Thursday, February 10, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Great game, great party
So much has been said for the history and mystique of both teams which were fortunate enough to make it to Super Bowl XLV.
And on gameday, there was a nonstop love fest on Channel 13 which lasted the entire day. If one had nothing to do except bask in all the interviews, skits, tall tales and jokes, one could come away with a barrel of football lore. It was a real treat to see how the event was planned to honor many of yesteryear’s heroes and listen as they recounted some indelible memories of their games.
There was a mass amount of homage paid to the vision of Jerry Jones and the outstanding venue, which housed the event that was the greatest crowd drawer in the history of the game. Someone intimated that if the Cowboys had actually been participating in this game, the total numbers would have been astronomical. One would be hard pressed to refute such a prediction, given the popularity of America’s team.
But it was all about the Packers and the Steelers. The latter was seeking its seventh Super Bowl victory and the former its fourth.
The teams are the same age, having entered the pro league in the same year (1933). Of course, in the old days before the NFL instituted the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers ruled the roost. They were the true dynasty. The Pack had the record 12 NFL overall titles going into the game on Sunday. And they are also the only sixth seed of the NFC to ever make it to a Super Bowl. They got in through the “wildcard” route. They defeated three division champs to get there.
The day before the game, the Pack was the two-point favorite.
We all know by now just how it all turned out – their early domination of the Steelmen and their consistent penetration of the “steel curtain.” From someone who had picked the Steelers to romp over the Packers, the curtain looked to be about as effective as a spider web.
But all the “sour grapes” aside, it was still a great game and a great Super Bowl party.
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