Raheel Ramzanali: The 5 most memorable moments from the Super Bowl

Raheel Ramzanali: The 5 most memorable moments from the Super Bowl
Nick Foles was excellent when it counted.

Now that we’ve had some time to reflect on Super Bowl 52, I wanted to recap the five most memorable moments from Super Sunday:

5. Never underestimate how unathletic the greatest quarterback really is in the grand scheme of things. Before you get at me with your “SUCK MY D*CK, A**HOLE! BRADY IS THE GREATEST” nonsense, just know that I’m with you - Brady is indeed the greatest player I’ve ever watched, but that doesn’t mean he’s not that athletic in the grand scheme of things. No number of pliability sessions with the great Alex Guerrero can prepare Brady to catch a pass off a trick play on the biggest stage. This was Brady’s chance to show the world that he’s somewhat capable of making a non-throwing athletic play in the NFL, but he didn’t. If he completes that pass, the TB12 Method is blowing up even  more. We would have evidence that this REALLY works across multiple disciplines like throwing and catching, but instead we’re left with the same ol’ Brady isn’t athletic jokes. Don’t get me wrong, I think throwing for 3 TDs and 505-yards is super impressive, but in my opinion him completing the reception would’ve changed the course of history in how we talk about Brady. Now we’ll always revert back to his Combine picture and the still of him dropping the pass.

4. Kevin Hart is the biggest comedian on the planet. He’s found a niche in Hollywood as The Rock’s comedic relief and literally everyone knows him. With that being said, one of my fondest memories from this Super Bowl was watching Kevin Hart get heat checked after the game when he attempted to get on stage with the Eagles to celebrate their first Super Bowl win ever. I think Kevin Hart’s story is awesome. He’s paid his dues and is now enjoying the fruits of his labor. From being the MVP at the NBA Celebrity All-Star game to making the rounds on Radio Row, Kevin Hart loves being part of big events. So, it was no surprise that after the biggest win in franchise history that Kevin Hart would try to work himself into the mix with the Eagles. Seeing Kevin Hart try to get on stage and then be denied by NFL Security was fantastic. I think at one point he played the “Do you know who I am?!” card, but the NFL does not mess around. They denied him and eventually the camera panned away so we didn’t see how it ended. I could have watched that interaction for an hour to see what other cards Hart would’ve played to get on stage.

3. More and more stories will come out about why Malcolm Butler was benched, but this game will forever be remembered for the sideline shots of Butler just standing there for four hours. Bonus: at first I thought Butler REALLY REALLY REALLY loved the USA or REALLY REALLY REALLY loved Pink’s rendition of the national anthem, but it turns out he REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to play but found he wouldn’t be playing. Bummer.

2. The Eagles really pulled off the upset. Now, it wasn’t a monumental upset in terms of Vegas odds, but still how many of us really thought the Eagles would pull it off? I certainly didn’t and MyBookie.AG can verify it. Nick Foles and Doug Pederson really did it. They were supposed to be the easiest 1 seed to upset going into the NFC side of things, yet they kept winning games and Foles kept on getting better. At no point during the Super Bowl did I think Foles was in over his head. That’s a great lesson for every young player out there on being ready and confident enough when your number is called. We’ll also never forget the “Philly Special” on fourth down and Pederson’s gutsy call. At the party I was at, when the Eagles called the timeout I immediately said Foles was going to run it in, but boy was I wrong when they decided to go all college football on us with trick play. That’s how Super Bowls are supposed to be won. GO TAKE IT!

1. This Super Bowl will forever be known as the game the Eagles finally won it all and the game that inspired an Eagles fan to eat horse turd. That’s right, my number one most memorable thing about Super Sunday was this Eagles fan enjoying himself an entree of horse doodoo during the championship riots.  Once you’re done burning things and flipping cars, you’re really out of things to do in a  riot, so naturally they decided to munch on some horse crap to pass time. I’m not sure what this dude was on, but I feel like the great Rick James quote applies here: Cocaine is a hell of a drug. There is no amount of money you could pay me to eat horse dung, but this dude here did it for free in honor of Nick Foles. Philly, you will forever be known for Rocky, Cheesesteaks, Nick Foles, and people that eat turd cakes from horses.  

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Coogs beat the Sooners, 87-85. Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images.

Jamal Shead hit a short follow shot with 0.4 seconds left and No. 1 Houston beat Oklahoma 87-85 on Saturday night, giving coach Kelvin Sampson a victory over one of his former schools.

Shead missed a driving layup attempt, but corralled the rebound and put the Cougars back ahead after they blew a 15-point lead. Emanuel Sharp tipped away a desperation pass by Oklahoma’s Milos Uzan as time expired.

“The main thing (on the last shot) was to get it to the rim,” Sampson said. “We weren’t going to shoot anything outside of 5 feet. There were three ways to win that game — a whistle, make the shot or (grab) an offensive rebound and put it in — and we got the third one.”

Sampson credited the result to Houston’s “winning DNA. We had a lot of things go against us tonight. … We were just plugging the holes in the boat up.”

L.J. Cryer led Houston (26-3, 13-3 Big 12) with 23 points, making 5 of 9 3-pointers. J’Wan Roberts added 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting, and Shead scored 14 points. Houston shot 56.7% from the field and Oklahoma was at 52.7%.

Rivaldo Soares had 16 points for Oklahoma (19-10, 7-9). Le’Tre Darthard had 15 points, finishing 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Sampson coached Oklahoma from 1994 to 2006 and ranks second in program history with 279 wins and first in winning percentage (.719). Before Saturday, he’d never coached against the Sooners, but Houston’s entry into the Big 12 for this basketball season provided that opportunity.

Sampson received a warm welcome as he entered the Lloyd Noble Arena court, with many fans applauding, cheering and standing. Just before player introductions, Sampson and his three assistants with Oklahoma ties — former players Hollis Price, Quannas White and Kellen Sampson, his son — were individually recognized with announcements and pictured on the video board.

“The memories that I will take from here are just amazing,” Kelvin Sampson said. “Oklahoma will always be home in a lot of ways.”

Houston made its first week this season at No. 1 a successful one, with two wins. The Cougars are a game ahead of No. 8 Iowa State in the conference standings with two games left in the regular season and remain in the conversation for the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Houston has won eight of the last nine games it has played as the No. 1-ranked team and is 35-5 overall while atop the AP poll.

Oklahoma dropped its second game of the week against a top-10 opponent, having lost 58-45 at Iowa State on Wednesday night.

The Sooners pushed Houston to the limit. Houston led 67-52 with 12:01 left, but the Sooners methodically closed that gap and Javian McCollum’s layup with 11.8 seconds left tied it at 85. It came after a hustle play by Uzan, who tracked down a rebound off a missed free throw and threw it off the leg of Sharp, allowing it to carom out of bounds.

Oklahoma coach Porter Moser said the vibe in the Sooners’ locker room was “tough. It wasn’t like they were happy to be close. They’re hurting. That’s a good sign. … That’s the elite of the elite and we’ve got to find a way to win that. That’s my job.

“I thought they were resilient battling back. Houston made tough shots, open shots, good shots. They do a lot of good things … but I thought we did too. We played the best team in the country, but we fell short. The margin of error when you play a team that good is small.”

Godwin went 6 of 6 from the field and led Oklahoma with 17 points, missing only the one free throw in six attempts as well. He also had seven rebounds.


Houston: Sampson surely appreciated the warm welcome from fans on his return to Oklahoma, but he’s undoubtedly glad to have the emotional game against the Sooners over with. Now he can push the Cougars to focus on finishing the regular season strong and prepare them for the postseason.

Oklahoma: A win over the nation’s No. 1 team might have pushed the Sooners up a line or two in NCAA tournament seeding, but the loss shouldn’t damage their postseason hopes too much. Oklahoma probably needs at least one win next week — at home against Cincinnati or at Texas — to stay comfortably off the NCAA bubble heading into the Big 12 Tournament.


Houston: At Central Florida on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma: Host Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

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