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Sunday, February 01, 2009

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

And out internet is down. Here's an abbreviated look at the match-up everyone is talking about:

THE STEELER DEFENSE VS. THE CARDINALS OFFENSE.

The Steelers run a defense like nothing the league has ever seen. When you see 365 pound Casey Hamton, the nose tackle,  out in pass coverage, you've seen it all. 

The Cardinals will respond to the relentless Pittsburgh pressure by spreading out the field, and throwing short routes.  They hope with man on man coverage in the flat, someone can break a tackle.  Here's the problem- The Steeler defense practices against that offense every day. The Cardinal coach used to run the Steeler offense. And although there have been some changes, the Steeler offense and the Cardinal offense are very similar in the schemes they use. 

I think the Steeler defense mixes things up a bit. 2 down linemen, Lamarr Woodley rushing from one side, James Harrison, the defensive player of the year,  from the other side, and the secondary in nickel coverage, forcing Warner to throw into double coverage. Rather than sending 5,6,or even 7 guys, I think they start out the game sending 4, and see what kind of pressure they can bring. 

Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger has played a great post season. If he brings his A game, the Steelers are hard to beat. Remember, in the playoffs,  the Steelers shut down the San Diego offense with QB Phillip Rivers who was hot as a pistol at the end of the year, and the Ravens offense which led the league in scoring since the mid way point of the season. This Steeler defense is up to the task today. 

So what's the play? The smart bet is the Cardinals +7. While I don't think they will win, I can easily envision a back door cover- the Steelers up by ten with 2 minutes to play and the Cardinals score a meaning less touchdown. 

However, I'm an AFC guy (except when the Patriots are playing).  I gave you the Giants to win it outright last year, and I was very confident about that call. Today I am less confident, but since this is for fun, we're doing this:

50 on Tails. (Mortal lock)

500 on Steelers -7.

See You tomorrow. 

11 comments:

CAPTAIN said...

ok, I'm game - I'll take heads and the seven points.

I'll be looking forward to seeing how they will top the tire commercial from last year with the squirrel in the road - that was my favorite. The safe bet is that it will be a beer commercial back on top this year.

Miller High Life Delivery Guy has the one second commercial - watch for it carefully - or you will miss it. Miller is doing their best to rival the Bud commercials.

And what songs will the Boss play at half-time: Born in the USA, BTR, Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days, Tenth Avenue Freeze-out, Thunder Road, The Rising ???

There are nearly 200 Prop bets this year: my favorites are "How many stupid things will John Madden say with the over/under at 22 and "How many times will NBC show Brends Warner with the over/under at 3 1/2.

Kuech didn't make it to the Hall again - sad - but now he has to make it through the Senior Committee.

Cap Out ...

Anonymous said...

Rumpole I am disappointed in you. You removed the music because many of your fans disliked it. Many dislike your football talk. Does this mean you are going to stop blogging about football?

Anonymous said...

Rump--I just drained my office operating account, my office trust account, my 401(k), my IRA, all of my investment and bank accounts and tapped out the equity in my home. I put it all on the Steelers -7. If I win, I'll take you out for a few beverages of your choice. If I lose, my pals Vinne and Sal will....um....you've seen the Godfather, right?

Anonymous said...

Your analysis is a more detailed version of what I posted yesterday. If the Steelers D is able to pressure Kurt Warner, the Cards don't stand a chance. If Arizona's O-line--which is shaky at times--gives Warner some time, the Cardinals receivers have the tools to burn the Steelers secondary and pull it out. Also, if the Steelers can also establish their running game and control the clock, then the Cards will be lucky to put more than 10 points on the scoreboard.

Judge Rob Pineiro said...

Dear Friends of Judge Manny Crespo:

On my return to Criminal I managed, with the kind help of the AOC, to move into Chambers 625 and Courtroom 6-1—Judge Manny Crespo’s Chambers and Courtroom. I have an 11” by 8” picture of Judge Manny which I have placed in all my assigned courtrooms. However, I would like to give it a more permanent residence by hanging it in the “Crespo Courtroom”.

Aracely, Manny's wife, and Manny Jr. have agreed to help me with the task and we’ll be hanging it up on Tuesday, February 3 at 8:15 AM. Coffee, cafecitos, pastelitos and pastries will be provided.

You are invited.

Roberto M. Pineiro

Anonymous said...

"And OUT internet is down."

I think you mean "OUR"

Anonymous said...

STEELERS WIN!!!!!

CAPTAIN said...

No need to congratulate me, just send in the money.

Heads - WIN
Arizona plus seven - WIN

I missed the one second commercial - did anyone see it?

Brenda Warner number was right on - they showed her once before the game when Kurt won the Man of the Year award and then showed her three times during the game.

Springsteen plays Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, BTR, Working on a Dream and Glory Days;
gotta love The Boss.

Top Commercial: could go back to Bridgestone with the missing tires on the moon, but Career Builder makes strong case with their "punch a small animal" and Doritos comes in strong with the "crystal ball".

43 years and still no OT Super Bowls. Maybe next year.

Congrats to the Steelers - that was one hell of a game.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Barack Obama for expanding rendition of those terrorist MF's. Why pay for their upkeep at Gitmo?

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-rendition1-2009feb01,0,7548176,full.story

Judge Rob Pineiro said...

Dear Friends of Judge Manny Crespo,

On my return to Criminal I managed, with the kind help of the AOC, to move into Chambers 625 and Courtroom 6-1—Judge Manny Crespo’s old courthouse home. I have with me an 11” by 8” picture of Judge Manny which I have hung in all my assigned courtrooms. However, I would like to give it a more permanent residence by hanging it in the “Crespo Courtroom”.

Aracely, Judge Manny’s wife, and Manny Jr. have agreed to help me with the task and we’ll be hanging it up on Tuesday, February 3 at 8:15 AM. Coffee, cafecitos, pastelitos and pastries will be provided.

You are invited. .

Roberto M. Pineiro

Anonymous said...

It was Heads, dammit! I lost $50, thanks to you Rumpole!