No matter how you slice or dice it Super Bowl 43 was a full 60 minutes of hard fought athletic competition. The Steelers came into the game after finishing the toughest schedule in football 12-4 and the Cardinals had one of the weakest schedules yet finished 9-7. This pairing was very unlikely and many experts predicted a shalacking of those Red Birds from Arizona though I’d say ‘those‘ experts probably aren’t very good at their jobs. If you are a Jim Rome listener you know when I say the Jungle Karma was even and the playing field was neutral. Super Bowl 43, while somewhat sloppy, was an excellent show.
The World Series, the World Cup, the Stanley Cup, the NBA Championship, and even March Madness are pale mortals in America compared to 1 football game every year, the Super Bowl. Super Bowl Sunday is now played almost a full month later in the year than when it originally started and it only seems to build to the game even more. Bart Starr was the first Super Bowl MVP when the Packers defeated the Chiefs at the Memorial Coliseum in a 35 to 10 victory. This years Super Bowl will be “a first” for the Arizona Cardinals with their veteran and former Super Bowl MVP, Kurt Warner at the helm. An almost inconceivable match up at the beginning of the year is actually pretty close. Let’s break down Cardinals vs Steelers.
I’ve decided that there needs to be some “regular” columns around here (think Metamucil) so I will be writing a weekly “Monday Mania” column that is all about the NFL, its games, players, coaches, and anything else that I feel like throwing into the wind. This week I will do some brief summaries of the Cardinals triumph over the Eagles and the Steelers pounding of the Ravens followed with a series of musical compositions performed by Clint Eastwood (http://www.spike.com/blog/ten-things-you-didnt/72769). Well, maybe, maybe not. Why “Monday Mania?” Well, Monday Morning QB was taken (si.com), Manic Monday is poor chorus, and Monday Munchausen’s was just a mouthful, er, wait, too much House.
MMmmm, time for the beef in this meaty Monday sandwich.
This is the first time that I have to admit to being completely wrong *cough* on something but the last round of the playoffs, boy did I suck harder than Bum Joe Don and his stink-sucking job on Mad TV. That’s right, I went a drastic “O-fer” and absolutely none of my picks were right. Sure, the Titan’s definitely should have won their game and the Panthers will probably not have another game that bad for 10 years but that doesn’t matter.
Let’s move on to this weekend now, shall we? The match ups in these two games are very interesting with at least one team reminding me (almost eerily) of a recent Super Bowl Champion. Find out why…
It’s almost here, playoff time. The time of the mystical frozen tundra. The time of “WIDE RIGHT!” The time that sets teams apart and I think it will, once again, be Manning’s time. The Colts are getting on a roll at just the right time.
Indy has 3 games left this season and should end up in a real nice spot for the playoffs. Lions, Jags, Titans are how Manning will be finishing the year up. The Titans have already won the division but the Colts will easily earn a playoff spot and that’s all they will need.
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