A couple of things this week made it more tolerable for a Super Bowl week that includes the Steelers than it otherwise would have been.
First, I loved when Aaron Schatz mentioned that we're in the middle of a streak where mediocre teams that barely deserved to make the playoffs win the Super Bowl (on Bill Simmons podcast). I believe he cites that Pitt team in '06 as the worst of them. Small consolation. But I like when geeky stat guys condescend to the philistines of "Football Town USA". Also, that Pitt run in '06 was just utter luck and garbage (injured Palmer, Indy outchoked Bettis' choke, NE laid an egg against Denver so Pitt avoided having to play a real team in the AFC title, and the refs handed Pitt the game against Seattle). Bless you Aaron, for continuing to highlight what a crappy title that was.
Second, I love that ticket prices for the game may reach face value as no one cares to go. This is in part due to the economy, as MSNBC talks about here. But, come on, it's also cause who really gives a crap about this game anyway? It's just not that interesting.
The Cardinals reside in the Siberia of the NFL, slightly closer than the Outer Mongolia of the NFL which the Bengals inhabit, so their appearance in the game is more a curiosity for football fans than one that gets them excited.
The Steelers are also lame. People mistakenly think they travel well only to forget it's simply cause they created a huge bandwagon of fans among people whose allegiance was for sale when they won by using steriods in the 70s. And now those horrible humans are hitting their stride and have reproduced more hideous Stillers spawn.
Sly aptly noted their offense reminds him of a slow barge to hell. They run poorly, protect poorly, but Ben's fat ass somehow can't get sacked and he pulls some playground like BS to convert on third down all the time. They're stifling defense makes the game boring to watch on the other side of the ball too.
Anyway, if the Steelers have to win another damn ring by default, at least no one gives a crap about the game itself.