No, don’t be deceived by the title of this post. I’m not going to rank the top 10 teams of all time. But Paul Bessire from What If Sports did, and sent his article to be published on AskMen.com.
Here’s the link.
The article depicted why fantasy nuts like Paul shouldn’t do top 10 teams lists for any sport for any occasional for those matters, or, well, any freakin’ matter at all. Just check the number one on that list. Just check it. Really. The ’99 Rams. . . better than the ’85 Bears or ’89 49ers?
(NOTE: And keep in mind the guy that is writing this blog post — and writing this aside paragraph in third person — is a hardcore Rams fan.)
I’ll tell you what was special about the ’99 Rams. It was Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-hir Hakim. They were the guys on the team that ran plays like routine clockwork. They produced the greatest offense ever enlivened on a field, consummated with a great story in Kurt Warner from grocery boy to NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP.
There’s a whole lot more to that story, but I’m not going to go on and on bambling like an idiot as I usually do when it comes to writing about the Rams. It’s just today’s not my day for that. Today’s the day I find myself disagreeing with someone who ranked the Rams as the number one Super Bowl team of all time. Clearly, I don’t have a problem whatsoever putting the ’85 Bears and ’89 Niners ahead of ’em. It doesn’t make me a fake fan (I’m far from it), it makes me a fairer one.
What I don’t get is, Paul needs to do his research on the ’99 Rams’ defense and quit having a love raging hard on with statistics (actually pay attention to film). He says in the article that the “defense was pretty good too. . .” without even elaborating his statement! Listen, Paul, the ’99 Rams’ D wasn’t “pretty good,” y’know, teams would score 40 on the Rams, and it would seem like the Rams would knot up 50 points to counter them. When an opposing team would go up by 3 on the Rams, they knew that lead wouldn’t last, because Warner and Faulk would rip the opposing defense a new hole on the next drive with ease. Looks can be deceiving; I guess the ’99 Rams can be too.
If it was every attempted to match the ’99 Rams and the ’85 Bears up, the match up would be decided early in the game. The Rams would either be eluding the Bears 46 defensive scheme and having Warner get rid of the ball quick, to possibly Faulk in the backfield, only for him to adhere to his own unique elusiveness to dash up the field in no time. Or, if the game went the ’85 Bears’ way, all you have to do is imagine the line getting busted and Warner getting busted in the mouth, kinda like what the Pats did to him in Super Bowl XXXVI, minus all the roughing the passer that was never called by the refs.
Before this list, the highest I had ever seen the ’99 Rams ranked on an all time top 10 Super Bowl list was number five. Seeing them ranked number one on somebody’s list gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, but I’m not about to crack under pressure and show more bias than anyone else.