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[lead align=”default”]The Super Bowl LI countdown is now down to 37 days. Sadly, that means we focus today on Super Bowl XXXVII, which was up there with the worst ever.[/lead]
This was a 20-3 game at the half, and Tampa Bay won by 27. Outside of the cities of Tampa and Oakland, it held little intrigue.
Super Bowl XXXVII: The Gruden Bowl
For years, Jon Gruden was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was, in essence, traded to Tampa Bay for draft picks in 2002. In the previous two seasons, he took Oakland deep into the playoffs. That season, his first with the Bucs, Tampa Bay went further than ever before into the NFL postseason.
In so doing, Gruden defeated the team that got rid of him. Two pick-sixes to end the game made sure of that. In fact, Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon threw three touchdowns going the other way. This, of course, was more than he threw to his own team.
Super Bowl XXXVII: The MVP
Tampa Bay safety Dexter Jackson was the Super Bowl MVP. He would go on to play another seven seasons in the NFL, though their title season was his last with the Bucs. It was his only trip to the big game.
Super Bowl XXXVII: The Halftime Show
Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting all headlined the halftime show. As it turned out, Twain was an appropriate choice, because this game didn’t impress me much.
Super Bowl XXXVII: Anything Else?