Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Feb 2006

The Beauty of Super Sunday

DJ Gallo has this morning's headlines, only mentions the officiating once, and makes the astute observation that the NFL could've saved a few bucks by having Shaun Alexander and Casey Hampton sing the national anthem instead of Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin. Alexander could've "done a fair interpretation of Neville's voice," while Hampton would've been "an almost exact body double for Franklin." Nice.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 06 Feb 2006

20 comments, Last at 09 Feb 2006, 12:45pm by LnGrrrR


by Adam (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 2:40pm


by johonny (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 2:50pm

I bet if they allowed Jake Scott to jump on a dumby dressed as Don Shula he might of showed up for the MVP thing.

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 2:54pm

#5 is classic, esp. since I have a friend who went to Univ. of Windsor. She refuses to say how she paid her way through school...

by Noble (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 3:03pm
by Squib (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 3:07pm

DJ Gallo is my hero

by Michael David Smith :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 3:20pm

D.J. Gallo is great. Funny and insightful. One of the best in the business.

by Todd S. (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 3:33pm

Funny article. My favorite part was the Detroit headline. (Sorry, MDS.)

But I think he's wrong on the Texas A&M 12th man thing. I don't think it's just a figure of speech. Don't they have tryouts for a walk-on player who covers kickoffs at home games? IIRC, this is a fairly old tradition at Texas A&M. Can anyone from Big 12 country clarify?

by Tim (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 3:36pm


"Seattle: 'Joey Porter apologizes, says Jerramy Stevens' hands prove that not all of him is soft'"

Now that's funny.

by Kal (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 4:12pm

I'm still laughing at the thought of Joey Porter chewing out the Pitt offense and telling them 'you ran a trick play for a TD! You pansy ass MFers!'


by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 4:26pm

In one of the earliest seasons of A&M football, the head of the Corps of Cadets (A&M being a school with a military component as well) actually came out of the stands to replace an injured player.

Thusly, the entire Corps stand throughout the game to symbolize their readiness to contribute if need be. Jackie Sherrill upped the ante during his tenure there by holding open tryouts for a player to be used on kickoff and punt teams. This player was officially christened the "12th Man", due to the tradition.

The Aggies are a more than a little defensive about their traditions -- the captain of the Corps once charged the SMU cheerleaders, sword drawn, because the men and women laid down on Kyle Field to spell out "SMU". They also banned the Rice Marching Owl Band (the MOB) for "honoring" the Aggie collie dog mascot by forming the shape of a fire hydrant during a show. Seattle should consider themselves lucky that so far they have confined themselves to whining.

by Fnor (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 4:26pm

I hope Gallo gets a press pass next year like he mentioned this year. That might make the media week bearable.

by CA (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 4:32pm

National: "Super Bowl won by team that played better, just as analysts predicted"

This line would be funny... if it were true.

by Tom (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 4:54pm

Hoya Saxa!

by Vash (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 5:20pm

Headlines ...

Seattle: "Joey Porter apologizes, says Jerramy Stevens' hands prove that not all of him is soft"

Ouch. That has to sting.

by DD Ohio (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 6:41pm

Hrrrrrm. Aren't soft hands on a receiver a good thing?

And didn't Jerramy-with-two-Rs display the opposite in SBXL?

by jimmo (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 7:16pm

keep reading DD, keep reading...

by Led (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 11:36pm

This seems the appropriate place to put this comment, but was it just me or did a large percentage the superbowl MVP's look to be totally hammered when they walked out onto the field? That must have been a kickass pregame party.

by Devin McCullen (not verified) :: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 1:45am

My guess is that because he wasn't going to be consuming any of them, they let Namath mix the drinks, and he makes them STRONG.

by Harris (not verified) :: Tue, 02/07/2006 - 8:49pm

Devin I want to kiss you.

by LnGrrrR (not verified) :: Thu, 02/09/2006 - 12:45pm

Hehe. Gallo rocks. He's really taking over the spot that the Sports Guy used to have (before he went hollywood)...
Just really skewering people in a deliciously funny way.