I am the first one to admit that I get excited about the Super Bowl every single year. I like everything about the big game. I like football. I like beer. I like football food. I like new funny commercials. I like parties. The Super Bowl has everything. Super Bowl Sunday is my favorite holiday, but this year I am even more excited than normal. No, my team isn't in it, but this year I think we are going to see a really excellent game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been playing outstanding football for the last seven years. The Steelers have won two of the last five Super Bowls. Not too shabby. This is a strong, experienced and confident football team from Pittsburgh and they have been solid all season.
The Green Bay Packers have also had a great year. They ended with a 10 - 6 record and a sixth seed in the playoffs, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been absolutely on fire in this post-season. When Troy Aikman goes on and on about what a great quarterback somebody is that is huge.
So who do I think is going to win? I have no idea.
Who am I going to root for? That is another story entirely.
I want to start out by saying that I love Pittsburgh. I have a lot of friends who live there. I go there at least once a year, and I think it is an amazing city. My parents both went to college in Pittsburgh, and they both still secretly root for the Steelers. I have an amazing amount of respect for Mike Tomlin as a coach. I've been a fan of Tomlin ever since he was a defensive backs coach in Tampa. I love Troy Polamalu. I think he is an outstanding football player, he seems to have a great sense of humor and he dominates on the field. However, I have a problem with the Steelers that I am having trouble getting past.
The quarterback for the Steelers has a sordid past. He has been several times accused (but never convicted) of sexual assault. The NFL briefly suspended him for his encounters with the law. As if inappropriate sexual behavior by a 6' 5", 241 pound professional athlete wasn't offensive all by itself, some members of the media are praising him for overcoming adversity this year and still making it to the Super Bowl.
Even espnW writer, Sarah Spain is tweeting about the way some of her colleagues are handling the situation.
I totally agree with her, and this idea that Ben got lucky because no women are making him look bad right now is irresponsible reporting and sadly it colors my view of the entire Steelers organization, but like my good friend Kim says:
I get that, but I know I can love a team while harboring intense hatred for their quarterback. There’s more to love about the Steelers than Ben. So much more.
Kim goes on to explain exactly what, and you really should read the whole post because it is excellent, but even though I agree with what she says, there is a young-ish quarterback that plays for the Packers and instead of dodging questions about underaged girls, he is going out in public and defending Jay Cutler for not finishing the NFC championship game.
Aaron Rodger had to sit in Brett Favre's shadow for years in Green Bay and when he stepped out into the spotlight, he did it with class.
I expect a great game between two football powerhouses for Super Bowl XLV. I think it is going to be a very close game and I am not putting my hard earned money on either team.
I am not a big Green Bay fan, but on Sunday I will be rooting for the Packers for a lot of reasons: Pittsburgh already has six Lombardi trophies, I feel some sort of allegiance to the NFC, I'm still mad at Ben Roethlisberger, the Penguins are from Pittsburgh, and I have to pick somebody. But the main reason I will be rooting for the Green Bay Packers is because I would love to see Aaron Rodgers finally get the recognition he deserves.
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