Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl XLV Preview (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers)

Names shall be etched into history, legacies will be established and most importantly a champion will be crowned. With a ton of hype and excitement, the biggest sporting of the year has arrived as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers, at 6:30 Eastern time, on Fox.

Welcome to Super Bowl Sunday! For 22 glorious weeks, football fans across the world have been waiting for this day. Anyone who has ever played football will tell you that at one time or another they have dreamed of this moment: Playing at the biggest stage of them all (the Super Bowl is expected to be the most television event ever). After all, this is day where legends will be made, legacies will be built or tarnished, for 53 players on the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers this will be their single chance to forever etch their names in history. The words, all or nothing, have become overused in our society but the Super Bowl is an event which merits those words. For the loser, it will be all for nothing. All that work in training camp, going through a grueling NFL season/postseason will be for absolutely nothing since the majority of the populace will not remember the loser of the Super Bowl. For the winner, it's a chance to have glory. Where as the losers will be ushered off the field once the game ends, the winning squad gets to stand under the confetti and bask in the glory of accomplishment. Still doubt that it's all or nothing at Cowboys Stadium today? Didn't think so. Without further adieu, let's find out who has the advantage and which team will be taking home the vaunted Lombardi Trophy today!

The Case for the Packers -
They are the team that everyone expected to be here back when the season started. Then as the season moved along and the Packers suffered an inordinate amount of injuries, they are the team that got written off. Yet, when it's all been said and done, the Green Bay Packers made it to the Super Bowl. Now, they stand one victory away fro being the first sixth seed, from the NFC, to win the Super Bowl. Oh yes, the Packers have a chance to make history and they are fully aware of it. In addition, the Packers' QB, Aaron Rodgers, has a chance to do something that very few Quarterbacks have successful done: replace a legend. To put into perspective, a few years Brett Favre was a beyond a legend in the state of Wisconsin. The Old' Gunslinger could do no wrong, he could retire and come back and it was never an issue. That was good until the emergence of Rodgers, and then all of a sudden Favre was gone. Now, Rodgers has a chance or replacing him and creating his own legacy. Without his splendid play over the last few weeks the Packers wouldn't be here, which is why you should have your doubt about picking against Rodgers and Green Bay.

The Case for the Steelers -
If Ben Roethlisberger had not made some crucial plays at critical junctures, the Steelers were not likely to be playing Dallas today. In a way, it's quite ironic just how similar these two Quarterbacks are in their play. They are both capable of making big throws but it's their ability to make plays with their legs (whether it's buying extra time or running for a big first down) that distinguishes them from the rest of the league. The aforementioned abilities will be severely tested with spectacular defenses on both sides. However, when ti comes down to it, the experience of Ben Roethlisberger will prevail. Besides, with a victory here, Big Ben has a chance at coming up in the discussion of just who is the best QB in the NFL along with Brady and Manning. He si unlikely to miss out on it.

Winner - Pittsburgh Steelers


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  1. The Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl Champions! Maybe you'll get it right next year.

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