Super Blog Saturday: Derrick Thomas makes Hall of Fame, Kooch denied; plus video of banned PETA ad, Poll du Jour (on Hall) & more
Update: Derrick Thomas, the native Miamian and Chiefs sackmaster whose career tragically ended in a fatal auto accident in 2000 at age 33, has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other 2009 inductees are Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Ralph Wilson Jr. and Rod Woodson. Not a good day for the three other candidates with So-Fla ties. Cris Carter made the cut from 17 to 10 but went no further. Bob Kuechenberg and Cortez Kennedy did not even make the cut to 10.
[Bulletin: The media is reporting exclusively that this has been a boring Super Bowl Week. By that we mean, no player was kind enough to either guarantee a victory, or to be arrested. Selfish players!].
TAMPA -- Almost, finally. After a week of droning buildup, the Super Bowl is tomorrow. I feel like a kid on the next-to-last day of school. Maybe I'll be even luckier and have a substitute editor today!
It's Pro Football Hall of Fame selection Saturday, otherwise known as Bob Kuechenberg Disappointment Day. Is that mean? It's just that Kooch (pictured), the stalwart old Dolphins guard, leads the league in being bypassed by Canton. This may be his last best shot. The 17-man field is fairly so-so, beyond Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson, the only two definites in my mind. There is also a big push for Der Koocher this year, with the Dolphins putting out a substantial clips package and Don Shula himself up here talking up his candicacy. Still don't think he'll get in. Hope I'm wrong. We'll update here after the mid-afternoon announcement.
Meantime take our Hall-related Super Poll du Jour below.
Click here -- but only if you're over 18, kids! -- to watch PETA's "Veggie Love" ad that was banned from airing during the Super Bowl because it was deemed too sexy, too risque. Personally, I have no problem with it. In fact I like it even more in slow motion. Just kidding. :)
Click on Saturday's Super Bowl With a Smirk for the latest peck of folderol. Today's menu includes paying $10,000 for a really creepy old football helmet, and paying even more -- seven times more -- to not play golf with Michael Jordan.
Click on Economical Super Bowl for today's column by me on the economy making this a (relatively speaking) understated week and game. OK I know, a boring topic. Assigned column. Tried to breathe some life into it, anyway.
Here's our latest Super Poll du Jour, enhanced by a beautiful lime-green background. Weigh in and tell us why you voted as you did. Another point of Hall debate: What about Mark Clayton and/or Mark Duper? Huh?
Click back later today for updates here. Seriously.