For me, Super Bowl 14 is the best.
Is it because it takes me back to my youth?
Being with my late Father along with 103,000 at the Rose Bowl.
Those two reasons and alot more.
If you were not a Ramfan in the 70's it would be hard for you to comprehend what that Super Bowl meant.
For 6 seasons starting in 1973, the Los Angeles Rams would come so close of being in their first Super Bowl.
But, an outdated playoff format, a referee blown call, a hail Mary pass, a referee non call or freak of nature would decide against them.
It was at a time that your players stayed on your team.
And when you add that in the decade of the 70's the number one defense was not the Steel Curtain, Doomsday or the purple people eaters.
It was the Los Angeles Rams.
And I know I am not alone in this thought.
It became an obsession for my Rams to make it to the Super Bowl.
All I wanted was to see my guys hugging and celebrating in their locker room like I saw the Cowboys and Vikings do for six straight years.
Ramfans got their heart and soul ripped out of them every playoff season.
You think the Bill fans circle the wagon?
Ramfans invented the wagon and the circle.
Then that emotional rollercoaster named the 1979 season rolled along.
First was the drowning of our leader Carroll Rosenbloom.
To every Los Angeles Ramfan, CR was so much more than just the owner.
He happened to be one of the greatest sport team owner's ever.
Going from this legend to Georgia was like going from Emerald City to Munchin Land.
No other two coaches (head coach and his defensive coach) could of done better than Ray Malavasi and Bud Carson did for the 1979 season.
Turmoil in the front office would of derailed many head coaches.
Now comes the tough luck.
In less than 5 regular season games they lose 13 starters.
Their number one starting RB (Peacock) for the season. Their number one wide reciever (Ron jessie) for the season.
They have to start 4 different QB's.
And win the western division for a NFL record 7 straight times.
Ray Malavasi and Bud Carson had great defensive minds, but, you get these two together and they became a monster defensive coach.
For the Seahawks they created a defensive scheme called "delay-bim".
It was so effective that it held a explosive seahawk offense to -7 total yards for the entire game.
-7 YARDS FOR AN ENTIRE GAME. (that record might last for awhile.)
They had to play two teams in the playoffs that beat them by a total of 51-12 in the regular season.
ON THE ROAD.
For Dallas, they created a defensive scheme called the "Quarter". (4 lineman and 7 db's).
It was so effective that tom landry known for his halftime adjustments couldn't figure it out.
And befuddled Staubach so bad that his last pass he ever threw was to Herb Scott (only trouble with that it was his offensive lineman).
One week later the ram defense turned in another gem shutting down the Bucs in the NFC Championship game.
The bucs only crossed the 50 yard line 2 times for the entire game.
Then in Super Bowl 14, playing one of the greatest teams ever. With a QB that has started less than 7 games in the NFL.
With your Hall of Fame pass rusher at less than 50% because of a broken leg.
Only a blown assignment by eddie brown coupled with one of the greatest throws in a super bowl by Bradshaw along with the GREATEST catch EVER in a Super Bowl by Stallworth did we lose.
Even with that Rod Perry came within an inch (deflecting that pass) of us winning.
Or if Jack Lambert was just a great linebacker instead of the greatest.
So the next time the media throws around the word genius for defensive coaches, take a look at the ones they steal from.
And when the first player to be introduced to the world was Jack Youngblood, along with the other ten defensive players, that memory will be with me forever.
The only negative about that Super Bowl was CR didn't get the respect he deserved. That is something else that will be with me forever.
Those reasons are hard to beat
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