On Sunday, the NFL will once again dominate the national consciousness.
The teams competing could not have come from more disparate backgrounds.
The Raiders, long an NFL power and a founding member of the AFL, can
boast a rich heritage. The Raiders have appeared in four Super Bowls.
Losing to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II. The Raiders then
conquered the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, defeating the
Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV and squashing the Washington
Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. The Raiders have 10 former players
enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Opposing the Raiders are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Born in 1976, the
Buccaneers immediately made an impact. It was not a pretty impact, but
an impact, nonetheless. The Buccaneers have only glimpsed the promised
land of the Super Bowl. Two prior trips to the NFC Championship game
resulted in disappointing losses to the Rams. The Buccaneers claim only
one Hall of Famer, Lee Roy Selmon.
This Super Bowl promises to be one of the best ever played. Both teams
are well-qualified to play here. There was no questionable calls, no
whining from vanquished opponents, the Raiders and the Buccaneers
demolished the competition en route to this meeting.
From the perspective of a Buccaneer fan, this is the biggest game in the
history of Tampa sports. The fans have been through Hell. The taunts,
the jokes, those hideous orange uniforms. That comes to end on Sunday.
Win or Lose, no one will ever, EVER look down at the Tampa Bay
Here's to a good, clean, well-fought game.
Hell Freezes Over.