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Super Bowl will have new look; Miners have impressive outing

Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 5:04 PM

What is the football world going to do? No Patriots, no Steelers and no Colts. No Ben Roethlisberger, no Peyton Manning and no Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.

We are just left with John Harbaugh vs. Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick vs. Joe Flacco. And what is so bad about that.

This will be the first time since 2003 that New England, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis won't be the AFC representative.

The NFC has been much more diversified as only the Giants (three times) have crashed the Super Bowl party more than once since 2001.

The Packers, Saints, Cardinals, Bears, Seahawks, Eagles, Panthers, Bucs and Rams have all had their shot at the brass ring recently.

Yes, it is now the time in this column that I will talk about The Evil Empire, otherwise known as the New England Patriots. As a general rule, I am not a hater or like to drink hateraid, but the Pats seem to bring out the worst in me.

I am sure I was not the only Colts fan that was tickled to death to watch Brady and the Patriots look like mere mortals in losing to the Baltimore Ravens 28-13 in the AFC Championship game in Foxboro Sunday night.

But a friend of mine said it might have been even better to have Brady and coach Bill Belichick lose in the Super Bowl for a third straight time.

The high-power New England offense produced no points in the second half and just one touchdown overall. There were clock management issues and a slide-a-spike by Brady, that would have caused an uproar if it had been done by a Detroit lineman named Suh.

It has been said that you can make numbers say anything you want. With that in mind, here goes nothing.

Give Brady and Belichick credit. They teamed up to win three Super Bowls in four seasons, with the help of The Tuck Rule AFC Championship game against Oakland and the reliable right foot of Adam Vinatieri.

They won those three titles by a combined nine points.

After beginning his career with 10 straight playoff wins, Brady is now 7-7 in his last 14 starts. It has been eight years since they won a championship, including two Super Bowl losses.

Before the infamous Spygate incident which showed the Pats were cheating, the Brady-Belichick combo was 12-2 in the postseason with those three championships. Since they were caught with their hand in the cookie jar, they are 5-5 in the playoffs.

So when Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers and John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens meet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 in the Super Bowl, I guess I will have to figure out who to root for.

All in all, I just hope it is a competitive game and the commercials are funny.

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Can you be ecstatic about scoring six points in a quarter? -- only when you hold your opponent to zero.

Such was the case for the Linton-Stockton Miners, who defeated North Daviess 36-14 in a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference boys basketball game on Jan. 18.

They pushed an 18-10 halftime cushion to 24-10 as part of a 14-minute scoring drought by the Cougars.

Not to sound melodramatic, but the first possession of the second half by the Miners was one of the most impressive I have ever seen by a high school team.

Linton-Stockton consumed two minutes and 54 seconds before getting a layup. It was like coach Joey Hart had invaded North Daviess coach Brent Dalrymple's playbook and stolen his page on patience and execution.

Jack Butcher, Ron McBride and Steve Brett would have sat up and took notice.

Hart was almost giddy after the victory, and rightfully so.

"You hear dumb Linton, undisciplined Linton," said Hart. "This team showed so much composure tonight.

"North Daviess made us get better."

If the Miners can continue play like this, they are going to be a very tough out for anyone in the tournament. If they can get it done on the defense end as well, they can be scary good.

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Here is a reminder for girls basketball fans, the White River Valley at Linton-Stockton game on Thursday will just feature a varsity game.

It will start at 7 p.m., according to Miner athletic director Charlie Karazsia, who said coach Brad McKinney's squad is temporarily running short of girls.

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The Indiana High School Athletic Association will be having the draw for the state girls basketball tournament Sunday.

I could not find anything on ihsaa.org featuring specific details, but I would assume it would start about 7 p.m. and be on the statewide TV and radio network.

Sectionals will start on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at hargisbj@gmail.com or at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12.


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