The chili is simmering, my daughters have already made the only dessert appropriate, and the tasty beverages are chilling awaiting consumption. I’ve got my spot staked out in front of the plasma, and the guy that’s been at my Super Bowl party for eleven of the last twelve years has flown down from Seattle.
But, you know what? I have no idea who I want to win. Seriously, and I know that there’s a lot of folks who are like this, but this is the most apathetic I’ve ever been about a “Super Bowl”… heck, at this point, I wouldn’t care how it was spelled.
I haven’t watched the fifteen months of coverage, so I’m not all that informed about this year’s game. I know Roethlisberger did something creepy and this is a chance at redemption and everyone got freaked out because he liked Billy Joel. Although, I don’t hear a lot about other quarterbacks who did something creepy in the past and might have repeated that behavior… so maybe it’s not an issue.
I know it’s cold, and everyone’s griping about that (Great idea, NFL- and next year you’re in Indy? With NYC to come? Good thinking.); although as a B1G fan my response is to suck it up and play the game as it was invented. Although, since the Super Bowl has become more for the bandwagon folks and celebrities, I’m not surprised at the complaining- in fact, it reinforces my belief that a playoff for college football isn’t a great idea (but that’s another post).
But, with all that “research” and the copious coverage, I still have no preference for a victorious squadron.
Jeff’s already weighed in over at FSO, although he chooses who to not root for more than who he’s supporting. Can’t argue with the man’s logic, though.
Me? I don’t feel that strongly either way. So, falling back my usual intrepid decision making process, I’m gonna’ cheer for Green Bay.
Here’s what I’m thinking: First, I don’t want to piss off the boss (see above). Also, I’ve lost a friend a couple of years ago whose dad played for the Pack. And it doesn’t hurt that my father in law follows Green Bay… a Super Bowl victory will help heal the sting of a loss by his favorite college team this coming October 8.
But ultimately, I chose this the way I chose all my favorite teams: Who has the most Buckeyes? Yup, I’m that guy.
Although, it’s not an easy decision- only two Ohio State Alumni with the Steelers, and one of them is Dick LeBeau. There are Buckeyes and there are BUCKEYES; LeBeau is one of the latter. Played for Woody, won a national championship in Columbus, and an NFL Hall of Fame member who changed the face of defensive strategy with his development of the zone blitz. LeBeau, as the kids say, is legit. And we can’t forget Will Allen, who brought the Buckeyes to the “promised land” with the game clinching pick against TTUN.
If that weren’t enough, there’s still the wisdom of Jeff’s “cheering against the enemy” strategy; cheering for Green Bay means cheering for Charles Woodson. God knows we can’t have that. But, the Steelers answer with LaMarr Woodley and Larry Foote… I think those two cancel out Chas’ treachery.
So, with it all being measured, I’m going with three Buckeyes on the Pack, two 2002 national championship team members and the Lombardi Award winner- especially since they’re playing for the Lombardi trophy.
But there’s no way I’m wearing any stupid yellow foam headgear.