Sunday, February 05, 2012

Packers still defending champs!

Yes, it's true. At least until about 9 p.m. (CT) tonight, the Green Bay Packers are still the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Then they will become last season's champion. (Sigh)

This isn't the way it was supposed to go this season was it, Packer fans? Nope. Not when you go 15-1. Not when you have one of the most explosive offenses in the history of the league. Not when you have the league's Most Valuable Player (awarded last evening, by the way), QB Aaron Rodgers, throwing to arguably the best receiving corps in the league. Unfortunately, the worst-ranked defense in the league finally did the Pack in. And the rest, as we know, is history. The team with the best record this season is sitting home watching the big game just like the rest of us.

So, kudos to Mr. Rodgers on his MVP season. Unfortunately, there was no one on the defensive side of the ball this year that could help carry things the way Rodgers and company did offensively. Let's hope GM Ted Thompson addresses that matter in the offseason. You have to believe so. The Packers are still a young-enough team to have a window for competing for the Super Bowl each season, as long as they don't let it slip away as they did this year. Lessons learned. We hope.

Now, as to the game today between the Patriots and the Giants, what do things look like? Well, frankly, I could care less which team wins. Really. I'll watch, of course. But it matters not a whit to me which team takes home the Lombardi Trophy. Don't care for the Pats and for the second time in the last four or five years the Giants have left a really bad taste in my mouth after sending our beloved Packers down to Lambeau Field no less. So, if the game could end in a tie through some cosmic hocus pocus, that would be great. Even better if they could both lose. But the probability of that happening is of such a metaphysically minute nature as to make it not even worthwhile to consider...I hate it when that happens!

But, anyway, what's my call for the outcome? The Pats are favored by 3 points. But the Giants have the momentum, much as the Packers did going into the game against the Steelers last year. So, as much as it pains me to do so, I have to conclude that the Giants will win tonight's game.

Don't have a score prediction because, well, I just don't care. I'll be watching mainly for the commercials.