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If 'Slate' is against this, then I'm for it
2009-02-01 01:26
by Bob Timmermann

I have little to say on the Super Bowl, except that since Slate writer Charles Pierce described the Arizona Cardinals appearance in the Super Bowl as "at best a fluke and, at worst, a disgrace," I now feel obligated to root for Arizona out of pure spite for Slate.

These feelings are not unlike the dirty feeling that people had when the more famous and successful Cardinals (of St. Louis baseball fame) won the World Series in 2006.

To rip off Roman Hruska, "Even if they are mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre teams and . They are entitled to a few championships, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all 1972 Dolphins, 1984 49ers, and 1985 Bears, and stuff like that there"

2009-02-01 06:24:39
1.   bobsbrother
You know what would be a good way to decide this? A poll of people who have seen a lot of games and understand the sport. Maybe sportswriters, or coaches.
2009-02-01 06:33:39
2.   Bob Hendley
Throw in some computers, and I think you are on to something.
2009-02-01 08:11:13
3.   D4P
I'm on board, as long as the sportswriters and coaches get to stack the deck by guessing which teams will be good in a given season by ranking them before a single game has been played, and then using those rankings as a starting point for determining who's actually good throughout the season, rather than allowing actual performance to completely dictate the rankings.
2009-02-01 09:28:57
4.   Eric Stephen
I'm pretty much on the fence this Super Bowl, but I think this article may have made my decision for me. Go Cards!

Actually, I'm rooting for me. Specifically, I have a coveted square in a pool, 7-0 Cards, so I hope they score a TD early then the game stays 7-0 the whole game.

2009-02-01 10:53:29
5.   Linkmeister
Well, having spent a summer in Phoenix between semesters a thousand years ago and having family members who live and work there, I'm on board with the Cardinal choice.

Rational weighing of the evidence would seem to indicate the Steelers have the defense to shut down the Cards' offense, but when did rational thought get a vote?

2009-02-01 13:50:19
6.   das411
Good choice Bob! The Cardinals have such quality players who have bounced around from other teams too but never won, like former Colt Edgerrin James, former Eagles Rod Hood and Matt Ware, anyone think of others?

And are those of us who don't like Springsteen allowed to chat here?

2009-02-01 14:12:56
7.   Bob Timmermann
You can chat about the Super Bowl if you want here, but I will be away from a computer during the game.
2009-02-01 19:24:53
8.   Gen3Blue
This football game somehow makes me feel like the Snakes almost won something--which is not pleasant. I feel it is awfully subjective and dependent on penalty calls, but I suppose football fans could say the same about umpires calling strikes and ball, so I guess it is to each his own.
2009-02-02 10:34:19
9.   Andrew Shimmin
The Slate piece today about how "canny" Anne Hathaway is was a real disappointment, too.

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