One Day, One Game, One Champion

Posted by politicalpartypooper on February 6, 2011

The only game that matters was played today, in Dallas, TX.  For Packers and Steelers fans worldwide, this day couldn’t get here fast enough, and yet there was something in the waiting for it to arrive that captured your heart and held it hostage like never before.

The two most storied franchises in the NFL met for an epic Super Bowl battle tonight, and the Green Bay Packers were crowned Champions of the NFL, winning by a score of 31-25.   They jumped out to an early 21-3 lead, and things looked bad for Steel town, but like anything with iron in its DNA, the Steelers came roaring back to get within three points on a touchdown and two point conversion late in the fourth quarter.  Pittsburgh had the ball  with almost two minutes left in the game and a chance to win, but weren’t able to pull out a Championship miracle.  In the end, the Lombardi trophy is coming home to Green Bay, where it belongs.

What a day, what a game, what a Champion.  No greater contest was ever delivered to fans for this most treasured of trophies than was played between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  I give my praise to the Steelers for giving me heart trouble today, and even louder cheers for my home state team, the Green Bay Packers.

Football does that to you.  Especially NFL football, where there is no best-of-seven contest for the championship.  It’s just two weeks of hellish impatience and anxiety followed by three hours of peaks and valleys, and maybe some pizza, beer, and hoarse voices.  In the end, one team is a Champion, and the other goes home, hopefully to a parade, because God knows the Steelers deserve one from their fans regardless of the outcome of this game.  They played a hell of a game, and I know their fans are upset right now, but they should proud of a team that overcame three turnovers to have a chance to win it all in the end.

One day, one game, one Champion.  That’s how it should be in every sport.  Somehow, it just means more.  It means more to the players, to the fans, and gasp…the media.  Football is about immovable forces and unbeatable objects.  It’s about sweat, pain, effort, and will.  No matter where you go in this world, you will not find two teams who can play up to those descriptions better than the Packers and the Steelers.  They are football.  They are the NFL.  They are the Yankees of the NFL (the Packers a little more so…way more championships).  Without the Steelers and the Packers, the NFL would devolve into All-Star Wrestling and American Idol all rolled into one.  You can’t even call this game football without mentioning one of the two teams at some point, not if you’re a serious fan.

America’s team?  We in Wisconsin believe it’s our beloved Green Bay Packers.  In the first championship matchup between the two teams with the most right to that title, the Packers came out on top.

Don’t even try to bring the Dallas Cowboys into the picture; they need near naked cheerleaders to help get them through an awful season.  Pittsburgh and Green Bay fans get through seasons like that with agony, memories and hope and nothing else, and that’s the way it should be.  Cheerleaders in football?  Who even hears what they are cheering about?  What a waste.  This is football, not ballet.  Leave the short skirts at home misses, and bring your towel and cheesehead, and an extra set of lungs, because you’re going to need them.

There won’t be football tomorrow or the next day, or even the next week or month.  The season is over, and the Packers are Champions.  That was decided by an entire season of injuries, talent, faith, hope, and lots of we-shall-overcome-ing.  It was ugly, it was hard, and it was worth it.  That’s football.

One day, one game, one Champion.

Thank you to the Pittsburgh Steelers for being a part of it, and God Bless the Green Bay Packers!     Ω


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