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As I think about the upcoming Super Bowl, which airs this Sunday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 ET on FOX, I am disappointed of course that my favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts, didn’t make it this year.
I am a big fan of football and of the Colts. I don’t just like the Colts because of their quarterback Peyton Manning, although he is amazing at his position, or because they have two of the best pass rushing defensive ends in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
You see, I know the game of football pretty well and I think the Indianapolis Colts as a whole play the game at a very high level at all positions, have the heart and desire to win games no matter the circumstances, and play as a team.
In my opinion, the nagging injuries they faced this year were the main reason they didn’t make it to the pro football championship, better known as Super Bowl XLV. Maybe next year. But enough about the Colts; let’s talk about the two teams that did make it, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl just two years ago in 2009, defeating the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 27-23. To get to the big game this year, they had a record of 12-4 during the regular season, coming out with a No. 2 seed in their side of the playoff bracket, the AFC. Once in the playoffs, the Steelers had a first round bye before defeating the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets, the No. 5 and No. 6 ranked teams respectively in that division. The Steelers are coached by Mike Tomlin and some notable key players are quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (Big Ben) on offense and safety Troy Polamalu on the defensive side.
The Green Bay Packers haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1997, when they defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 35-21. During the 2010-11 regular season, the Packers had a record of 10-6, giving them a No. 6 seed in their side of the playoff bracket, the NFC.
During the playoffs, they beat the No. 3 seed Philadelphia Eagles, the No. 1 seed Atlanta Falcons, and the No. 2 seed Chicago Bears to advance to this year’s Super Bowl, the first No. 6 seed from the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl. The Packers are coached by Mike McCarthy and led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and on the defensive side a name to watch for might be Charles Woodson in his 13th NFL season.
So who will win Super Bowl XLV? Well as I searched the Internet, I found that the Green Bay Packers are favored by two points over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is a surprise to many people. This is the first time since 2002 that the NFC champion has been favored to win the Super Bowl. But what does that mean?
Nothing much. The team that steps on the field ready to play hard for the entire 60 minutes that takes care of the ball and has no turnovers, in my opinion, will win the game. I think that this year, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be crowned the Super Bowl XLV champions, and receive the Vince Lombardi trophy to hoist up following the game. However, that is only my prediction.
Would I be disappointed if that didn’t happen? Absolutely not. The Steelers have won two of the last five Super Bowls and the Packers haven’t won it since 1997, so I wouldn’t mind to see Green Bay pull off the victory.
I will definitely be watching Super Bowl XLV to see who the next Super Bowl champions will be. However, this year I will not be glued to the television set like I normally would, not wanting to miss a second of the action as it has been in the past when the Colts have been playing in the big game.
This year, I am going to take time to enjoy the commercials, which in 2010, sold for between $2.5 and $2.8 million for a 30-second commercial.
Of course, there are some commercials that make you laugh out loud and some that leave you thinking who in the world could have come up with something like that, but I have to see who pays that much money to advertise their product.
Also, before this year’s Super Bowl, Christina Aguilera will sing the National Anthem, and the halftime entertainment will be provided by the Black Eyed Peas. It should be a night of fun and good football.
A little trivia I found said that Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 was the most-watched American television program in history, drawing an average audience of 106.5 million viewers and took that top spot from the final episode of “M*A*S*H,” which had held it for 27 years. So whether you watch Super Bowl XLV for the football game, for the commercials, or for the halftime show, keep in mind that you will be only one of the millions of viewers watching this annual event. Enjoy!