Super Bowl XLV Preview....why Pittsburgh will lay the Pack down.
By Brad VanFossan
As much as it pains me to say this being a Browns fan, the Steelers are going to win their seventh freaking Super Bowl, out of eight I might add! I might not even watch because I'm about 99% sure of this outcome. I don't mean to upset my fellow Browns fans (those who predominantly read my stuff), but I've finally have come to terms with the fact that the Steelers are the team every Browns fan wishes the Browns were. Am I biting the hand that feeds me? Maybe a little, but I think any realistic football fan can understand what I'm thinking if they put any bias they might have aside.
Am I rooting for Pittsburgh? No. Now come back to my good graces Browns fans. I just like the Steelers mainly for the experience factor. Many starters will now have played in three Super Bowls in six years, many at key positions. That experience can't be taken lightly. This is painful, but I must do what I always do and speak what I honestly think, good or bad. Plus maybe this might be a little reverse psychology after all.
I'm disappointed Danica Patrick isn't going to be the godaddy.com girl this year, but I'm also not too surprised as she hasn't exactly lit up the race tracks, but she is easy to look at. Instead godaddy.com chose to go with Jillian Michaels? Meh. The Biggest Loser jumped the shark about three years ago, do any non gastric bypass candidates watch this show anymore? I digress. At halftime I'll have the internal debate with myself that I've had for years now, is Fergie slutty or sexy? There's no clear cut answer, I find her to be both at times. So if I'm even tuning in to watch the Black Eyed Peas at halftime, when Pittsburgh is up 21-6 (now everyone can buy those final blocks at work), I'll be wondering if I was a Dr. Pepper exec, did we really want to use this woman to endorse our product. But then again they did have that douchebag Gene Simmons in one of their commercials. Wow, this article is getting derailed.
Oh, did I mention I'm sick of playoff beards and beards in general? Win or lose, one good thing is Ben's beard will be gone after Sunday night. I'm tired of hipster beards too, I think they're just for guy's with little motivation in the morning, or they have just given up on personal appearance. Ok, I know this isn't Maxim or Cosmo, back to football.
I think what I'm most looking forward to is Terry Bradshaw's interview with Big Ben before the game, knowing that there's been a little bad blood between the two. It sadly could end up being the highlight of the day, if you're just a fan of football hoping for a close game. I just don't see Aaron Rodgers making big plays in a clutch spot, as he and the Pack almost let a Chicago Bears team guided by a third string quarterback scratch and claw back into an NFC Championship game they had well at hand. Plus it's that whole never been there thing. Pittsburgh has had a terrible half in each of their first two playoff games, and yet were able to beat very credible opponents. That bad half isn't going to happen Sunday.
Listen up Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert, and Pat Shurmur. This team that I won't name is in our division, plays hard nosed football, drafts well, and knows how to finish and win big games. This is the blueprint for the Browns, a little over two hours from Cleveland. This is the team we need to emulate, the team that will beat the Green Bay Packers 31-16 on Sunday. I am angry anymore? No. Jealous? Yes. I would give well, maybe some of my wardrobe and baseball cards to see the Browns play in just ONE Super Bowl! Now excuse me while I go throw up.