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And Another Thing

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And a ... Hoosier shall beat them?!

An IU guy? Really?

I don't care what sort of mystical cognitive powers you have. No one would have ever scripted Super Bowl XLIV this way, with former Indiana Hoosier Tracy Porter administering the fatal blow to the football team from Indiana.

Porter's pick-six essentially sewed it up for the Saints in their 31-17 victory over the Colts, a victory the Saints fairly won by dominating the last three quarters of play. And the turning point was clearly the onside kick New Orleans coach Sean Payton sprung on the Colts to start the second half. The Colts were on their heels the rest of the game.

Some thoughts:

* After all those fourth-quarter comebacks, the Colts' luck finally ran out. You can't continually dig yourself a hole and expect to not get buried eventually.

* Kudos to the New Orleans defense, which mixed it up on Manning just enough to force the one big turnover everyone predicted would be the only thing that could beat Manning and the Colts.

* Once again, the guy everybody built up to ridiculous heights (Peyton Manning can't be beat! He's 12 jumps ahead of everyone! He's the greatest quarterback in the history of the game!) was the guy who lost. I can't tell you why, but it's amazing how many times that happens.

* Loved the shot of Drew Brees holding his infant son when the game was over. Wonder what the kid was listening to on those headphones.

My guess is the Teletubbies.

Or the Who.

* So what is Manning's legacy now? I don't know that it's all that much different than it was before the game began. Consider: Kurt Warner went to three Super Bowls and lost two of them. Brett Favre won one and lost one. Both are still headed to the Hall of Fame. So is Manning.

Ben Smith's blog.

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