The biggest day in sports has arrived with Super Bowl XLVII tonight between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens at 6:30 p.m. Eastern inside the Superdome in New Orleans. This is a day I cherish most over every other day on the calendar and probably should be a national holiday at some point. This becomes a day to look back at some Super Bowl memories as well before this year’s game gets underway.
You think about moments like Leon Lett having the ball knocked out of his hands by Don Beebe or a wide-open Jackie Smith dropping a sure touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys. No, I’m not picking on the Cowboys for two bad moments. Dallas has their multiple titles, but those are the moments that stick out to me. Everyone remembers Joe Namath’s guarantee of victory and rookie Jim O’Brien kicking a winning field goal. The one play that will always stick in my mind, however, out of every other play in Super Bowl history has to be the Scott Norwood field goal that went just wide right in Super Bowl XXV. It is the only kick that was a win or lose kick with the other late field goals being for the win or going to overtime.
I’m sure this year’s game will bring several additional moments that will go into everyone’s mindset when thinking about the Super Bowl. This is a day where getting together with your friends and family means football, commercials and just enjoying a full day of football pregame and action like no other. I can’t wait for this to get started.