In keeping with my blog tradition, I am now placing on my prognostication hat and doing my best to predict the outcome of Super Bowl XLIII. Despite the propensity I have for underdogs - and the magical narrative of Kurt Warner returning from oblivion to once again lead a Super Bowl team - I think that the stifling defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers will prove to be the difference-maker in their championship game with the Arizona Cardinals.
Now, lest any blog-surfing newcomers jump to conclusions, I have no horse in this race. I am a long-suffering Lions fan who simply hopes for a quality football game on Sunday.
I see Warner tossing three scores (only one to WR Larry Fitgerald), but the Steelers will snag two passes for interceptions. Troy Polamalu will pick off one pass, break up two more throws, record six tackles, scoop up a fumble, post a late-game sack, and will find a way to get in on another half-dozen important defensive plays. Polamalu will also become that rarest of beasts: a Super Bowl MVP who plays a defensive position.
The defense of the Cardinals - whose playoff surge owes much to a newly found ability to stop the run - will suddenly return to Earth, and the ground game of the Steelers will be good for 140 yards and two scores. Pittsburgh Qb Ben Roethlisberger will not have an MVP-caliber game, but he will be more than adequate in tossing a TD and 250 passing yards.
Final Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 21.
As usual, feel free to leave any comments, predictions, or reasons why any of the above thoughts are the obvious work of a drooling, feeble-minded imbecile. I have a thick skin.