Super Bowl Boulevard
The 48th Super Bowl will be played for the first in a cold weather city, that City just happens to be the headquarters of Steeler Central. First I’d like to say it stinks that the Steelers are not in it, I’d like to have my cake and it it too, but that’s a topic for another day. The festivities got kicked off this week in Midtown Manhattan with the stretch of Broadway from 47th St. to 34 St. closed and inhabited by the NFL. The game of course, will be played in New Jersey at MetLife Sadium, home of the Jets and Giants. New York has been jumpin’ all week and hopefully this will be a recurring location and who knows, if the black and gold decide to get their collective shit together, the stars might align for them to play here.
Needless to say it’s going to be a hum-dinger of a game, with the veteran god of all quarterbacks Peyton Manning, taking on upstart Russ Wilson and the Seahawks trash talking defense. This week outspoken macho cornerback Richard Sherman was quoted as saying “Peyton Manning throws ducks”. The first thing to come to mind was Hollywood Henderson claiming in 1978 that “Terry Bradshaw couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the C and the T”. Bradshaw certainly had no trouble spelling W-I-N by games end, and I’ve got a sense Peyton may boast a similar response. ‘Beast Mode’ running back Marshawn Lynch decided to boycott the player interview part of media day, which certainly doesn’t send a positive message for himself or his team. The Seahawks are a confident bunch, as well they should be, however the Super Bowl is a different beast. I’m also reminded of how our own Pittsburgh Steelers took for granted the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl 45. The Steelers felt simply by virtue of being in the Super Bowl that they were guarantied a victory, well we all know how that turned out. The Seahawks would be wise to pull their chests back in and realize that not only has Peyton Manning been there and done that, his arsenal of weapons extend way beyond what Richard Shermans responsibilities include. That’s not to say that Seattle’s defense won’t dominate or be responsible for putting points on the board, it’s simply a case of be aware of what you’ve gotten yourself into and who you’re up against. There was never a Steelers Super Bowl that didn’t come down to the last seconds of the game, and they were the greatest teams ever.
It’s been fun this week having the party right in my back yard, perhaps if the cold weather Super Bowl works out, they’ll consider Steeltown as a potential location for a future game. Here’s a couple of shots courtesy of my man VinRose, on loan from the NY Jets.