Super Bowl Sunday- Why I’m A Packer Backer

Written February 5th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye


UPDATE: Whooooo!!!!!!

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.

And the Pack are loaded. Ryan Pickett, A.J. Hawk, and Matt Wilhelm anchor the defense, which is led by former Buckeye secondary coach Dom Capers.

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.

Not a chance.


  1. dlNo Gravatar
    February 5th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Will Allen is on the Steelers.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    You know, you’re right. I’m an idiot… fixed it.


  2. DaytonBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Wasn’t AJ Hawk on the roster of the national championship team? His senior season was 2005.


    EricNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    You are correct. The national championship season was his freshman year.


    EricNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    In fact, he was the backup to Cie Grant at the Will LB spot.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    *sigh… This is why we don’t have extensive NFL Coverage. Fixed it.


  3. KenNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Interesting. As a Browns fan living in Buffalo (I know, I know) I consider myself an “AFC” kinda guy. However;
    - In my (much) younger years, my 2nd favorite team was the Packers.
    - I honestly don’t like the Steelers, other than Heinz Ward.
    - Green Bay “out-Bucks” Pittsburgh with coaches/players on roster.
    - Go Packers!


  4. J-BirdNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    in a somewhat related, but not really related note: to the NFL Hall of Fame committe — come on, how do you pass up on CC? Again!
    Cris Carter #s alone deserve Hall of Fame-praise, but if you look at a highlight reel of some of his ridiculous catches, its safe to say he may have had some of the best hands in the history of the game.
    I cant believe they passed up on him again.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    All he does is… get overlooked.

    C’mon, Man!


    J-BirdNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    thats right — all he did … was catch TD’s, and now all does … is get overlooked


  5. EricNo Gravatar
    February 6th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Well, Big Ben has done everything in his power to piss this game away to the Packers.


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