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There will be no work stoppage

There will be no work stoppage in the NFL because Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith are too smart to let that happen when football is at its peak.

By Michael Kun | February 9, 2011; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

That was it?

The classic Super Bowl matchup and all of its trimmings didn't live up to the hype, leaving me unsatisfied with a lockout looming.

By Anthony Stalter | February 8, 2011; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

One to treasure

Super Bowl XLV showcased two teams with quality coaches and great front offices who were rewarded for their patience and vision with a spot in the big game -- in short, the NFL at its finest.

By Jason Maloni | February 8, 2011; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

A deal will get done

The NFL, its owners and players know that football is at its peak and they cannot afford a lockout. Expect a deal to get done no later than June 1.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | February 8, 2011; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rodgers emerges

Super Bowl XLV will be marked by the emergence of MVP QB Aaron Rodgers, and while the NFL braces for a potential lockout, at least fans in Green Bay can cherish that winning feeling once again.

By Brandon Benson | February 8, 2011; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the top 5

Super Bowl XLV was an instant classic - and the sometimes sloppy nature of the game only added to its value. But after setting a viewership record, the NFL and its players need to get over themselves and resolve their labor dispute or risk ruining a game at its peak in popularity.

By Dave Goldberg | February 8, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Go out with a bang

Millions of people who can't locate Green Bay on a map or spell Pittsburgh without Google will tune in, Sunday, to watch what may be the last NFL game ever.

By Emil Steiner | February 4, 2011; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Super Bowl of Super Bowls

Packers-Steelers is a showcase and celebration of what makes pro football great: Blue-collar teams hailing from gritty, all-American towns. Crushing defenses, power running attacks, rifle-armed, cold-blooded quarterbacks.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | February 2, 2011; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Packers will take flight

With Aaron Rodgers under center and a host of weapons in the receiving game, the Green Bay Packers get the slight edge in a great Super Bowl XLV matchup.

By Brandon Benson | February 2, 2011; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Which team will win Super Bowl XLV?

Which team will win Super Bowl XLV?

By Reader Poll | February 2, 2011; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Let's try overtime

Everything about the game, including the historic nature of the franchises, points to one conclusion: it's time to test the new overtime rules.

By Brian Tarcy | February 2, 2011; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers all the way

No team can beat you in more ways than Pittsburgh, which is why the Steelers will hoist their seventh Lombardi trophy Sunday at Super Bowl XLV.

By Jason Maloni | February 2, 2011; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Steel trophy

In a matchup of two of the NFL's most historic franchises, look for the Steelers to hoist their third Lombardi trophy in five years at Super Bowl XLV.

By Matt Loede | February 2, 2011; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

The spread was the easy part

Someone will win Super Bowl XLV 23-20, but choosing between two evenly matched teams in the Packers and Steelers is a tall order.

By Dave Goldberg | February 2, 2011; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ice, ice baby

I'll be pulling for the Packers and a welcome distraction from the impending "Iceaggedon" expected to hit the Midwest this weekend.

By Dawn Knight | February 2, 2011; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pick the Pack

Call it destiny, call it fate, or just call it a great team receiving its due: the Packers will win Super Bowl XLV.

By Anthony Stalter | February 2, 2011; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Flip a coin

The Packers and Steelers are so evenly matched that anyone asked to pick the winner of this Sunday's game might as well flip a coin.

By Michael Kun | February 2, 2011; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's a passing league

The reality is that more often than not, a great quarterback leads his team to a Super Bowl victory. The NFL is a passing league and any team relying on its defense or running game to win a championship is a long shot.

By Brandon Benson | January 25, 2011; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's coaches and QBs now

Quarterbacks and coaching, more than defense, have the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers vying for another Super Bowl title.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 25, 2011; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Staying true to history

As past Super Bowl champions have proven, it takes defense to reach, and ultimately win the big game in the NFL. The Steelers and Packers are proof once again.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 25, 2011; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defense does it again

It's no surprise that two teams built for the playoffs with elite defenses will take the field in Dallas on Feb. 6 in a game that will likely be decided on the defensive end.

By Anthony Stalter | January 25, 2011; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cliche because it's true

Even in a year when everyone is running up points, the Packers and Steelers have proven it still takes a good defense to get to the Super Bowl.

By Dave Goldberg | January 25, 2011; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Worldwide brand

Despite underachievement on the field in recent years, the Dallas Cowboys have mastered the art of promoting their product off it and remain at the forefront of the national consciousness.

By Peter Schaffer | September 14, 2010; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (7)

Don't count your chickens

Brett Favre gives the Vikings the best chance to win, so his decision to come back is a welcome one. But injuries and questionable coaching decisions may keep Minnesota from winning it all this year.

By Anthony Stalter | August 18, 2010; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Groundhog Brett

Brett Favre's offseason routine rivals Punxsutawney Phil's annual Groundhog Day charade.

By Brian Tarcy | August 18, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rodgers, Packers block the way

Brett Favre's gunslinging approach could cost the Vikings this season with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers poised to take the NFC North.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | August 18, 2010; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Surviving the opener is key

The Saints gave the NFL the defensive gameplan for stopping Brett Favre in last season's NFC title game, which could spell trouble for the Vikings this fall.

By Doug Farrar | August 18, 2010; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

One more run

If his ankle can hold up, Brett Favre could go out on top by leading the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl.

By Leonard Shapiro | August 18, 2010; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Concerns at skill positions

Brett Favre's bid for another Super Bowl title could be derailed by injuries and inconsistent play from the Vikings running backs and receivers.

By Brandon Benson | August 18, 2010; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Window is closing

The window is closing on Brett Favre and the Vikings who may have missed their best chance at a Super Bowl title last season.

By Dave Goldberg | August 18, 2010; 06:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Count on regression

The Vikings could make another playoff run with Brett Favre back, but expect the quarterback to experience a statistical regression back to his career averages across the board.

By Joe Baker | August 18, 2010; 04:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who's in your 2011 Super Bowl?

Which two teams will reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas this winter?

By Reader Poll | July 28, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bring on the Bird Bowl

The Falcons and Ravens have made all the right offseason moves to fly higher in 2010-11.

By Anthony Stalter | July 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Something old and new

The Indianapolis Colts will return to the Super Bowl in 2011 and line up against the up-and-coming Atlanta Falcons in Big D.

By Michael Kun | July 28, 2010; 06:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens rise to the top

With a combination of defense and improving offenses, the Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers would make a tantalizing Super Bowl XLV matchup in Big D.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | July 28, 2010; 05:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ravens to rule

The suddenly offensively charged Baltimore Ravens have a great shot at keep the New Orleans Saints from repeating as Super Bowl champions in 2011.

By Jason Maloni | July 28, 2010; 12:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl renaissance

It's way too early for 2011 Super Bowl predictions, so here's one for you: The Packers and Dolphins will make it to Big D this winter.

By Dave Goldberg | July 28, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Meadowlands

New York is the perfect site to host the Super Bowl and the biggest week-long party in all of American professional sports.

By Edward Valentine | May 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Not your average Super Bowl

Playing a Super Bowl in New York could change the style of play on the field, but it won't make the dream of hosting the NFL's biggest game any closer to reality for the rest of the league's cold-weather teams.

By Brandon Benson | May 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Embrace the elements

Every city, regardless of climate, should have the opportunity to host the Super Bowl and experience the pinnacle of the NFL experience.

By Anthony Stalter | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Always warm on the couch

Cold weather Super Bowls would enhance the experience of the vast majority of NFL fans -- those who watch the game from the climate-controlled comforts of their own homes.

By Michael Kun | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A flip of the coin

If the NFL begins to play Super Bowl games at outdoor stadiums in cold-weather climates, it will lead to the thought that championship games can be played anywhere and forever alter the league's grandest spectacle.

By Dave Goldberg | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Follow the money

The promise of a Super Bowl helps convince local municipalities to open up their wallets to help pay for new stadiums, regardless of climate.

By Jason Brewer | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Piling on layers

While hosting Super Bowls in cold climates may weed out some of the corporate presence at the NFL championship game and allow more average fans to attend, the product on the field could cost the league casual fans who prefer high-scoring affairs to defensive struggles.

By Adam Tracey | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Costs of the cold

Nostalgia aside, while playing multiple Super Bowls in cold weather cities would provide a boost to local economies, it would also test the financial abilities of those markets to host such a massive event.

By Josh Kirkendall | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Expect It Beyond New York

If New Meadowlands Stadium hosts a Super Bowl, it will be a reward for the New York Giants and Jets spending so much money on a new stadium, but that won't necessarily lead to more cold weather championship games.

By Doug Farrar | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Once a bolt, always a bolt

Like Padre great Tony Gwynn, LaDainian Tomlinson should have ended his career with the Chargers. Now he must make sacrifices if he wishes to join a Super Bowl contender.

By John Gennaro | February 23, 2010; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

SB III still king

The Jets' victory legitimized the merger of the NFL and AFL and launched the newly merged league into an unprecedented stratosphere of popularity

By Leonard Shapiro | February 10, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals-Steelers tops

Someone at the CBS Network ought to thank Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, James Harrison, Big Ben and Santonio Holmes for setting the table.

By Jason Maloni | February 10, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Katrina not enough

But it's not the most significant Super Bowl. Not even in the top five.

By Les Carpenter | February 10, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

History matters

Despite ESPN's best efforts to make us forget sports pre-1999, Super Bowl III remains the most significant.

By Dave Goldberg | February 10, 2010; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Legacy secure

Is the problem really Peyton, or is it us? Let's wait for that arc to complete before we pass judgment.

By Jason Maloni | February 8, 2010; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Legacy intact?

I hate the word "legacy'' in the context of sports, but...

By Dave Goldberg | February 8, 2010; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (4)

Legacy damaged?

Was Peyton Manning's legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history damaged by his Super Bowl XLIV performance?

By Reader Poll | February 8, 2010; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sorry, New Orleans

I hope we can still be friends. We'll still see each other occasionally next season, and I'll even cheer for you as long as you aren't playing the Colts.

By Dawn Knight | February 5, 2010; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (6)

Colts win by experience

This won't surprise anyone: the difference in this game should be Peyton Manning.

By Dave Goldberg | February 5, 2010; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fans are the real winners

This unofficial national holiday is better than all the other official ones because you spend the game with people you want to be with rather than people you have to be with.

By Brian Tarcy | February 5, 2010; 01:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stats favor Saints

Whatifsports.com's super-computers simulated Super Bowl XLIV 10,001 times and predicted the New Orleans Saints will pull the upset 62% of the time.

By Ryan Fowler | February 5, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Manning makes it

The best reason to pick the Indianapolis Colts resides under center.

By Leonard Shapiro | February 5, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pick the Super Bowl winner

Who will win Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts or New Orleans Saints? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | February 5, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Safety first

Players caught up in the moment may not have the clearest perspective on their long-term futures

By Michael Oriard | February 3, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Talk to the ankle

Playing for the moment -- a Super Bowl moment -- may be well worth it in the eyes of the players and fans but, in the long run, it's more about quality of life later.

By Mackie Shilstone | February 3, 2010; 06:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

To play or not to play?

Some players never get to play in a Super Bowl, but is it worth risking your future over? Weigh in...

By Reader Poll | February 3, 2010; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Choose free speech

While I admire Tebow's strength and support his freedom of speech, I would still prefer to watch football without controversial ads.

By Dawn Knight | February 2, 2010; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Choice = Priority

Wouldn't that $2.6 million be far better spent going to a Haitian relief fund to feed, clothe and care for all those millions of suffering victims?

By Leonard Shapiro | February 2, 2010; 12:22 AM ET | Comments (7)

Don't hate on Tebow

Before the armies of feminism try to gag me and strap electrodes to my forehead: Tim Tebow is one of the better things to happen to young women in some time.

By Sally Jenkins | February 1, 2010; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (13)

Keep belief off the field

Much like church and State, I'm happy to keep my preaching and my football as far apart as possible.

By Dan Levy | February 1, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

It's Tebow's choice

What Tim Tebow does or does not sponsor or associate himself with off the field, makes no difference to me.

By Doug Farrar | February 1, 2010; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

Change the channel

What he does off the field is his business, there's plenty he needs to worry about on it.

By Robert Littal | February 1, 2010; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

On the field vs. off the field

Should his Super Bowl ad change your opinion of him?

By Reader Poll | February 1, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tebow's pro-life Super Bowl ad

Should CBS pull the Focus on the Family/Tim Tebow pro-life ad from its Super Bowl lineup?

By David Waters | February 1, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free speech first

Nonetheless, the idea of a 22-year-old college senior stating his view on the most watched television show of the year bothers me.

By Dave Goldberg | February 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (5)

Decade's best Super Bowl

With more instant classics than any other decade, the aughts have given football fans plenty to cheer about, but which Super Bowl, from the past 10 years, ranks highest?

By Emil Steiner | January 2, 2010; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

This Isn't Golf

Unlike many other major sports, football doesn't have many iconic venues left. If it did, perhaps the site of the Super Bowl would count for something.

By Gene Wang | May 22, 2009; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

It's All About Branding

There's reason to believe that the NFL is changing how it views the Super Bowl, turning it from a way to reward loyal NFL cities in warm climates with a fat payout and a compelling carrot for cold weather cities to build new stadiums to a way for the league to broadly expand its larger fan clientele and, in one case, the markets where the league belongs.

By Cameron Smith | May 22, 2009; 06:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not in Europe

The NFL, which has the best product in the world in my opinion, doesn't like being told "We're not interested." It's like, "Don't you people know who we are? We're the superior NFL!" The fact that nobody cares in most of the rest of the world is something the league just cannot accept.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | May 22, 2009; 06:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Focus On Economy, Parity

Roger Goodell is certainly determined to make American Football the world's favorite sport, but taking the country's greatest sporting event and outsourcing it to places that see the game as a novelty cheapens the experience.

By Doug Farrar | May 22, 2009; 06:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who Cares, Just Win

Ultimately, the Super Bowl comes down to the show and the spectacle on television. Every other facet about the fun surrounding the Super Bowl is lost on a regular person sitting at home on their couch.

By C.J. Holley | May 22, 2009; 06:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why Can't the Giants Be This Year's Giants?

Lightning can be bottled twice. Now, this pretty much hinges on whether we get the Eli Manning of last December-January, or the Eli Manning of the 26 previous years on Earth. And whether Tom Coughlin doesn't get too grouchy. And...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 3, 2008; 03:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Problem Isn't Just the NFL's

No one can decide who's going to win the Super Bowl and we're going to solve the issue of gun violence in the NFL?

By Cindy Boren | September 3, 2008; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's New Orleans.

The Saints might be ready to finish what they started when they made it to the NFC Championship game at the end of their miracle 2006 season.

By Doug Farrar | September 2, 2008; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Maybe Ted Thompson Knows Something

When the Packers traded Brett Favre this summer, a lot of people found it easy to rip Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson. Says here that Thompson's move might just be validated in February, with a Packers ... gulp... Super Bowl win.

By Jon DeNunzio | September 1, 2008; 09:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cleveland Rocks

Browns Are Poised to Make a Run in the AFC

By Gene Wang | September 1, 2008; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

 
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