Saturday, November 18, 2006

Super Bowl XL

Super Bowl XL

All the roads and eyes of the football world will lead to Ford Field in the Motor City in Michigan comes Sunday afternoon for the last game of the football season.

So will it be the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Seattle Seahawks that will win the biggest prize in the biggest stage of the biggest game in football that is to be crowned as the Champion of the Super Bowl XL in Detroit?

Two very different but deserving football teams took a very different road on the way to the ultimate glory in football and booked themselves a ticket to play in Super Bowl XL in historic Motown.

While the first- timer Seahawks cruised easily against the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers in the NFC, the Steelers had to go past the Cincinnati Bengals, won a wild one against the team fancied to win this year’s Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Colts and massacred a Denver Broncos team who hadn’t lost a game at home all season.

The Steelers despite being the lowest-seeded team in the AFC to reach the final game of the postseason were now installed by the odds makers as the slight favorite to win all the marbles by virtue of winning their last three post season games on the road and against hostile crowds and against teams with superior records is thus aiming for their franchise’s fifth Super Bowl title after their very successful Super Bowl run in the 70s.

The Seahawks on the other hand was installed as the heavy favorite to go to the 40th edition of the Super Bowl by having the best record in the NFC as they cruised against their rivals in the post season but found themselves being labeled as the underdog to win it all and will now have to prove not only to themselves but to the millions of football fans that they are the team to beat and destined to bring the fabled Vince Lombardi Trophy and the Football World’s Glory to Seattle for the first time.

A side show of the historic finals is the much anticipated match- up between Seahawks’ League MVP Shaun Alexander and the Steelers future Hall of Famer and Detroit Native Jerome Bettis as well as Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger’s vying for the youngest Quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl.

So will it be a new championship ring for the “thumb” for the Steelers to complete their so- called “five- fingers” collection or will it be a first for the over- achieving and Cinderella Men Seahawks?

So will it be the steaming Seattle’s Best Coffee or that ice- cold Iron City Beer that will flow endlessly when this is all over in Detroit?

Pittsburgh is definitely on a roll and should win it all but as they say, there is always the first time...

*Posted in Bill Blahs C2006

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