The NFL is on the eve of a potential lockout that will do major harm to it’s image, harm that will take years to mend, but before that possibility happens they (and us) have been gifted with one of the best SuperBowl match-ups fans have seen in years. The Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Green Bay Packers is a football fans wet dream come true. These two franchises represent two of the most storied in the history of the sport and can claim the biggest fan bases of anyone in the league.
There are some in the media that think the sixth seeded Jets would have been a better story, would have brought more interest to the game, but they need to wash the Rex Ryan kool-aid out of their mouths and realize that no team generates more interest or travels better than the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers represent nearly 40 years of SuperBowl success that no team can match and that tends to attract a rather large (and rabid) fan base that knows what winning is like and kinda likes it.
And the Packers aren’t far behind.
Since the great Vince Lombardi, which by the way, the SuperBowl trophy is named after, the Packers have been a force in the NFL. They have done their fair share of winning in the recent past as well, recently parting ways with a future Hall of Fame Player who made over 250 consecutive starts for them only to hand the reigns to a guy with HOF potential himself. That kind of consistent winning brings in die hard fans, plain and simple.
Put the two of them together, in Dallas, in the biggest game of the season, and you have the stuff of legends.
This match-up is going to be great because, to put it simply, these teams know how to play. They are the best two teams this game could see and there will be hard hits, fireworks, and tons of drama to go around once the ball is kicked off on February 6th.
With basically a week and a half to go, we still have a ton of time to dissect every little nuance of this game; from match-ups and health concerns to jock sizes and whether Mendenhall will hump Ben agains, but for now, let’s just step back and take a broad look at this game.
It’s the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Green Bay Packers.
I don’t know about you but just typing that sends quivers of anticipation down my spine.
February 6th can’t get here fast enough.