The Broncos aren’t in the Super Bowl. We’re not in Miami covering it; our Bowl of note was the Senior Bowl, which we chronicled last week and shot several hours of video for pieces you’ll see on DenverBroncos.com in the weeks leading up to the 2007 NFL Draft.
So how can we commemorate the game? It is, after all, the subject of discussion for football fans from Ketchikan to Key West and beyond.
For that answer, I looked back to my childhood, which at this time of year saw me plan afternoons around watching ESPN’s airing of the John Facenda-narrated films, complete with an introduction offered by the venerable Jim Simpson, voice of virtually everything on the fledgling sports network in those days — college football, USFL and even a stint as Dick Vitale’s first consistent broadcast partner.
I’ve watched these films way too often — and that was before the Super Bowl DVD set came into my life. Forty Super Bowls, 20 DVDs, one box set. It’s also been a while since I’ve utilized all the film-study courses I took in college, and I so rarely have the chance to use anything I learned inside a classroom setting that even the faintest connection to a lecture lesson is one to seize.
Seven days, 40 Super Bowl highlight reviews.
Let me preface this forthcoming analysis with this caveat: For the football devotee, each of these films is worth watching, even Super Bowl XVIII, the worst NFL memory of my younger and more vulnerable years. Even a one-star rating — or in this exercise, a one-Lombardi Trophy rating — still renders a film worthy of a half-hour of one’s time, such is the collective quality of the work from the gang in Mount Laurel, N.J.
So why do this? Because I haven’t seen anything like this on the Internet, and these 40 works are worthy of extra attention — and a closer look beyond the perfunctory glance up at ESPN from behind a barstool during a lunch excursion.
That being said, off we go …