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I don't seem to write about anything else in my Sagittarian community column. I had such hopes that people of a similar bent would comment and build a community. Still, the annual comment on how the Super Bowl matters in the overall ranking of NFL championship games survives. Note that I leave out the pre-1935 championships, as these involved simply winning what amounts to a division in modern terms - and if I were to count them, every division title would be included as well in what I consider a count of all-time greatness to date. That being said, here are this year's comments.
The final gun has gone off and New York has retained their spot, won in the conference championships, as the fourth all-time greatest team in terms of league, conference and Super Bowl trophies, with 12 wins. Just by showing up, they move to number two in the number of championship game appearances, 24, with Dallas retaining their number one spot with 13 victories. New England remains the fifth all-time greatest with 10 wins in the fewest tries, although winning would have moved them ahead of New York. In terms of appearances, they are now number nine, having one more win than Chicago, who also has 16 appearances but only nine wins.
In doing my post on "The Big Game" I realize that I never posted my annual NCAA column. A simple scan down the blog shows that I do it every year. I did it this year, but left it on my laptop without posting it, copying it to the cloud or to my thumb drive. Problem is, my laptop got a virus and I forgot I had never backed the file up, so I told my IT guy to go ahead and wipe the computer and rebuild it. Oops. So, I just spent the last few hours copying the data from the CBS Sports web page, doing my personal rankings and adding all three together. Unlike the pollsters, the BCS loser does not get an automatic second in my book. Usually, I rank the BCS loser below the other BCS bowl winners but higher than the non-BCS winners, with the other major schools who won their bowl games following after, followed by the BCS bowl losers, although I usually run out of votes before we run out of teams. Some years, teams are close enough that my opinion matters in my ranking. This year, not so much.
It is now that time again - my annual pre-Big Game rankings of what's at stake as far as all-time rankings. As people who follow this blog know, I count both Big Game victories, conference championships and league champships since an actual championship game has been played. Prior to the first such game, the league championship was based on win-loss records, essentially a division championship. To include those championships, one would also have to count all division championships in subsequent years as a "win." Others can do that, however unless someone pays me to do so and gives me a really good data file, I am not going to that kind of effort, especially since my current database includes year by year rankings so that you can follow the history of who was top ranked - although after a few decades this gets mind numbing to even look at.
Last weekend, I learned that Green Bay had more championships than I thought. From 1921 through 1933, the championship was awarded to the team with the best win-loss record. There were no playoffs, as the entire league was the size of a large division in baseball.
Next weekend, Green Bay, Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh send teams to the conference championships. There may very well be a new number one all-time team when the dust settles - or after the Super Bowl two weeks later. This is because both Green Bay and Pittsburgh each have 13 tropies, along with Dallas - although Green Bay earned them with the fewest tries so can be considered the best. If both Green Bay and Pittsburgh win, they will each have 14, with one of them gauranteed to win a fifteenth trophy for their franchise. New York is not even close to the top, while with 10 total trophies to date, Chicago could pull within one game of the championship group if it takes bothe the conference and league titles this year - passing San Francisco and Washington.