Super Bowl Sunday

A couple of thoughts and then my prediction.

I grew up in Dallas. It is woven in my DNA not to cheer for the Steelers. So take my prediction with a grain of salt. 🙂

The Super Bowl should be played in some place extremely warm at this time of year. The weather that we’re seeing in Dallas is a little unusual but it’s not unheard of to be cold and windy in Dallas in February. The Super Bowl should be played in Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix or Southern California. Anywhere else is crazy. There’s been talk about having the Super Bowl in New York. Having the Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium means that the NFL does not understand what fans really want. I know I’m not interested in seeing two teams battle the elements in the Super Bowl. The conditions should be ideal for the Super Bowl. Anything less, in my opinion, lessens the game.

Professional sports are slowly but surely pricing themselves out of the market. An average family of four cannot afford to go to a NFL football game. They clearly cannot afford to go to the Super Bowl. Currently seats are selling for $2000 apiece. Parking passes are selling for over $100 apiece.

Rationale: this game, like many in the past, will come down to how those big guys perform in the trenches. Can the Pittsburgh offense run the ball and control the clock? I think the strength of the Green Bay Packers defense is their secondary. Therefore, I think that it is imperative for the Pittsburgh Steelers to be able to run the football in order to win the game. I don’t think that Ben Roethlisberger will be able to hold onto the ball and catch the Green Bay secondary out a position. The fact that Maurikice Pouncey is injured and will not play hurts the Steelers ability to run and pass block. On the other side of the ball, can the Green Bay Packers successfully block the exotic blitzes of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is the key to the game. Can Green Bay keep Aaron Rodgers upright? I think they can. I think if there is a weakness to the Pittsburgh Steelers it is their secondary. (This is a slight weakness. Their defense is terrific.) The strength of the Packers offense is their fabulous receivers and Aaron Rodgers. I think the Pittsburgh Steelers will have trouble with the four and five wide sets. Aaron Rodgers has been playing MVP-type football for the last two months. I’m giving the edge in this game to the Green Bay Packers.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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