The Superless Bowl

When the Packers settled for a field goal and a six point lead on their final drive in yesterday’s Super Bowl, I thought they had just lost the game. There were two minutes and seven seconds left. Plenty of time for Ben Roethlisberger to pull out yet another victory from an otherwise sloppy performance. It was becoming his trademark. He had put up a 35.5 QB rating against the Jets, yet somehow won the game. Here we go again.

Then a strange thing happened. Destiny’s Child fell on his face. A quick first down pass, then a four and out fizzle. It reminded me of Brett Farve going four and out against the Broncos in 1998. Farve at least got his team into scoring territory before kerplunking. Roethlisberger died on his own side of the fifty.

When a game ends with a TD pass, the reaction is always, “Wow. They won it!” But when it ends with a defensive stop, it’s like a popped balloon. “Wait a minute. The game’s over? Just like that? Wow.”

But it was a karmic and fitting end to a clumsy game and a clumsy week in Texas. And yet another QB with his sights set on scaling Mount Montana fell to the earth in pedestrian and ordinary fashion. Ha ha ha. Eat it, Ben. You’re just another unindicted serial rapist in the crowd now. You can change your last name to Hamberger. You’ll never win another big game in your whole career. You know you can fail now. You know it, your team knows it, and your fans know it. You will never overcome the doubt that has been placed within. Get in the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning line. The one reserved for mortals.

The Packers did to Roethlisberger what teams did to neuter Troy Smith this past year — kept him in the pocket. Roethlisberger has always thrived on escaping mayhem, rolling outside, and throwing a bomb. The only escape for him yesterday was lumbering up the middle. Good yardage, but not lethal. In the end, he had nowhere to run.

The 400 people who paid to see the game and got stiffed out of their seats must feel like the unluckiest bums on the face of the earth. 103,000 fans got in, and you were one of 400 who didn’t. A week for their dreams turned out to be a nightmare week. Don’t get near these unlucky folks. They are bad juju carriers. Highly contagious.

Neither offense had any rhythm in the game. I suppose this was due to the quality of the two defenses. But it made the game kind of blotchy. The Steelers seemed to have the superior team, but they kept turning the ball over. The Packers kept dropping passes. It was not a showcase game with any stunning and dramatic plays. Troy Polamalu, Defensive Player of the Year, got beat like a Niner DB for an embarrassingly easy TD. Not once, but twice!

All in all, a bit of a yawner, as SBs go. The lead up to the game was boring, with a lumberjack face making the biggest stir. The news maker of the week was the weather! Sheesh. Jerry Jones’ monolithic tomb got nothing but negative press (tee hee). When you start having your life threatened by falling roof top ice, you have entered the Hollywood Zone. Or the Gods of Football Wrath Zone. Take your pick.

The highlight of the game for me occurred in the first quarter, when Nick Collins intercepted Roethlisberger and jaunted into the end zone for a pick six. That wasn’t the surprise, though. No, the surprise came when he was flagged for an illegal end zone celebration. From behind me in the living room, a voice screamed, “What’s that idiot doing! He should be benched and fined! That is soooo stupid!”

It was Skeebette. She was actually watching the game! It must have been our new HD TV. It lured her in. Ha ha ha. She had just experienced her first football moment. It’s in her blood now. There is no turning back.



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12 comments on “The Superless Bowl
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    good to see pissburgh and worthlessburger go down !

    if harbaugh is any good we’ll be in the playoffs next year !

    does harbaugh call his own plays ? or will the offensive coordinator be doing it ?

    i wouldn’t be against trading our 2012 first pick to get back into rd. one this year so we can get one of the top three cornerbacks !

    how about a trade for vince young ?

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs my laptop died ! i’ve gone through two this year ! my old one died and now this one ! i’ll be back full time asap !

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    i like sione fua !

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- The reason we hired a new coach is winning is our desideratum. We will see the results soon enough.
    .
    From what I’ve read, Harbaugh does not call the pays but will occasionally call a few. I’ve been wondering the same thing.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is early enough for me to change my mind a few times but for right now my most desired 3 round draft result for the 49ers is:
    1. DE/Marcel Dareus
    2. QB/Christian Ponder
    3. NT/Kenrick Ellis

    IMO, the fastest, and surest, way to win a championship is with a monster D-line and a quality QB.

  6. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    The funny thing to me, skeebs, was Jennings got down on one knee after his TD, and got no penalty. Collins got down on both knees, and THAT was a penalty. 2 knees = going to the ground. 1 knee doesn’t? Hilarious.

    Got to love the officials for that ruling.

  7. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Had it not been for the 3 drops by Jordy Nelson, 1 a probable TD, the game wouldn’t have been close.
    After a completed (!) pass at one point, the color guy said Rodgers looked frustrated and wasn’t throwing as well as he had been in recent games. At the bottom of the screen while he spoke, 98 passer rating 2 TDs 0 Ints. Lord, I remember the days when that was a “bad” day for a Niner QB.

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Pack was not the greatest team I’ve ever seen become Champs, but they sure were good.
    Biggest margin of loss 4 points twice, @Lions with Rodgers concussion and @Pats with Rodgers out, Flynn playing like Rodgers until screwing up the clock on the potential game-winning drive.
    In crunch time, win or out:
    45-17 over Giants (Giants were win and in at the time)
    10-3 over Bears
    21-16 @Eagles
    48-21 @Falcons
    21-14 @Bears
    31-25 over Steelers
    No matter how you slice it, that’s (John Madden voice here) a heckuva football team.

  9. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Quarterbacks win championships. ‘Nuff, ’nuff said.
    Super Bowl’s won by those named Dilfer, excluded.

  10. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    In those 6 must-win games, the Pack trailed:
    3-0 to Chicago (into the 3rd)
    7-0 to Atl (into the 2nd)
    14-7 (2nd)
    That’s it. That is called domination.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Because I despise Jerry J.O. so much, the highlight for me was his inability to steal the attendance record with his effn temporary seat fiasco.

    Couldn’t happen to a bigger P.O.S. on the Biggest Day in The Cow Pattie Palace.

    All the time in the world to complete the plan and he not only screws his own plan but those who paid to get into those seats.

    Lemme guess, he’ll get credit for selling the seats?

  12. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I despise JJ AND the Cowpatties. I liked the 15 line wait turned into 90 because of the weather. Wonder how the NFL feels now about hosting the SB in the Meadowlands in February?

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