“It’s a Great Day to Be Great, Baby!”

by npiller88

Here’s your obligatory Super Bowl post:

Some random observations:

-Most watched tv event ever.. The Super bowl is in a class of its own, but ever notice how one-shot events always draw the most viewers? This is part of why March Madness is so popular. Single Elimination. Gotta love it.

-The Packers’ receivers had some trouble catching the ball (just pause for a moment and imagine: if only Jordy Nelson had held on to all those balls he dropped, he would have racked up about 13 catches for 200 yards. Just sayin’)

-We have witnessed the ascendancy of Aaron Rodgers.

-So much for Jerry Jones’ hopes that hosting the game would go off without a hitch (much less feature his beloved and awful Cowboys). Besides the poor handling of the unexpected snowy weather, there were countless other glitches, such as the seats deemed unsafe (preventing the fans who purchased them from attending the game), the busted microphones during the half time show, and of course Christina Aguilera’s botching of the National Anthem (Okay, so maybe this one wasn’t Jerry’s fault, but we’ll blame him for it anyway).

-The Steelers outgained the Packers by about 50 yards, and still lost. This isn’t that noteworthy of a statistic, other than that it gives pundits an excuse to blame the Steelers’ loss entirely on turnovers. There’s nothing wrong with that analysis, but instead of making the implicit assumption that the loss of the turnover battle means that the Steelers gave the game away, can’t we just applaud the Packers’ defense for forcing turnovers? This is an underrated capability of defenses in the NFL.. It’s a much different skill than just being a stout run defense, like the Steelers (not that such a tactic isn’t a good one in its own right). On the season, only the Falcons had a better turnover margin than the Packers in the NFC. The Steelers were second in the AFC, but all that matters is this game. On Roethlisberger’s first interception (the one returned for a touchdown), the blame can’t really go on Big Ben, because his arm was deflected in the act of throwing. This means he didn’t necessarily make a bad read, or force an ill-advised pass, just that the pressure caused a wobbly throw. The fumble late in the game by the Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall was also cited as a reason why the Steelers choked, but let’s take a moment to praise Clay Matthews and his suspiciously roided-out looking body for causing that turnover to happen with a beastly, jarring hit. Let’s not blindly look at the total yards and the turnover battle and just say: “The Steelers could have/should have won.” The Packers shined on offense, and made plays on defense. No need to say more.

-This is a sad day for the 49ers. Mike McCarthy was actually the Offensive Coordinator for the ‘Niners when they opted for Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL draft. McCarthy had no idea that he would soon take over the Packers’ coaching job, but he later admitted to having believed Smith would be the better pro at the time, and to making his preference for Smith at No. 1 known. Clearly, it was an easier road for Rodgers than for Smith. While Smith was passed around between five different offensive coordinators and began his career as the starter on a team with talent befitting of an expansion franchise, Rodgers sat around behind Favre for over 2 years, learning about how to lead. He also witnessed first hand the balls to the wall style of Favre, and probably learned what NOT to do as well (see Rodgers’ stat line devoid of interceptions in the Super Bowl, as well as his career passer rating of 98–don’t forget: Favre’s career rating is at 86). So don’t blame the 49ers for passing on Rodgers. Blame them for failing to develop Smith. But all the same, a tough one to swallow for 49er fans, who just saw their former OC and QB combo that never was explode on the earth’s biggest sports entertainment stage (apologies to the World Cup).

-A final thanks to Greg Jennings, whose post-game quote became the title of this post. For the curious among you who may not recall, he followed up that gem with a nice “to God be the Glory” (it couldn’t have come soon enough, because I heard God missed on a bunch of the prop bets, including guessing incorrectly on what color the Gatorade poured on Mike McCarthy would be (it was orange)).

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