- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“You win at home because you work. You don’t win at home because you’re supposed to.” - coach Tom Izzo after Michigan State lost at home to Penn State for the first time

TAKE YOUR PICK: Should Santonio Holmes have been the Super Bowl MVP?

Yes - The Steelers wide receiver caught nine balls for 131 yards, including four for 73 yards and the toe-dragging touchdown on Pittsburgh’s game-winning drive. No player came up bigger in the clutch than .

No - Please, the MVP award had to go to the most outstanding player from the game’s marquee matchup: Pittsburgh’s defense vs. Arizona’s offense. These were the two truly elite units on display in Super Bowl XLIII, the two responsible for the presence of their respective teams.

Arizona’s Kurt Warner shredded the NFL’s top-rated pass defense, completing 31 of 43 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Did anybody have a better overall game?

Maybe Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who ended up with seven receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns against a Pittsburgh defense focused exclusively on stopping him. Focus failed. Fitzgerald is the best receiver in the game - by a wide margin. Holmes can’t carry his helmet, not in this Super Bowl, not ever.

Our Take - If you must honor a player on the winning team, the obvious choice was Pittsburgh’s James Harrison, who changed the complexion of the game with his 100-yard interception return on the final play of the first half. It was arguably the biggest play of both the game and in Super Bowl history. Any way you slice it, Holmes finishes fourth among the MVP candidates.

TWT FIVE ” HOMECOURT WINNING STREAKS

Given that this season already has claimed three homecourt winning streaks lasting 38-plus games, don’t be surprised if none of the following runs survive the remainder of the season. Here are the nation’s longest homecourt winning streaks:

Team Streak Arena

1. Kansas 36 Allen Fieldhouse

2. Utah State 29 Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

3. Davidson 27 Belk Arena

4. Cornell 17 Newman Arena

5t. Dayton 16 University of Dayton Arena

5t. Oklahoma 16 Lloyd Noble Center


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