8 months ago
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Superbowl Sunday: Against The Grain
So it looks like the cool thing among popular bloggers is to explain how little the Superbowl means as the ultimate of an over hyped event featuring a pointless sport of pampered millionaires. But THIS has never been a popular blog! So even though I have been surprised at the lack of hype in my internet neck of the woods, this was a fantastic game. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat for the LONG last two minutes of the game.
I was thinking about simply posting about the political slant of the game. The Cardinals from the conservative right wing state of Arizona, home of John McCain. Captained by the poster boy of the right wing conservative Christian front and representing the state of elderly white retired people. Then on the opposite side we have the youngest coach to ever win a Superbowl title, the first black coach to win the Superbowl with a team called Steelers. Obama publicly supported the Steelers prior to the game. Yes, I saw all kinds of political innuendo, did you?
If you missed it, the Cardinals came from behind to dominate the Steelers in the second half of the game. They overcame a deficit where they needed three scores in the fourth quarter to lead in the final two minutes. Big Ben and the boys from Pittsburgh were soundly beaten in the second half, and then lady luck smiles on them one last time.
Stopping the Arizona pass rush and showing the pin point passing accuracy that had led the Steelers through the play-offs, Big Ben finally hit Santonio Holmes for a perfect toe tips down catch in the back of the end zone with 37 seconds left. Maybe it was the spicy meat balls I made for Superbowl Man food.. or maybe it was the spicy hot fire wings I made for MORE Superbowl man food... or maybe it was the nail biter of a finish of a real super game... regardless I was sweating the end.
Side note: It was really good to see former 49ers running back Roger Craig at the coin toss. We hear a lot about the old guard players but "Catfish" was a marvel in the 49ers heyday. He was the first running back to ever gain 1,000 yard both rushing and receiving and he was backbone of the greatest offense Football has ever seen. Plus the luck son of a bitch got to play with Joe Montana everyday.