This is always a sad weekend in sports....football Sundays go away now until SEPTEMEBER (God it always hurts to say that....well aside of NFL Draft weekend and now they screwed THAT up too with the Thursday-Friday crap)....the weather sucks so no outdoor hockey, and the NHL is gutless and lets NBC put the games on at 12:30, I'm sorry, screw you NBC I ain't getting up early to have Cindy Crosby showed down my throat.... least I'm feeling better now (and yeah it was a nasty lil stomach bug that made me skip out on the NFC/AFC Championship weekend, the last real weekend of football we get)... but now we get the BLACK EYED PEAS oh boy.... gotta love Sports Entertainment in our Super Bowl.... least the game's gonna be good this year.... and I can't think of two better teams to have playing in Jerry's Palace that will infuriate Mister Botox more then the Steelers and Packers (people will love to say the Packers owned Dallas in the 60's and the Steelets owned them in the 70's but I will remind you the Cowboys owned them BOTH in the 90's so HA!)
The Packers got here the old fashioned way... whipped some ass, took lots of names and sent lots of home team fans home crying, taking out Mike Vick's dawg pound first, then dominating the Atlanta Falcons in the next home for Wrestlemania, and then out-uglying the Bears in a tough, nasty game in bad weather (it's always tougher to beat a team TWICE in their own arena ....more so within a month of each other.....)...no team in football's been hotter then the Packers and they ride this streak to the biggest of the big games!
The Steeler road was a little easier.... they won both games at HOME, out-willing a midly over-rated Ravens team who didn't have the one big play in them when it mattered most, and punching a very loud jets team in the mouth, and fending off a pretty scary 2nd half comeback that made me stop the Madden football games and put this game back on the big TV at home to ensure success and a fatty-food-free quiet and enjoyable Super Bowl!
Who they got:
I figured to give you something to read and since it's my last real write-up till I start previewing in the summer I thought I'd go position by position here:
No QB's been better all year then A-Rod has, and even when they needed him Flynn put down the clipboard, the disks of DOOM from that awful Tron remake and lead this team in an impressive outing with the Patriots and showed in a pinch if they needed him he can bring the goods too... but make no doubt about it.... no player means more to his team then A-Rod....well except maybe Big Ben... yeah they went 3-1 without him and his college-induced double-secret probation..... and yeah he doesn't put up the big numbers, but NO QB, finds a way, breaks a tackle and prolongs drives and finds A WAY TO WIN like Ben does (he just doesn't do it pretty, and he's not "what you want him to be" off the field, so people don't wanna give him credit... but this just in people, bad guys win too in the real world.....in a full football game I'd take A-Rod eight ways till Sunday, but in the last 2:00 down 4 and no timeouts, you gotta take Ben.... so all that talking and I gotta call this even...
A month ago this would be hands-down for the Steelers... Jackson stunk and the running game was all A-Rod scrambling and throwing screens.... enter James Starks...263 yards in the playoffs and a TD (A-Rod also has two rushing TDs, if you care).... and a balance to the Packer offense that was needed ever since Mike said "Ryan Grant will be fine... he's walking on the sidelines... OOPS)... however like I was saying, Mendenhall's been pretty good too and doing it arguably against better defenses and the veteran Mewelde Moore adds depth and a balance to the running game as well... and the Steelers need the running game more then the Packers do....
Advantage: slight edge Steelers
The Packers have the best and deepest WR corps in football (take THAT Baltimore and team possesion WRs!!!)... Jennings could be the best consistent deep threat in football, and Donald Driver is their Heinz Ward (well without the dirtbag cheap shots after the whistle), you add in Nelson and James Jones as well as the Packers TE's you get as good as you got in the NFL.... don't get me wrong, Ward is mister possession WR (they do exist outside of the Ravens folks!)... Wallace is good and Sanders and Brown are VERY underrated players who can make big plays and get open will Big Ben is running from the law in the pocket...and Heath Miller is good too when he can keep his head attached (oh if only his name were Owen)....but the Packers are too good!!
The Packer O-Line is good, balanced and deep... I'd count Pro Bowlers here but you KNOW I think the game is trash and any type of voting that allows fans to pick the best in the league is a waste of time....while the Steeler O-Line has been a MESS all year, and it's half the reason Ben HAS to run for his life back there....and the one good one (Center, Pouncey) left the AFC title game on crutches.... this is one of the few match-ups that goes in a landslide to one team (though the Steelers are built to compensate for it)... and as a Cowboys fan I'll be damned before I give Flozell Adams, the human false start... any credit for life....
Advantage: Packers (BIG TIME)
Both of these D-Lines don't put up alot of numbers (but in the 3-4 with the LBs these guys got they don't HAVE to and all they need to do is jam up the works and let the guys behind them run batty), combining for like 4 sacks total in the playoffs between the units that goes to show what I'm sayin.... though of these guys the one name that does stick out is BJ Raji because of his big plays and FAT MAN WITH BALL defensive touchdown... but that was just one guy making one big play.... either one of these units is capable of it, just seems more likely with the Packers do the big edge they will have on the Steelers O-Line.....
This is the strength of both of these defenses.... both sport All-Pro Players (Harrison and Matthews), both units get to the QB and cover and bust up big running plays and the other guys around them are good too.... no knock on Hawk, Mattthews, Bishop and Walden, but there's no better LB corps in football then Harrison, Woodley, Farrior and Timmons, the Packers do come close though.....
Advantage: Steelers (slight)
Both teams teams make plays and win games in the secondary, for the Steelers it's pure Pola-molecules, as the Steelers are a bit weak in the corners (and it gets shown every time the patriots play them line up in 4 wide, spread out the D and expose the weakness), while the Packers have Charles Woodson (who is maybe the best blitzing CB in football now), and no DB has found the ball and ended games more then Tramon Williams has this post-season (two game-ending INTs and his plays in Atlanta and Phily iced both games)...the Steelers safeties are better, but the Packers make more plays in the secondary and I gotta give them the edge here....
Advantage: Packers (don't get me wrong Polamalu can still change this game on his own)
I'd take both Packer kickers over the Steeler ones in a heartbeat, and the Steelers have let a few too many big kick returns come back of late, and the Packers are so damn deep it spills over into special teams too and they can make a play or two here while I don't think the Steelers really can.... I also trust Crosby (oh NBC must be glowing to hear Crosby's name) more then I do Shaun Suisham (oi, Redskin fans chuckle at THAT name)......
I'm not a big fan of either Tomlin or McCarthy to be honest... Tomlin gets too conservative at times, and the offense does get a little limited.... while McCarthy in the past has had some AWFUL brain farts in the 2:00 drills or late in games and clock management, that hasn't happened as much this year.... maybe that should be to the credit of the OC and DC under him (wait... crap the Packers don't HAVE an OC..grrrr, time to credit McCarthy)... and both teams have quite arguably the best DC's in the game in Capers and LeBeau...both get the most out of their guys and I guess that's all you can ask for.... I'm not giving any edge to experience in this game cause I think that stuff is crap and once the game is kicked off the better team wins......
So who the hell is gonna win??
I know that's alotta crap to read through to get to the two lines you probably care about right??? Well I think if you read through it you can see where I'm leaning anyway, I think it's the Packers time, they've been hot and doing it on the ROAD while the Steelers were gutting out games at home that they likely lose if they were on the road.... I do think it's funny the cold weather teams brought their weather to Dallas (and oh boy the media is whining about the weather NOW.... I CAN NOT WAIT to hear the bitching of a New Jersey winter a few Super Bowls from now (the one time I will embrace ten feet of snow just to skull-fvck that Super Bowl DISASTER)... but anyway, this is gonna be a game you'll be watching in the 4th Quarter with the game very much in doubt.... this is A-Rod and the Packers' time, and it's too fitting as Brett Fraud limps out into the sunset to face lawsuits and penile enlargment deals, that the team that kicked him to the curb rises to the very top in the NFL as he took them too once before......
Winner: PACKERS 31-27