January 28, 2016

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs: Kind of a strange list to me as it favors players who won in blowouts.

posted by yerfatma to football at 08:31 AM - 7 comments

What's amazing to me is that I completely forgot that the Broncos beat the Falcons in John Elway's last Super Bowl (I couldn't remember who they played other than the Packers the year before), and that Ottis Anderson was the MVP from the classic XXV (Bills/Giants) Super Bowl (thought it was Jeff Hostetler).

posted by grum@work at 10:08 AM on January 28

It'd be kind of handy if they'd list the year of the SB along with the roman numerals.

This derpy caricature of John Elway makes up for any transgressions, though:

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:36 AM on January 28

No wonder he signed Peyton. Looks like he might be a lost one of whatever Eli is.

posted by yerfatma at 10:49 AM on January 28

Not enough love for Terrell Davis. 30 for 157 and 3 TDs in 3 quarters when nothing was working for the passing game. Lining up as a decoy in the 2nd quarter when he couldn't focus enough to see the ball due to a migraine. Should be top 5.

Best playoff RB ever and it truly isn't even close.

posted by deflated at 11:12 AM on January 28

What's amazing to me is that I completely forgot that the Broncos beat the Falcons in John Elway's last Super Bowl

Even here in Denver the Falcons Super Bowl barely gets mentioned in comparison to the Packers Super Bowl. Part of that is that it was the second in a row but mostly the Falcons just weren't good enough. It would be more memorable if the Vikings hadn't blown the NFC Championship Game.

posted by tron7 at 11:24 AM on January 28

This is not as bad as some of those Rolling Stone Top 50 or Top 100 lists, but it will still spark lots of discussion.

The author is a young guy who wasn't around to watch many of these games as they happened. If he had, bet he would have ranked things a bit differently. You can't base your stuff on game recaps and stat sheets, or even off of grainy film.

When I saw Flacco at number 8, I went through a full sequence of Ray Hudson being neutered with no anesthesia vocal effects. Not buying that.

I watched Larry Csonka utterly bulldoze the Minnesota Vikings for an entire game. With Miami wearing their bad luck blue unis no less. In a funky, non-championship level stadium. Push that man up the list. To name one example.

More MVP's should have gone to the defense. Chiefly among them, Montana's MVP in SB XVI charting at #33 (the Niners first SB appearance and win). The San Fran D was monstrous in that game, with an impact far greater than any skill player.

I'd like to see someone redo the list with the rightful MVP's of each game and then rank that.

posted by beaverboard at 01:08 PM on January 28

What's amazing to me is that I completely forgot that the Broncos beat the Falcons in John Elway's last Super Bowl...

To me and especially for recent games, there's a definite connection between memorability of a team's SB appearances and whether or not they were/became a dynasty, or whether it was a fluky one-off.

Remember SB XXXV? (aka The Festivus Maximus) Jim Fassel would prefer you not, but looking at that team, you'd be hard pressed to remember anyone on that Giants squad other than Sehorn and Strahan. Yet, they went to a Super Bowl.

Also, as a Bucs fan, I wonder what Dexter Jackson is doing these days.

posted by Bonkers at 01:24 PM on January 28

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