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Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:37 pm
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ATKOOL: Packers vs Steelers aftermath

I'll start out by saying I'm not here to make excuses nor am I here to bash Aaron Rodgers or the Green Bay Packers. I wanted to make that clear before I rant on the Super Bowl and what not. I'm gonna state my feelings going in, also the game itself my reaction, than of course my feelings about the Steelers and Packers going forward.

Sunday's Super Bowl game I had no doubt it would be a great game. Both teams are great....if they weren't they wouldn't be in this position. All the talk about Roethlisberger and partying on Tuesday. It got rather annoying.....for some reason it didn't feel that same vibe that I had in 2008 about this Super Bowl. It is and was very weird. I was contemplating the logo and what would look better beside of it. It looked better towards the Packers to me than the Steelers. I don't know why, but it did. When up and got me a Steelers shirt I think it was the night before the game? Anyways it was the stairway to 7 shirt. I had plans of wearing it Monday. I was confident the Steelers would win like most Steeler fans are. I heard a report before game I think it was on ESPN where Tomlin was cutting practice short and letting the players have fun. I thought than did we not want the championship? Ya know....ya can't take your opponent lightly which I think the Steelers ended up doing.

Day of the Super Bowl I couldn't get to sleep. Stayed up till 8 am and finally went to sleep for a few hours. Turned the preview show on Fox at 4 or 5 pm. Saw Jerry Jones and Aikman ect. talking about the Cowboys. I quickly changed the channel. Turned it back saw the interview Ben had wondering what it would be like to be on the other side watching another team winning after a loss. Well he got that feeling after the game. I was surprised by the slow start going down 21-3. I got very upset with the performance thus far. Than it started clicking throughout the game til mid 4th quarter. Steelers got the 2 point conversion down by 3. I expected defense to stop them and Steelers run the clock down for a TD. Didn't happen Packers scored a field goal. Thought at the time this is what Ben does best. He can get it done. Kickoff dumb play by Fox I believe it was for that shove after the play was over. In any case watched the Steelers do no huddle and it seemed like their was a lot of miscommunication. After the first couple passes Ben completed I thought Steelers could get it done. Than Wallace not knowing the play was really the downfall where I didn't want to believe it came down to a 4th down conversion. Incomplete of course.....quickly turned the game off. Couldn't watch the other team celebrate especially Rodgers.

Family member wanted to type an essay paper for her Monday class. I just went to sleep early. Was given 5 sections of Math to do which is the reason I wasn't on here yesterday or Sunday night. Did hear a lot of Steeler haters Monday. Decided to still wear the Stairway to 7 shirt even though Pit lost. Not gonna get into what they said simply because this is far longer than it should be. Get to aftermath:

Steelers had one helluva season. No one can disagree with that with all the crap that the team had to go through. Do I believe the Steelers will miss the playoffs next season? No! Do I believe Ben is elite? Yea just a rough game. I don't believe it was karma guys. He paid his dues to get where he was at. He was suspended for it. That was the karma my friend. I don't think the Steelers wanted it as much as the Packers did. As I said stopping practice a bit short to have fun and what not. Packers do deserve that Super Bowl. They earned it and no one can disagree with that. Packers D forced 3 turnovers. They played a great game and deserve to be called the Super Bowl champs. Even though I didn't watch the end of the game along with who the MVP was named. It was Aaron Rodgers of course. Get texts from ESPN for NFL news. He played a pretty good game. I personally would have given it to the defensive player who scored the TD. Forget his name....sorry guys as I said I don't follow the Packers. I know very few defensive players on their football team. Woodson and Matthews are probably it for me. Not bashing Rodgers. The guy is elite and a great quarterback. Would I take him over Ben? No! Do I think the Steelers won their last Super Bowl under Ben Roethlisberger? Not a chance....I can see him winning two more at least before he hangs his helmet up. Do I believe the Packers will be in the Super Bowl again under Aaron Rodgers? Of course.....no doubt in my mind. Wouldn't surprise me in the future we see a Super Bowl rematch. This to is just the beginning of a Steelers/Packer rivalry. Ben Roethlisberger vs Aaron Rodgers rivalry as well. They are the next generation. To me they are right up there with Manning and Brady if not above them. I certainly believe Rodgers and Ben are above Brees. Just an opinion of course. Anyways I'm open to taking some bashing from you guys I suppose or even answer questions you might have for me. LOL! I hope Steelers get to avenge the loss in the Super Bowl at some point. Fact of the matter is the Packers are the 2010 Super Bowl 45 champs whether I like it or not. Congrats to Packers and their fans. Certainly deserve it for one helluva season. Surprised??SurprisedDon't be......STAY JEALOUS!!Cool

Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:33 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 3:52 pm
 

NFL Super Bowl 45 Steelers vs Packers preview

A battle between two NFL historic franchises. Both teams are quoted as "the best teams of all-time." The two teams are in difference conferences. The Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Green Bay Packers. What a matchup! Couldn't ask for a better one. Both teams deserve to be where they are at. They are headed to Dallas in front of probably the largest crowd to ever witness a Super Bowl. I got a text the other day saying it is expected 105,000 fans will be in the Stadium. In any case here is my preview for the Super Bowl 45.

Packers: Their keys to win this football game is pretty clear. Protect Aaron Rodgers, Defense stop the run, defense get in Roethlisbergers face all game long, and finally special teams don't give up good field position. Do all that they should win the football game.

Steelers: Same thing on special teams, get a running game going, protect Ben, defense get in Rodgers face, defense don't allow a running game. They do that and win time of possession they should win this football game.

I think that is critical for both teams is time of possession. It will be key in these evenly matched teams. I'm gonna pick the Steelers to win this football game and I fully expect a classic ending.

I wanna make this perfectly clear......Aaron Rodgers is an elite quarterback. He is one of the best in the game right now. To me he is a top 5 quarterback. I don't believe this will be the last time Rodgers/Packers and Roethlisberger/Steelers will face off in a Super Bowl. To me this is a beginning of a rivalry. These two guys will be the best two quarterbacks in the game when Brady and Manning finally hang up their boots. I felt as if I been a bit too harsh on Rodgers. He is a great quarterback and Ben Roethlisberger is as well.
Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:53 pm
 

A look back at Steelers/Packers season

A battle between two NFL historic franchises. Both teams are quoted as "the best teams of all-time." The two teams are in difference conferences. The Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Green Bay Packers. What a matchup! Couldn't ask for a better one. Both teams deserve to be where they are at. They are headed to Dallas in front of probably the largest crowd to ever witness a Super Bowl. I got a text the other day saying it is expected 105,000 fans will be in the Stadium. In any case before I give my preview for the Super Bowl I'm gonna state some of the struggles both teams have had this season to get to where they are.

As a Steeler fan I will probably name more for the fact I know more about the franchise cuz I'm a Steelers fan. Both teams have faced a lot of adversity to get to where they are. For the Steelers it started in the off-season. Ben was suspended for 6 games than later reduced to 4 games. Leftwich expected to be the starter than got injured so Dixon got the nod. He got injured in the Titans football game. Batch took the reigns and by the time Ben returned the team had a record of 3-1. Of course offensive lineman Willie Colon was injured before the season along with other injuries. No one expected the Steelers to win the division, but the Steelers ended up doing just that. 1 loss to all division rivals. It is rather impressive record they ended with 12 wins. James Harrison controversy began during a Cleveland Browns game which he was fined for a lot of hits during the year. Fines were later reduced. Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game did just fine without Holmes. If you ask me the Steelers did just as good as they did last year. Mike Wallace had emerged in my opinion a top 5 wideout! Holmes was traded during the offseason and Steelers were given a 5th round pick in return. I was upset when I heard, but happy now. In any case the Steelers exceeded expectations. Proved all the doubters wrong. They defeated the Ravens and the Jets in the playoffs. Both teams were media picks before the season began. Successful season that is not done just yet.....The Super Bowl championship game is about a week or so away.

Packers also exceeded expectations with several of their starters being put on IR, Aaron Rodgers concussions, the list goes on. They were forced to win 3 or so amount of games to even get to the playoffs. On the road as a wildcard defeating great teams. The likes include Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and the Atlanta Falcons. Their sites are now on the Super Bowl championship. Now facing their biggest challenge of them all as is Pittsburgh. Their is one team in their way of getting a Super Bowl championship. I can tell ya it will be one helluva game. I will make a Super Bowl preview after I post this. Sorry I had more to say about the Steelers than the Packers. Just that I don't really follow their football team. On Sundays I may check if they win or lose, but other than that I really don't follow the team.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Patriot fans pick the winner, Jets or Steelers

I figured someone would make this post by now. Obviously no one has so I figure I will post it. I've been wondering this ever since Sunday......who will the Patriot fans root for? Been on various posts and some Pat fans are stating they want the Jets to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Others are posting they are rooting for the Steelers. I honestly have no idea who they are gonna root for in this ball game. Patriot fans hate both football teams. So I'm wondering who will they be rooting for to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. What a better way than just ask them myself via poll.

Will they root for the Jets? I figure they hate the Jets now more than ever before since the Jets knocked them out of the playoffs. The Jets have been talking all season long is kind of the reason most fan bases hate the football team. They have enough bragging rights as it is with the postseason victory over the Pats. Just imagine if they represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

Will they root for the Steelers? The Steelers have been one of best football teams for the past decade. Winning percentage shows that along with two Super Bowl championships. Two Super Bowl wins since the Pats have had 1. I highly doubt Pat fans want them to be anymore successful for those reasons. Not only that, but Tom Brady has 3 Super Bowl rings which is one of the reasons he is reguarded as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. Ben has the oppurtunity to tie the amount of rings if the Steelers are victorious.

It is a lose-lose for Patriot fans here. So who are you rooting for? Jets or the Steelers? If you arn't a Patriot fan vote for who you think they should vote for and explain why.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Jets vs Steelers AFC championship preview

Both teams have faced before in a December meeting. It came down to the final seconds. Jets won the football game. To me that doesn't matter nor it will factor in this football game. Just because they won last time doesn't mean that they will win again nor does it mean that they can't beat the Steelers twice. As a Steelers fan I believe the Steelers will win reguardless because in my opinion they are the better football team. I'm sure many others will agree which it doesn't matter what their opinion in. Of course it doesn't matter it won't factor in the football game. If it did Jets wouldn't have won last week nor would the Saints have lost to the Seahawks. Anyways here are the keys for both football teams to win the football game:

Jets: If Cromartie can guard(hold Wallace's jersey and get away with it like last time)Mike Wallace and keep him from making big plays along with defense putting pressure on Ben than they have a good chance of winning the football game. One decisive advantage the Jets have that the Steelers don't is a great special teams. It will play a factor as it did in the last game. Jets scored a TD on special teams last time they played Pittsburgh. Led to a victory despite their offense only scoring one TD!! On offense of course run the football as always. Control the tempo and protect Sanchez. They do all that than they leave with a victory.

Steelers: Stop the run on defense which they are capable of doing. They have stopped the best of the best in the game this year(Hillis, Turner, and the list goes on). Force Sanchez to throw the football. Create turnovers and I figure they will get an INT in this football game. Defense should be alright....if not for McFadden giving up big plays to Edwards Steelers would have won that football game. Of course they can't let them get good field position or let them score on special teams. Wish Steelers would get a touchback on kickoffs more than 5 times a year. LOL! On offense try to get a running game going, protect Ben, and of course don't get penalized. I think the Steelers get penalized for holding 2-5 times every game. Go deep with Wallace cuz the refs may see the pass interference this time. Get Miller involved in the passing game as well. If they do all that they will win the football game.

I do believe it will be a close game. Again picking the Steelers to win which is obvious. Winner goes to Dallas to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. To me the winner of this football game will be crowned the Super Bowl champions of 2010.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:20 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 12:04 am
 

Packers vs Bears NFC Championship preview

To me it is the greatest rivalry in NFL history. You can't really argue with that. Both teams have battled for almost a century. Faced against each the most times. I dislike both football teams, but I can honestly say that it is the greatest rivalry in the NFL history. Both teams have rich history......whoever wins this ball game will not only have bragging rights, but the oppurtunity to win a Super Bowl in Dallas. My preview for the ball game is as follows:

As I have stated before I picked the Packers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Rooting for the Bears of course unfortunatley despite it. Bears have home field advantage. Packers have been in playoff form for about a month now. Who has the advantage? Both coming off victories with 2 TDs at least. Falcons are as I said over-rated. They weren't as good as their record and it showed in the playoffs. I'm not again a strong believer in the Bears despite their win over the Seahawks. If they defeat the Packers I will start believing. I challenged Falcons last week to prove me wrong. Now I'm challenging the Bears. Do us a favor and the sooner Rodgers is eliminated from the playoffs the less we will have to listen to the love affair with the media.

Keys in this football game for the Bears: I think the key in this football game for their defense is to pressure Aaron Rodgers. Sack him a couple times and get in his face. Make sure he knows you are there. If they do that I give them a better chance of winning the football game. Not only that, but on offense Forte and the running game in general will have to be great. They rush for over 100 yards their chances will be very high as well to win the ball game. Control the tempo of the game. Keep Rodgers off the football field. Win time of possession the game is yours if indeed all these keys play out.

Packers side of things: Key pressure Cutler, Don't allow them to have a running game, and Force them to throw the football. Do that on defense they will have a good day. Special teams will be a factor in this football game. Packers arn't that great on that side of the ball like the Bears are. Hester is one of the best if not thee best at returning the football for a TD!! Offense protect Aaron Rodgers!! Do that Packers win the football game.

Picking the Packers again to win the football game and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Prove me wrong Bears especially you Cutler!
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Ravens vs Steelers divisional playoff preview

Ravens vs Steelers......Steelers vs Ravens.......how can I describe this? Intense, blood hungry, smashmouth, best rivalry in football game!! Two of the top 3 football teams in the NFL today!! They will battle in Pittsburgh on Heinz Field. I along with everyone are ready for this football game. We always are when we see that matchup coming. This will be an emotional football game for both teams. Both battling to be the absolute best. PERIOD!! That Manning/Brady rivalry doesn't thrill me as much as the football games I have saw between the Ravens and the Steelers. They've had some classics.

Going into the football game the Ravens blew out the Chiefs. I'm somewhat surprised by it and some way I'm not as well. I didn't see that me turnovers happening. The Ravens are ready to play. They looked like a whole different football team when they were at Arrowhead. I was rooting for the Chiefs and it was hard to watch. Chiefs were one of the best at not giving up the football. Obviously the reason is because they didn't face a football team like the Ravens. They looked like they were making a statement. A statement to all football teams and that is don't sleep on them. They are no pushover by any means. The game against Pittsburgh Saturday may be the best matchup yet. Both teams ended the season with identical records. Steelers won the division due to tiebreaker of division record.

Pittsburgh Steelers ended the season with a blowout win over the Cleveland Browns. At half time the game was over. Pittsburgh made a bit of a statement as well. They clinched the division and home field. Much needed bye week for Pittsburgh to get healthy. No word yet if Aaron Smith will be playing in the ball game. I figure Polamalu will be playing in the football game. In any case both teams last wins were statements. Both teams looked their best vs their opponents. It will for sure be the game of the week.

As a Steelers fan of course I'm picking Pittsburgh. I think they are better defensively and offensively. The keys to victory for Pittsburgh is as follows: Defense don't allow Ravens to have a ground game. If they do that than they will do ok as long as they don't give them free yards meaning penalties. I think the defense can handle Flacco. Ravens side: Be in Roethlisberger's face all game long. Figure their D can handle the rush game unfortunately. Offensively the Steelers would like to have an effective rushing game. Protect Roethlisberger and give him time to throw the football. Do that than I'm certain the Steelers will win the football game. Ravens offensively....running game wouldn't hurt vs the Steelers. If they get a running game and win the battle of time of possession that will give them their best chance to win the football game.

Again I'm picking the Steelers in this one. Should be a classic. Surprised??SurprisedDon't be........STAY JEALOUS!!Cool
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Packers vs Falcons divisional postseason preview

Who has the advantage in this great football game? The Falcons of course had the bye along with home field advantage which is key. Matt Ryan is great on home field. His track record show that fact. Only 2 losses at home. The Packers on the other hand has been in playoff form for weeks now. Having to win several games in a row to make it to where they are. Who has the advantage? You decide.

Anyways my pick as it was before the postseason began is the Packers. The Packers defense has played great this year. It is top 5 if you go by stats and what not. Game winning INT to pick up the road win in Philly. The momentum by victories over Philly, Chicago, and so on gives them a great amount of confidence heading to the Georgia Dome to play Atlanta. The main key in this football game to me is Turner vs GB defense. If Turner has success on the ground the Falcons will win the ball game. If not I'm even more certain that the Packers will win the football game.

On offense for the Packers is obviously based around Aaron Rodgers and the passing game. Running game showed up in Philly. Can they get it going? That will be a factor as well. Falcons defense got to force turnovers if Turner isn't solid on the ground. Falcons won earlier in the season. That fact won't matter heading into the ball game. Both teams have got advantages, but to me the Packers will come out on top again even though I will be rooting against them again this week.

Good luck to both football teams. The winner of this football game will be representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. Again just an opinion. I'll be rooting for the Falcons. Prove me wrong Falcons! Surprised??SurprisedDon't be.........STAY JEALOUS!!Cool
 
 
 
 
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