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Who I'm Rooting For | Super Bowl XLV | Packers v Steelers

February 3, 2011


For what seems like the umpteenth year in a row, the Raiders are leaving me (like many other fans) without a horse in the race and no idea where to place my fleeting fandom on Sunday. Since this has become somewhat of a tradition around here, I'll take a couple factors into account and let you know who I'm rooting for. If I do my job right, I will give you enough insight to do the same. We'll use the usual categories: players, cheerleaders, fans, and other nonessential attributes for these champions of the gridiron.
  • Players: Let's not put this off any longer than we have too. The Steelers have one of, if not the most, easily hatable players in the league in Hines Ward. Ha, just kidding, I was talking about accused rapist Ben Roethlisberger. While it was just an accusation, insuring we will never be 100% confident of which side to trust, he is guilty of terrible decision-making and outright creepiness. Also of note, he has a gray penis. This match-up goes to the Packers in a landslide, despite the awesomeness of this guy's beard.
  • Cheerleaders: Push, neither team has them, making this the first cheerleaderless Super Bowl. Couple that together with the notion that Fergie will be in full-HD and the fans hailing from the midwest, and it makes for a Super Bowl devoid of any eye candy.
  • Fans: In less than 5 minutes of the AFC Championship ending, I saw the following update from an unnamed acquaintance on Facebook: "Stairway to SEVEN!" They also swaddled a room full of babies into a brainwashed existence of adult onset diabetes and annoying fandom. If that's not enough reason to root against the Steelers, you're either a Steelers fan or a closeted one. Packers take another category.
  • Fan Videos: Speaking of "Stairway to SEVEN," it's not the most absurd Steeler related play on words from once great songs. There is also this, entitled "Knockin' On Seven's Door": 
    The Steelers have adopted Pittsburgh resident Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" as their song (you can see the Steelers mumbling along to it here). But it has nothing to do with the six time champs, well, apart from their color scheme. So, it doesn't count. That brings us to the Packers most notable fan song. This one was tough to pick, considering there are so many awesomely bad videos by pasty Wisconsians. So, I just picked the most famous of the fan songs. Insert Lil' Wayne's "Green and Yellow," which would be clever if Snoop and Game didn't already make "Purp and Yellow" for the Lakers or Chet Haze (the lesser known son of Tom Hanks, whose name is Chet) didn't already make "White and Purple" for Northwestern. And despite being late to this overwrought round of remixes and my inability to ignore the fact he was rooting for the Saints last year, his song still manages to clinch my impermanent devotion for Sunday. Oh and here is the video:  

So, that does it, this Sunday I will be a momentary Packer fan. Honestly, I planned for this to be a closer match-up. But I can't control which franchise is more likable. Though, it would be unfair of me to omit the reality that I went through four months of brainwashing while living in Cleveland. What? I never promised previously unknown bias built deep into the cerebellum wouldn't come into account.

Anyways, I do regret this becoming a beatdown, as it kept me from getting into the fan accessories debate of cheesehead versus terrible towel. Since I couldn't delve into this well deserving debate, I suggest reading Clay Travis' stirring anti-Towel commentary. Also of note from the "On Rocky Top" author, if you needed another reason to root for the Packers, check out his post made up entirely of Steeler's hate mail. If you're not already, that post alone will make you hit the streets to push for more public school funding. Go Pack, Go!


10 comments:

Teach said...

Langston: your support is welcomed

February 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM
Russ said...

For whatever reason I usually just root for the NFC team. I rooted for the Raiders with Jerry Rice, Elway's first super bowl, and against the Cowboys in the heydey of the 49ers/Cowboys rivalry. Roethlisberger just makes it an easy decision this year.

February 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM
Teach said...

I'm in the same boat, unless I just don't like the NFC team, I pretty much always pull for the NFC. One of the only times I think I rooted for the AFC was when the Colts played the Bears, and that was cause I wanted Peyton to get a ring and end all of that talk about not being able to beat Florida etc.

February 4, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Langston said...

Yeah, I typically root for the underdog. That is, unless Oakland or Peyton is involved.

February 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM
Teach said...

The team I most regret rooting for during a Super Bowl are the '90s Dallas teams. I think I rooted for them out of elementary school ignorance. In fact, I feel like I should write Buffalo an apology letter for my lack of support. Kids do the darndest things.

February 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM
Russ said...

I thought about posting a piece on this but I didn't really have enough time. But I was thinking about this during and after the Super Bowl. When was the exact moment that guys allowed the Super Bowl to be taken over by things that have nothing to do about football or the actual game? Yesterday was a great game with two great teams with all the drama that you can ask for in a Super Bowl. But 80% of the conversation at a Super Bowl party last night was about the national anthem, A-Rod being hand fed, if Eminem was selling out with two commercials, which summer movie was going to kick ass, if the Black Eyed Peas was the worst halftime show ever, etc. And 10% of the rest was jokes involving Ben Roethlisberger. This might be considered sexist and maybe I was just at the wrong party, but I want the Super Bowl back.

February 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM
Teach said...

Well, considering one of the commercials is all about his hometown pride, I think it's hard to say Eminem sold out, especially when he has as many braggadocio get rich songs as any other rapper. How does a rapper sellout when most of their songs are about money anyway?

February 7, 2011 at 2:36 PM
Teach said...

To sell out in rap you'd have to say something like "free Tibet"

February 7, 2011 at 2:36 PM
Russ said...

Well they argued that he said he would never do commercials. I have no idea if he ever said that. Why people care about this I don't know, and that's my point. I'm watching Aaron Rodgers thread the needle on throw after throw, just shredding the Steeler D in MVP performance right there with Joe Montana and Steve Young, but nobody is talking it. Instead we are talking about everything else. The more they market the Super Bowl to women, the less of a sporting event the Super Bowl feels to me. Between the commercials, the halftime show, the constant showing of celebrities, the Glee commercials, I'm watching the VMA's and a football game broke out.

February 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM
Anonymous said...

The Super Bowl is the one sporting event that everybody in America is watching. Without the commercials, halftime show, celebrities, and Glee they'd lose a majority of their audience. Even as a football fan, I'd only be half interested without the chance of seeing A-Rod being fed or a soda to the crotch commercial. Unless you're a fan or either team, a hardcore football fan, or have a gambling addiction you're probably not too interested in the actual game. The Super Bowl is more for entertainment than a sporting event. It's a chance to have or attend a party and get drunk on a work night. The outcome of the game matters to only a very small percentage of the audience. Go to any Super Bowl party (outside of the cities of the teams in the game) and well less than half the people in attendance actually care who wins. Sure, they might have a preference. But it's not going to have that large of an impact on their night if that team loses.

February 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM

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