Obser-Vay-tions--Super Bowl Preview Edition

Well, since the combatants for the Super Bowl have been determined, I felt it behooved me to make a few comments:

GO STEELERS!! OH YES!! WEEEE'VE GOT A FEELIN',....PITTSBURGH'S GOIN' TO THE SUPER BOWL.....WEEEEEE'VE GOT A FEELIN'.....PITTSBURGH'S GOIN' TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!! Ahem,....anyway, mass props to both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers on advancing to Super Bowl 45. Interestingly enough, it's cool that so much Super Bowl historic bling will be meeting up in Dallas, which has its own storied history. Jerry Jones....eat your heart out. I would also like to make mention that my bud Skoger and I have been waiting for this match-up for, oh I'd say, about 30 years, so good luck buddy! (But not too much luck)

But let's get down to it. And opposed to the typical Packer fans who, when the Vikes were steamrolling the NFL last year, came up with genius comments from cheddar-nation such as:...".....uh,..yeah the Vi-Queens got lucky". Brilliant. Well, even as a Vikes fan and a Packer hater I will give proper credit where credit is due: the Packers deserve this one. They had to beat Philly, Atlanta, and Chicago, all on the road, and I will give mass props where mass props are due, and that is the case here. Even though Packers QB Aaron Rogers got cooled off a bit against Chicago, he's playing brilliant football and the Pack rode that horse to the Super Bowl. Kudos.

And let me add this: The Chicago Bears proved me wrong. I called them frauds sometime back, and to be perfectly honest,..I still think they're frauds, but by-God they bucked up, played solid-D, Jay Cutler stopped throwing interceptions at Brett Favre rates, and they won the division. I still don't think they're that particularly talented, but they did what they had to do and got as far as the NFC title game. I must give mass props.

Anyway, let's take a closer look. The Pack aren't necessarily a finesse team, but they're not nearly as physical as the Steelers. And yes, I'm a Steelers homer, but think about this....this was the 15th time the Steelers have played in the AFC Conference Championship in the Super Bowl era, 8 wins and 7 losses......15 shots in 45 years......that's incredible. Mass props to the (and to quote Howard Cosell)...."the Steelers organization and the Rooney family,...they're the best there is....in all the world". Well said Howard.

Anyway,...regarding "strategery" (thanks for that word George W. Bush), both teams play a 3-4 defense, so there won't be any surprises there. The Steelers have a better defense, but not by much. Both teams get after the quarterback and have good secondaries, but I'd give the secondary edge to the Pack. S Troy Polamalu is All-World, and CBs Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden are okay, and each have 2 Super Bowl rings to show for it, but they're not as good as Packer CBs Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, as far as sheer cover-corner-ness goes. By the way,...I don't know if anyone has noticed, but Packers CB Tramon Williams is already/or will be a star. I love that guy. The Pack have a better offense, stat-wise, but a far worse running game, so we'll see how that one plays out. The Pack have a well renowned receiving core, but if I went into a Super Bowl with Steelers WRs Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antwaan Randle-El, and rookies Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown,....I'm feeling pretty comfy with that. I think the offensive lines are a push,..although it certainly doesn't help that Steelers Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey got hurt against the Jets.....this hurts. I would be very surprised to see something called "James Starks" have mass success running the ball against the Steelers, but you never know. I'm more worried about Rogers getting on one of those "rolls" he's been on,...and marching up and down the field. I think both teams have mediocre offensive lines, but they do okay with what they're asked to do. Rogers has been on fire, but Big Ben has two rings to show for his work. My guess, hope, wish, prayer,??......Steelers 27, Packers 16. - Mike Veiseth can be found this Super Bowl bye week drinking coldies, chowing Hot Wingees, poring over scouting reports, and trying to put the voodoo/whammy on the cheeseheads!

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