I usually don’t take anything Michael Irvin says seriously, mostly because I can’t understand his words through the laughing that lasts four hours. If I had a basic small talk conversation with Irvin, I imagine it would sound something like this:
Me: Hey Mike, what are you doing today?
Me: Any plans? Anything at all going on?
Me: why are you laughing?
Me: No really, is there something on my face? Did I put my shirt on backwards this morning? I’ve done that before.
Irvin: hahaha University of Miami hahaha
Me: I hate you
So as I continue with this post, I do it with the disclaimer that when Irvin says words, they’re usually the kind of words that insult the very language he’s speaking. Therefore, he has to say something that’s particularly ridiculous to warrant mention.
He wants to rename the Lombardi Trophy to the Lombardi/Belichick Trophy. Is that good enough?
He shared this innovative idea with Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
“I think the world of Belichick. I told him this, ‘Man, if it was up to me, that (Super Bowl) trophy would be called the Lombardi/Belichick.’ I don’t care what they think. It would be called the Lombardi/Belichick.”
Since he’s a beat writer and beat writers feel the urge to tell their readership how awesome the home team is, Howe then dutifully outlined the supporting arguments for Irvin’s proposal.
Lombardi’s legacy was written with the Green Bay Packers, whom he led to three NFL championships and two Super Bowls in nine seasons. He was 89-29-4 in the regular season and 9-1 in the playoffs. Then again, his Packers only needed to win one playoff game to claim his first two NFL titles.
Belichick is 139-53 in the regular season and 16-6 in the playoffs, and he is coaching in the salary cap era. Since 2001, Belichick has 31 more victories, including the playoffs, than any coach in the league.
The rebuttal is simple.
Yes, Lombardi is a legend. And yes, Belichick is already a legend, even though his coaching career is far from over. But if we’re inviting slashes into the name of football’s championship trophy that was once referred to as the “World Championship Trophy,” when will they stop? Will we be content with just two names? Of course not, because once that dam is opened, homer McFanboys everywhere will mount a campaign for their favorite coaching legend.
Does the Lombardi/Belichick/Noll trophy sound prestigious? Chuck Noll was the Steelers’ head coach for 22 years, and he won four Super Bowls. Then of course there’s the far more legendary Paul Brown, who won seven championships. And what about if the Giants repeat this year? Will Tom Coughlin’s name be added because he will have won three championships over just six years?
Let’s keep going, because this is fun. In 2009 Mike Tomlin became the youngest head coach to win a title, and in just his five seasons in Pittsburgh his teams have appeared in two Super Bowls. He’s still only 4o years old, and he just signed a shiny new contract, so two more championships to match Belichick’s mark are well within his reach if he maintains his current pace.
Personally, I think the Lombardi/Belichick/Noll/Brown/Coughlin/Tomlin Trophy rolls off the tongue quite nicely.