Monday, February 7, 2011

Out in the Cold. Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl XLV Champs.

And listen, about those bitter songs you sing;
they're not helping anything,
they won't make you strong.

The Weakerthans- “Plea From a Cat Named Virtute”

In a Super Bowl in which hundreds of ticket-holding fans were left outside the gates, Steeler fans in attendance wished they would have been among them.

Left to my own indulgences (which the internet will always allow us to do), after last night’s game, I would have written a profanity-laced tirade that would have made Lewis Black cry. I would have insulted babies, presidents, and probably would have worked some jabs in at the Pope or Gandhi.

But even after losing a Super Bowl, we all still wake up in the morning (and least most of us, I don’t remember reading anything about a disgruntled fan taking a swan dive off the 10th Street Bridge). Fans and pretentious blowhards who think that just because they have a blog that they’re experts on everything (me, anybody?) will dissect the loss, pinpointing where things went south, and who to assess the blame to.

It’s a fruitless endeavor. We lost because Green Bay was the better team last night. No need to delve much deeper. As a Steeler fan, watching that game was like seeing your girlfriend get teabagged by the Duke Lacrosse team. So rather than partaking in mindless tripe, I’d like to do two things.

1. Congratulate the Packers.

What a deserving team and city. There’s nothing arrogant or cocky about them. They work hard on and off the field, and if we were going to lose to anybody, I’m glad it was to a team like that.

Aaron Rodgers has officially sent Brett Favre’s shadow packing. He was in complete control from the start, and wasn’t in awe of anything. He’s a class act and an extremely deserving MVP. There were many other players that deserved a Super Bowl title; namely Clay Matthews, Donald Driver and Charles Woodson. I should also mention Cullen Jenkins, who had to spend most of Super Bowl week searching for his missing father (they’ve since spoken, and all is well). For a team to wade through as many injuries as they have, it is truly remarkable.

2. Congratulate the Steelers.

Don’t act like they don’t deserve it. They didn’t have their best game against the Pack, but it shouldn’t completely overshadow a season in which expectations were running at an all-time low, only to wind up playing in the Super Bowl. Kudos to them for not giving up at any point during the season; they easily could have.

Now it’s on to working towards getting an agreement done, so that we can have a chance to avenge our loss in 2011.

Here’s something to cheer you up. Keep the faith.

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