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Super Bowl 41 (geez, I’m older than the big game) has come and gone, and while it wasn’t the prettiest of games, the Indianapolis Colts are your world champions.

Peyton Manning finally has his championship ring, something his father, Archie, never could do, and something I’m not sure that brother Eli will ever do.

Mother Nature made her presence known throughout the game with a steady downpour of rain, making hanging onto the football a chore for both teams. Ironically, the last time the Colts were in the Super Bowl (back in Super Bowl 5, where they beat Dallas 16-13 as the Baltimore Colts), that game was also plagued by turnovers.

It was good to see Manning get that championship, as now his legacy won’t be diminished by never having won a Super Bowl.

But it was even nicer to see Coach Tony Dungy, one of the classiest men around, become the first African-American to coach a Super Bowl winning team. You know, it’s kinda sad that we are in 2007 and it took this long for that to happen in professional football. But that’s for another day.

Dungy has been through a lot over the past 14 months, ever since his 18 year old son took his own life. But through it all, Dungy relied on his faith and belief in God to get him through the hard times. As someone once said about losing a child, “you never get over it, you just get through it.”

When the Chicago Bears ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, I was a little worried. But as the game wore on, you could tell that the Colts were by far the superior team. Not to knock Chicago, but on this day, Manning made sure that he went out a winner.

As did Marvin Harrison, who looked to have injured his leg on a play in the second half, but shook off the trainers and stayed in the game. Harrison is, in my opinion, the best wide receiver in the game today. Better than Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, you name it. And he does it with class, just like his coach.

The half-time show by Prince was a show stopper, as I knew it would be. The Purple One is one of the greatest musicians and entertainers around today. Playing a collection of his hits along with some other classics, he made the crowd in Miami forget about the rain for a little while.

Yes, Super Bowl 41 might not have been the prettiest game ever played, but it wasn’t without drama, emotion and entertainment. And the game wasn’t decided until late, so that was a plus.

n Speaking of class, I thought it was very classy of the South Laurel girls to go over to Caitie Jackson after they game Saturday night and give the North Laurel guard a hug and some encouragement after she injured her knee.

Whitney Smith and Devon Burchett know what Jackson is going through, and even though these girls are competitors, many of them are friends off the court, and no one ever wants to see someone get injured.

Now is the time for the rest of the North Laurel girls to step their game up and play with all the heart they’ve got.



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