Thursday, February 3, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Big game this Sunday
While the fallout from the NFC and AFC championship games was still reverberating throughout the land, the selectees for the “feel good” game on distant shores were having a ball.
The Pro Bowl was back in Hawaii after trying the last outing in the continental U.S. That game was most unpopular and it had everything to do with location. As one pro-bowler put it, “If you are selected, you just expect to be playing in Hawaii.” Those would be my sentiments.
Speaking of expectations, that question is being asked over and over again as the Steelers prepare to meet the Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6. Just what is expected of the team which has more “super” wins than any other franchise? Should the Steelers prevail in this one, they will have advanced the skein to seven. How is that for a lucky number?
The Steelers seem to be the favorite of the man in the street. Ask about anyone and the answer is liable to come back, Pittsburgh. Most will not hesitate to tell you that their own personal favorite is not in this one. And that sentiment stretched all the way to the “First” fan. President Obama is reportedly to have said that he would attend the Super Bowl IF the Chicago Bears were in it.
This raised the hackles of one Charles Woodson (one of only two players on the Packers team which has played in a Super Bowl). The Green Bay cornerback called the prez out, stating the president would see them when he invites the winner to the White House. Com’on, man. Can’t the president of these United States have a favorite pick?
There is so much rhetoric whirling around this year’s game that one hardly knows where to start. This is the first time that the game will be played in an arena which cost over a billion and a half iron men. It is also projected that this will be the most favorite media event in history and will surpass last year’s (record setter) in numbers.
And just so you fans won’t be confused, the home team will not be the team in white this year. The Pack is the home team and has elected to wear (what else?), green. The Steelers stated they would be wearing white because that was the color they wore when they defeated Arizona in SBXLII.
Yours truly doesn’t have a dog (apologies Mr. Vick), in this fight, but if he did it would probably be wearing white.
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