(I worked as a Sports Editor from late 2004 until the summer of 2006. This is one of the many columns I was able to save that were originally published in The Sun-Times of Heber Springs, Arkansas.)
I don’t have to tell you that this Sunday the most important football game of the season will be played in Detroit. What I do have to tell you is who I think is going to win.
Why do I have to tell you who is going to win? Is it because I’m a glutton for punishment? Is it because I’m an omnipresent sports editor who has his finger on the pulse of the sporting nation? Or is it because there are a handful of readers out there who need my picks so they can go to their bookies and bet the direct opposite of what I have predicted? (For the record, I don’t bet, or encourage other people to bet or endorse betting of any kind. To paraphrase Frankenstein, ‘Betting bad’.)
Before I get to my pick, let’s briefly review who made the big game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers packed their copy of Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ and promptly beat the top three seeds of the AFC away from the Steel City. The Steelers haven’t won a Super Bowl since their glory days ended with their victory over the Rams in the 1980 season.
The Seattle Seahawks – once a member of the AFC West – was the best team in the NFC all season and won both their playoff games at home.
Matt Hasselbeck finished the year with the highest quarterback rating in the last 20 years and running back Shaun Alexander was named the league’s MVP.
I believe the Steelers will win because of their defense. After shutting down Indianapolis’ high-powered offense, then smacking the Denver Broncos in the mouth, Seattle shouldn’t pose too many problems.
Plus, with the bus on a mission to end his career with a Super Bowl trophy in his hometown, the Steelers have plenty of motivation.
Big Ben Roethlisberger has matured faster than any quarterback has a right to and will have the edge over Hasselbeck.
So, I’m picking Pittsburgh, which probably means that Seattle will win in a landslide.
Check back next Wednesday for my always riveting Super Bowl Diary, and we’ll see just how ignorant I can be.