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1/19/2009

Super Bowl XLIII

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 2:32 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

I watched some of both the AFC and NFC championship games yesterday. Pretty good games.

This will be an open thread to talk NFL football as we wait for the February 1 Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are the early favorites in Las Vegas and are favored by 6-1/2 points.

— DRJ

20 Responses to “Super Bowl XLIII”

  1. I’ve been a Steeler fan for over 30 years. Go Blitzburgh!

    And ESPN showed a list of the last 4 teams to go to the Superbowl with the #1 ranked defense. 3 of those 4 have won the Superbowl and the 4th is getting ready to play.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  2. It is near impossible for me to imagine Warner being given enough time to find receivers. It is even more impossible for me to imagine the Steelers allowing Fitzgerald beating them.

    The other thing, which is always my main consideration in a big game, is the mindset of the teams coming in. A perfect example was Baltimore and Pittsburgh yesterday. They each came in with a take no prisoners attitude. They were gonna sell out on every play. They did. Great, great, game.

    To me, Pittsburgh is going to the SB on a mission to win. I sense that to Arizona, just being there is enough.

    Ed (39e6e8)

  3. The NFL is weird. The odds for next year’s Super Bowl winner have been posted with the Steelers getting 10:1 odds and the Cardinals getting a staggering 30:1 odds. There are nine NFC teams with odds as good as or better than the Cards for winning it all next year. Welcome to football parity.

    The favorite for the 2010 Super Bowl champion is the Patriots, who are at 8:1. Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, and Kansas City are all 100:1 longshots.

    JVW (bff0a4)

  4. I’m still rooting for the Oakland Raiders to win it!

    I had the day off today, but it would have been worth it to go in anyway, just to hear the Eagles fans whining.

    The Oakland Raiders' fan Dana (556f76)

  5. I actually wanted to see a Blitzburgh/Beagles rematch. I guarantee the outcome would’ve been different than the regular season game.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  6. Root, Root, Root for the home team. Go Cardinals!

    PatAZ (1f37c3)

  7. PatAZ, are you sure the Cardinals are your home team? Phoenix is their third stop, but is that their last stop? Go Blitzburgh!

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  8. I want the Cards to win. I expect the black and gold marauders of death to do so, but would love to see Kurt seal the Hall of Fame bid. It will sound sappy but here is my Kurt Warner story: We live in west county St. Louis. My wife was at a local breakfast eatery when Kurt played here with two of my daughters. She notices Warner enjoying breakfast with a man in a suit. She leaves him alone till done with his meal and when he gets up she lets the girls go over and ask for autographs. He pulls out his trading card with scripture on the back and signs it with their names and pats them on the head. Classy style right? My wife and daughters finish their meal beaming over their souvenirs. Then when my wife asks for the check the waitress says, “Oh sweetie, Mr. Warner paid for all your breakfasts.”
    Yeah, I know, he’s a high-paid athlete. The $20-25 tab was nothing to him. But the fact that he even thought about it. That impressed me.
    Brian Marchant-Calsyn

    Brian Marchant-Calsyn (37fdf0)

  9. Brian, your story will allow me to absolve you from the sin of wanting the cards to win against the holy warrior Steelers. It was a good story, and one I really enjoyed reading, but your team selection is still a sin. 😉

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  10. I’m for the Cardinals. I didn’t realize until the game was over that the Bidwill family still owned the team. That alone is enough to root for them although the Steelers are also of venerable heritage.

    Warner is the best around at the blitz. I have been disappointed at Leinart’s performance but he will never have a better chance to learn if he will pay attention. This is another reason why it was dumb for Sanchez to leave SC

    Mike K (2cf494)

  11. I forget his first name, but I remember Hart quarterbacking a Cardinal team in the playoffs. He was a strong QB.

    But, anyway, how about predictions, since I’m sucking up so much space on this thread?

    Blitzburgh 26
    Arizona 9

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  12. I forget his first name, but I remember Hart quarterbacking a Cardinal team in the playoffs. He was a strong QB.

    Jim Hart. He and his former right tackle, Dan Dierdorf, have a good steakhouse (Dierdorf & Hart’s) in St. Louis.

    JVW (bff0a4)

  13. Phoenix is their third stop, but is that their last stop?

    — Ask the Ravens, the Los Angeles Raiders, the New Jersey Giants, the Colts, the Rams, the Titans, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Boston Patriots . . .

    Icy Former Arizonan (b7d162)

  14. Althought I expect to be disappointed, I’m with Brian @ #8. I have always admired Kurt Warner; he seems like he is truly humble and grateful for the success he has seen, and does not whine when things don’t go his way. So, playing the optimist:

    Arizona 24
    P’burg 20

    Tex Lovera (456ded)

  15. 1st, a good game, second, Cards with a win!

    TC (0b9ca4)

  16. Anybody but me notice that Warner’s wife (Brenda) is being subtly ridiculed by the same sluts that are trying to destroy Palin? She’s been called everything but white trash. She’s also been called hot.

    Title games? I turned off the bone numbingly dull Pittsburg game with 5:53 left in the first half and switched to synchronized swimming re-runs. Smash mouth football is dull football. Hope the Cardinals win.

    howard432 (cc8b85)

  17. #13 Icy .. thanks for answering John’s question for me.

    Arizona 23
    Pittsburgh 19

    PatAZ (d8da01)

  18. It seems like there was a lot more pressure on the Steelers initially, and not so much the Cardinals. Now, it almost seems to be going the other way where Super Kurt is expected to bring home a win. Thoughs?
    Brian Marchant-Calsyn

    Brian Marchant-Calsyn (260ded)

  19. I don’t really see where either team has any undue pressure. Ben is under-rated and Kurt is over-rated. The star-dom of 11 is off-set by the #1 D of Pittsburgh.

    I don’t really see the pressure on Pittsburgh’s offense to succeed and I don’t really see the pressure on AZ to succeed. AZ “shouldn’t be here” because AZ didn’t have such a hot record during the season. But Pittsburgh is not known for much of a potent offense. Heck, Pittsburgh’s most famous WR is famous because of his uber blocking ability. What’s that all about?

    But I still stand by my 26-9 Steeler prediction.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  20. The Cardinals and Kurt Warner didn’t win but they played a great game against a better Steelers team and made it interesting down to the wire. Brian Marchant-Calsyn

    Brian Marchant-Calsyn (260ded)


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