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Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay Packers Super Bowl


 

Students, Professor Bandito will give you a bit of history lesson today. Lets go back some 52 years ago. The NFL consisted of 12 teams in 11 cities. The league would mourn the death of its commissioner Bert Bell midway through the season. The Colts (who were playing happily in Baltimore would defeat the New York Giants for the second time in as many seasons to win the NFL title. The Cardinals franchise played in Chicago, and were the poor south side cousins in Comiskey Park to the more affluent Bears who played in Wrigley Field. But they were owned by Violet Bidwell-Wolfner widow of Charles Bidwell one of the more senior owners in the NFL. She was besieged by suitors for her ball club who was losing money. The Bidwell family decided to spurn all the suitors and not sell, and instead moved to St. Louis where for 27 years they would be the football counterpart to a more famous (and more successful) baseball team of the same name.

One of those spurned suitors was Lamar Hunt, heir to a oil tycoon fortune. Hunt was frustrated in his bid to buy the Cardinals and annoyed that the NFL showed no signs of expanding beyond its 12 team, 12 city base. Hunt contacted another Texas oil tycoon, Bud Adams as well as 6 other owners including Barron Hilton (yeah the hotel owner and Paris’ grandfather) Bob Howsam in Denver, Billy Sullivan in Boston and Detroit insurance magnate Ralph Wilson (who was considering Miami, then chose to go to Buffalo because it had a stadium to join his “foolish club” which would become the American Football League.

The league started in earnest in 1960, though the NFL initially gave the AFL owners some guidance (Bell gave Hunt a copy of the NFL constitution to copy as a framework for the AFL’s bylaws.) they strategically moved to kill the upstart league before it got playing. The NFL awarded an expansion franchise to the owners of the AFL’s Minnesota contingent, but the AFL scrambled quickly and came up with a new team to play in Oakland. With 22 pro teams playing (14 in the NFL and 8 in the AFL) there was a lot more football. The NFL tried its best to ignore the younger league and for the first five years succeeded. Some of the AFL teams struggled, most notably in Oakland, Denver and New York and two of the stronger teams in Dallas and Los Angeles had trouble competing with their NFL counterparts and moved to Kansas City and San Diego respectively. Nevertheless the AFL survived and began to thrive after inking a multimillion dollar broadcast deal from NBC in 1965. This set off a brief but very expensive signing war. Realizing that this war would ultimately hurt everyone involved, the two leagues would agree to a merger, but not before two more franchises were formed in Atlanta & Miami and still two more were formed in New Orleans (to placate a Louisiana congressman that was helping to push through the merger) and Cincinnati (Paul Brown’s re-entry into football after 5 years.) The lasting result was 28 teams in a new NFL going forward.

Oh and one other thing, the NFL and AFL decided to have a championship game between their respective league champions. Then NFL commish Pete Rozelle liked the name Pro Bowl but since it was the name of the NFL’s all-star game, it would be foolish to change it to that. The name of the first two games were the awkwardly named NFL-AFL World Championship game, though writers had taken to the nickname Super Bowl. Rozelle hated that name, something Hunt had thought of watching his kids play with a rubber “Super Ball” but the name stuck and the NFL decided at the third game to make it the official title, retroactively renaming the first two games which were won the NFL’s standard bearer the Green Bay Packers in decisive routs. The Colts looked to be ready to hand the AFL’s third champ the New York Jets the same fate, but a confident Jets team backed up the “guarantee” of its brash cocky QB Joe Namath and handed the heavily favored Colts a 16-7 stunner that more or less legitimized the AFL, when the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the Minnesota Vikings in the last game between a separate entity AFL/NFL setup the AFL had more than proved it belonged and the Super Bowl was already a football institution.

With that history lesson, lets look at the 45thSuper Bowl, which pits two of the NFL’s oldest and proudest franchises in the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Both of which can trace their history back three decades before the Super Bowl. The Packers have the most collective NFL titles but only 3 of those in the Super Bowl era, meanwhile the Steelers have 6 Super Bowl titles in the last 37 years. Both teams have a single defeat in the Super Bowl, which happened only two years apart (29 & 31)

 

Super Bowl 45

Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4) vs Green Bay Packers (13-6)

For the NFL Championship and the Vince Lombardi Trophy

Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, TX 6:30 (FOX)

Favorite Packers by 2 ½

Super Bowl Fast Facts: There has never been a shutout or overtime in the 44 previous games and all but one (Miami in 6) has seen both teams score at least one touchdown each.

Fast Fact: Both teams have won Super Bowls in LA, Miami and New Orleans

Last Meeting: Steelers defeated the Packers 38-37 in 2009

 

AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers

Regular Season: 12-4 AFC North Champions

Earned 1stround bye as AFC #2 Seed

Defeated AFC Wild Card Baltimore (#5 seed) 31-24 in AFC Divisional Round

Defeated AFC Wild Card New York Jets (#6 seed) 24-19 in AFC Championship

Team Leaders QB Ben Roethlisberger 3200 Yds Passing 17 tds, Rashard Mendenhall 1273 yards rushing 13 tds, Mike Wallace 60 catches 1257 yds 10 tds

6-1 in the Super Bowl Winning Super Bowls 9, 10, 13, 14, 40, & 43. Losing Super Bowl 30.

 

NFC Champion Green Bay Packers

Regular Season 10-6 2ndNFC North

Defeated NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles 21-16 in NFC Wild Card Round

Defeated NFC South Champion Atlanta Falcons 48-21 in NFC Divisional Round

Defeated NFC North Champion Chicago Bears 21-14 in NFC Championship

Team Leaders Aaron Rodgers 3922 yards passing, 28 tds, Brandon Jackson 703 yards rushing, 3tds, Greg Jennings 76 catches 1265 yards 12 tds

3-1 in the Super Bowl Won First two Super Bowls and Super Bowl 31, losing Super Bowl 32

 

When the Steelers have the ball

The Steelers pretty much go as their embattled QB Ben Roethlisberger goes. Having had served a four game suspension at the outset of the season, Big Ben stepped right into the breech and piloted the Steelers to a dynamic season, strong armed and nearly impossible to bring down Roethlisberger pilots the Steelers with skill and efficency. Mike Wallace has taken over the lead role as primary target and has excelled, Rashard Mendenhall is a bruising running with deceptive speed. Though not the type to break a long run, he is very capable of doing so, witness the OT winner against the Falcons in week one. The Packers are centered around the soild play of linebacker Clay Matthews and cornerback Charles Woodson who have big play capability at a moments notice. Also stepping up nicely is lineman BJ Raji who may have an edge against a Steelers offensive line weakened by the injury to outstanding rookie Maurkice Pouncey who is dogged by a high ankle sprain. If Raji and Matthews are able to cause problems to backup Doug Legursky, the Pack will have a decided edge in trying to shut down the Steelers strong running game.

 

When The Packers have the ball

Aaron Rodgers is no longer living in Brett Favre’s lengthy shadow having quietly lead the Packers to their first Super Bowl in 14 years. Rodgers will have the speedy Greg Jennings and James Jones to target. That will have to offset a very weak Packer running game. Of course any discussion of the Steeler defense has to start with Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu who’s all over the field play makes the Steelers defense one of the most formidable. The names on the defense read like a who’s who. James Harrison is still the brutish force at linebacker, Casey Hampton holds the down well while Ike Taylor is a solid compliment to Polamalu in the defensive backfield.  The Steelers are pointed in their attack and yield the fewest rushing yards, and fewest points in the NFL.

 

The Prediction

Ive been very pointed in my general dislike for both of these teams, but the fact remains that they are the leagues best this year and have long distinguished histories along with some of the most vocal (and sometimes annoying) fan bases in league history. That said, looking at the facts, the Steelers have a defense that takes no prisoners and gives yards and points up grudgingly. The Packers lack of a strong running game will be a decided handicap, and with Polamalu free to concentrate on shutting down the Packers receivers. The Steelers wont need to score a whole lot but they will do just enough to get the lead and their defense will make it stand up. Steeler Nation walks tall in Dallas.

Pick Steelers 23 Packers 10

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

Will Jerry Jones Attend The Super Bowl?
Category: User Showcase
Tags: Cowboys Dallas Jerry Jones Super Bowl Commentary

 

Alright, so it's not the sort of question that's likely to be worked on in Philosophy 340 or Debate 235 but, just now, it has a trenchant sort of relevance that bears consideration. After all, the Super Dooper Bowl is being held in Jerry's home-away-from-home ( or maybe this is his real home and wherever else he might have a dwelling is just for the sake of legalities and somewhere to hang the relatives), something he envisioned and then had built. (Proving once again what a lot one can get for a billion dollars. If one considers cubage, then he got a bargain basement price.) More than Babe Ruth and (the old) Yankee Stadium, this is truly the house that Jerry built. But can he stand to sit in it and watch a football game that involves team other than his “Boys”?

 

Over the many years that Mr. Jones has inflicted himself on the public conscious I've not gained the impression that the expression “Good Sport” was a term that was easily hung on his shoulders. Between his adenoidal voice and cock-of-the-walk swagger, he's easily his own testimonial for...himself. It has been bruited about that what he was really building wasn't so much a sporting venue as it was a mausoleum cum museum for Jerry Jones. Personally, I refute that as even in Arlington, Texas, they'd never let something that big be turned into a tax exempt entity. An easier pill to swallow is that it's one man's monument to his love of the game. Of course, for that to be true, we'd have to be speaking of another man for, though I'm sure he's passionate about the issue, what he loves, in descending order are himself, his football team and his last erection currently the home of SB XLV.

 

But the eyes of Texas, not to mention the rest of the world, are upon him, all the live long day and not to show up would be the cut direct. The faux beyond pas. The upper cut to the NFL. Taking that logic then, of course, he attends. However what if-oh horrors-tomorrow he wakes up with (cough, cough) a small chest condition that absolutely demands bed rest and, regretfully, he must regret. That lie doesn't fly for as anyone knows, this is a man who, learning his training field had turned into quicksand, would don duck boots and continue to exhort his players to carry on until water covered them completely. Or he could leave town.

 

It's perhaps unfortunate that this past year he wasted considerable amounts of his time and media space trumpeting that “his” Boys would play in “his” stadium in what was, almost, his Super Bowl. No one since Urban Meyer has so effectively tub thumped a team with promises and predictions. As happens, there's a modest difference in that Meyer's team won and Jerry's Boys....but it would be unkind to go further. Let us only say that if you squint hard and stare at the Steelers, they can almost look a little like Cowboy uniforms. The emblem on their helmets can look like three points of a star and, well, there are other similarities...

 

But the question still hangs in the air? Go or no go? Texas hospitality would seem to demand that he show up and be some sort of equivalent to a Senior Greeter at Wal-Mart but that doesn't require him to stay for the whole game. Or maybe it does. As he's compulsively drawn to the media like a turkey to an ax, then where better to schmooze about the wonders of the 2011 Cowboys? It's safe to say anything he wants and, who knows?, it might even come to pass that's he's right. Or, it may also come to pass that he's as thick headed as last year and he can sit scowling watching his “boys” lose with no style and no grace. Uneasy is the head that heads the team that wears the blue star on their head.

 

However galling the absence of his team may be, he and his billion dollar edifice will get lots of publicity and should it happen that he is so frustrated that he sells the team and moves them elsewhere (admittedly anathema) then he'll have a dandy structure to use as a parking lot for blimps.  


 

Fry Day Blog Special Edition: A Flagrant or a Fragrant Foul???
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NBA Clippers Hawks Blake Griffin

 

I am singing the blues...

The Clippers lost game one of an eleven game road trip...

They lost because they missed too many free throws...

Nothing more...

Nothing less...

The Clips had a one point lead...

Then Al Horford of the the Hawks storms the basket...

Blake Griffin goes up to block the shot...

And gets a flagrant foul...

0.6 seconds left...

Two shots and possession...

Horford hits the throws...

Game over...

Chances of winning with 0.6 were nearly impossible even if it wasn't flagrant...

To me...

That was not flagrant...

This is awfully NFLish of the NBA...

Wussie ball...

It was Horford's own momentum that caused the fall...

You charge to the basket like that...

And what is a defender supposed to do???

Act like a matador???

Ole????

I know I'm biased cuz I'm a Clips fan...

But you tell me...

Whadday think???

 

 

dvt

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUmRKSm6Aa8

Super Bowl XVL : Can Cheese Penetrate Steel?
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV Ben Roethlisberger Aaron Rogers B.J. Raji Rashard Mendenhall Mike Wallace Greg Jennings


 

While the lazy journalist takes the easy way out by huddling in front of the lockers of Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers, defense is the real story of Super Bowl XLV. This may be the best defensive match up a Super Bowl has seen since the Steelers took on the Dallas Cowboys in 1978.

While Pittsburgh had the top defense in the NFL that year, Dallas ranked third. Yet it didn't matter that Sunday, as Pittsburgh won in a 35-31 explosion. It was the highest scoring Super Bowl until 1993, and still ranks as the fourth highest.

Statistically, this is the best run defense the Steelers has ever had. Even better than the legendary "Steel Curtain", which says a lot. Pittsburgh led the NFL in scoring and rushing defense this year. The Packers ranked second in scoring defense while raking fifth in pass defense.

While the Packers were mediocre at stopping the run in 2010, they showed a slight improvement in that area during their playoff run. Part of the reason is the successes of their offense, which caused opponents to run the ball just 39 times total over three games. If Pittsburgh is effective on the ground, it will create major issues for Green Bay.

Pittsburgh was very average in pass defense in 2010 despite a fierce pass rush. Their cornerbacks are good at supporting the run, but have been well below average at defending the pass. There is also a question if they have enough defenders for all of the Packers receivers.

 

QUARTERBACK

Roethlisberger began 2010 watching football from home as he served a four game suspension for conduct off the field. He was rusty upon his return, tossing 15 interceptions against 17 touchdowns. He is very hard to tackle and is tough. He broke his nose against the rival Baltimore Ravens, yet led his team to a come from behind victory.

Rodgers has been an emerging star since being named the starter in 2008. Though he threw for nearly 4,000 yards this year, his presence gives the media an excuse to frequently mention Brett Favre, their friend and hero. Favre was the quarterback Rodgers replaced, and it has obviously shown itself to be the right decision.

Roethlisberger has the experience, having won two Super Bowls already. Rodgers has been hot all season, despite suffering a pair of concussions. Pittsburgh has the better backup quarterback in Charlie Batch, so Green Bay is hoping they won't be forced to play Matt Flynn.

ADVANTAGE : Steelers

 

 

 

RUNNING BACK

Rashard Mendenhall ran for over 1,200 yards this year. He is the cowbell of the team. Pittsburgh wants to get him going fast and often, keeping the vaunted Packers offense on the bench. His effectiveness could hold the key for Pittsburgh.

Green Bay lost their star halfback, Ryan Grant, in the first game of the year. They have been using reserves since, mainly Brandon Jackson. He was replaced by rookie James Starks in the playoffs. Starks has 263 yards and a score on 70 carries so far on the postseason.

While the Packers hope Starks and company can have some impact, every opponent the Steelers have faced in 2010 have hoped for the same thing and generally failed. Any semblance of a ground attack might have to spawn from the effectiveness of the Packers passing attack by forcing Pittsburgh to replace linebackers with defensive backs.

ADVANTAGE : Steelers

 

 

 

 

RECEIVING

Hines Ward is the moral leader of the Pittsburgh receivers. While a fine possession receiver, he has the ability to pancake opponents while blocking. Mike Wallace is their game changer. He scored 10 times this year and averaged an impressive 21 yards per catch. His speed is expected to create huge problems for Green Bay.

While Heath Miller didn't nearly have as good a season as his 2009 Pro Bowl year, he can still stretch the seam. He holds an advantage over Green Bay's Andrew Quarless, a rookie forced into action when starter Jermichael Finley was injured for the year in the fifth week.

Greg Jennings is Rodgers favorite target and a Pro Bowler. Yet Green Bay had three other receivers catch 45 or more passes in 2010. They all bring different talents to the table, which usually creates huge problems for opponents. Most teams do not have enough defensive backs that can stay with the quartet.

After playing the first four years of his career in Pittsburgh, Antwaan Randle El joined the Washington Redskins for four seasons. He returned to Pittsburgh in 2010 and caught a career low 22 balls. He is a former star college quarterback Green Bay must keep an eye on in case of a wide receiver option play. He has just five incompletions in 27 career attempts, with six going for touchdown.

ADVANTAGE : Green Bay

 

 

 

 

 

BLOCKING

The Steelers suffered a huge blow when Pro Bowl rookie center Maurkice Pouncey was declared out of the Super Bowl due to a high ankle sprain. Doug Legursky will play instead, given the unenviable task if trying to stop Green Bay nose tackle B.J. Raji.

Pittsburgh had already lost tackles Max Starks and Willie Colon for the season, but veterans Jonathan Scott and Flozell Adams had performed better than expected so far. Reserve tight end Matt Spaeth, a blocking specialist, might play often to try to help slow down the Packers blitz.

Green Bay is led by Pro Bowl left tackle Chad Clifton. His bookend, Mark Tauscher, was lost early in the season but 2010 first-round choice Brian Bulaga had done a fine job so far. The Packers have a mostly veteran line, and it is considered a strength of their team this season.

ADVANTAGE : Green Bay

 

 

 

DEFENSIVE LINE

On paper, the Steelers defensive line has not put up big statistics. They also lost veteran defensive end Aaron Smith early in the year because of injury. But they know their roles. The Steelers scheme has them occupying blockers so their excellent linebackers can pile up the tackles.

Raji, Cullen Jenkins, and Ryan Pickett have been solid all season for the packers. There is little quality depth behind them, thanks to losing several players to injury or suspension this year. But this trio has 14.5 sacks combined, and Raji is now expected to be very effective with Pouncey gone.

ADVANTAGE : Green Bay

 

 

 

LINEBACKERS

Since Jerry Shipkey became the first Steelers linebacker to go to a Pro Bowl in 1950, this position has been a strength of the team. There have been 20 linebackers to go to the Pro Bowl since. James Harrison went this year, and Lemarr Woodley, James Farrior, and Lawrence Timmons are also excellent players. If the unit has one weakness, it is in pass defense.

Green Bay was hit especially hard at this position by injury. Fortunately for them, Clay Matthews III was not one. He played well enough to almost win Defensive Player of the Year. Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk did solid jobs in the middle, and rookie Frank Zombo has chipped in four sacks.

ADVANTAGE : Pittsburgh

 

 

 

SECONDARY

Troy Polamalu is the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He and Ryan Clark are a veteran safety duo seldom fooled and generally where the ball is. Bryan McFadden had an impressive 74 tackles this year and in generally considered the teams best cornerback. Ike Taylor and William Gay are average at best. Most expect Rodgers to pick on them and whomever the dime back will be, if Pittsburgh is forced to use that package.

Nick Collins and Charles Woodson, the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, both went to the Pro Bowl this year. Tramon Williams, who is having an excellent playoffs, also played well enough to make it. Nickel back Sam Shield Shields became the first rookie to ever get two interceptions, a sack, and force a fumble in a playoff game in the victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship

ADVANTAGE : Green Bay

 

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Shaun Suisham is a journeyman who joined the team in the eleventh week after Jeff Reed's game went awry. He has missed just two kicks since joining the team. Losing stay punter Daniel Sepulveda to his second ACL injury in three years hurt. Former Packers punter Jeremy Kapinos has been average at best in his place.

Mason Crosby has been excellent since Green Bay drafted him in 2007. He missed six kicks all year while making a career long field goal of 56 yards. Rookie free agent punter Tom Masthay has been quite a find. He averaged nearly 43 yards per attempt and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week once this year.

Neither team is very good in the return game, though Pittsburgh did have some success at returning kickoffs. A big play in this area could have a tremendous impact on the final outcome of the game.

 

ADVANTAGE : Green Bay

 

 

 

 

COACHING

Mike Tomlin is not only the youngest coach ever to win a Super Bowl, he is the youngest coach ever to take a team to two Super Bowls. He teams with Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau to keep the Steelers defense strong, since defense is Tomlin's strong suit.

LeBeau is called "Coach Dad" by his players. He has been in the NFL since 1959 and is the creator of the zone blitz. He once served as defensive backs coach under Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers when Capers was the Steelers defensive coordinator in 1992 to 1994. Both men are very familiar with each other.

 

Capers has done a masterful job in Green Bay this year despite losing 10 key players to injuries or suspension. His success has helped Mike McCarthy keep the team competitive. It also speaks highly on general manager Ted Thompson, who loaded the team deep with talent.

McCarthy, who deserved the Coach of the Year Award this season, is very good at adjusting his plan of attack as the game progresses. If Pittsburgh gets off to a fast start, it will be interesting to see how the Packers come out in the second half.

ADVANTAGE : Steelers

 

 

 

SUMMARY

Pittsburgh needs a good ground game, which is now a more difficult task with Pouncey out. Green Bay has the defenders to stay with the Steelers receivers other than Wallace. The blazing speed of Wallace has presented a problem for opponents all year.

Rodgers has been sharp all year, and he has a very good chance of maintaining that pace. It will be interesting to see how LeBeau plans to stop all of the Packers receivers, but it appears on paper that Pittsburgh does not have enough defensive backs to stop Green Bay from chucking it all over the field.

With Pouncey gone, Raji should collapse the Steelers point of attack often. This will open more lanes for Capers to probe with blitzes. Both defensive coordinators are known for their complex blitz packages, which will crash down on the offensive lines from all angles.

The team whose offensive line performs best should win, but Pittsburgh may end up having to help Legursky too much in their attempt to slow down Raji. He is a rising star in the NFL, and the Super Bowl is the brightest stage for his talents to shine. 

Packers 19   Steelers 13

On The Eve Of Super Sunday
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL Football

The two week wait is nearly over, and tomorrow evening (afternoon on the West Coast) the Super Bowl XLV will finally kick-off.   For those of us who are not versed in Roman Numerals, I think that means it will be the 45th Super Bowl ever played.  Being that I am an old dinosaur, it will also be the 45th Super Bowl that I have ever seen.  Actually it was not even called the Super Bowl until Super Bowl III; the first two games were called the AFL-NFL World Championship Games.  This will be the first time that the game will be hosted by Dallas, although there have been two previous games in Houston.

 

I am rooting for the Green Bay Packers in this game and, if they prevail, I assume that the love affair between Brett Favre and Green Bay will officially be ended and the Aaron Rogers era will have begun.  In the very beginning, it was the Bart Starr Era, as he guided the Packers to the first two Super Bowl wins.  I must admit, that is a Holy Trinity of quarterbacks that Green Bay has been blessed. I cannot think of any team that has had three signal-callers who had so much talent, although the 49ers combination of Joe Montana/Steve Young has to be the greatest duo of All-Time.  The Pittsburgh Terry Bradshaw/Ben Roethlisberger duo, the Dallas Staubach/Aikman coupling, and the New England Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady combo are all within striking distance.  My only reason to root for the Pittsburgh Steelers is because Troy Palamalu is on their team, and I certainly believe that he is the best defensive player in football.  He is also a class act off the field, so if the Steelers prevail, at least I can be happy for him.

 

I have only really been fanatical about only one Super Bowl ever, and that was the Steelers/Cardinals game two years ago.  I thought that one was the most exciting one ever, and I still think that the Cardinals were the real winners of that game in that they finally rewarded all their loyal fans with a trip to the Big Game.  I wish the fans of Cleveland and Detroit a chance to see their Browns and Lions go to the Big Show soon; I want them to feel the same way I did when the Cardinals finally ascended to the title game.  

 

I also really enjoyed Super Bowl III, which was the game that the mouthy Joe Namath and his brash New York Jets pulled the big upset of the mighty Baltimore Colts.  The AFL showed the NFL in that game that the AFL and the NFL were equal in terms of talent.  After that game the two leagues merged and the NFL as we now know it was born.  The significance of the game has certainly changed over the years.  Tickets to the first Super Bowl in Los Angeles were $12 and the game was not a sell-out, the only non-sellout in Super Bowl history.  Tickets to Super Bowl XLV start at $3000, and it will cost $200 just to stand outside the stadium tomorrow and freeze in snowy Dallas.  Almost all of the games have been played in warm weather places, although there have been a couple of games in Detroit (inside their domed stadium), and the 2014 game is slated to be played outside in New York.  I am not sure that this is a good idea, but we will see how this cold weather Super Bowl pans out. 

 

I have never been one to partake in the pre-game shows, which tomorrow will run eight hours, but I must admit I have always been fascinated by the Super Bowl commercials, probably the only time during the year that I actually watch television commercials.   My roommate Diesel even watches the commercials, which is amazing since he tapes almost everything on commercial television to watch later when he can skip right through all of them.  It is for Diesel that I am rooting for the Packers.  He is from Wisconsin, and I know how much a Green Bay win would mean to him.  I wish that everyone have a great time watching along with Diesel and me, the Super Bowl really is America’s #1 Sporting Event.  I predict the final score to be 28-24 but, in reality, all we sports fans win in that the game is free viewing to all of us.  That sadly might not be the case in the very near future of the Super Bowl, with pay-for-view looming on the horizon.  Let us also not forget the lock-out date of March 3, when the Eternal Flame that is professional football just might be extinguished.

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