The Superbowl begins in 2 hours. I will watch the Superbowl online on NFL Gamepass, which is an incredible website but only available to those who are outside the United States (for more on this, see my last post). Since the GamePass runs the NFL network live 24 hours a day, I am watching all the warm-up coverage on the NFL Network.
Right now, they are discussing the Hall of Fame Inductees as two of their own, Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders, made the grade. Of course, I am huge Marshall fan because he helped bring the Rams and St. Louis that amazing Superbowl victory in ’99. Deion, oddly, is acting very humbly which is not a very familiar disposition for him so it seems out of place.
Anyway, back to the Superbowl which is starting very soon.
Who will win? Will it be the Packers or the Steelers?
As I said in my last post, I think that the team that scores first will win. However, this is not a big prediction as I am sure that the team that scores first wins most Superbowls.
So, which team will triumph in Superbowl XLV? (By the way, did you know why the Super Bowl is identified by Roman Numerals rather than by the year in which it is played?)
I think, in the end, the Packers will prevail in this game. Because I have family in Wisconsin, I am really obliged to pick the Packers.
But the game remains to close to call.
I will tell you why I am not going with the Steelers. Big Ben Roethlisberger.
In his last two Superbowls, Big Ben was the man. I hated to see him take down the Cardinals two years ago because I am such a big Kurt Warner fan. However, you could not have asked for a more clutch performance.
But back then, Big Ben was a hero.
This year he has been taken down a notch as his bathroom escapades tarnished his reputation. It got to Tiger Woods. And, in the end, it may just get to Big Ben.
Before, Ben was brash, young, and cocky, feeling like he could do whatever he wants. Life was good. You party, have fun, do whatever whenever and then go out on the field and be a hero on Sundays. It’s your game and you are the winner. Failure never enters the equation.
This year, just like Tiger, he had to live and play apologetically. He’s managed up until now.
But like a few weeks ago when Tiger Woods got a beat down in a playoff by Graeme McDowell, perhaps Ben’s time has come. When the clutch moment arrived, the new apologetic Tiger Woods did not deliver. And, perhaps, the same thing will happy to Big Ben because fallibility has no place in the mind of an athletic superstar.
I am not saying this will happen. In fact, I like Ben Roethlisberger (except for the fact that I have to copy and paste his last name every time to get the spelling right) and would not object to a Steeler victory.
But he has Ben there, done that.
Perhaps it’s time to let the cheeseheads hold up their Lombardi trophy!
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