AFC North: Super Bowl 44

Morning take: Stover falls short

February, 8, 2010
Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North: Morning take: Stover, 42, made history by becoming the oldest player to participate in a Super Bowl. But to lose the game had to be bittersweet.
Morning take: With the Colts losing Sunday, Pittsburgh remains just one of two teams, joining the New England Patriots, to win multiple Super Bowls in the decade.
Morning take: LeBeau was elected to the Hall of Fame for his playing days with the Detroit Lions. But if he had to make a choice as coach, would he represent the Bengals or Steelers?
Morning take: It's very difficult to win championships in today's NFL without solid play from that position. Mike Holmgren's knowledge of quarterbacks will be put to the test early in Cleveland.

A moment in time

January, 27, 2010
Can you imagine what a player is thinking while participating in the biggest game -- and the biggest play -- of his life?

Well, will tell you.

NFC West blogger Mike Sando, ESPN's Pedro Gomez, NFL editor John Banks and I collaborated on a Super Bowl project called "Inside A Moment In Time." It chronicles last year's 100-yard interception return by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, which is arguably the greatest play in Super Bowl history.

We have detailed insight and reaction from everyone involved in the play, including Harrison, Pittsburgh teammates Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley, and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. We even got the official's perspective on the play.

It's a cool piece. So check it out.

Are Saints copying the Bengals?

January, 25, 2010
Although it hasn't been discussed much recently, Cincinnati Bengals fans know there's a longstanding debate on who originated the "Who Dey" chant and the "Who Dat?" chant of the New Orleans Saints.

The disagreement will be jumpstarted once again over the next two weeks as the nation will hear plenty of "Who Dat?" chants from the Saints leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

Football fans in Cincinnati believe their slogan came first, while fans in New Orleans disagree.

In a way, they're both right.

Let's examine the histories.

During the 1980 season, Bengals fans were the first group in the NFL to chant "Who dey! Who dey! Who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?" Three years later in 1983, the Saints chanted "Who Dat? Who dat say they gonna beat dem Saints?" It was originally based on entertainment skits that were later picked up in the 1960s by schools in New Orleans and, eventually, the Saints.

So did the Saints copy Cincinnati or simply continued a tradition from their own city? Those who follow the Bengals say it’s the former, while Saints fans believe it's the latter.

Who's correct?