Super Sunday

The Super Bowl.  By far the biggest game of the year.  By far the biggest sport in America.  This year we’re spoiled rotten by landing both the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the same game.  As a nation we all bind together and watch the same program two or three times a year, at best, with the Super Bowl leading that category.  You’ll be one of roughly 100 million people Sunday night watching cheese meet steel.  It’s one of the few days that drinking beers the night before work is encouraged.  When you look forward to commercials.  Where chicken wings are as essential as oxygen.  When you’re rooting hard for a team that’s not yours.  And if it is your team, you’re left with one of two emotions:  jubilation that will last for months, or a hollow depression that can only be solved by more beers.  Some years we’re left with ‘back burner’ teams such as Seattle, Carolina or Arizona in the big game, and we certainly make the best of it.  Not this year.  We have two historic franchises that, when combined, occupy nearly 30% of the Super Bowls played.  There’s certain brands in sports where the mere team symbol says more than anyone could ever fit into a blog, column or SportsCenter special.  The Packers and Steelers certainly carry that aura.  It’s more than one player or coach, as both organizations have withstood the test of time.  It’s only fair that these two evenly matched teams square up on Sunday.  Although the Super Bowl is designed to have evenly matched teams, I can’t remember it being this close on both sides of the football.  The average points per game each team put up this season is separated by less than one point (.9).   Defensively the range is even slimmer between the two, with the average points allowed a difference of a half a point.  What are the chances of that?  In two different conferences, with roughly 1,000 minutes of football over 4 months time, both team’s averages are separated by a fraction of 1 point?  Talk about an even matchup.  It was only right this week that the Defensive Player of the Year award (decided by 50 votes from NFL media members) went to Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu, who edged out Packers Linebacker Clay Mathew’s by only 2 votes (17/15).  Furthermore, both defenses were top 5 in the league in sacks, interceptions and yards allowed.  Aaron Rodgers, on the other side of the football, now has some post season success to go along with his regular season accolades, and I can’t wait to see how he reacts in his first Super Bowl.  If it’s anything like his first divisional or NFC championship, he won’t be phased.  For the Steelers, Big Ben has been here twice before, which leads me to believe he’ll be locked in like a girl in a bathroom.  What we need above all is a good game.  A  Steelers/Cardinals type finish.  A Giants/Patriots drama.  I’ve prayed to the football Gods for the last three nights to spare us from a one sided game like the Giants/Ravens woodshed beating in 2001 (34-7).  Dare I bring up Buffalo’s performances against Dallas in 93/94? (We’re still looking for answers)  To be honest, I’m just ready for kickoff.  The two-week holdover kills me.  The media stories of Rodgers stepping out of Brett Favre’s shadow are wearing thin.  Big Ben’s story of redemption become redundant after the first week, let alone after the ‘breaking news’ that he was in a Piano bar on Tuesday.  The time for fluff has nearly passed, so let’s get it popping, please!  Don’t you dare let that 10 hour pregame burn you out.  Put on your game face, grab the remote, your buddies, your drink, those pigs in a blanket and soak up our last football game!

Notes:  I love football.  I love betting.  Super Bowl Sunday is like two universes colliding.  As far as the game, I like the Steelers getting the points.  If I hit, it will be the third Super Bowl in a row I picked right, just saying.  Although betting the game is fun, it’s not nearly as fun as the game within the game.  I know Barstoolsports.com covered the props a bit, but not near the justice they deserve!  The following are all, believe it or not, real bets that can be placed on Bodog.com:  How long will it take Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem (over/under 1 minute, 54 seconds)?  Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat when she sings?  Will Christina Aguilera’s hair be any other color than completely blond when she sings?  How long will Christina Aguilera hold the note “Brave” when she sings the National Anthem (over/under 6 seconds)?  Will Fergie be dressed as a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader at any point during the halftime show?  How many times will Fox show Jerry Jones on TV during the game (over/under 2.5)?  How many times will Fox mention “Brett Favre” during the game (over/under 2.5)?  What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team’s head coach (Blue, yellow, orange, red, clear)?  Who will the MVP of the Super Bowl thank first (God, family, coach, teammates, nobody)?  What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl (up/down)?  What will be the result of the Super Bowl coin toss (heads/tails)?    I’m telling you, prop bets are where it’s at people! LOL I’m being half sarcastic, but the fact that you can throw hundreds/thousands of dollars on these simple, controllable variables is one of the reasons that make this nation great!  I’m not sure what to throw some cash on, but something tells me red Gatorade may make me rich!!!

Below is a video simulation of how I see the game shaping up sunday. (Madden knows all, watch for the red Gatorade).

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2 Responses to Super Sunday

  1. jB says:

    Go pack go. Unreal that Pitt knew all GB could do was pass and still couldn’t stop them.

  2. Steve says:

    I like the Pack, by 2 scores

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