Super Bowl XLI, Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning

So much for the Monsters of the Midway. Rex Grossman looked like a baby out there. Not that he was on the field a lot... Lovie Smith should at least get more than $2 million a year now.

Super Bowl XLI
Indianapolis Colts win over the Chicago Bears, 29-17
Vince Lombardi Trophy

Super Bowl MVP: Peyton Manning

Tony Dungy joins Tom Flores and Mike Ditka as the only ones to win the Super Bowl both as player and coach.

clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri got his fourth ring

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rain (1st Super Bowl played in the rain)

#87 Muhsin Muhammad was booed when he was introduced as one of the captains. (If they were calling out "Moose," why was the expression on his face like that? Huh?)

Tony Corrente at his first Super Bowl as referee

Bears won the coin toss
- the 10th Super Bowl the NFC has won the coin toss
- NFC has won the Super Bowl less than 50% in that time

Bears rookie Devin Hester watched himself on the JumboTron as he ran 92 yards down the field to score the first touchdown 14 seconds into the game.
- the first time an opening kickoff was run back for a touchdown

Billy Joel sang the National Anthem.
Marlee Matlin did the sign interpretation.

at halftime, Prince w/ a bandana more stylishly worn than Melania
"Hey, I ain't got no money, but honey I'm rich in personality..."
Baby, I'm a Star
great show: Purple Rain in the rain

188 miles b/w RCA Stadium and Soldier Field
- shortest distance b/w home stadiums of two competing SB teams?

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He's the Manning
the fifth straight AFC player to win the Pete Rozelle Trophy

XXXVII - Dexter Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
XXXVIII - Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
XXXIX - Deion Branch (New England Patriots)
XL - Hines Ward (Pittsburg Steelers)
XLI - Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)

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Anthony Kevin Dungy
.648 regular season winning percentage, leads active coaches
8 straight playoff berths, longest active streak
never raises voice, rarely swears; openly Christian coach
lost his 18-year-old son to suicide