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Super Bowl XLIV Has a Winner and the “Team of the Decade” Can be Crowned

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Ed Lasater of Jacksonville, FL, fan of the New England Patriots shows support for his team outside the stadium prior to Super Bowl XLII against on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Glenn CardSenior Analyst IFebruary 8, 2010

The argument that the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Indianapolis Colts should be wearing the “Team of the Decade” crown instead of the New England Patriots has now been settled. The debate is now over.

The Steelers had their chance to be considered for this distinction with two Super Bowl wins under their belt this decade, and looking to strike gold with a third this year. It just didn’t pan out that way in reality.

The Colts fans argued that, due to the number of historical regular season wins and the quarterback proficiency and all his statistics, the Colts should be considered the team of the decade should they get the crowning achievement of a second Super Bowl victory to finish the decade.

Sunday night, the scoreboard at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLIV did two things. It has ushered in a new football darling, with the New Orleans Saints, and it sealed and closed the discussion of which team owned the decade of the 2000’s.

The New England Patriots have earned the distinction of “Team of the Decade.”

Steelers had a strong decade with playoff appearances in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007,  and 2008. They were Division champs in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008; Conference champs in 2005 and 2008; and won the Super bowl in 2005 and 2008

The Colts record for playoff appearances was 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009; they were Division champs in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009; and they were Conference champs in 2006, 2009...and won the Super bowl in 2006

The Patriots, on other hand, had playoff appearances in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009; were Division champs in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009; were Conference champs in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007...and won the Super bowl in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

All three teams had admirable records for the last ten years. There is many a fan base that wish they could claim half of what these three teams have accomplished.

I salute the Saints for their Super Bowl win this year. They have started to build their resume for the coming decade.

In the past ten years the NFL fans have witnessed some outstanding play by a number of quarterbacks. It is not up to me to debate which of those titans have been the best— that argument will still be discussed ten years from now.

But, for this decade past, it’s time for all other NFL teams to get down on bended knee as they raise their heads to view the crown of the “Team of the Decade”, and then kiss the Patriots' rings.

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