Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Whatchoo Think: Who will win Super Bowl XLV?
It's a fierce battle between two North Texas fanatics.
ARLINGTON With the biggest game in sports making its way to Arlington on Sunday, it is only fitting that the inaugural Whatchoo Think be a debate about who will win the battle for football supremacy when the 2011 Super Bowl hits Cowboys Stadium on February 6: the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers?
Representing Steelers fandom is Eric Johnson, Denton local and Steelers fanboy for as long as he can remember.
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“The difference between the Steelers and other teams is that they are the model for success, and other teams simply try to copy that model,” Johnson said.
On experience: “This is the Steelers' third Super Bowl in six years, and they have all the experience. This is the Steelers' eighth Super Bowl overall, most all-time, and they already have six Lombardi trophies to the Packers three, and it's named for their (the Packers') coach."
On receivers: “Now obviously the Packers have the best receiving corps in football, but the Steelers have the best deep-threat in the NFL in Mike Wallace and a former Super Bowl MVP in Hines Ward. But the biggest difference on either team will be Steelers tight end Heath Miller. Green Bay does not cover the middle of the field well, and that is where Miller lives. Big Ben's security blanket had seven receptions for 121 yards when the two teams met last season,” Johnson explained. “Also, I fully expect for Steelers safety Troy Polamalu to do what his does best, be a game-changer.”
On quarterbacks: “Just like every big game, it comes down to the quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers has a ton of talent, and he is on the verge of greatness, but he has a sore shoulder and no big-game experience. I will take the man who thrives in pressure situations, Big Ben. The man is 10-2 in the playoffs and already has two Super Bowl rings. With the game on the line, there is no one better than Big Ben.”
"I say our final score is a close one – Steelers 27, Packers 24."
On the other side of the table sits Shohreh Davoodi: Dallas native, Wisconsin local, and cheesehead until the bitter end.
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“The Pack is back in the Super Bowl,” she said.
First, Davoodi talks statistics: “The bottom line is that the Packers are a force to be reckoned with. We’ve played three straight away games against challenging teams with no rest, yet we keep on powering through … It’s about time the Lombardi trophy comes to Green Bay.”
Or is it about semantics? “For one, let’s break this down to the most basic level – team names. Sure, steel is strong and we can imagine that big burly men are the ones responsible for manufacturing it. But who’s responsible for packing up that steel and shipping it off to Timbuktu? That’s right -- even bigger, burlier men, otherwise known as Packers."
It's really about passion, she says: “The Packers haven’t won a Super Bowl since the 1996 season, which frankly means we want this more and are ready to rally for victory with every weapon we have,” Davoodi said confidently. “I’m saying the Packers get the win, 24-17.”
So Whatchoo Think, who will win Super Bowl XLV – the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers?
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