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A closer look at Super Bowl memorabilia

April 15, 2007

1. Authentic (?) Reebok Super Bowl jerseys:

Are these for real? Who knows?

The ebay member bullshui (based out of China) has some absolutely insane deals. 2 Super Bowl jerseys for $75 bucks (less than the cost of 1 jersey at retail price). Yeah, his jerseys may not be legit, but mine sure looks and feels real (it has all the reebok tags, holograms, and patches so there’s really no way of knowing for certain).

2. Colts Super Bowl Bobbleheads. These are available on ebay and elsewhere. There are ten of them in total. Although one of those is the mascot, Blue. On a side note does it bother anyone else that Blue gets commemorated like he’s been around forever? He’s a total band-wagon punk. You can get the whole set for around $100 or a little more.

3. The SI championship package. I swore to myself that if a team I rooted for ever won a championship I was going to order the “official SI package” that you get when you subscribe to SI. Totally not worth it, but when you’ve been making the same promise for 17 years you kind of feel obliagated to go through with it. $99 gets you the NFL films DVD, the comemmorative book, the championship football, and a year of SI. Actually I guess its not that bad of a deal if you like SI. I’ve never been a big fan, but its a decent read.

4. The NFL films DVD: I had to go to Target to buy this because SI took forever in getting this to me. It is a game by game review of the season. The disc spends about two minutes on each game. Each playoff game gets about five minutes with the Super Bowl getting about ten minutes dedicated to it. Obviously it is a must own for the unique camera work and sound bytes, but overall it is a bit underwhelming. Apparently NFL films releases an ultimate edition with much more coverage later on in the year, at least thats what they did with SB XL.

5. Other things I have purchased or talked about purchasing: Super Bowl pennants, Super Bowl hats, Super Bowl bibs, Indianapolis Star special editions, Super Bowl replica rings (we hope to own one of these some day), copies of SI from all the playoffs games.

6. The absolute best Super Bowl gear: The broadcasts themselves on DVD. If these Colts games are anything like the 1987 IU Hoosiers championship then we will watch them several times a year for eternity. These discs will wear out before our interest does.

Best SB gear, Honorable mention: Deshawn figured out how to get free copies of the complete Bob Lamey radio broadcasts of the AFC championship game and the Super Bowl. Absolutely a must listen! (he made a post about it back in February for those interested)


The complete history of the Colts DVD

February 25, 2007

I watched a large chunk of the NFL Films DVD “The Complete History of the Colts” last night. There is one disc for the Baltimore era and one disc for the Indianapolis era. NFL Films rules in general and this DVD is no different.

Highlights include:

a) A detailed look at the MNF Rams game from 2005 in which the Colts came from behind to destroy the Rams. Manning was mic’ed up for the game which offered several insightful and hilarious moments: Before the game Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore tells Peyton “I’ll give you my play ideas and you do with them what you want, okay? Just do whatever the hell you want.” Tom Moore and qb coach Jim Caldwell may have the best jobs in professional sports. I’m not sure I’d be rushing off to be a headcoach when your players are out there making you look like a genius every week. Later, with the game in hand, Peyton is seen singing “Let’s Get it On” along with the RCA dome speakers.

b) A look at the Tampa Bay MNF game in which the Colts trailed 35-14 with four minutes remaining. This might be the defining regular season game of the Manning era in Indianapolis.

c) A brief history of the Colts in Indy. Its crazy to think that for nearly ten years Colts fans have gone into every single game expecting to win. That doesn’t get old, especially when you look back at some of the bad teams and questionable personel decisions that were made leading up to the hiring of Bill Polian in 1998.

The only downside of the DVD is that it ends with the ’06 playoff loss to the Steelers. Although in some respects its kind of cool knowing that this is the last NFL Films highlights disc that won’t include the XLI victory.