Originally published in the Daily Union (Shelbyville, IL) on February 2, 1999:
With as many pigskin prognosticators picking the Falcons in last Sunday’s Super Bowl as there were, one might have had the impression that they were the defending champions.
That’s just par for the course for the Denver Broncos, whose resounding losses during the franchise’s first four trips to the Super Bowl sadly earned them more disrespect than anything else.
Last year, most predicted the ever-glorious Packers, led by Brett Favrvrvrvre, would mop the field with John Elway’s head.
This year, the Falcons were supposed to hang in there ’til the final moments, with a chance to steal away a victory at the end.
Instead, Elway made the famed “Dirty Birds” look more like the “Diseased Pigeons”.