Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lombardi Trophy Returns to Titletown

Strapping on the championship belt for real.

What a win.  What a season.  Many of us hoped for a Super Bowl victory when this season started.  Many experts predicted it.  But no one predicted it would happen this way.  After a season like that, I think I’m going to have to officially change my name to in honor of the Black Eyed Peas.

In a weird way, you couldn’t write a more fitting ending to an unbelievable season.  With 16 players on IR, the Packers needed to overcome unbelievable odds just to get to the Super Bowl, let alone win it.  But to have two veteran leaders on both sides of the ball leave the game with injuries – Donald Driver on offense and Charles Woodson on defense – the victory was all the more sweeter.  How incredible to win the game for those two guys.

There could also be no greater vindication for Aaron Rodgers, or Mike McCarthy, or Ted Thompson.  With an emphatic win, with a Super Bowl championship, these three have officially put an end to the Wolf-Holmgren-Favre era.  They have equaled the accomplishments of the previous administration, and seem poised to do more damage in the years to come.

There are many critiques that could be leveled about this game.  The receivers dropped several passes, at least 2 of which could have gone for touchdowns.  Nelson, in particular, missed a few key catches, despite leading the team with 140 receiving yards.  But three turn-overs on the defensive side, which were converted to 21 points, proved insurmountable for the Steelers.

Rodgers, as he’s done all season, was golden.  Equaling his predecessor with a Lombardi trophy, he also did something Favre never did: win a Super Bowl MVP.  He is everything Packers fans hoped he would be and more.  And tonight, Rodgers gets to strap on the championship belt for real.  Go Pack Go!!!!

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