- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 4, 2007

In showing my undying dedication to the job, I decided discretion was the better part of valor Friday night on South Beach. (Full disclosure time: This was after an arrival time of about 2 a.m. the night before and then getting up at 10 a.m. for a Pro Football Writers Association meeting).

Staying in allowed me to watch “America’s Game,” the sensational series by NFL Films on each Super Bowl champion.

The 1989 San Francisco team was voted No. 4. The 1978 Pittsburgh team was No. 3.

The thing that surprised me about the Steelers — and this was from watching the network broadcast of Steelers-Cowboys a few weeks ago — was how strong Terry Bradshaw’s arm was. Calling his own plays (what a beautiful thing), he often threaded the needle for completions while under duress. Additionally, John Stallworth was an incredible receiver and Tony Dungy led the team with six interceptions.

Ten Steelers made the Pro Bowl from that team: Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Donnie Shell, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster. Eight of those made the Hall of Fame.

The 1989 49ers included Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott and future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

The last two shows will air tomorrow night — the 1985 Bears are No. 2 and the 1972 Dolphins are No. 1. I hope sometime this offseason, they show all 40 documentaries. Only the top 20 have been ranked and televised.

• A final thought on the game: The only case I can make for Chicago winning is that Indianapolis may be spent after wins at home against Kansas City, at Baltimore and at home again against New England. It has happened several times in other sports — a baseball/basketball/hockey team survives a taxing, 7-game series only to be out of gas for the championship round/game. I know, it’s grasping at straws, but all I want is a close, well-played game.

The Colts better win this game because in the AFC, they’re unlikely to make regular appearances in the Super Bowl.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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