Super Bowl Predictions

The country is gearing up for what is the largest and most festive non-federally recognized holiday:  Super Bowl Sunday.  Time for loud parties, expensive commercials, chips and dips, and  pizza and beer.  Its time for women everywhere to feign an interest in football for one three hour period, and for us to act like we give a rip about the halftime show.

The 2010 NFL season concludes Sunday night as two of the league’s most storied franchises, Green Bay and Pittsburgh, meet to decide a champion. It should be a good game of fairly evenly matched opponents.  Green Bay is currently a 2.5 point favorite in icy Dallas.  The Pack has a history of doing well in the cold, and despite the fact that the house that Jerry built will be a comfy 72 degrees at kick-off, I choose to look at the snow and ice on the streets in Big D as a good sign for cheeseheads everywhere. 

Of course, as an unofficial representative of Bengal nation it is my duty and obligation to root feverishly for the Packers, as watching another Steeler title would, to be indelicate, make me puke guacamole. 

But seriously, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense should be able to score on Pittsburgh.  They’ve been hitting their stride at the right time.  Rodgers is playing lights-out, and they’ve found a serviceable running game of late. Their defense, led by Clay Mathews and Charles Woodson and directed by former Steeler Dom Capers is aggressive and fast.  They should be able to give Ben Roethlisberger all he can handle.  The Steelers are without two important cogs in their machine as well, one for each side of the ball in center Markice Pouncey and defensive end Aaron Smith. 

In short, my personal biases aside Green Bay is the better team and they should win.  This isn’t like when the Steelers beat Seattle and Arizona.  In those years it was clear Pittsburgh was the better team going in.  Despite that, they squeaked out those wins. If they don’t bring their “A” game, the Pack will take hoist the trophy named after their famous coach. 

Nonetheless, these are the Steelers we are talking about so the Pack must know that they can’t just win the game by a field goal.  They have to plunge the stake in their undead hearts, use silver bullets, garlic, and holy water.  They need to nail the coffin shut, cover it in cement, and drop it into the bottom of the deepest abyss to guarantee the outcome we hope for.  In other words, they need to have plenty of room when the fourth quarter starts because if the game is close, those evil Steelers will find a way to win. 

They’ll get a timely turnover, spectacular catch, or a very fortuitous call from the officiating crew that gives them just enough to get the winning points.  That will be the concern tomorrow night in my house.  But in the meantime, I’m going with the Packers, 31-21. 

Other predictions: 

  • I will eat so many of my wife’s delicious deviled eggs during pre-game prep that I’ll be stuffed by kick-off
  • I will step away from the TV for 30 seconds and that will coincide with the funniest commercial of the night
  • There will be at least 315 references to the weather in Dallas during the game
  • The announcers will call the Packers’ quarterback “Rodgers” but will call Roethlisberger “Ben”
  • I will not watch the halftime show, and will be annoyed by how long it is.

 What are your predictions Gab readers?

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