Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer
As we freeze our you-know-what’s off here is my Super Bowl pick for you to laugh at while you prepare 20,000 calories of excess for Sunday. Before we get to my pick a couple random thoughts about the Super Bowl ad NFL headlines.
Listening to media covering the Super Bowl complain about how cold weather ruins everything makes me want to choke a unicorn. Do the media really think anyone cares about the fact they will have to huddle by a space heater during the Maxim party at some club in Dallas? Oh, I’m so sorry media talking head guy has to shiver for 10 minutes waiting for a cab to take him back to his five-star hotel. America won’t survive a Super Week below 70 degrees! I won’t even care about the Super Bowl being played outdoors in New York with -50 degree weather unless the Saints are playing in the game. Then it’s an international embarrassment because how can Drew Brees win another Lombardi Trophy if he can’t feel his face? My hypocrisy knows no bounds but the bottom line once the game kicks off no one cares about the weather the host city had.
I’ll explain why everyone was talking about Jay Cutler not finishing the NFC Championship game because he injured his knee: People hate Jay Cutler and they enjoy hating him so any reason to hate him is celebrated like a national holiday. Deep down even Bears fans hate him.
In your life if you hate someone, I bet you never give them the benefit of the doubt. I don’t. I have a friend at work that is big into politics and she hates Sarah Palin. I joke with her Palin could walk into the office, hand her a briefcase with 10 grand and a pony for her daughter and my friend would say, “ Why did you only bring one pony? What about all the other children in Houston without ponies? Why do you hate children? Do their tears of sadness make you happy? I hate you Sarah Palin!” As humans sometimes deep down we just hate people for no other reason than deep down we really enjoy it. Cutler is one of those people.
When Willie Roaf gets inducted Saturday into the Hall of Fame, I’ll be a little sad because Roaf not playing his entire career as a New Orleans Saint is one of black marks in the history of the team. I won’t get into the story of why the Saints traded him because it’s mostly just rumor, half truth, and part myth. What I do know is as a fan I wish the Saints could have worked things out and made sure Willie never went to Kansas City.
Okay, let’s get to the game.
Pittsburgh (+2.5) vs. Green Bay: This game has overtime written all over it. Shouldn’t the new overtime rule get broken out for America for the first time during the biggest game of the year? Think of all the fun you’ll have explaining the new rule to your cousin who listens to NPR on Sunday afternoon and the only game he’s watched in his life was last’s year’s Super Bowl because, “I hate football but love New Orleans and it was so much fun.” When you get the deer-in-the-headlights look after trying to explain the new rule think of me and then find the bar and make yourself a strong one to ease your headache.
As for the actual game, I think the Packers will come out throwing the ball all over the place and get an early lead. Aaron Rogers will look great and the game will seem like it might be a blowout. Ben Roethlisberger will then save the Steelers and lead them back.
Last year, Sean Payton called the surprise onsides kick and is immortal but this year I think Mike McCarthy will do something awful which leads to overtime.
Steelers get their 7th trophy and Mike Tomlin gets elevated to the same level as Bill Belichick. Then the only football news we’ll get is about the labor situation. Football don’t leave us! What will keep us warm?
Steelers 37-31 in OT
Ralph Malbrough is a Saints fan living in Houston. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, find him on facebook, or listen to his Saints podcast at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/forecastradio.