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Way Too Early Super Bowl Picks.

It is early. Way too early.

Training camps are just starting. Players working hard to get in shape for the long hard journey towards that elusive championship. Coaches sifting through their rosters in the hopes of finding that perfect combination of youth and experience that will serve them well through the NFL season.

We are still in the midst of the never-ending Deflategate saga. I think all of us are ready for football.

So yes it is early to be making Super Bowl picks. But make them I will.

The easy choices are there: The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks could repeat. The Indianapolis Colts seem to be on the cusp. The Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos are clearly in play. Those are the obvious picks. I am sure that some combination will be pushed by the national media all season long.

The thing is: I am not the national media.

There is no narrative to push, no ratings to spike. There is just me sitting here following my gut.

My gut says that sometimes a rematch is just what we need. Even if it is a rematch of a game more than forty years ago.

Super Bowl VI the matchup of the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys on January 16, 1972. It was the stumbling beginning of the Dolphins championship aspirations. Yes they lost 24-3 in New Orleans but it showed they were ready for bigger and better things which would appear the very next season.

So how do we go from Super Bowl VI to Super Bowl 50. Why would the 2015 versions of the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys make the jump to the big game?

Because it is time. Last year both teams made strides. They made jumps forward showing they could play with the big boys. Dallas has a veteran QB in Tony Romo who is looking for his last chance at glory, in Ryan Tannehill the Dolphins have an ascending talent leading the offense. That can be enough. Injuries will surely make a difference, as they did last year. But either team can make it happen. Question is will they.

It is way to early but I am looking to see the Cowboys and Dolphins in the San Francisco area for the 50th Super Bowl.

Wouldn’t it be great if I was right?

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Everyone Loves the Backup Quarterback

I wrote this column last offseason but it always bears repeating.

There are times when I think the fans are the ones who need to be drug tested.

This is one of those times. Over this past weekend I have heard fans suggesting that the Miami Dolphins start Matt Moore over Ryan Tannehill. This was after Moore gifted the Dallas Cowboys with a pick-six during their preseason game Saturday night, against the backups no less. I can understand getting excited by Moore moving the offense down the field, he is an excellent backup quarterback. I even understand the frustration of Tannehill having difficulty connecting on the long ball with Mike Wallace(perhaps the receiver should receive some of the blame). But start Moore over Tannehill? I do not see it.

Do these fans remember the last time Matt Moore played during the regular season?

I will remind you. Moore took over for an injured Tannehill during the 2nd half of the Buffalo Bills game. He manage to complete 2 out of 6 passes, worse still he completed the same number of passes to the Bills. Two completions and two interceptions. It was a bad day for Moore. Not that he cannot do better, he has, but with that memory is that who you want replacing a very promising young quarterback?

Fans love the backup quarterback.

Last season I had a friend of mine suggest that Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions should be benched for his backup Shaun Hill. Matt Stafford who has thrown for over 17,000 yards and over a hundred touchdowns should be benched for Shaun Hill.

It seems ridiculous. But it is understandable. Every fan wants that elite quarterback, they want Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. The problem is there are only so many of those going around.

It is not that Matt Moore or Shaun Hill are not starting quality quarterbacks, they would easily start for the Houston Texans or Oakland Raiders this season. It is that in those situations, behind Ryan Tannehill and Matthew Stafford, they understand their role as the backup. While Moore and Hill have tremendous ability, Tannehill and Stafford have that extra something that puts their ceiling just a little higher.

Enjoy your backups, cheer for them when the time does come for them to come into the game. Just try to have some perspective. Understand there is a reason they are the backup and the other guy is the starter.

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Christopher Reeve is Superman

We now live in a renaissance of super-hero movies, two or more movies a year is common place. This was not always the case. In 1978 the first of the big screen super-hero movies would arrive. Superman: The Movie.

I happened to catch it on TV the other night, it still holds up. Yes, it is a little cheesy but that is ok. It has heart and a sense of hopefulness.

And it has Gene Hackman being a bucket full of awesome as usual. (Love Hackman, just love him.)

Most importantly though it had Christopher Reeve. For many, myself included, Christopher Reeve was Superman. He was the Superman we grew up on and he was the Superman we think of when someone mentions the movies. Yes other actors have played the part. George Reeves, Dean Cain, Brandon Routh, to the current actor Henry Cavill. They each brought something to the role but we keep returning to Reeve.

Christopher Reeve is Superman, emphasis on the ‘man’.

That is where some writers and filmmakers lose me. They get distracted by the incredible power of Superman that they forget about the man-part. Reeve is corny as you can get but it works. You absolutely believe that he was raised in Kansas and you believe that he could fly. If you were an all-American kid from Kansas who could fly you would be a little corny too. There is the gravitas that comes from such powers, but there is also the joy.

It often comes down to nature-versus-nuture. Yes Superman is a Kryptonian with fantastic powers, but he was raised on a farm in Kansas. This is no stranger in a strange land. Kansas is his home not Krypton. He is so human and you see that in Reeve’s portrayal. There is humour, but more important there is humanity.

Watching that first movie I remember what made so many love the character of Superman but more importantly his better half Clark Kent. Kal El is not the super one, it is always Clark.

The powers do not make him a hero but his humanity.

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