It would be out of character for me to not say SOMEthing about this weekend's showdown in "Big D;" I do plan on watching the game but my enthusiasm will probably be at a lower ebb than usual...I don't particularly like either team this year.
Still for those of us keeping track of the winding down of the Mayan Tzolkin, this could be the last Super Bowl before crazy-ass "earth changes" (my bet is on a global pole shift) knock civilization on its ass. It's something I've been trying not to think of too much lately as I have a son now, and I'd hate to have to relive any part of that horribly depressing Viggo film, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic world.
However, if this IS the last Super Bowl our present civilization sees, it's only fitting that it features a match up between two of the oldest and historically storied franchises in the NFL. Maybe Kansas City would have been a better rep for the AFC (they were the first team to play against Green Bay in Super Bowl I), but it's only fitting the Packers have a chance to reclaim the Lombardi trophy one, last time.
It's just irritating that it's Aaron Rogers at the helm for the Packers. Sorry...I'm not a fan of the guy.
Most Seattle fans are, of course, rooting for Green Bay to kick the Steelers ass, still smarting over Super Bowl XL. However, I actually heard a comment on the radio today that helped me put 2005 in perspective...can one really blame Pittsburgh for that particular travesty? Biased refs, biased media coverage, but do the Steelers have any control over this sort of thing? And what are they supposed to do about it? Give the trophy back?
That's sillier than awarding a tie in baseball.
Well, whatever...I probably will NOT be rooting for the Steelers on Sunday, simply because I can't stand their quarterback (that's MY hang-up, I realize). However, I don't think Pittsburgh is going to win regardless. Green Bay is hands-down the better team between the two of them, played against better competition during the regular season, and beat better teams. Pittsburgh had the "perfect storm" of events to get back to the Big Dance this year...a first round bye, and two home games against teams they already saw in the regular season (and against whom they matched up well). Barring a serious (i.e. game-ending) injury to one of the Packers' key players, Green Bay should be able to take them apart...just like the Patriots did for my birthday weekend this year. This ain't the Cardinals the Steelers are facing, but a team with an outstanding defense. And the refs (and media) are as likely to be biased towards the Pack as to Pittsburgh, so they can't count on that kind of help.
Anyway, that's all I'm going to say on the subject. I thought I should write SOMEthing, seeing as I've commented on the NFL all season long. We'll see what happens Sunday.