Super Bowl Open Thread

Shocking. Collinsworth picked the Cards. Who would have guessed he would bet against the Steelers. Again.

At any rate, hope it is a good game. Tunch has been fed and brushed and is perched on his Steelers blanky, so it is go-time. I will check in from time to time. Good luck Cards and Cards fans.

GO STEELERS!

*** Update ***

That version of the national anthem sucked. I felt like I was watching a bad lounge act. Halfway through, I looked around for a place to order a vodka tonic.

6:39 pm- And, as usual, TD with a challenge. Wouldn’t be a Steelers Super Bowl otherwise. And for you haters who do not understand why we love Hines Ward, you notice he chose to hit the DB rather than run out of bounds. That is why we love him.

Looking at the slow mo, that did not look like a touch down.

6:42 pm- They made the right call.

7:02 pm- Solid 1Q for the Steelers. Fitzgerald and Warner can’t score from the bench.

7:09 pm- Touchdown. I didn’t even see him squirt through, I thought he was down on the one in the pile. Then I saw the replay and he was a yard and a half in the end zone. Go Steelers. Three and out for the Cards, now. Don’t let them get any confidence.

7:22 pm- Good drive for the Cards, 10-7 ballgame. Helluva catch by the Cards TE.

7:54 pm- Wow. Just Wow. I am winded from watching Harrison’s run back. And, of course, like every Steeler touchdown, it must be reviewed.

8:01 pm- When they are done giving Harrison oxygen, I would appreciate it if they swing by my house.

Your kids will be watching that play on highlight reels for their entire lives.

8:20 pm- Best Superbowl Halftime Show in my memory. Bruce can still bring it, and Born to Run is as close to an unofficial national anthem for my generation as anything I can think. Was that Clarence Clemons up there? Thank Allah he didn’t show any nipple.

Don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a Super Bowl show so much.

8:37 pm- Turnover, for now. That didn’t look like a pass or a tuck, but that is such a formless rule that takes the shape of whatever the refs want that I have no clue whether it will stand as ruled on the field.

8:41 pm- Called back. I will never understand that rule, but then again, I think half the plays in football are holds, so what the hell do I know?

8:58 pm- That may have been the ugliest three points in SB history. Good D by the cards, although I am starting to wonder if the Steelers replaced Arians with Don Nehlen.

9:27 pm- 20-14 Steelers. Nice grab by Fitzgerald. This game is too close for my comforts, with a scary offense like the Cards on the other side of the line. We need points this drive.

9:49 pm- Stupid Penalties, Fitzgerald scores. That is ballgame.

God damnit.

10:19- I’m alive. Apparently the site was going through the same thing my heart was. Oh ye of little faith. What a comeback. What a game. I never have to listen to meatheads say Big Ben is not a big game quarterback or the defense carried him or blah blah blah.

I took a baby aspirin just to be safe.






361 replies
  1. 1
    passerby says:

    This is Collins’ first pick since Obama’s been sworn in. Perhaps the Collins’ kiss-of-death pick will be subject to the ethers of Change.

    At any rate, hope it is a good game.

    Cheers.

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    Jim says:

    All I ask is for one more Steelers win this season.

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    Nick says:

    Collinsworth is a jackass. He proved it the day Saddam was captured by referencing it during a freaking football game and adding, "Congratulations to President Bush on the success of the mission."

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    ET says:

    I’m not much into the NFL anymore (though I do usually hope for the Saints) but I do have a soft spot for the Steelers.

    GO STEELERS.

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    jprice vincenz says:

    Best of luck tonight, John, for your Stillers. We’re sitting here with Budweiser American Ale, which is a new microbrew from them with a semi-sweet dark flavor (and I totally loathe Bud in any variety so the irony of my buying a Bud product is not lost on the spouse).

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    The Baby Jesus wants the Cardinals to win.

    You know He does.

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    JL says:

    Jennifer Hudson did a great job on the anthem which, by the way, still gives me goose bumps when I hear it.

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    Freemark says:

    Orderd mt Pizza to arrive near the end of the first quarter.
    .
    Hope I still have my appetite after this rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

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    MNPundit says:

    You know for a long time I thought Tunch was a dog the way you talked about him. What really sucks is that superbowl is the one time of year I buy stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut. It is bar decorated cookies the greatest food the human race has ever produced. But this year, because of 3 weeks of unexplained abdominal pains, I am eating steamed rice and veggies–it won’t make me feel any better, but doctor’s orders.

    I want to kill a cat.

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    joe from Lowell says:

    That was a damn fine Star Spangled Banner.

    One of the best I can remember.

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    gwangung says:

    Boy, that crew from US Airways is starting to get around…

    Well, they deserve it.

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    Laura W says:

    Testing…
    My last few comments are not showing, or are marked as spam.
    What did I do NOW?

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    joe from Lowell says:

    Gen. Patraeus’ coin toss was tactically inept, but succeeded in achieving its purpose.

    How ironic.

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    neal peart says:

    Cards 31
    Steelers 24

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    The Other Steve says:

    The Cardinals are going to win.

    Kurt Warner is God.

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    Freemark says:

    joe from Lowell

    That was a damn fine Star Spangled Banner.

    I thought John had sat on Tunch.
    .
    .

    What the hell was Petreaus doing there?

    Glad to see Jeff Reed was out there. Is he the special teams captain?

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    Laura W says:

    I think the site is wonky with Steeler Fever, John.
    Fourth and final attempt to post something…anything…

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    JJS says:

    Petraeus cointoss: Surreal
    Card’s D: M.I.A.
    Kurt Warner: My boy

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    Patrick says:

    "What the hell was Petreaus doing there?"

    Beginning his 2012 run.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Looked like Veggieburger got in, but they easily could have called a penalty on the lineman for assistance.

    DAMN Where was that call in XL!?!??!

    I’m going to say that a lot today I suspect.

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    Morfydd says:

    Um. That was fast. This may be a long game for the Cards.

    (I’m not in the States; is there actually a real stream online anywhere? The ESPN stream is informative but not… exciting.)

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    jprice vincenz says:

    Speaking of the Pilot of the Flight-That-Landed-In-The River, heard a joke last night from a comic from Cincinnati, who was opening at Helium Comedy for Guy Torry:

    "19 birds flew into the engine of that plane. I heard 11 of them were from Saudi Arabia."

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    D-Chance. says:

    The commercials are especially violent this year.

    Audi’s car and motorcycle crashes, Bud Light’s guy throw through the window, Doritos’ vandalism and theft (not to mention a crotch shot). Setting the tone before the Cards even get the ball…

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    D-Chance. says:

    @jprice vincenz:

    I like Leno’s line better.

    "New York hadn’t seen a Jet take a dive like that since Brett Favre."

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    Conan O’ Brien wins so far

    Madden: "that’s Ben Worthlessburger being Superman."

    a) that made me throw up in my mouth a little.

    b) a motorcycle accident wouldn’t bother Superman.

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    Mwangangi says:

    can the cards tackle?

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    demimondian says:

    Yah, the Cards are as good at football as TZ is at repartee.

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    JL says:

    The Cardinals have been winning their playoff games by scoring early. That’s not happening today.

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    Tim F. says:

    I think that Pittsburgh will win this ballgame.

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    Josh Hueco says:

    Go Steelers, just so we don’t have to hear from the wingtards on Monday about how Gawd chose Kurt Warner to deliver a 5l4p in the f4c3 to Barack Obama.

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    passerby says:

    Cards need to settle down and stop all the dancing. They’re still in the piss-themselves mode. Hope they can.

    Edit: er…settle down, that is.

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    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    That version of the national anthem sucked. I felt like I was watching a bad lounge act.

    "Puppy Bowl" had a parrot singing it. Not bad, actually.

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    L. Ron Obama says:

    It’s not Jennifer Hudson’s fault. She had to put ridiculous ornamentation on the Star Spangled Banner for the same reason you dump A-1 on a tough, bland piece of meat.

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    D-Chance: Audi’s car and motorcycle crashes, Bud Light’s guy throw through the window, Doritos’ vandalism and theft (not to mention a crotch shot).

    People getting hit in the crotch by thrown objects will always be a time-honored method of provoking laughter.

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    woody says:

    The Castrol commercial was a farouking STITCH!

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    JL says:

    I thought Hudson did fine! Of course, I get goose bumps even if Rosanne is singing the anthem.

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    passerby says:

    Doritos FTW.

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    D-Chance. says:

    Grease monkeys was good for a 2-second sight gag.

    If you eat Doritos, you can strip women, rob ATMs, make police evaporate… what is it with Doritos and crime this year?

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    woody says:

    it looks like the Steeler offense owns the AZ D…

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    Frank says:

    The National Anthem is a song best performed straight. It’s too hard to sing for anyone to get away with any foolery.

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    lost in GA says:

    Go # 83. Great at my beloved UVA and great in Stiller black and gold. Was at the opening game his rookie season against the Titans in the ‘Burgh. One catch; three yards; TD. A beast ever since. Oh, and that Farrior guy is a pretty good Wahoo as well. Enjoy the rest of the game.

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    JL says:

    What’s with the Dorito commercials?

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    Mwangangi says:

    TD.

    also co-sign Doritos commercials so far

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    Brian J says:

    What’s with all of the Bob Costas hate? I’m not a big sports guy, and he doesn’t seem to do any college basketball or tennis games, two of the sports I would watch on television, so perhaps I don’t see him enough to pick up on any annoying ticks. He does seem perfectly affable and, from the times I’ve seen him outside of a sports announcing context, pretty smart.

    So what’s the deal? Is he like the Joel Stein/Tom Friedman of the sports world, someone pretty prominent but someone that really nobody likes that much?

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    passerby says:

    Jennifer Hudson gave a Mighteh! rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, but such an embellished performance means that no one can join in…which I always thought was the whole point, everybody sing.

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    D-Chance. says:

    The fetching Clydesdale wins the Super Bowl.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Gotta go to Fitzgerald NOW if you want to have a chance.

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    woody says:

    When Anacreon In Heav’n Did Reign

    O’er the myrtle of Venus, and Bacchus’s wine.

    I like that version better me’seff…but prob’ly that’s just me…

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    JL says:

    @D-Chance.: Pedigree was pretty good, also.

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    rob says:

    Give J. Hud some slack on the national anthem. Her mother, brother and nephew were recently killed in a horrible domestic incident. It’s a miracle she was even able to stand straight. Not to bring the party down. Oh yeah, GO STEELERS…

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    shera says:

    Star Trek!

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    passerby says:

    what is it with Doritos and crime this year?

    Eat Doritos and have your wishes come true…until you run out.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Looks like AZ is giving up on the run…

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    Mwangangi says:

    Pepsi stepped up the violence in that diet commercial.

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    D-Chance. says:

    And the Clydesdale love story… brought a tear to the eye.

    The Star Trek promo was the first movie commercial that made me even half-way interested. The other movies touted, so far, have looked like total duds.

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    D-Chance. says:

    Eat Doritos and have your wishes come true…until you run out.

    Our wishes are to become rapists, bank robbers, and cop killers???

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    Laura W says:

    @rob:

    It’s a miracle she was even able to stand straight

    Way to be, rob, way to be.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Wow, the Cardinals have decided to show up!

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    JL says:

    What happened to the Steelers defense?

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    Wini says:

    (Im)patiently waiting for halftime…

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    Mwangangi says:

    It’s a game now…

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    Napoleon says:

    @Wini:

    Half the reason I am watching is for the Boss.

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    passerby says:

    @D-Chance.:

    Our wishes are to become rapists, bank robbers, and cop killers???

    HuH?? Are we watching the same ad? I didn’t see anything like that.

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    Glocksman says:

    Costas hate?
    He’s not worth hating.

    John Madden on the other hand, is worth hating.
    I hate that useless asshole and wish he’d fucking choke on one of his turkeys while making obscene art with his telestrator.

    Goddamn NBC for hiring his worthless ass.

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    Wini says:

    @Napoleon: Any guesses as to what he’ll play? Tix for the local show in May go on sale tomorrow… yippee!

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    Kathy says:

    Yeah, the doritos ad was pretty offensive, however, I thought the Pepsi zero "I’m good" ad was pretty funny.
    I want the Stillers to win but I am happy about the Card’s score, blow outs are pretty boring when your team isn’t playing.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    yay, we have a game!

    –added: ah, I need to watch the time on the mythtv delay…. heh.

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    Napoleon says:

    @Wini:

    I know – I really want to go but that would mean buying tickets and hoping I can find someone to go. On top of it I will have to get tickets to somewhere a 3 or more hour drive.

    He will do Working on a Dream, maybe the Wrestler, and something that is a classic, like Born in the USA or maybe Born to Run.

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    Laura W says:

    @Wini: Hi Wini. (nail polish drying…no caps…) If it were up to me, dancin’ in the dark. or I’m on fire.
    but it’s not….

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    Brian J says:

    John Madden on the other hand, is worth hating.
    I hate that useless asshole and wish he’d fucking choke on one of his turkeys while making obscene art with his telestrator.

    Goddamn NBC for hiring his worthless ass.

    Ha! Even I could find humor in Frank Caliendo’s impression of Madden: "John Madden has made a career of announcing the most blatantly obvious things during a football game. ‘This is a guy who when he puts on his glasses, he can see better!’ Really, folks."

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    It was good that the Star Trek trailer focused on the story of Kirk, but it was just too short! I prefer the earlier theatrical trailer. May is too far away.

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    Zzyzx says:

    That chop block call might be a major turning point in the game.

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    Wini says:

    Napoleon & Laura (Hi!): I think to make it a "12-minute party", he’ll go very upbeat… Born to Run, Glory Days…? We’ll soon find out

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    Mwangangi says:

    I despise the CG kid.

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    Laura W says:

    E*TRADE BABY!!
    I posted this great outtake link in a thread early this morn. Well worth the quick watch.

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    Laura W says:

    @Wini: Yeah, now that the polish is dry I can acknowledge the obligatory Born To Run inclusion.
    I still think Dancing in the Dark is pretty damn upbeat. At least in my living room.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Well or there will be a much bigger turning point…

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    Mwangangi says:

    let’s see what the other defense gets up to now with that bit of inspiration

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    Wini says:

    @Laura W: Oh, for sure.. but I’m on Fire? Not so much :-)

    Color? (nail polish) Something springy, maybe? I acknowledge that’s a ridiculous question for a Super Bowl thread

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    uila says:

    @Wini: I’m thinking a nod to Rod Tidwell and Jerry Maguire with "Secret Garden"…

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    Laura W says:

    @Wini: No, I’m on Fire for another room entirely.
    "Mod Mauve", of course.
    Damn…that florist commercial was harshness! but funny.

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    passerby says:

    Hightower. The cards are beginning to gel.

    Git yur 3-D glasses ready. Time to gimmick.

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    Napoleon says:

    Git yur 3-D glasses ready.

    Don’t have them. How do they expect you to have something like that laying around the house?

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    Freemark says:

    Freemark +6

    Frack that damned tipped int

    Heard the SSB fgrom another room, had no idea who was singinging it, but thought someone had sat on my cat until I remembered I don’t have a cat.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    NBC is doing this annoying thing at the bottom of the screen. The down/superbowl number label turns and flashes yellow. It’s like a goddamn subliminal flag.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    Dang. I have to watch more commercials 2-3 times over–I’ve caught up with the game.

    Wow, on the 2! whodathunkit?

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    Napoleon says:

    Unreal

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    passerby says:

    @Napoleon:

    I didn’t know about the 3-D thing until yesterday when the checker at the grocery store asked if I had them. Bi-Lo was giving them away free.

    Picked off. Shaka when the walls fell.

    He stayed In. TD

    His record will also be for the heaviest player to ever run for a 100 yd TD.

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    Michael D. says:

    Holy FUCK! Can you believe that! What a TD!!

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    Mwangangi says:

    I guess I have my answer!

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    D-Chance. says:

    There is your game.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    That was an interesting end to the half.

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    lost in GA says:

    umm kay. sweet!

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    Freemark says:

    OMG

    I just ruined my vocal cords. Thank god I can still comment.

    Freemrk+7

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    Tim F. says:

    Holy shit. That dude ran exactly 100 yards.

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    Louise says:

    Holy. Fucking. Steelers.

    FANTASTIC.

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    ChrisB says:

    Wow, the ball may not be in!

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    Michael D. says:

    Hmmm, I don’t think that was a touch down…

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    ploeg says:

    They just wanted to see that play again. TD

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    Louise says:

    The ball was on the line. That is a TD.

    And thanks to the ability to edit comments, I can say, YES! TD! STEELERS!

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    Comrade Jake says:

    "I think a guy makes a play like that and a run like that, you have to give him a touchdown."-Madden

    Awesome. I’m so glad that Fox does not have this SB.

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    Wonk says:

    Thank Dog for DVR, I was making my dinner plate and I missed that in real time.

    Wow.

    Edited to add: Do we really need 3-D glasses for the halftime show? That’s fucked up.

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    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    that was a touchdown, and one helluva play

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    Ash Can says:

    Tunch, be a good kitty and go get a putty knife so someone can peel John off the ceiling.

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    Madden’s comment was full of win.

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    lit3bolt says:

    Best…Superbowl play…ever!!

    Give him all the O2 he needs, he deserves it.

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    Napoleon says:

    Tunch, be a good kitty and go get a putty knife so someone can peel John off the ceiling.

    I suspect John is dancing with Tunch out of shear joy.

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    Nethead Jay says:

    Wooouuuw, that was a crazy ending to the first half. Way to run the field. Go Steelers.

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    Tim F. says:

    The Cards have to take risks now. That is when Troy makes teams miserable.

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    I say again: Wow. The only way that could’ve been better is if it came with Batman-style sound bubbles: POW! ZAP! CRUUUNCH!

    And now a beautiful moment in sports is ruined by a craptastic commercial that will leave former LSD users twitching on the floor.

    Edit: WOW.

    Edit II: I think … Yes, I’m pretty sure I can hear John yelling.

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    Michael D. says:

    @Napoleon:

    I suspect John is dancing with Tunch out of shear joy.

    I bet Tunch leads.

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    John Cole says:

    No dancing. I did give him a treat, though, as he has been on a diet so people will stop carping on me about the size of my cat.

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    Louise says:

    8:01 pm- When they are done giving Harrison oxygen, I would appreciate it if they swing by my house.

    That makes the play even better, if that’s possible.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Since NBC is too stupid to look at their tape, I rewound on my DVR. The clock ran out as the ref was signaling TD.

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    AkaDad says:

    His knee touched down before the ball crossed the line. No TD. Bad call.

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    Laura W says:

    @Michael D.:
    Winner of Tunch Comment of the Week Award.

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    Mwangangi says:

    come on John, we know you’re not a stoic; oh wait… you don’t want to jinx anything alright I’ll see you after the game.

    +2 32 oz. Stoli gimlets

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    I’ve been pretty down on pro sports for a few years, but thanks to Santa (HDTV for Xmas), I decided to tune in.

    That Harrison pick and runback is the stuff of legends. THAT is what pro sports should be all about. And in HD, it’s frackin’ amazing.

    Oh, and it’s nice to see a REAL band REALLY playing the .5 time show.

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    Zzyzx says:

    OK that Heroes ad == cool! I wish the show were more like that.

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    passerby says:

    g’head. Everyboddy, toirn it up.

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    Cardinals strike back

    After being dominated for most of the first half, Arizona has made a game of Super Bowl XLIII.

    Yahoo! needs to catch up.

    And Bruce Springsteen just needs to go away.

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    mikethedealer says:

    His knee was down on top of Fitzgerald, so it wasn’t down…Right call, and I got (small) money on a Cards/Over parlay…

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    Mwangangi says:

    ok, who won the first song pool here?

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    uila says:

    Where’s Courtney Cox? Get her up on stage, Bruce!

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    Batocchio says:

    Amazing play by Harrison. Warner gambled when he didn’t need to, but superb blocking by the Steelers and an extraordinary personal effort by Harrison. Wow.

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    Punchy says:

    game over

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    AhabTRuler says:

    The actual singing isn’t bad, but his lead-in made me want to wish him dead.

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    demimondian says:

    God, Springstein looks worse than I do.

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    Freemark says:

    I went from swearing with misery to swearing with delight. that was in-f***ing-credible. Mr.Warner watch out. If things keep up this way Harrison may be MVP.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    I wonder if Little Steven will whack someone onstage. You know, for old time’s sake.

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    Mwangangi says:

    I’m not a fan, but I’m not an anti-fan either. That said the intro was priceless because my Cali heads here @ work had the whole wtf is a chicken finger convo– I was obligated as an ex-pat NYer to explain. Where else are they chicken fingers besides NE and Atlantic states?

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    Zzyzx says:

    Yeah all of that running around and gesturing and hold your hands up and "Look at me, I’m a force of righteousness," stuff bores me. Play your damn songs, don’t tell us how cool you are.

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    Tim F. says:

    The actual singing isn’t bad, but his lead-in made me want to wish him dead.

    Yeah, I was hoping they staged it so the real Bruce would come out and deck that guy.

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    Josh E. says:

    Harrison=Man-Beast.

    HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!

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    passerby says:

    More Cowbell ! !

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    Zzyzx says:

    Oh, look, I changed the lyrics to be about football… Clever huh?

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    Peter J says:

    Harrison good.
    Springsteen bad.

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    Wini says:

    BRUUUUUUUUUUUCE :-)

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    passerby says:

    The Boss: "I’m goin to Disneyland". Keepin’ it real.

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    Glocksman says:

    Heh…ever since the late 1980’s I’ve always figured a Super Bowl halftime appearance was the sure mark of a performer on his way down to the Indiana riverboat casino circuit.

    After seeing the object of my teenage lust (Sheena Easton) appear at Casino Aztar a while back, my opinion was confirmed that the riverboat circuit is one step shy of permanent retirement.

    Given that, the unintended irony in Springsteen’s winding it up with Glory Days is just…spot on.

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    Zzyzx says:

    You know Bruce, I don’t give a crap about you and Steve… Play your songs, don’t do some stupid antic about how you’re running late and have a ref come on stage and throw a flag. Sad…

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    John Cole says:

    I thought I was the grumpy SOB here. The intro was funny (it is the SB show for fuck’s sake), and I thought he rocked and looked great for 59.

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    Ash Can says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever really watched a Superbowl halftime show. Never really gave a damn about them. Tonight is no exception, either — the boys don’t care about the game and are watching cartoons, and I’m content to follow the game on nfl.com.

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    Laura W says:

    @passerby:

    More Cowbell ! !

    Ha!
    Like this here, huh?

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    Napoleon says:

    Heh…ever since the late 1980’s I’ve always figured a Super Bowl halftime appearance was the sure mark of a performer on his way down to the Indiana riverboat casino circuit.

    You know what though, his last 3 albums have been good, maybe all of them better then anything from the 90’s.

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    My half-time rib feast was much better than the half-time show. But I did like Stevie Van Zandt. There was really no reason for me to have had to have seen Bruce Springstein’s 60 year old crotch like that. This was much worse than the ‘wardrobe malfunction’, in my opinion.

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    AkaDad says:

    I’ve been pretty down on pro sports for a few years, but thanks to Santa (HDTV for Xmas), I decided to tune in.

    I was gonna do a rant about professional sports, but I decided not to be a Daddy Downer during the Super Bowl.

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    uila says:

    And yet none of you haters are fit to sniff Bruce’s farts. I say not bad for a 70 year old

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    John Cole says:

    Bruce’s last few albums have all been amazing, introspective, and well, amazing. He ain’t over the hill.

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    joe from Lowell says:

    The longest play in Super Bowl history is credited to a defensive lineman.

    Awesome.

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    John Cole says:

    Napoleon said it first. Never mind.

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    What a pussy. Nothing from The Ghost of Tom Joad or Nebraska. The Boss just went surfing with Arthur Fonzarelli.

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    Glocksman says:

    @Napoleon:

    Really?
    I’ll have to check them out then.

    I like his old stuff (along with Billy Joel), but I didn’t care for any of his nineties releases.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    The Budwieser Horse Romance ad FTW as far as I am concerned. As for the game, MEH. (Although, sorry John, I am rooting for the Cardinals seeing as they have never won it before)

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    Zzyzx says:

    Musically, it wasn’t too bad, but I have leftover irritation from the time that I paid perfectly good money to see Springsteen perform at the Tacoma Dome. Between every other song he went on some long rant about how he was going to save the world through the power of his sexual energy or something.

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    Rosali says:

    I am not spamming! Pls let me post.

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    Laura W says:

    @Zzyzx:

    he went on some long rant about how he was going to save the world through the power of his sexual energy or something.

    You’re not confusing him with Sting, are you?

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    @Laura W:

    You’re not confusing him with Sting, are you?

    Snap!

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    Napoleon says:

    @Laura W:

    LOL

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    Zzyzx says:

    @Laura W: Nope, he put on this preacher act over and over again.

    And John, after the end of that first half, I bet you would have enjoyed an Air Supply halftime show.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    PS) There are very few ads that can actually make me cry, the first is the "Toys for Tots" ad where the little boy goes up and presses his list into the palm of the Marine at the Lincoln Memorial and says "someone told me you were Santa" gets me blubbering like an idiot every time. Second is the Budweiser Horses ad right after 911, where the horses go for miles, through towns and cities to end up on the banks of the river and then bow to the site of the World Trade Center, never ending tissues and snot ensue.

    I am waiting for one of those right now.

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    bwaage says:

    I think half of Conan O’Brien’s band was brought along. La Bamba!

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    uila says:

    My first ever concert was Bruce at the Carrier Dome in 92… this was sans E Street Band, he played for 4 hours, the encore was a third set unto itself… I thought all rock concerts were supposed to be like that… imagine my later disappointment…

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    Mwangangi says:

    you gotta throw the flag just in case…

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    Was that Clarence Clemons up there?

    But of course. No one blows like Clemons.

    I admit the show wasn’t dreadful but I’ve never been a fan of Da Boss.

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    Zzyzx says:

    I love how the announcers didn’t even think that it could be a fumble. They got both the call on the field wrong and then the reason for the call.

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    Napoleon says:

    @Zzyzx:

    . . . or 10CC or Artfull Dodger or Sweet or . . .

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Ok Bud Grandpa ad was cool. Damn I love those horses.

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    D-Chance. says:

    Et tu, Office?

    Is this Loot Your Local Vending Machine Night?

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    bwaage says:

    What kind of third generation immigrant has a thick accent?

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    passerby says:

    Clydesdales. If you’ll be in N.O. for MG this year, be sure to catch the best MG parade on Sunday, Bacchus. Set up camp at the beginning of the parade route, or make your way down, and watch them staging the parade.

    The Budweiser Clydesdales show up in about a half dozen semis and watching them unload and hitch up these magnificent beasts is one of the best things about the parade.

    But no touchee.

    Val Kilmer will be the "King of Bacchus" this year. Wish I were there.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @bwaage:

    One that has been raised right (ie Michael Flatley)

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    The Steelers are the new Patriots.

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    Mwangangi says:

    Why is Big Ben out there looking like Donnie Mac in the Syracuse days?

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    Zzyzx says:

    wow, ticky tack roughing call there.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Commenters are DISSING BRUCE! It was fun. He hammed it up quite extensively. I was hoping for "Mary’s Place" but a) the mass audience wouldn’t recognize it and b) "how you get this thing started" is probably the first half.

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    demkat620 says:

    Wow, Roethlisberger moves like a tank. Looks like their size is starting to wear AZ out.

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    tunasikitika says:

    Any sign of FEMA in Kentucky?

    Obama dozed, people froze.

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    demkat620 says:

    Let’s see, Phils win the Series, Steelers the Super Bowl.

    I could live with that. Not a bad time to be from PA.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @passerby:

    They were at the Azalea Parade one year and behind them in the parade was their "truck"(s) yeah right, their "truck" (s)I am guessing that they are probably the most luxurious motor coaches on wheels, it warms my heart to know that those babies are treated like royalty.

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    South of I-10 says:

    @passerby: My husband and I were just talking about that. There is usually a Bud Clydesdale team in Lafayette’s parades and they are so beautiful. I live about 3 blocks off the route so it is always crazy, at least the weekend before thru Mardi Gras. Not NO, but I don’t really like the big crowds anymore.

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    Now that was a dumb-assed penalty by the Cardinals..

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    Zzyzx says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone run over the holder before.

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    demkat620 says:

    @passerby:
    We took the kids to Williamsburg this summer. Got some great pics with the kids and the horses. Unbelievably beautiful and huge animals.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Arizona came close to returning the pre-halftime play there…

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    Hey, dummy!

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    Mwangangi says:

    why the koala?

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    D-Chance. says:

    The 12 Days of Christmas was never meant to be parodied…

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    Tim F. says:

    The Cards need to rethink who they have returning kickoffs.

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    John Cole says:

    @Zzyzx: That was a BS call. How are they supposed to stop on a dime against a scrambling quarterback like Ben?

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    There is a farm on my way to Columbus County that has Clydesdales, I always slow down the car and just glory at them when I drive by, they are so gorgeous.

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    John Cole says:

    @tunasikitika: FEMA is involved and engaged:

    Kentucky’s storm emergency needs continue to be a priority for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is coordinating and delivering federal resources to the commonwealth.

    This is a football thread. GTFO, troll.

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    Chasm says:

    Name that tune (Coke commercial)

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    Zzyzx says:

    @John Cole: He barely took a step before hitting Ben and I didn’t see helmet to helmet or driving to the ground or anything like that…

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    passerby says:

    @South of I-10:

    the weekend before thru Mardi Gras. Not NO, but I don’t really like the big crowds anymore.

    Yes, sometimes enough is enough, but I lived 5 years away from MGs now and I could use a dose of crowds. It’s easier to do when you can execute an effective plan: transportation and potty.

    The Cards are still in this game. Alas, that asshole player hitting the holder.

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    lost in GA says:

    John, other than Madden, where is the Heath Miller love (well other than the dropped pass that wouldn’t have been a TD anyway)? Great game all around thus far.

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    D-Chance. says:

    hangintherejack.com?

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    Zzyzx says:

    Hey, AZ, you might want to pick up the tempo a little here.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Chuck, 1D would have just length or width. That’s 2D.

    …and what’s up with all of the hit by buses today?

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    demimondian says:

    @tunasikitika: Yeah, actually, lots of signs of FEMA in Kentucky.

    Sucks that GWB was such a failure, doesn’t it?

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    Mwangangi says:

    wow… another penalty…

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    Christ, for a bunch of self-fancied hard asses Pittsburgh sure does benefit from an awful lot of pussy calls.

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    @Chasm:

    Name that tune (Coke commercial)

    Isn’t that from Peter and the Wolf?

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Eerie. I’m in what must be one of the windiest cities in all of CA, but it’s been dead calm all day. This is flat out the best BBQ weather I’ve ever had. Not the usual summer time triple digit heat with double digit winds.

    Kinda cool cueing in the dark in February in 59 degree weather on Super Sunday.

    Eerie.

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    @Mwangangi:

    the penalties are absurd in quality and quantity.

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    Napoleon says:

    OK, I liked that Coke ad.

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    Mwangangi says:

    I thought that was cheesy (but funny) probably because Polamalu is my favorite defense player since Steve Atwater

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    Chasm says:

    Ding ding ding. Kevin wins. Prokofiev.

    Best commercial so far

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    That ad with Ed McMahon and MC Hammer was just embarrassing.

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    schooner says:

    Are these refs brutal? Fuck and Yes.

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    I hate cash4gold dot com, but that was a funny ad.

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    passerby says:

    The Mean Joe Green now Polamalu add was a nice take off.

    Go FitzG.

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    @Comrade Kevin:

    that’s why it was funny. Hammer’s best work in years!

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    @blackfrancis789: I believe you mean Hammer’s only work in years.

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    Zzyzx says:

    How did he catch that?

    We have a game again!

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    Napoleon says:

    Well this has been a pretty good game.

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    Fwiffo says:

    I’m on TiVo, so I’m a bit behind, but that cash4gold commercial was easily the best so far.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Well, as they say… The game isn’t over until the Fat Lady’s singing has completed.

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    Chasm says:

    wierd lob. but apparently thats a good play

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    mikethedealer says:

    Fitzgerald is a beast.

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    passerby says:

    Alright, Alec Baldwin and the Hulu ad. Outstanding.

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    Mwangangi says:

    ok, like the Hulu commercial

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    Iowa Housewife says:

    Fitzgerald is adorable

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    @Fwiffo:

    wait until the hulu commercial. It goes to show that the truth can be funny.

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    The Alec Baldwin Hulu ad was pretty good.

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    Tracy says:

    The Steelers are just begging to blow this.

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    @Comrade Kevin:

    which easily makes it his best.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Say what you want about Baldwin’s politics, but the man is effin’ funny.

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    Chasm says:

    Dockett is playing huge

    Pepsuber blows

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    SACK!!!! Arizona found it’s D.

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    passerby says:

    The Steelers O must have eaten clocks for breakfast. If the Cards can’t shut this series down, Big Ben’s gonna eat up the clock.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    MacGruber!!

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    passerby says:

    Pep Suber. Oooh D-Chance, such violence.

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    South of I-10 says:

    Okay, McGruber was awesome.

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    Zzyzx says:

    What an incredibly dumb move there.

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    Michael D. says:

    @Polish the Guillotines:

    until the Fat Lady’s singing has completed

    Again – give Jennifer Hudson a break! Good lord!

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    Fwiffo says:

    OK, the Hulu one was good, but I think Hammer was better. But really, they’re the only two good ones.

    Stupid freaking Heroes, taunting with your suck, when you used to be good, but now you suck.

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    WTF was that? That guy is an idiot.

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    Zzyzx says:

    Are the Steelers falling apart here? Good thing it only cost an inch or two.

    Wow very close to the safety there.

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    Harrison goes for the class. Should be 1st down Arizona.

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    sus says:

    What was that about? I’m rooting for the Steelers… i’m a burgher… but seriously… what was that?

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    passerby says:

    pushum back pushum back waaaay back.

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    Shocker, the Steelers are punks.

    And Whisenhunt is an idiot for not challenging that.

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    blackfrancis789 says:

    Saftey!

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    Zzyzx says:

    WOW! What a turnaround there. I thought they escaped…

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Safety!

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    I hope Tunch has warmed up the defibrillator.

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    Tracy says:

    Safety!

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Calm down, John! All is not lost!

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Calm down, John! All is not lost!

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    Common Sense says:

    Kharma’s a motherfucker….

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Calm down, John! All is not lost!

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Calm down, John! All is not lost!

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    schooner says:

    That safety is huge if you have coin on the game.

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    ChrisB says:

    The safety is better than punting from your endzone. The 2 points don’t matter.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Al has the line of the night: "Dan Rooney, jacket off…"

    Heh, heh. He said "off".

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    passerby says:

    FitzG.

    .

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    Larry Fitzgerald is pretty good.

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    mikethedealer says:

    Fitzgerald is God.

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    Tim F. says:

    Oh jesus christ.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    (That was supposed to be one comment)

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    Studly Pantload says:

    Could we finally be headed for an OT SB? That’s be sweet. (I got no dog in this fight, I’m just about an exciting game, which this certainly is!)

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    AhabTRuler says:

    C’mon OT!

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Tunch better call the paramedics.

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    Oh man, first and goal!

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    TheFountainHead says:

    Good boys, take the timeout!

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    freelancer says:

    What a great game

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    AhabTRuler says:

    OMG, I think there is a debate on somewhere.

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    Laura W says:

    All is not lost, John. Fatalist.
    Got locked out for several minutes as I suspect everyone who knows you ran over here to be sure you weren’t stroking out.

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    Win or lose, the Cards have won the hearts of fans here.

    You can stand out on the street and hear the screaming from one end of town to the other.

    This town loves this team, big time.

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    gwangung says:

    (That was supposed to be one comment)

    Yeah, but I think John needed it repeated…

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    Mwangangi says:

    someone get John a ventilator

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    You must be fucking kidding.

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    Napoleon says:

    Holy _____!!!!!

    What a game

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    demimondian says:

    Ahh, I see that Pittsburgh bought the refs off again.

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    Ash Can says:

    This has been some damn game. Yowza.

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    ChrisB says:

    Both feet are in. Amazin’!

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    TheFountainHead says:

    That’s fantastic.

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    passerby says:

    Great game. I love football.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    And Cole’s heart starts beating again.

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    Tracy says:

    Well, this turned into quite a game.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Congratulations, John (and all Steelers fans).

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    Louise says:

    I hope someone sent an ambulance to John’s place. Tunch may be the only one left standing.

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    Michael D. says:

    Congrats all Steelers fans!

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    passerby says:

    Santonio Holmes. Coach Cowhers last 1st round pick.

    Nod to Omar Epps’ twin, coach Tomlin.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Yeah! Word Press Error is BAAAACK!!

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    gwangung says:

    John? John? Are you OK?

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    Adrienne says:

    That was seriously the best SB I’ve ever seen. Watching my fave AFC team and fellow PA team whip on the team that whipped on us two weeks ago was almost orgasmic.

    GO STEELERS!!! PA ALL THE WAY!!

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    robertdsc says:

    Congratulations!

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    Ron says:

    heh, John, your last update after the Fitzgerald TD was how I felt too. Was sure that was the game. If Holmes is not the MVP, I have no freaking clue who else would get it.

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    sus says:

    Someone call 911. Last we heard from John… he said "God DamnIt". I think he’s fallen. TUNCH! Call 911! It’s over. Steelers are Super Bowl Champions.

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    sus says:

    Someone call 911. Last we heard from John… he said "God DamnIt". I think he’s fallen. TUNCH! Call 911! It’s over. Steelers are Super Bowl Champions.

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    @Polish the Guillotines: John bit right through his computer.

    I bet Tunch spent the last hours with his ears swiveled 180 degrees. "What the fuck is this idiotic biped on about now? Ah shit, he’s going to pick me up when he knows I hate that. Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"

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    Zzyzx says:

    Remember when Superbowls were all boring blowouts?

    Not bad though, the Cards lost and Bill Simmons still lost his bet.

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    @Polish the Guillotines: John bit right through his computer.

    I bet Tunch spent the last hour with his ears swiveled 180 degrees. "What the fuck is this idiotic biped on about now? Ah shit, he’s going to pick me up when he knows I hate that. Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"

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    Studly Pantload says:

    Obama shoutout!!

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    TenguPhule says:

    He lives.

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    Laura W says:

    Yes, you of little faith.
    May mirth and joy abound.

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    Nicole says:

    Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyy! Four more to go and then they’ll have to start making them for the toes.

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    South of I-10 says:

    That was the best Superbowl game in a long time. Maybe the Saints next year. . . Oh let me dream people!

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    neal peart says:

    What the fuck do I know, anyways.

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    PaulW says:

    For the Cards, for Arizona, do not walk off the field with your heads down. That was a damn good game, definitely a top-five all-timer. You came back from a 13-point deficit when most teams (Bills, cough) would have choked from there on. You went back to the offense that worked for you, you got the ball to Fitz, your defense stepped up when they needed to with the Steelers pinned to their own endzone… just a damn shame the Steelers just had a few more weapons than you could stop.
    I’d give the Steelers a B+ and the Cards a B- for overall gameplay. The game itself gets an A. Bruce! gets an A+ for his tackle of the cameraman during 10th Avenue Freezeout.

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    Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion Steelers.

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    Dave in Me says:

    John – when you wake up in the ER, you get to celebrate – they fucking WON!!!!! Now go home and take care of Tunch or he’ll get cranky……I mean crankier.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Well, Spring Training’s just around the corner. Steroid Ball, baybee!

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    bago says:

    So has anyone won yet?

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    For the Cards, for Arizona, do not walk off the field with your heads down

    Hell yeah. We came within seconds, and one freakish ridiculous play that never should have happened in the first half, of winning the Super Bowl, with a team they never gave a a chance to win a single playoff game.

    This town has waited a long time for a football team it could respect, and now it has one. I don’t see any reason this bunch can’t be back in it next year.

    Congrats to the Cardinals, way to play.

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Wow, Costas looks like he either cried his eyes out or baked a couple bowls. Dungy too.

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    passerby says:

    Omar Epps’ twin and Big Ben: the youth of America showing how it’s done.

    Any "get off my lawn" folks just need to sit down an shut up.

    Well done Steelers.

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    Mike in NC says:

    For crying out loud, we’re waiting for "The Office" to start.

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    Fwiffo says:

    My only beef with the game was that penalties were such a large factor. Not that there was an overwhelming number, but that they impacted the game so much. I guess it went both ways though, so they weren’t really decisive.

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    Adrienne says:

    That was seriously the most exciting SB I’ve seen. Also, for all the talk about Roethlisberger the guy has 2 rings in his first five years in the NFL. Who else has done that?

    I’m alive. Apparently the site was going through the same thing my heart was. Oh ye of little faith. What a comeback. What a game. I never have to listen to meatheads say Big Ben is not a big game quarterback or the defense carried him or blah blah blah.

    He may not put up crazy ridiculous numbers, but he doesn’t have to. He just put in a career defining performance. Being a great QB is not just about the stats. It’s about being whatever your team needs you to be when they need you to be it. Ben does that and he did it tonight. Period.

    PA ALL THE WAY!!!

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    DougJ says:

    Was that Clarence Clemons up there?

    He was really exploring the studio space in “Glory Days”.

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    […] Cole found it necessary to take an aspirin to protect his […]

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    PaulW says:

    I don’t see any reason this bunch can’t be back in it next year.

    Um. Well. Go Bucs.
    >:)

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    Polish the Guillotines says:

    Wow, Costas looks like he either cried his eyes out or baked a couple bowls.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    Also, for all the talk about Roethlisberger the guy has 2 rings in his first five years in the NFL. Who else has done that?

    Joe Montana.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    Who else has done that?

    Also Aikman, and Brady, who did three rings in five years.

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    Freemark says:

    I’m gonna have to rewind the DVR. I couldn’t watch the last 4 minutes. I know the Steelers won but I will have to watch again to savor it.
    .
    Congratulations to the Cardinals for almost stopping my heart twice. I didn’t feel safe until the final kneel down.

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    The Other Steve says:

    Obviously the Steelers got lucky on the ref calls.

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    Adrienne says:

    @TheHatOnMyCat:

    Joe Montana.

    So it puts him in pretty awesomely limited company. Him and Joe Montana are the only two to have done it. The bashing of Roethlisberger needs to stop. Ben has *more* than proven himself, especially with that perfect 2 minute drill he just pulled off to win a SuperBowl. He’s only 26 and he’s already going to the HoF. Say what you want, but he’s clutch.

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    Adrienne says:

    Also Aikman, and Brady, who did three rings in five years.

    Still pretty awesomely limited company. Also, they weren’t in their first five years in the league. Brady had been in the league back benching for 3 years (I think) before he got out there.

    However, the fact that you even mention those names in the same category as Roethlisberger should mean that everyone should stop hating and STFU about Ben not being great. Aikman, Brady, Montana, are great. Ben’s gotta be up there with two SB rings in his first five seasons including a killer two minute drill to win the game topped off by placing a perfect ball to Holmes in the middle of three receivers in the corner of the endzone. S-I-C-K.

    AND, did I mention that he’s only 26? He’s got a lot more history to write.

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    Well, I thought the Springsteen show was great, equal to Tom Petty’s halftime show. I don’t know if some people have ever attended at Springsteen show, but it’s always been about having fun, so crabby people, bite my crank.

    The game itself started out slow but ended great. I didn’t know who I would root for, ended up rooting for the Cards despite Jesus being on Warner’s side, but even Jesus knows you can’t win ’em all. That was a great second TD pass to Fitzgerald, actually both were great, but at the end you have to hand it to the Steelers. Big Ben led them down the field to a win.

    I salute them. And by winning their sixth SB they stand alone, above the Cowboys and my beloved Niners. Enjoy it, John.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    Also, they weren’t in their first five years in the league.

    Yeah, they were.

    Montana’s first year of pro ball was 1979. By 1984 he had played 5 seasons, and had two rings. He had been the starting QB for only 3.5 seasons, actually.

    Aikman won his rings in his 4th and 5th seasons with the Cowboys.

    Brady won his first ring in his second season, and had three at the end of five seasons. Brady had thrown for 6 yards in his first year with the Patriots.

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    Adrienne says:

    @TheHatOnMyCat: Ok, I may have been a little off in that second answering post, BUT, my original point still stands.

    I asked, "Who else has done that"

    You answered by giving me Brady, Montana, and Aikman. All HoF QB’s, all great. No arguments. Now, if they are great (and you get NO arguments from me that they are) and his accomplishments match/rival theirs, the argument about Ben should also be over. He’s in an elite league of QB’s with the guys you named. He’s in a category with 3 of THEE greatest QBs ever. He has 1/3 of the Steeler rings. He’s won two rings in four years in his first five seasons with TWO different coaches, all before his 27th B-Day. He’s won 50+ games in his first five seasons.

    The argument should be over. Anyone who talks shit about Ben is just a hater. Period.

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    Ecks says:

    Woot stillers!

    Wotagame!!!

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    The argument should be over.

    Argument? You asked who else had two rings in 5 seasons, and I gave you a list, which is easily looked up.

    You’re kind of a nut case, aren’t you?

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    Ecks says:

    Dudes dudes dudes, who has time to get pissy over how rhetorical a question was NOW? Pittsburgh had an awesome 6th victory, Arizona made more people proud in one night than it had done in the entire rest of its history in the union… And this all a bare week after we collectively disposed of shrub for the smartest preznit we’ve seen in decades.

    Everyone just have another drink, and ENJOY this mofo. It’s win/win/win!

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    Adrienne says:

    Argument? You asked who else had two rings in 5 seasons, and I gave you a list, which is easily looked up.

    The "argument" was not with you. I was responding to John’s comments regarding the Big Ben haters. The question was originally somewhat rhetorical. I knew that any actual search would wind up finding some pretty great QBs who have accomplished what Ben has. I was right.

    You’re kind of a nut case, aren’t you?

    Excuse me? There really was no need for that. My statements regarding the "argument" were not personally directed at YOU so much as the people/groups/pundits to whom JC was also directing his ire. Notice I said "ANYBODY WHO TALKS SHIT ABOUT BEN…" If you don’t, then it ain’t about you. You chose to make it about you and then you want to be an asshole about it and personally insult me. That’s your MO though. You can kiss my entire ass.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    You chose to make it about you and then you want to be an asshole about it and personally insult me.

    Actually, no that is not what happened. What happened is that you asked a question about QBs, which I answered, and then you challenged my answer, and I answered your challenge.

    It was all about the facts, I don’t give a fig about you or Ben or any of that. More on that in a moment.

    Then you went on a rant and said "the argument should be over" when for my part, there was no argument, because I wasn’t arguing, just basically parroting some sports facts.

    I think you are a fucking nut case, and I said so. That’s my prerogative, and I am saying it again, you appear to be a nut case. But hey, who gives a shit? I tell people to go fuck themselves here all the time, it’s all part of the game.

    Go fuck yourself. Kiss your own entire ass. Eat shit and die. Die in a fire. Did I miss anything? Fuck Ben, too, the guy doesn’t strike me as being in the same class as Aikman and Montana. But, I could be wrong. Who gives a fuck?

    Now, to those facts. I rechecked and found that Montana got his rings in seasons 3 and 6, I think. Since I have been working tonite I may have misread something, I may have to review that tomorrow and get a final answer. If I misread, then only Aikman and Brady are on the list you suggested.

    Oh, and did I mention: GO FUCK YOURSELF.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    you want to be an asshole

    No, I am paid to be an asshole. That’s why I’m better at it than you are.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    My statements regarding the "argument" were not personally directed at YOU

    Oh yeah? Well this is personally directed at you: Fuck you.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    Pittsburgh had an awesome 6th victory

    Get serious. What does this team and the two recent SB wins have to do with the team of 34 years ago?

    If the Cardinals had won, would this be their Second Victory? You know, after the one in 1947?

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    That’s your MO though.

    I’m a persona. I don’t have an MO. I just have a plotline.

    Pay attention.

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    Adrienne says:

    Pay attention.

    Actually, I really don’t care that much to pay attention to your neuroses.

    Again though, the "argument" to which I was referring did not include the exchange I had with you. Maybe if YOU were paying attention, you would have picked up on that.

    Then you went on a rant and said "the argument should be over" when for my part, there was no argument, because I wasn’t arguing, just basically parroting some sports facts.

    I didn’t go on a rant. I had no issues with you or anything else you said prior to your assertion that I was "some kind of nutcase". I’m still not entirely sure why since I didn’t say anything remotely off kilter and if you’d paid attention you would have known that I WAS NOT REFERRING TO YOU in the first place. You seem not to understand this fundamental point.

    That’s why I’m better at it than you are.

    I’m not trying that hard. I don’t need to be an asshole to validate myself.

    Oh yeah? Well this is personally directed at you: Fuck you.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    I’m still not entirely sure why since I didn’t say anything remotely off kilter and if you’d paid attention you would have known that I WAS NOT REFERRING TO YOU in the first place. You seem not to understand this fundamental point.

    I understand it perfectly. I’m just ignoring it.

    I really don’t care that much to pay attention to your neuroses.

    Me either. I have people I pay for that.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    Well this is personally directed at you: Fuck you

    ( voice of William Shatner )

    Now, you’re negotiating!

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    Adrienne says:

    Pay attention.

    Actually, I really don’t care that much to pay attention to your neuroses.

    Again though, the "argument" to which I was referring did not include the exchange I had with you. Maybe if YOU were paying attention, you would have picked up on that.

    Then you went on a rant and said "the argument should be over" when for my part, there was no argument, because I wasn’t arguing, just basically parroting some sports facts.

    You call that a rant? That’s pretty weak sauce since I went on no such rant. Look, I had no issues with you or anything else you said prior to your assertion that I was "some kind of nutcase". I’m still not entirely sure why since I didn’t say anything remotely off kilter and if you’d paid attention you would have known that I WAS NOT REFERRING TO YOU in the first place. I was referring to John Cole’s post. You seem not to grasp this fundamental point.

    That’s why I’m better at it than you are.

    I’m not trying that hard. I don’t need to be an asshole to validate myself. It’s really not that serious.

    Oh yeah? Well this is personally directed at you: Fuck you.

    It took you all those posts just to get to this? Wow. You’re slipping.

    I’m a persona. I don’t have an MO. I just have a plotline.

    Ummmm. Ok. Whatever you say.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    Whatever you say.

    Now we’re getting somewhere.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    You’re slipping.

    Tell me about it. I have to type this stuff with a stick I hold in my teeth.

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    Adrienne says:

    I understand it perfectly. I’m just ignoring it.

    Then I think you may be the nutcase. Ignoring facts doesn’t make you right. If I’m telling you that I wasn’t referring to you personally, yet you still choose to address me and respond to me as if I was you just might be a nutjob. There are pills to stop the delusions.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    Ignoring facts doesn’t make you right.

    I dunno, it seems to work for you. Between you and me, I’m the only one who went out and looked up the facts. I even made a (tentative, as yet unverified) correction of my own fact, to make sure that we were staying on solid factual ground.

    I’m the factiness persona here. Not sure what your role is. I think it’s Gushy Football Fan, but what do I know? Maybe you are the butler. Or the nosy mother in law.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    I think you may be the nutcase

    Ya never know.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    There are pills to stop the delusions.

    Sure, but who can afford them? I’m a ward of the state.

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    passerby says:

    @TheHatOnMyCat:

    In total agreement with you TZ. The steelers won and the cardinals lost. And that sucks. Steelerites rule. They won, alas.

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    Adrienne says:

    I dunno, it seems to work for you.

    What facts am I ignoring exactly? Enlighten me.

    Between you and me, I’m the only one who went out and looked up the facts. I even made a (tentative, as yet unverified) correction of my own fact, to make sure that we were staying on solid factual ground.

    Which, while my question was originally somewhat rhetorical, I appreciated and it served to further validate my opinion. I actually thought we were on the same page as far as the exchange until you called me a nutjob. I thought we were having a pretty good conversation. That assumption was wrong on my part. You were obviously on a different plane.

    Like I said, when I wrote what I wrote, I wasn’t directing it at you and never entertained the notion that you would perceive it that way since it should have been pretty clear to whom the "argument" was referring. I wasn’t arguing with you nor was I referring to you. However, instead of seeking clarity by just asking me "what argument" or something like that, you chose to personally attack and have yet to even acknowledge that your perception of the situation was deeply flawed. Rather than admit that you were wrong, you doubled down in asshole mode.

    I’m the factiness persona here. Not sure what your role is. I think it’s Gushy Football Fan, but what do I know? Maybe you are the butler. Or the nosy mother in law.

    Meh. I don’t have a "role" or a persona. I’m just me. Even my handle is my real name. I don’t need a facade nor do I need a persona behind which to hide. I rather dislike being pigeonholed, or put into a category or box. I’m just Adrienne and I much prefer to be myself.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    I actually thought we were on the same page as far as the exchange until you called me a nutjob. I thought we were having a pretty good conversation. That assumption was wrong on my part. You were obviously on a different plane.

    I often get on a different plane. But I always order the kosher meal.

    I’m just Adrienne and I much prefer to be myself.

    That’s because you haven’t had some crazy fuck on the internet threaten to stalk you, like I have. When that happens, you will go anonymous. Like most of the people who post here. It’s for a reason. Your pissy ridiculing of people who wisely stay anonymous here is not making you look like the smart one. After you have been given the treatment, you will do the same. But, that’s up to you. Word to the wise, but I doubt you’ll take it.

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    TheHatOnMyCat says:

    They won, alas.

    It was a good game, and the redbirds would have won if not for a freak play at the end of the first half. But those things happen and they have nothing to do with who is playing.

    The Steelers won the game. The Cards won a fan base. This was a team that was a doormat of the league that now has earned some mega fan respect out here. They showed me something in this playoff season. I will root for them for real now.

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    Mike says:

    He should have played Rosalita instead of Tenth Avenue Freeze Out, and that new song sucks (or hasn’t had thirty years to become a favorite, anyway), but these are mere quibbles. Best half-time show ever.

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    michael says:

    9:49 pm- Stupid Penalties, Fitzgerald scores. That is ballgame.

    God damnit.

    I emailed a friend of mine after I saw this, and noted that this is what happens when you don’t have Tom Brady as your quarterback. I remember last year’s Super Bowl after the NYG scored, and there were like 80 seconds still left, and New England had the ball. My thought was – unlike "That is the ballgame" – that there was plenty of time for Brady to engineer yet another miraculous victory. Now, obvs, I was wrong, but I never doubted for a second the Pats would pull it off. Every New England fan expected we would win that game in the last minute. I’m glad Roethlisberger came through for you Mr. Cole, and congrats to you and all the Steelers fans (including, for a night, even me). Always keep the faith.

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    Adrienne says:

    Your pissy ridiculing of people who wisely stay anonymous here is not making you look like the smart one.

    STRAWMAN ALERT!

    It’s one thing to try to be anonymous. It is a different thing altogether to create a "persona" to hide behind and play a role. You can be anonymous and act/speak like yourself. You choose to be an entirely different character who happens to be an asshole. The bottom line is that I don’t do or say anything on the internet that I wouldn’t normally do or say. I’m not playing internet tough guy.

    And if you really think that what I said was "pissy ridiculing" you are just plain sensitive. You sure do seem to take a lot of things personally to just be a "persona" playing a role. Get a tissue and quit your whining.

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    terry chay says:

    @Adrienne: Of course TheCatOnMyHat going to be a bit snippy, his team just lost, cut him some slack. :-D

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