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Things I Learned While Watching the Big Game

February 6th, 2011

Aaron Rodgers goes long

Aaron Rodgers goes long

The Packers beat the Steelers 31 - 25 in Superbowl XLV and this is what I discovered while watching the game:

1. I actually enjoy watching football. Thanks to having to learn the rules to support my brother in high school, I can adequately follow the game (I stopped asking why you can have more than one “1st down” a long time ago).

2. Even though I’m not a fanatic, I’m still a Bart Starr lovin’ Packers fan. I live a lot closer to Pittsburgh, and I don’t have division allegiances, Green Bay just makes me happy. And it will be a lot easier for Arron Rodgers to respond to the Brett Favre (Brett who?) comparisons now.

3. Hardcore competitive sports make me twitchy because I start thinking about how sad the losing side will be. In 1993, the White Sox were in the pennant play-offs and I started begging God to take the series to at least five games (for my Dad). I then started thinking about people who where living with wars and starvation (aka real problems) and backed down. I haven’t been the same since.

4. It doesn’t matter who’s playing halftime, the sound is going to suck and it’s going to seem like a lame concert to the people watching at home. I’m sure in the stadium the Black Eyed Peas were awesome.

5. I’m just really happy that a team from the smallest city, smallest TV market and that is community owned won. And, truly, both teams were class acts. It’s much more fun to watch when highly paid athletes aren’t acting like 5 year-olds.

Congratulations Packers!

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  1. Nathan Hawks
    February 6th, 2011 at 21:56 | #1

    Things I learned during the Superbowl: People-watching via Twitter turns into a grueling pro sport. Your #5 item is about as close as I can get to caring - it’s amazing that the community are direct shareholders. Would be nice to see more cities do same. Although, can you imagine if the Cavs had been community-owned when Lebron left? That would have been an almost-chilling social experiment in empowering a mob mentality.

  2. Jeanne
    February 7th, 2011 at 04:58 | #2

    As a life-long Steelers fan, it was sad to see them lose. But if they had to, then having it be to the Packers made it not quite as bad. Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews are two of my favorite players to watch, and the players matter to me. It’s the people behind the teams that make me so strongly dislike the Patriots and the Eagles, and Ben Roethlisberger sounds like he might be trying to make me take a hiatus from my life-long support of Iron City football for a bit if his allegations are true. It was a good game, and Green Bay earned every minute of their win.

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