My Guide To The Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLIII Preview Day 6
I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to convince myself that the Arizona Cardinals have a chance to win their first Super Bowl against the high and mighty Pittsburgh Steelers.

Then, Sunday night in Evansville, Ind., as I ate a meat-filled calzone with people like me with similar interests, I came to the conclusion when you have to go out of your way to convince yourself said underdog has a chance to slay the giant meanie ... then usually the underdog gets put under.

And even though I am cheering for the underdog and went on the record in choosing the Cardinals, I'm not going to be surprised when the Steelers win 46-17.

There's plenty of reasons to be cheering for the Cards this weekend.

I'll start with their offense. Kurt Warner went from the UNI Dome to bag boy to baller to Eli's back up and then back to baller. No truth to the rumor, however, that he was Matt Leinart's mentor when it comes to the beer bong.

Tim Hightower had a few good fantasy weeks for me and the fact that he's from FCS (fmr. Div I-AA) power Richmond, he gives the smaller schools a good rep. If he starts today, he'll be the second straight former I-AAer to start at the running back position in the big game joining SIU's Brandon Jacobs, who started for the New York Giants last season.

And unlike the Chicago Bears' offense, the Cardinals feature three receivers that can catch the ball as Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston and Larry Fitzgerald have more talent in one hand than the entire Bears receiver unit.

In addition to having good numbers, they have the storyline of being a suckfest that the Cubs fan inside me can relate to.

As for the Steelers, they're good.

They've been good for a long time and have five Super Bowl rings to prove it.

Their defense was ranked No. 1 across the board leading the entire NFL in rush defense, pass defense, points per game, angry linebackers, Terrible Towel waving, injuries inflicted on the opposition and SportsCenter Top Plays.

But don't sleep on the Steelers' offense.

It's efficient, to say the least, and will be just fine as long as Ben Roethlishotdogpolishitaliansausageberger can stay away from motorcycles.

Willie Parker is fast. Hines Ward can do it all as a receiver, and truth is he's a better quarterback than anyone on the Bears, Vikings or Lions' roster right now. And Santonio Holmes has naked pictures of himself floating around the internet. Oh yeah, so does their kicker.

Now that's an offensive "unit" you can't mess with.

So there you have it sports fans.

There's a game on today that each team has its own reason on why it may or may not win.

Good luck and stay classy Pittsbazona!