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January 24, 2006

40 things to watch for at Super Bowl XL: It will be a long two weeks before Super Bowl XL is played. The wait will seem interminable. The hype will seem intolerable. The Seattle Seahawks against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the world championship of professional football. It’s eating at you, isn’t it? You want to know what the future holds.

posted by skydivemom to football at 08:55 PM - 42 comments

I hope the future holds as Seattle breakdown. I can't stand Hasselbach with his cocky ass. I guess being a Rams fan has something to so with that but he is a ball sniffer.

posted by madtom25 at 09:11 PM on January 24

Some funny stuff there skydivemom, I really liked this one: 21. An ABC sideline reporter will deliver a pertinent fact about the game. The network’s production team will then call an emergency meeting to determine how something like that got on the air. :o)

posted by Steeler_Fan at 09:23 PM on January 24

Steelers have a sound Def. and a vary mature QB those two things will push the over the Seahawks to win the Superbowl

posted by morgn26 at 10:08 PM on January 24

That was four times better than a top ten list!

posted by tselson at 10:20 PM on January 24

world championship of professional football. Without playing another team outside America. Super Bowl Champions seems a big enough title.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 10:44 PM on January 24

33. ABC will interview Panthers coach John Fox and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in an effort to promote its series, “Lost.” This was my favorite. Thanks for the link skydivemom, it helps keep things in perspective.

posted by chrisly13 at 11:55 PM on January 24

Without playing another team outside America. Super Bowl Champions seems a big enough title Not the champions of America or even North America. Let's get it straight. there are three Americas and three countires in North America. Super Bowl will determine the championship for the United States of America. Wipeee

posted by inmyopinion at 11:56 PM on January 24

You guys are so right. Moldova could kick the crap out of either team. Yes, it's dumb to call it the World Championship, but I doubt the outcome would be any different if it was.

posted by kafkaesque at 12:29 AM on January 25

Let's get it straight. there are three Americas and three countires in North America. Yeah, but how many of those countries have the word "America" in their names? Or Americano? What do Canadians call us? (And by 'us' I mean: citizens of the United States---just to be clear) True, "Americans" do tend to think of their country as the center of the Universe, I agree...we get it.

posted by captaincavegirl at 12:47 AM on January 25

Terry Bradshaw said it all regarding the Seatle - Carolina game, "the Steelers will beat whoever wins".

posted by chrisly13 at 12:47 AM on January 25

CRUSH THE STEELERS? TRY DETOX MY GOOD MAN! There is NO WAY the Steelers will lose this game.

posted by LiveWithIt at 12:49 AM on January 25

kafkesque is rite yal r nutz moldova wud kick rothlisburgers a$$ all i can say is GO MOLES!!!

posted by chicobangs at 01:11 AM on January 25

I agree that they shouldn't say its for the "world championship in football". It's only played here in america and Europe, and the guys that are sent to NFL Europe are guys who simply couldn't make in the NFL over here in the U.S. As far as the matchup goes, the run game will most likely be the determining factor in this game. Whoever can stop the opponents running game has a decided edge. Even though I'm a Steelers fan, I think the Seahawks have a more balanced offense. As far as you go, madtom, don't be mad that Seattle's in this year's Super Bowl and the Rams aren't. If the Rams knew how to play defense, they'd have won more games.

posted by headgames at 01:25 AM on January 25

Chico - Moldovan sports teams are in fact known as 'the Tractor Mechanics'. This sounds much better coming from 10,000 vodka-infused spectators singing in the 'Glorious Five Year Plan Repair Workshop End' of the national stadium, in beautiful downtown Chisinau.

posted by owlhouse at 01:50 AM on January 25

Im just looking for a good game. High scoring or a defensive battle, its all good. And maybe a breast or two at halftime.

posted by GoBirds at 03:06 AM on January 25

These two are hilarious: 11. A bus will try to sneak into the Super Bowl dressed up as Jerome Bettis. 26. At least one old lady will approach Matt Hasselbeck and say, “I used to love you on ‘Baywatch.’”

posted by ProSam at 08:01 AM on January 25

I think the steelers will win probably a close game. They are on such a roll winning AT cinci, indy and denver that i don't think it matters who they are playing. Seattle hasn't had a real opponent other than carolina. They remind me of the broncos for some reason, but ultimately the game will result with the same outcome. Hasselbeck running for his life and giving the game to the steelers.

posted by chuy at 08:05 AM on January 25

Everybody be on the look out for the steamy godaddy.com commercial.

posted by pepitothechihuahua at 08:18 AM on January 25

My favorite... 19. Members of the Carolina Panthers’ defense will offer their services to work security at various league-sponsored events in and around the Super Bowl. Their offer will be politely declined.

posted by MeatSaber at 08:38 AM on January 25

Everybody be on the look out for the steamy godaddy.com commercial. Oh christ, you work there, don't you. Chico - you're my hero. Go Moles?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:44 AM on January 25

This OHIO chic wants to say.......HERE WE GO STEELERS!I LOVE YOU!

posted by darladombroski@sbcglobal.net at 09:05 AM on January 25

What do Canadians call us? (And by 'us' I mean: citizens of the United States---just to be clear) There's not a clear choice, CCG ... but all the variations do involve the phrase "gun-toting". I'll add a few of my own: #41: Visiting NFL fans will be amazed at how clean and safe Detroit is -- and then will realize they weren't supposed to cross the Ambassador Bridge. #42: Numerous sportswriters will be forced to lie to the accounting department of their respective outlets and say the "Cheetah's" on their expense reports is actually a wildlife sanctuary in Ann Arbor. #43: Spirits will be dampened when Seattle's cheerleaders release a live seahawk inside Ford Field, but Ted Nugent shoots it down and eats it raw. #44: Midwesterners will exclaim how nice it is that someone still chooses to name their child Randall. #45: Viewers will marvel at ABC's superior camera work and the SkyCam, but no one will discuss how the network has managed to keep "According To Jim" on the air. #46: During the Rolling Stones' halftime performance, KISS will invited up on stage -- except for Peter Criss, because no one wants Peter Criss.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:43 AM on January 25

Sure, Pittsburgh is a great team. I'll give them that. But there is no way that they will beat Seattle. They have to play against the MVP of the league and a very underated quarterback. Another thing that is underated about Seattle is their defense. Just look at their statistics! Sure, Big Ben was great against the Broncos, but Bettis only had 37 all purpose yards. There is no way that Pittsburgh will get past the outstanding Seattle defense, or that Pittsburgh will be able to stop the incredible offense of Seattle. Seattle, all the way.

posted by eweiner93 at 09:53 AM on January 25

"No one wants to be Peter Criss! Not even Peter Criss!" - Peter Griffen I just can't wait to see which call/noncall or obscure rule we be talking about the following monday. I have to root for Pit since all thier wins knocked me out of the office pool.

posted by njsk8r20 at 09:58 AM on January 25

I've been at my grandmother's funeral all weekend, and I was a little strung out & had a few last night when I posted that, but I gotta tell you, you better roll over for Moldova. If by some happenstance they're allowed on the field, it could be a totally interesting game. I love #43, frazer.

posted by chicobangs at 10:55 AM on January 25

It looks like the Steelers will be the first 6th seed team to get to the Super Bowl and win it. No way Seattle wins this game. Seattle got a break when Foster got his (ankle). If he was there it would have been way closer. And it would have opened a door for the Carolina defense. And it would also helped the defense so they wouldn't be backed up to their own touchdown for once in the game. Still, the Seahawks have an underrated offense, but the Steelers have a rated defense, that will show up. Steelers win (24-7)

posted by threemoney21 at 01:06 PM on January 25

Just my biased opinion. Joey, Troy, Kimo, and the rest of the Steelers defence will show Matt Hasseled-and-on-his-back what a real pass rush looks like just like they did to Peyton Manhandled, and Jake I-wish-I-was-a-plummer.

posted by STLFAN66 at 01:39 PM on January 25

eweiner93 is in "dreamland". Steelers have been much underrated during the playoffs. Not many were on their bandwagon. They are cohesive and have gelled in all departments. They have it ALL. Go Steelers!!!

posted by ozzie at 02:04 PM on January 25

eweiner93 is in "dreamland". Steelers have been much underrated during the playoffs. Not many were on their bandwagon. They are cohesive and have gelled in all departments. They have it ALL. Go Steelers!!!

posted by ozzie at 02:07 PM on January 25

What do Canadians call us? (And by 'us' I mean: citizens of the United States---just to be clear) There's not a clear choice, CCG ... but all the variations do involve the phrase "gun-toting". ?choice? us=the group that includes me, and I am a citizen of the United States. no choosing involved.

posted by captaincavegirl at 02:31 PM on January 25

my favorite... 28. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will deliver his annual state-of-the-league speech to the media on the Friday before the game. It will consist of him waving two fistfuls of money while laughing maniacally and then skipping away.

posted by captaincavegirl at 02:38 PM on January 25

How many of the respondants have actually read this post, raise your hand? Thought so. P.S. Nice post, skydivemom, even if it was lost on all the fanboys.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:46 PM on January 25

willthrill, You might want to amend that to "how many of you arguing over who's going to win read the post?" Quite a few of us actually commented on the article posted...

posted by MeatSaber at 03:54 PM on January 25

You're right MeatSaber. Point taken. I certainly wasn't suggesting that no one had read the post. Just intimating that quite a few had not.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:59 PM on January 25

In regards to the 40 things to watch for: meh. Some are mildly funny but most are pretty stupid. Like they were given a number to get to and they just kept churning out groaners until they'd finished. Why would Cowher's chin set off a metal detector? But anyway, if the Steelers don't dominate and take home the XL then that'll mean the other team won, or something.

posted by fenriq at 04:03 PM on January 25

fenriq.....maybe Cowher's chin is made of Steel? sorry no, really :o)

posted by Steeler_Fan at 04:59 PM on January 25

I would just want to see terrapin's reaction if the Steelers win on a last second field goal. However, people must remember that Seattle was the best team in the NFC over the whole season and Hasselbeck and Alexander are both very dangerous. That being said, I still think the Steelers will win.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:09 PM on January 25

Terry Bradshaw said it all regarding the Seatle - Carolina game, "the Steelers will beat whoever wins". Big surprise there. No way Seattle wins this game. Seattle got a break when Foster got his (ankle). If he was there it would have been way closer. They could have had both davis & foster & it wouldn't have helped. Christ they scored on a punt return after a flag was picked up & a fluke deep pass after game was over. Completely dominated. Pittsburgh will not be able to harass hasselbeck nearly as much as their other playoff games. Seattle has the best o line in the league. I never believed in the east coast bias until hearing all the crap spewed out last week vs carolina & now these daily gems.

posted by catfish at 05:53 PM on January 25

They could have had both davis & foster & it wouldn't have helped. You can't possibly say it would have no affect. A running game affects every single part of a game. Even special teams. Carolina was completely dominated because they had no run game. Carolina's game plan is all about the run. Without it they have very slim chances of winning. And to make things worse, Seattle had their middle linebacker playing in a safeties position. They knew they were going to pass. Plan and simple, an effective running game opens up the passing game. Then they would have a better chance of scoring. If Jake would have threw it to other people than Smith. Then Seattle wouldn't have had such great field position. I didn't say they wouldn't have still won, but if they did, it wouldn't have been by 20. Although injuries are not an excuse you can't say haveing foster wouldn't affect the game.

posted by threemoney21 at 12:19 PM on January 26

So what excuse do you have for Portis. I think most would say he's better than foster.

posted by catfish at 02:55 PM on January 26

Portis didn't have carolina's O-line. Plus Washington doesnt have the offense that Carolina has. Im not saying Seattle's defense isn't good but with foster the outcome would have been different. And yes Seattle has a chance to win the superbowl. I just think the steelers have a much better one.

posted by threemoney21 at 09:08 AM on January 27

I think the Steelers will win the Super Bowl GO STEELERS

posted by Dav at 05:08 PM on January 30

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