You know, one would think this one would only interest American markets, but the reality is that in 2007 it was broadcast in 232 countries, which is astounding to me because I didn’t even realize there were 232 countries, and of course that’s not all of them because I’m doubting Iran is watching, as much as they hate America.
So, who do we have? This year it pits the Pittsburgh Steelers (that wasn’t supposed to be a pun but I’ll run with it) against the Green Bay Packers. The team that has an opportunity to become the winningest Super Bowl team in history against the team that won the first two Super Bowls ever. This one looks fairly balanced, and thus it could end up being a good game for those football fans like me who normally don’t care who wins unless it’s my favorite team in there.
And yet, my friend Scott and I bet on the game every year. If one of my favorite teams is in then I get them, and if one of his is in then he gets to pick. If we don’t care, coin flip. This year his team, the Green Bay Packers, is in, and thus I have Pittsburgh.
In the end I think my pick would have been Pittsburgh anyway. Pittsburgh comes into this game with a regular season record of 12-4, Green Bay at 10-6. Green Bay was an underdog in 2 of its 3 playoff games; Pittsburgh was expected to win. Both have big quarterbacks that can throw the ball well. Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay can run; Ben Roethlisburger is, well, big, strong, hard to bring down, and is already a 2-time winner of the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh also has the top defense against the rush and in points allowed and was second in total yards defense, along with the defensive player of the year in Troy Polamalu while Green Bay was 24th in rushing out of 30 teams.
Oh yeah, what’s our bet? Pizza or calzones at one of our favorite places, Pizza Villa in Oswego, where we both went to college. I can’t remember if we’re making a run today, as we alternate sometimes and I believe we went up last year, but whatever we get will be delicious.
And of course I’ll be taping the game at home, as we’ll watch at his house, so I can rewatch any commercials I either liked or might have missed. All that and the Black Eyed Peas; I can hardly wait. So, who’s your choice for the big winner? Either way, have fun, and be smart; don’t drink and drive.