If we are talking about pure Super Bowl memories, my favorite is the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVI. It happened just a few months after 9/11, and U2’s halftime show was dedicated to the victims.
I usually am not a big fan of the non-football aspects of the Super Bowl. I hate the pregame hype. I tend to avoid the marathon pregame shows. I don’t like the kickoff at the unusual time. The neutral site isn’t for me. And the halftime shows frustrate me because it means the teams are in the locker rooms longer than they usually are. The NFL plays games the same way for five months, and then changes everything with the championship on the line.
This one was a special moment, though, and I’ll always remember it.
If we are talking about moments that happened during the game, I have to go with David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII.
Every Super Bowl is important, but some have more historical significance than others. This particular game was one of the biggest ever. The Patriots had a chance to win a fourth Super Bowl in seven years and cement their place in history by becoming the first team to ever finish undefeated with a 19-0 record. They were less than a minute away from pulling it off, but the Giants scored a late touchdown set up by one of the most iconic plays in league history.
What made it so incredible was the fact there were two miracles on this play. The first was Eli Manning somehow avoiding a sack. The second was the way Tyree caught the ball.
I’ll admit I was happy because I was rooting against the Pats, but an iconic play like this factoring into the decision of one of the most significant games in league history is something anybody can appreciate.