Super Bowl XLVII is over, but the party is just starting back in Baltimore. On Tuesday, the Ravens conducted the customary victory parade through town – an event described as “pandemonium” – and saw 80,000 delirious fans pack M&T Bank Stadium to the rafters.
Almost exactly a decade ago, a similar scene was unfolding in downtown Tampa, as a delirious but well-mannered Bay area crowd packed sidewalks, parking garages and even nearby trees to get a close-up look at the Buccaneers’ championship parade. An estimated crowd of 150,000 fans had packed every square inch of the parade’s three-mile route, and the night before Raymond James Stadium had been standing-room-only for the team’s official welcome back.
There’s no doubt that a Super Bowl victory taps deep into the emotional well of a team’s fan base, whether it’s located in Florida, Maryland or Louisiana. And the award-winning folks at NFL Films have proved that they can tap into that well with their popular documentary series called “America’s Game.”
Each team that wins the Super Bowl gets the America’s Game treatment, with NFL Films combining game footage with candid audio clips and after-the-fact interviews with the team’s key figures. For fans wishing to relive some of their team’s most glorious moments, the America’s Game for the specific Super Bowl in question is always a welcome find on NFL Network.
The America’s Game piece about the Buccaneers win in Super Bowl XXXVII first aired on April 23, 2007, so it was a good five-year reminder. It was narrated by Laurence Fishburne and featured revealing interviews with Jon Gruden, John Lynch and Warren Sapp. If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance…but you’ll have to get involved.
Right now, the NFL is running a Fans’ Choice Special to determine which of the 46 America’s Game films will be aired this weekend on the Network. By voting for the Buccaneers’ edition, you can improve your chances of catching it on air on Saturday, February 9.
And you don’t have to worry about overzealous ballot-box stuffing by Packers or Cowboys fans. The Network is choosing 25 of the 46 pieces, not just one, to run again. It’s a golden opportunity, in other words, to once again see Dwight Smith stealing one away from Jerry Rice, Derrick Brooks providing the pick-six dagger and Keenan McCardell scoring a pair of touchdowns. All you have to do is vote.