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Inside Sports for Wednesday — February 08, 2006

Ok, so this will be the last time you’ll hear from me about the Superbowl.

It was just too tempting to give one more plug to how great the game turned out for Steelers fans and for people who picked Pittsburgh over the lowly Seahawks.

The contest turned out exactly how I imagined it, and even if it wasn’t the best Superbowl of all time, it still managed to gain a pretty remarkable amount of viewers.

In fact, the Steelers’ 21- 10 drubbing of Seattle was watched in an average of 45.85 million homes (141.4 million people in the U.S.), including the television sets my dad set up at his pristine, party-friendly outdoor venue in the middle of nowhere.

The viewership was crowned with the second-highest total in television history behind the final episode of “M-A-S-H” in 1983.

Even Bob Brun gave new meaning to the XL in Superbowl XL, by crashing down on his plastic chair towards the end of the game.

The stir the fall caused was definitely the highlight of the day, as the game ticked away with the Steelers controlling the final moments and Seahawks fans watching the all-too-familiar choke signs from all over the country.

If you want to read something humorous about Seattle’s inability to win the big game, check out Sports Illustrated, where Rick Reilly’s column (back of the magazine) goes after Seattle’s lack of pro sports success.

Trust me, you’ll chuckle once or twice, but even if you do like Seattle’s sports teams, you’ll nod your head with approval, because he’s only using factual information about Seattle’s rainy history.

From the Mariners to the Sonics, and now the Seahawks, it should be no surprise that Pittsburgh prevailed in Superbowl XL.

Meanwhile, two brave souls, Wala’au’s Dickie Chang and KONG’s Ron Wiley were the only Gridiron Challenge panelists to go with the Seahawks.

But they weren’t alone. However, instead of running down a long list of sad Hawk fans, it’s time to give much needed homage to Kapa’a’s Fred Levinthol, who is a true yellow-and-black Terrible Towel fanatic.

When most everyone went with Indianapolis or New England to take the AFC title, let alone the Superbowl, Levinthol proudly wore his Steeler hat and maintained a “Steel Head.” So as we get ready for Superbowl XLI, it’s time to let XL sail into the sunset, because Seattle fans certainly will be praying for some sun in their wet city after failing to prove everyone wrong, including myself.

Hey, at least the commercials were good. Hopefully Seahawks fans were able to get a laugh from a commercial or two, because they had nothing to smile about during the game itself.

  • Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or kauaisports@kauaipubco. Com.

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