Block & Tackle: Enjoy Phil Simms while he lasts

Block & Tackle is John Teti’s column about pro football.

When Super Bowl 50 kicks off this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. Hawaii), the nation’s rooting interests will be split. Some fans will pull for the Denver Broncos, the magnificent stallions who conquered the AFC with a stifling defense that, judging by media reports, was led by quarterback Peyton Manning. On the other side will be fans of the Carolina Panthers, those meowing marauders whose quarterback has sparked controversy by enjoying himself on a football field while also being black. Regardless of which team they favor, though, Americans appear to be practically unanimous in their disdain for Phil Simms, CBS’ lead football analyst. That’s a shame. We should be enjoying the Phil Simms era while it lasts.

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