John Tomase of the Boston Herald explains that the Colts' Super Bowl XLI victory will raise the stakes in their rivalry with the Patriots. "As hyped as Pats-Colts has been over the last five years, not until the AFC title game two weeks ago did the teams officially become equals, graduating from old school Yankees-Red Sox, when the Yankees won every game that mattered, to old school Celtics-Lakers, when the two clubs bludgeoned themselves to a standstill," writes Tomase.
The Boston Herald sports staff challenges Peyton Manning as the MVP of the Super Bowl with the results of its own player of the game poll. Two Colts players were voted more valuable than Manning among the 2,659 people polled. Can you guess who they are?
Ron Borges of The Boston Globe wonders why quarterbacks get all the credit or all the blame in such big games. He explains that this was a Super Bowl won in the trenches, and argues that the Most Valuable Players were the Colts offensive linemen. Borges also lauds the Colts defense, which forced four turnovers, limited Chicago to 17 points, scored a touchdown and forced six three-and-out series in the first half.
Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe offers a piece on Colts coach Tony Dungy, who "sounded like a coach ready to return to the sidelines in 2007, although he left the door open. There had been some speculation that Dungy might retire should the Colts win the Super Bowl."
Jim Donaldson of The Providence Journal entreats readers to "face it, Patriots fans, the better team won." He reminds you that "the Colts put 32 points on the board in the second half of the AFC Championship game. That's more points than the Patriots gave up in any game all season."
Bill Reynolds of The Providence Journal offers a piece on former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, discussing the addictive nature of professional sports.
Eric McHugh of The Patriot Ledger offers observations on Super Bowl XLI. McHugh watched from his couch, just like the Patriots did. He makes direct observations, draws parallels to previous games and wonders: "Did we ever find out what you're supposed to do when they reach for your Sierra Mist?"
Hector Longo of The Eagle-Tribune has a piece on the importance of quarterbacking in the Super Bowl, and offers his Super Bowl word association.