Volume 93, Issue 66

Thursday, January 27, 2000


SPORTS

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St. Louis Rams to demolish Titans Super Bowl Sunday

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St. Louis Rams to demolish Titans Super Bowl Sunday



Well, it's Super Bowl time and this year boasts yet another classic match-up – no, it's not the Green Bay Packers facing the Denver Broncos, or the San Francisco 49ers against the Cincinnati Bengals, but rather the St. Louis Rams versus the Tennessee Titans. Wow, there's "classic match-up" written all over this one.

All sarcasm aside, this year's game is a virtual "Who the hell?" of football. During the game, the questions most likely to be asked will range from "What's the score?" to "Who the hell is this guy?"

St. Louis was the surprise of the National Football League. No one could have predicted the Rams would be fighting for Vince Lombardi's trophy this season. Despite all the beer-induced bragging which is bound to surface on the weekend, the truth is the Rams were never expected to come close to the 13-3 record they achieved this year.

So what's their secret? Great coaching? Strong defence? Smart offence? It may be all of the above, plus a whopping heap of good old-fashioned luck. Honestly, could anyone fathom quarterback Kurt Warner throwing 41 touchdowns?

The Rams also took a chance on runningback Marshall Faulk and some how he delivered, leading the league in all-purpose yards. Their defence was able to make big plays in the clutch and wide receiver Issac Bruce has been a sure thing over the middle.

Now here come the Titans, formerly the Houston Oilers, led by Steve "Air" McNair at quarterback and Eddy George, the would-be prototype of runningbacks. Tennessee boasts strong offence, but with wide receiver Yancey Thigpen out with an injury, the Titans' air game is at risk of deflating, forcing them to rely on a fast and strong defence. This puts the onus on Jevone "The Freak" Kearse, as defensive end.

The Titans have made it this far into the playoffs by relying on the mistakes of their opponents. Exhibit A – the Buffalo Bills Wild Card game. Considering their fortunes of late, it's safe to say the Titans have a horseshoe wedged where the sun don't shine.

So what will happen at the Super Bowl? After the first half, when the announcers and the audience have familiarized themselves with the players names and have realized a game is actually being played, St. Louis will be comfortably ahead of the Titans. Why?

Two reasons. The game is being played in the confines of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, with good old Astroturf lining the field. The Rams play at the TWA Dome in St. Louis with, you guessed it, Astroturf. The Rams are also a much faster and more explosive team than the Titans and will attack the Titans from the opening whistle.

With relative anonymity surrounding this year's big game, the chances of it living up to any hype are highly unlikely. After all, who could actually place any demands on a bunch of rag tag players who never fit in on other teams, yet seem to have gelled overnight with their present squads?

Pay attention early on, as the most exciting call of the day might be the coin toss.


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