Titletown is once again Titletown, as the Green Bay Packers brought home the Lombardi Trophy with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. The game was the most watched ever ratingswise and the game I thought lived up to the ratings. The Packers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and then a 21-3 lead and the Steelers looked doomed. However, this proud Pittsburgh franchise, owners of six Super Bowl titles, fought back and almost pulled off a miraculous comeback. The score was a field-goal difference at 28-25 and the game possibly heading to overtime if the black and gold could muster up a defensive stop.
Aaron Rodgers—the Super Bowl MVP—had other ideas though. Greg Jennings caught a huge third down pass to move the chains and kept the clock moving. Green Bay settled for three points and gave Pittsburgh one more opportunity to win. Big Ben couldn’t deliver a Pittsburgh victory, as it turned the ball over on downs. Big Ben played awful football under center for the Steelers. He threw two interceptions and one of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown.
I thought numerous passes by Roethlisberger were off target. Ben Roethlisberger has actually played terrible in two of three Super Bowls he has played in. The first one against the Seahawks, the Steelers just were the better team and overcame Ben’s quarterback play. Aaron Rodgers was totally in control of his football team. I can recall only one bad pass thrown behind his receiver. Trust me, if his receivers didn’t drop seven passes, he might have thrown for 400 yards and his passer rating would have been perfect.
I also must give credit to the entire offense as it made no mistakes and committed zero turnovers. It is a well known fact in football, make less turnovers than your opponent and your chances of winning increases dramatically. Heck, Pittsburgh out-gained the Packers statistically. The turning point came when Rashard Mendenhall coughed up the pigskin early in the fourth quarter. The momentum swung huge on that turnover. Three turnovers for Pittsburgh and zero for Green Bay equaled a Super Bowl XLV victory for the Packers. The game was fabulous, but the other Super Bowl hoopla was average or below. The halftime show was a solid C grade for me. The sound system stunk and Christina Aguilera’s rendition of the National Anthem was an utter embarrassment to my eyes and ears. Practice the darned words a few times before performing in front of millions of people.
Aguilera, you should be ashamed of yourself!
My Super Bowl record moves to 6-1 over the last seven games. I pick the winners folks! Oh, and in case you’re wondering about next year’s
Super Bowl odds, here they are: New England 5-1, Green Bay 6-1, Pittsburgh 8-1, Jets, Ravens, Chargers are all 12-1, and the Lions you ask? How about a nice 50-1 for the Motor City Kitty’s. The longest shot on the board is the Carolina Panthers at 300-1.
The NFL season is over and now the labor issue needs to be resolved, so we can have NFL football in 2011-12. Let’s get a deal done, and hurry up, please. NFL fans, even if the collective bargaining agreement expires, the NFL Draft is still going to take place. The date of the NFL Draft is April 28. I can’t wait.
Back on track
The Detroit Red Wings hit the skids for a couple of games, as they were shut out in back-to-back games by Columbus and Nashville. However, Monday night in a matchup of Original Six teams, the Red Wings disposed of the New York Rangers, 3-2. I can’t tell you how much I love watching Original Six teams play the Red Wings. Welcome back, Pavel Datsyuk, after missing 19 games due to injury.
Pavel makes the Red Wings so much better as a hockey team when he is on the ice. A healthy hockey club in Hockey Town could bring the Stanley Cup to the Motor City here in June 2011.
The Detroit Tigers and spring training are just around the corner. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Lakeland, Flor. and before you know it the words "Play Ball" will be echoing in Comerica Park. I am looking forward to this Tigers’ baseball club. The American League Central race will be fun again here in 2011.