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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Ready for the "Super" Bowl?

Well, it's been said many times these past week and a half that this Superbowl, even though it's "XL", may not be all that gorgeous to look at from the outside. Not the game, necessarily, but the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Seattle Seahawks doesn't bring instant comparisons to the Cowboys/Niners/Steelers matchups that were so juicy from the onset.

No real superstars, minus the "Jerome Bettis Goes Home" tiresome story. "Big Ben" blah blah blah. I liked the joke that Hasselback should get a deal with a Rogaine commercial. But, all that aside, everyone from Vegas to the entire Southern U.S. isn't sure if anyone cares about this one. True, there are tons of Steeler fans out there, but how many Seahawk fans live outside of the Seattle Metro Area?

As far as who I think will win, I'd put my money big on the Steelers. They look unstoppable. Sure, the Seahawks have won 13 of their last 14 games. But against who? Sure, they took revenge on the Redskins and beat the Panthers (which the Bears couldn't do), but is that more impressive than taking out Peyton Manning and the Colts (at full strength), the vaunted Denver Broncos defense at Mile High or even the grudge match with the Bengals in Cincy? No. Sure, the Seahawks have a great coach, but so does Pittsburgh. I just can't look at this game without seeing the Steelers coming out on top. Especially when I saw the team all wearing Jerome's ND uniform coming off the plane. Nice. Although I'd be inclined to go with Big Ben as MVP if/when the Steelers win (even though that means I agree with Sean Salisbury, which makes me slightly ill).

But, that's why they play the game. Right? The last team who took out three teams on the road didn't fare too well (46-10 Patriots loss to Ditka's/Buddy's Bears). It's safe to say that these Seahawks aren't the '85 Bears. Will they be glad to have finally gotten there, or will Seattle finish the job? Will the Steelers finally give Bill Cowher his SuperBowl ring? It's been ten years since he's been there. What other team, in this day of quick firing of the coaches, would allow a coach to even stay around that long?

Well, enough of the hype already. I'm ready for some football.


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