One is supposed to congratulate the Super Bowl winner, but that was sloppy and half-assed football on both sides. Pittsburgh had three turnovers. Although I will admit that one of them was a good defensive play by their opponent, even that one could have been avoided with more attention by the quarterback. Green Bay had dropped passes, throws that missed open receivers, and no running game. Against a full eleven-man defense it would have lost the game.
Last Monday I predicted that if Troy Polamalu played “Mr. Invisible” that Green Bay would win. He was not quite invisible, but was nearly enough so to validate my prediction. I saw him make two tackles, both in the fourth quarter, and I saw him in his own end zone twice, failing to defend against Green Bay touchdown passes. In one of those two cases he appeared to be wearing concrete shoes. Did he suddenly turn fifty?
I believe the plan was for him to line up twenty yards deep and begin backing up when the ball was snapped (he certainly did that) in an effort to prevent a Green Bay “home run,” overlooking the concept that five 20-yard completions has the same result as one 100-yard one. The result was that Green Bay was playing against a ten-man defense.
I should have known it was going to be a lost cause when the national anthem was sung. Most singers botch the tune for the sake of their own ego, but this one didn’t even get the damn words right.
Furthermore: This game was not a "celebration of America's greatness."
It was not a "tribute to men and women defending freedom." Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. had nothing to do with creating it. We did not fight World War Two, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan in order to make it possible. It was just a stupid football game, and a rather poorly played one at that.