Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Super Bowl That May be Someday: A Steagles Super Bowl

I've been busy lately.  I've had more consulting work lately so it has been more difficult to post here.  I have a new post on The Hill Talk on Trump's 1st year approval ratings.  It is very time consuming to post a new data analysis.  Today I will focus on a lighter subject.

I was so disappointed when the Steelers lost to Jacksonville in the divisional playoffs.  Many in Pennsylvania were hoping for a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl but it was not to be this year.  They have come close to having one several times in the past.  In WWII the two teams combined to form the Steagles as there was a shortage of players then.  They went 5-4-1 and finished 3rd in the Eastern Division that year.

The Steagles Uniforms
The Steelers won their fourth Super Bowl of the 70's in 1979 over the LA Rams.  The Eagles made their first SB the next year under coach Dick Vermeil.  They were heavy favorites against the Oakland Raiders but looked tight and lost 27-10.

In the 2001 season, both teams made their respective conference championships but the Steelers lost to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady who went on to win their first Super Bowl and the Eagles lost to the St. Louis Rams.  Another close call came in 2004 when the Eagles won the NFC championship but the Steelers lost in the AFC Title game to New England.  Another close call came in 2008 when the Steelers made Super Bowl XLIII but the Eagles lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC title game.  

This year may not have been quite as close a call as the others but if both teams plug away it could still happen in the future.  The ideal place to play such a Super Bowl would be Beaver Stadium in State College, PA.  The home of the Penn State Nittany Lions.  It is halfway in between the two cities and can seat over 107,000.  It wouldn't be much more hectic than a normal football weekend in Happy Valley.  The fans don't care about the weather.  A man can dream can't he?  #PhillyPhilly
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