Packers 31, Steelers 25: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. Can't believe I just watched Troy Polamalu play like Alan Ball. And James Harrison like Anthony Spencer. I know Harrison had a sack, but for the most part those playmakers were non-factors.

9. Biggest play of the game was Rashard Mendenhall's fumble at Green Bay's 36 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had momentum and was seemingly driving to finally take the lead. That turnover, the last of three by the Steelers, changed the entire tenor and landscape of the game.

8. Down six. Two minutes left. One timeout. 87 yards out. I was totally preparing for Ben Roethlisberger to rescue another ugly performance with a scintillating finish. But that final drive was ... underwhelming. After one first down out to the 33, he threw three consecutive incompletions to end the game. Kinda deflating.

7. I know Pittsburgh lost, but the sweetest play of the game was the two-point conversion that pulled it within 28-25. Fake dive handoff, then Roethlisberger on an option left with a perfect pitch to Antwaan Randle El, who started the play in motion.

6. Hate the Steelers. Hate the Packers. Saving grace: Aaron Rodgers (who's hard to despise) has as many Super Bowl rings as Brett Favre (who's impossible to like).

5. Green Bay called heads and won, the 14th consecutive Super Bowl that the NFC has won the coin flip. That makes zero sense.

4. Gotta admit, the Black Eyed Peas were energetic and entertaining, if not gifted musically. Fergie is a yowza and Slash and Usher were nice touches. But what was with Christina Aguilera screwing up the National Anthem?

3. Ice. Snow. Rolling blackouts. Taxi strike. Injuries at Cowboys Stadium. And to cap off a disastrous week, yesterday after temporary seats were deemed unsafe, 400 fans who had purchased tickets were shoved out the door. Arlington: "On second thought, Dallas, yeah Super Bowl XLV is all yours." Dallas: "No thanks." And to think, for all his Jerry-mandering the Cowboys owner didn't even get his coveted attendance record - missing it by 766.

2. Packers' win is even more impressive, considering in the first half they lost their No. 1 receiver (Donald Driver) and No. 1 cornerback (Charles Woodson). They're the better team, no doubt.

1. Rodgers deserves his MVP, but his offensive line and backs gave him time to throw all night. When the Steelers tried to become Blitzburgh, Green Bay stoned them, leaving the Packers' receivers to eat up inferior defensive backs in man-to-man coverage. I know the Packers' receivers are good and deep, but cornerbacks Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden were underwhelming at best.

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Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Glare ice is what DFW gets, Mama nature is a bitch and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it, even a Zamboni would have had problems. Security was de facto in the hands of Big Sis, if you haven't noticed DHS has taken over everything and their theorists have made a hash of it all. From what I hear, Sundance was kick ass, the Ft Worth way works and Big D is in the toilet cuz the fairies are in charge. Blame Shrub II for allowing 911 to get goin' while has was Guv of Taxass. All in all, a fun game to watch from the Sandspit though Friday was interesting, 38 degrees when I rolled out of the rack in my abode and no power till after sunset.

RScottyL
RScottyL

I wanted Green Bay to win the SB, only because I did not want Pittsburgh to be another SB win ahead of us. I am glad that Dallas was finally able to host a SB, although it hurt us with the whole seating issue in the stadium. It also would have been better if the snow and ice would have came a week later or a week earlier. It unfortunately caused alot of businesses to not be able to take full advantage of the SB.

Rscottyl
Rscottyl

I also forgot to mention, that DART needs to build a rail system out to the stadium, like it has at AA Center. That would make it easier for everyone to get out there, and not have all the traffic congestion in the area. It would also need a stop at the Texas Rangers Ballpark as well.

Richie's Mailman
Richie's Mailman

This weather shouldn't have been a hiccup. Throw down sand and your car gets dirty while it's slipping and sliding. Throw down some calcium chloride and the ice melts. Problem solved. CC treated ice doesn't refreeze until around 9 degrees. We would have had clear roads and Prince wouldn't have been afraid to appear. DFW has plenty of equipment that could be adapted for pushing snow and spreading calcium chloride. We looked like a backward cowtown to the visitors.

Rooster
Rooster

Might want to do a fact check there, Cowboy. Prince wasn't going to get paid, so he didn't show up. The roads could have been paved in gold and he would have been a no-show.

kYle
kYle

NFL took control of the stajum but Jerra's greed installing the extra seats is the cause of the ticket clusterfuck. North Texas did not put its best foot forward last week. NYC will be hosting a SB in the next few years. I can't imagine the amount of snow and ice needed for them to respond as poorly as DFW did.

SwampOfBoredom
SwampOfBoredom

Okay, Jerry isn't responsible for the weather and the NFL had control of the temp seating. I want to know who was in charge of hiring janitors. Trash cans were overflowing, empty bottles, food wrappers and napkins littered the SRO shelf that encircles the stadium. By the end of the game there was trash all over the concourse. That should fall under the responsibility of the stadium management which = Jerry Jones.

When exiting the stadium, fans were funneled out small security exits instead of throwing open the gates and letting us leave. Imagine 50,000 people trying to exit Love Field security and you get the idea. The guards needed lots of room to watch us leave I guess.

The Super Bowl was an operational failure of the highest magnitude. Maybe they kept the media area cleaner since no one seems to be reporting this. But, section 143 and the concourse around it were the pits.

Rooster
Rooster

You realize you were at a football game and not the opera, right?...

Sports Panties
Sports Panties

More evidence of what a complete tool you are. The Blackeyed Peas performance was by far the worst half time show ever. They were terrible, unless of course you are a 5'5 douche that hosts a failed radio show....

kergo
kergo

This just in, the following has ALSO been blamed on Jerra Jones:

-Egyptian unrest-Magna Carta misinterpretation-El Nino-La Nino-Global warming-Protests in Tunisia-Fred Wilpon's misuse of funds

BW
BW

Some of your facts are a little off...

5. The Steelers called tails and lost.

2. Regardless of what Greg Jennings claims (true class act), Donald Driver is not the Packers #1 WR. Jennings has been the man for at least the past three seasons.

Dirt Doctor
Dirt Doctor

Sure were a lot of injuries from hitting that turf yesterday. A lot of slips too. Romo got knocked out hitting that same surface. What are the impact grades on it versus the real grass they threw in there for one of the soccer games? The NFL can't afford a decent playing surface to showcase its championship? I imagine the outside in the rain watching ticket revenue would have paid for decent surface conditions.

Guest
Guest

1. I know Aaron Rodgers was MVP, but that doesn't state just how big his performance was. Packers had no rushing attack. They lost a top receiver to injury in first half. Other receivers had some really crucial drops. Still, Rodgers threw for over 300 yds, 3 TDs, and 0 picks. Against the Steelers highly-ranked defense.

kergo
kergo

Richie Whitt Posted:"the Black Eyed Peas were energetic and entertaining, if not gifted musically. Fergie is a yowza and Slash and Usher were nice touches"

My Question is, is RW really a 13 year old girl? ______________

You morons that think the SB was failed (most noticeably ROB Em) are frickin' clueless......ice avalanches, no show celebs, winter weather, crappy halftime shows have nothing to do with Jerra, ala Cowboys Stajjum. I hate Jerra as much as the next guy, but I think this thing is back here within a decade. Owners decide, not fans or Peter King.

Also, Rob Em, I thought per our accord that you were not going to post any more; and I promised to quit making fun of your stupid, flaccid ramblings.

Rooster
Rooster

Holy crap. kergo and I actually agree on something...Rob Em's an idiot.

kergo
kergo

I like your style Rooster....let's proclaim today "kick Rob Em in the nuts day!" woooooo hooooooo

Sam343544445
Sam343544445

People with 400 tickets not getting seats is Jerry's problem.Long friggin Lines is Jerry's problem.

And not being prepared to this weather even with a 5-10 day warning is hurting DFW's image! How much it would have cost to have rented 1000 trucks with needed sand/chemicals/salt for 4 days from other cities/states/3rd parties? 10 million?? I think Jerry/Arlington/DFW should have shared this bill!

Anthem and halftime were just insult to injuries..

Thank god the game was good

Rooster
Rooster

Please feel free to walk down the hall and sit the "Rob Em" room....

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Good to see Rooster is playing the role of PawPaw again. Give it up, douchey.

Also, the NFL had control of the stadium. Can't blame Jerry for the mess going on at the stadium, as much as we'd all like to.

And Richie, no. The Black Eyed Peas aren't entertaining, gifted, etc. They're awful.

Ed Stoddard
Ed Stoddard

I am in Indy and am interested in some of the events next year. I was wondering if anyone can tell me how the Parties were? What the costs of admission was to some of the athletes parties? I also saw the NFL experience had autograph sessions listed. It said "50 of the NFL Greatest Players" had autograph sessions. I was wondering if there was a fee for those autographs. Or who the players were, or if it was worth messing with? Thanks!

David
David

The parties looked fun. Just be prepared to drop $250 for the low rent parties, and $1500 for the high end. Thats each individual party, and does not cover alcohol.

Kevin John Gilhooly
Kevin John Gilhooly

I'm so glad that's over. Two teams I have very little interest in playing a game that completely overshadowed everything else in the area and no matter what happened, somebody was going to bitch about it. I doubt anybody made the amount of money promised, Dallas got blamed for weather and Arlington's issues, Jerry doesn't know to get a permit for seats ... Why does any city want to host an event like this?

Ron B
Ron B

"Why does any city want to host an event like this?"

Money is your answer.

Rscottyl
Rscottyl

AMEN to that!

Hosting the SB can bring millions to a local economy!

Unfortunately, the bad weather all week hurt us here!

Jeff Simons
Jeff Simons

now only 7 days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training. time to pay attention to a real sport

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

Richie --

Regarding Troy Polamalu, he sucked through the entire playoffs. Blame it on injuries if we must, but he had no sucks, interceptions, or forced fumbles. He had ten total tackles in three games, and recorded none last night until the fourth quarter. I routinely saw his tackles broken, and I saw him miss on several plays during the playoffs.

Regarding DFW as hosts, even as a DFW homer, I have to consider this Super Bowl a failure. The week was awful, even if we don't control the weather. The stadium underperformed. Celebrities no-showed or canceled events. And the national anthem and halftime show both sucked.

I would add also that people who think Ben Roethlisberger is a great quarterback simply by virtue of going to Super Bowls and winning Super Bowls need to think about last night's performance. I can't imagine any great quarterback having a performance that pathetic. He had one impressive drive, one impressive scramble, and one impressive two-point conversion. I think we can find that many positives in a Stephen McGee outing.

Edit: A couple more observations. First, I had a feeling of nostalgia seeing Flozell Adams getting called for holding. Somehow, the game just wouldn't have been complete without a penalty on him.

Secondly, it's hard not to think of Packers vs. Steelers as good vs. evil. The Packers are small town heroes, and Aaron Rodgers seems like a great guy. Seeing Greg Jennings crying at the end of the game was touching. On the other team, Big Ben and James Harrison just seem like punks, and they ruin it for guys like Polamalu and Brett Keisel, who seem like good guys.

Thirdly (crap, I'm getting long-winded), even though they lost, I am very impressed with Mike Tomlin's demeanor and philosophy. I may have a new favorite head coach. Humorously, I entered Mike Tomlin in the Yahoo! search engine and one of the first suggestions was "Mike Tomlin Omar Epps".

kergo
kergo

Holy S man, This rambling turd is watering down this blog, between you and RW, the visiting throngs are going to think we are below Alabama on the CroMag scale. Cease and Desist. How does someone who's security guard at the dump have so much time?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

The game was over at 14-0, no Super Bowl team has ever come back from down 14 or more points to win

Sam343544445
Sam343544445

Hope the great game overshadows the clusterfuck that the overall organization of Superbowl was! This last week showed DFW area in very very poor light! I hope we get another chance to impress..

Mishon
Mishon

I for one am glad that the Super Bowl is finally over. I was completely beat down by all the coverage last week from the radio and the local news, and I am a football fan. I feel bad for the people who don't like sports. I live downtown in Fort Worth and on Saturday I couldn't even find a parking spot in the lot that I pay monthly for, so I couldn't even stay there! According to National writers this Super Bowl was a complete disaster and I am glad. I would be ok with the NFL never giving us the game again.

Rscottyl
Rscottyl

I hear ya!

I like football, but was starting to get tired of hearing about all the SB coverage on all the stations!

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

I used to live in downtown Fort Worth. If not for the gated parking lot, I can imagine the disaster that parking at home would have been.

kergo
kergo

Dear Rob Em, Living in a dumpster does not qualify as living in a gated community. Sure, it has a gate around it, but, methinks NO.

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