had two hands on the ball right in the palm area without being hit, and before he fell to the ground, the ball bounced away. Yes, Brady deserves blame. Welker deserves more. Re the Flacco comment, you're the reader, and if you perceive I would treat Flacco different from Brady, that's your perception; if I say it's silly, that's not going to change what you think. So you should think what you'd like.
You are supposed to consider what a coach did on the field during his tenure. In my 20 years on the committee, I have not heard much about coaching trees when a coach's time in football is discussed. But clearly, the Giants were a good place for young coaches to develop, and Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick are good examples.
NBC DROPPED THE BALL IN THE POSTGAME.
Consider your complaint heard. Thanks.
I HAVE A DIFFERENT THOUGHT, BUT THIS IS INTERESTING.
It is interesting -- but the only problem is, agents of the young players are going to tell the players not to play. Too much injury risk in a game that doesn't count. My idea: Keep the NFL Honors show the night before the Super Bowl. Bring all the starting players voted to the Pro Bowl to the show, and introduce them to America. Have Dick Clark Productions -- owned by Washington owner Dan Snyder -- work up some way to glorify the 44 players introduced that night as the best in the AFC and best in the NFC. Dick Clark Productions, I thought, did a fabulous job of making the show move quickly and humorously. The only thing the show has to do next year, though, is go live, rather than have zero suspense because all of the awards leaked when the show was taped early that evening.
A GREAT IDEA.
You weren't the only one to think of that. I wish I'd thought of it first. Very smart. What's brilliant about it: FOX would still be left with one New York-Washington game to highlight later in the season.
A VOTE FOR THE (REMAINING) BEATLES REUNION IN 2014.
You just did.
GET IN LINE.
I have been hit over the head since Saturday that we snubbed Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Eddie DeBartolo and Will Shields. I will add Jerome to that list. Just a reminder: Five spots a year for modern-era candidates. Five. Did I mention that we have five places every year in which to put the greatest players who ever played pro football? Five. F-I-V-E.