Thursday, January 29, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII: The Q & A

The Super Bowl is upon us, so you know what the means. Time for my annual Super Bowl Q&A!!!

Oh, and what a historic Super Bowl this is. For only the second time since 1978 there will be a 9-7 club in the big game. So will the Cardinals prevail in their first ever Super Bowl appearance or will the Pittsburgh Steelers make it a record “six pack”?

Before my much anticipated prognostication, the Super Bowl Inquisitor, who is to my blog what Bert Parks was to the Miss America Pageant, has some burning questions he needs answered.

Q: After being outscored a combined 82-21 in weeks 15 and 16, the Arizona Cardinals have not lost a game since and are now in the Super Bowl. Is that the greatest turnaround ever?
A: Actually, no. That distinction belongs to Dustin Hoffman when he won a best actor Oscar a year removed from starring in Ishtar.

Q: Given his comments after the Super Bowl matchup was set, Cards’ coach (and former Steelers’ assistant) Ken Whisenhunt still seems somewhat bitter losing out to Mike Tomlin for the Steelers head coaching job. Will that carry any extra weight?
A: Not really. David Letterman still whines about not getting The Tonight Show gig but that hasn’t helped him pass Jay Leno in the late night ratings.

Q: What’s your reaction to NBC broadcasting the Super Bowl for the first time in eleven years?
A: Let’s hope they take time out from shilling for Obama and just focus on the game.

Q: How do you feel about Bruce Springsteen providing the halftime entertainment?
A: Let’s hope he takes time out from shilling for Obama and just focuses on music.

Q: What’s on the menu?
A: Carrot sticks, celery, cauliflower and vegetable dip.

Q: WHOA, WHAT???!!
A: Just seein’ if you were on auto pilot given that you’re asking the same inane questions as previous years. We're going with the standard fare of an artery clogging feast.

Q: OK, pop quiz. You ready?
A: Yep!

Q: Which team was the other 9-7 club to make the Super Bowl?
A: The Los Angeles Rams in 1979.

Q: Who is the only other QB, besides Arizona’s Kurt Warner, to start a Super Bowl for two different teams?
A: Craig Morton.

Q: Who were the four QBs other than Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger to start at least two Super Bowls within their first five seasons?
A: John Elway, Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner and Tom Brady.

Q: Who shot J.R.?
A: Kristin Shepard.

Q: Who wins Super Bowl XLIII?
A: Three years ago the Steelers got their fifth Super Bowl ring, calling that title “one for the thumb”. With today’s odd fashion statements, we’ll call their sixth title “one for the middle toe”.

Pittsburgh 24 Arizona 21

Playoff Record:

Straight up: 4-6-0

ATS: 6-4-0



W.B. Picklesworth said...

I've been leaning back and forth on this one, but I'm going to go for the glory. The Steelers are solid, but they aren't a dominant team (the third quarter against the Chargers notwithstanding). The Cardinals seem pretty loose, able to overcome a bit of adversity (falling behind the Panthers, blowing the lead against Philly).

Cards 34
Steelers 24

Paul Zunker said...

Steelers are taking it all. the Cards have been a solid team, but Pitt. is just too god for them. I am predicting 21-17 Steelers.