Two weeks is definitely enough time to wait around for the Super Bowl. For the teams, they get a chance to enjoy the moment and perhaps heal or recover a bit from a season full of hits. But for the media, they tend to run out of things to say and it get’s pretty redundant.
“Hey, did you know that Kurt Warner used to bag groceries?”
“Did you know Cardinals coach Ken Whiesenhunt used to coach the Steelers and wanted the job after Cowher retired?”
“Jerome Bettis is from Detroit,” and “Tyler Hansborough plays hard,” is tired of hearing it. But it is what it is. Such are the story lines that we have to listen to over and over again leading up to the big game. Normally I just stay away from it so I won’t get a case of Super Bowl Media Coverage Overkill.
I will readily admit that I am a die hard Steelers fan. I grew up adoring the black and gold as much as I did the purple and gold of the Lakers. I had the priviledge of meeting Bradshaw, Swan, Stallworth, Franco, Blier, Greene, Lambert, Blount, etc. as a kid on a hot training camp day in Latrobe, PA. I am in no way less impressed with this crew of Big Ben, Hines, Palo, and Farrior. I would love to see US get another ring for the other hand.
Still, I can’t hate on my man Larry Fitzgerald. He has mad game and went to the University of Pittsburgh. I am glad I already invested in his authentic #11 jersey a couple years ago. I’m sure I’ll rock it sometime this week as a show of respect that I have for him and the way he plays the game.
Generally, people in St. Louis still have plenty of affection for Warner. He brought us a Super Bowl victory and if it were not for Mike Martz outsmarting himself and freezing Marshall Faulk out of the next Super Bowl they played in we would have had another one. Kurt is definitely hot and feeling it right now and I don’t take that from him. Still I think he left St. Louis like a sucka. They were losing game after game, he threw pick after pick, and he led the league in fumbles ala Tony Banks. Yet instead of taking some responsbility for his bad play, he never did. Instead he whined about how the team seemed to not want him to read his bible at practice.
I was like, “Hell when you’re winning read all the scriptures you want. But if not, try the play book when your at Rams Park for practice.”
Same thing when he went to the Giants. He played like crap and never owned it. But when he’s winning, it’s Jesus this and Jesus that. Never Jesus when they lost, just excuses.
That’s my rant. Still you wouldn’t find many people that don’t think Kurt is a good guy. I am sure he is. And I am genuinly happy for him getting another crack at it.
Much love to my friends Vonda and her husband Sponce. I grew up with Vonda and we were together on that training camp trip as kids. Her and hubby own 4 Steeler season tickets at Heinz Field and they will be at the game on Sunday. (Hey V, I’m looking for my gear in the mail…. what’s up? )
Anyway, hardly no one I hear gives the Cardinals a chance. Most of the pundits are predicting a blowout. I can’t figure that one out. This may be the Cardinals first look at a title. And the Steelers have a great defense and 20 something guys from the last Super Bowl winning team on this one. Still the Birds are hot. Fitzgerald is playing out of his mind, and if Bolden is not fussing with his O cordinator on the sidelines, he can be a game breaker himself. I hope the Steelers aren’t believing the hype and expect to be in for a battle.
And so it is. My dad was a Big Red fan when the football team was here in St. Louis. He loved Terry Metcalf, Roy Green, Jim Hart, Dan Dierdorf, and Ottis Anderson. For years and years Bill Bidwill didn’t seem to care whether the team won or lost – only if they made money – much to the dismay of many loyal fans. I think a lot of them will root for the Cardinals on Sunday – Especially with that Warner connection. As I said, I am happy for them – but don’t get it twisted. I will have my terrible towel with me waving it in front of some TV set. My loyalties are with Mike Tomlin and the Steel City!
Even the president is with me on this one… I’m just sayin!
Enjoy the game everyone~