Bud Selig's latest bright idea is, theoretically, designed to provide international goodwill as well as enhance the global comprehension of America's erstwhile national pastime.
Derek Jeter was – emphasis on the past tense – a magnificent ballplayer. He was never the greatest shortstop and he was not the greatest hitter. But he could make plays in the field that other shortstops never could make.
Manning was the centerpiece of this Super Bowl. No mistake about that after a record passing season in 2013. The propaganda machine worked crazily all week. And, in the end, it was a bunch of malarkey.
The greatest quarterback in creation did not flap his arms like a bird, and he could not fly. He did not shout 'Omaha' when he was ready to take the snap from center. He never shilled in TV commercials to promote the sale of pizza pies or credit cards.
He was a 110-pound imp when he showed up to try out for his high school football team with his pads, cleats — and a special document. Pete Carroll, in my view, has remained an imp — mischievous, demon-like — all these last 50 years or so.
As one of two newspapermen — survivors, I say — who covered the first Super Bowl and every one since I have a huge storage box of memories. So, out of my archives ...
The coverage has changed. But what has never changed is the Super Bowl villain. One villain through the years after another — all clamoring for attention, for their quest for celebrity. All of them turning the Super Bowl prelude into their personal show.
It was mid-morning, not Namath's time of day. But it was his type of scene. And he was displaying one of those grins as wide as Broadway — not quite arrogant, but captivating, super-confident.
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Jerry Green started writing sports for The Detroit News on an ancient Remington typewriter. That was in 1963, after seven years with the Associated Press. As the technology advanced from the typewriter through a variety of gizmos to the computer and the Internet and e-mail, Green advanced with it.
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In 1967, Jerry was assigned to cover a new event called the Super Bowl. He kept covering Super Bowls year after year, never stopping. Even after his quasi-retirement in 2004, he has been recalled to active duty for a week to cover Super Bowls for The News. Now he is one of four sportswriters/survivors who have covered every Super Bowl.
Jerry was on The News' sports staff for 41 years and covered several World Series, major golf tournaments in the USA and overseas, Stanley Cup championships and NBA Finals. When he was the AP, he covered the Lions' championship season in 1957; so he makes a valid claim that he is the last surviving Detroit sportswriter who covered the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions championships.
Nowadays in retirement, Jerry writes a Sunday column for The News' Web site. He has also written eight books, the most recent on the history of University of Michigan football.
His credo, as a columnist: "My columns reflect the performances of the teams on the field, the ice or the court."
Jerry won the Dick McCann Memorial Award presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition, he was voted Michigan's Sportswriter of the Year 10 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
And, "Oh yes," he says, "I have been criticized for being old-fashioned and a curmudgeon, and I confess all of that is true. I happen to love sports history."
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