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Old 01-24-2007, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Super Bowl Team Rankings From ESPN

Ranking 80 different Super Bowl teams from the past years.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...rankings/80-61
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Old 01-24-2007, 03:04 PM   #2
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that was pretty cool

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I do not believe I am being a homer in saying that 1975 Steelers team is ranked way too low at #13. The '78 team scored more but that '75 team was a lot stronger defensively - a gap of #3 to #13 between the 2 teams does not add up.

I would not be surprised by a fans poll with these rankings, but the rankings show a clear bias favoring 80s and 90s SB winners, with 3 49ers teams in the top 11 and the '86 Giants being a lower shelf version of the 75 Steelers that is ranked higher at #8.

And then there is this gem - The '70s Steelers have their own wing at Canton, but it's hard to argue that the early '90s Cowboys aren't the most talented team of all time Hard to argue??!!

But definitely a way to start a lot of debates.

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Let's face it we know that all 5 Winning Super Bowl Steelers teams belong in the top 5 and the losing Super Bowl team belongs in the top 10!

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Default Re: Super Bowl Team Rankings From ESPN

I read that page earlier today - is anybody else disturbed that the Dallas team that lost to the Steelers in 78 is rated in the top 20? - that team is just like the Seahawks from last year -- oh yeah - if it wasn't for the bad call against Benny Barnes and Jackie Smith dropping the Td pass..blah, blah, blah - give me a break - what's a losing team doing in the top 20? and the Steelers from last year at 41? COME ON!!
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I read that page earlier today - is anybody else disturbed that the Dallas team that lost to the Steelers in 78 is rated in the top 20?
Not really, as it justifies my position that the Cowboys teams we had to beat were better than the teams the '80s 49ers had to beat to win the SB. What does bother me is the '85 Bears, which were a one-shot wonder, being ranked #2. That one I disagree with.

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I read that page earlier today - is anybody else disturbed that the Dallas team that lost to the Steelers in 78 is rated in the top 20? - that team is just like the Seahawks from last year -- oh yeah - if it wasn't for the bad call against Benny Barnes and Jackie Smith dropping the Td pass..blah, blah, blah - give me a break - what's a losing team doing in the top 20? and the Steelers from last year at 41? COME ON!!
That '78 Cowboys team was loaded.

If the Cowboys would have won XIII they probably would be regarded as the team of the '70s - but, of course, they lost

That they are ranked that high indicates how talented the really top teams (Dolphins, Raiders, Cowboys, Steelers) were in the 70s and how impressive winning 4 SBs in that era is.
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I do not believe I am being a homer in saying that 1975 Steelers team is ranked way too low at #13. The '78 team scored more but that '75 team was a lot stronger defensively - a gap of #3 to #13 between the 2 teams does not add up.

I would not be surprised by a fans poll with these rankings, but the rankings show a clear bias favoring 80s and 90s SB winners, with 3 49ers teams in the top 11 and the '86 Giants being a lower shelf version of the 75 Steelers that is ranked higher at #8.

And then there is this gem - The '70s Steelers have their own wing at Canton, but it's hard to argue that the early '90s Cowboys aren't the most talented team of all time Hard to argue??!!

But definitely a way to start a lot of debates.
Yeah I have to agree with you on that one. The 1975 team was a powerhouse and should have made at least the top ten in my book as well.
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Default Re: Super Bowl Team Rankings From ESPN

In addition to ranking the 80 SB participants, ESPN has a sidebar list of the top 10 teams not to make the Super Bowl.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...ings/leftovers

The 2004 Steelers are on the list but the 1976 Steelers are not. Given that the 70s Steelers pretty much unanimously say (as did Art Rooney Sr.) the '76 edition of the Steelers was the best team they ever had, that omission confirms my view these rankings are an entertaining read but in contradiction of some pretty compelling contrary opinions.
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In addition to ranking the 80 SB participants, ESPN has a sidebar list of the top 10 teams not to make the Super Bowl.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...ings/leftovers

The 2004 Steelers are on the list but the 1976 Steelers are not. Given that the 70s Steelers pretty much unanimously say (as did Art Rooney Sr.) the '76 edition of the Steelers was the best team they ever had, that omission confirms my view these rankings are an entertaining read but in contradiction of some pretty compelling contrary opinions.
Agreed, Dan. One must keep in mind that that list is just that, opinion. My personal opinion is that the Steel Curtain would have chewed up and spit out the West Coast Offense of the '80s 49ers. Lambert and Ham would have feasted on those nice little dink-n-dunk passes Montana made a career out of throwing, assuming L.C. wouldn't have wound up swatting them out of the air. But again, this is just opinion.

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