TRoyal Clown Pola — No Gatorade for ex-trojan “Troy Goat” Polamalu, who gets burned on both of Green Bay’s final two Touchdowns, in The Pack’s 31-25 Super Bowl win over the Steelers
Is it too late to take away Troy Polamalu’s Defensive Player of the Year Award?
The ex-trojan who mysteriously won that NFL Award this year, despite being out injured during the cruical homestretch of the season, was Head & Shoulders below the rest in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl LXV 31-25 loss to Green Bay. Despite three Turnovers by the Steeler Offense, Pitt was still in the game with 12 minutes to go in the 4th Quarter, when GB’s Greg Jennings lost Polamalu for an 8-yard Touchdown reception. QB Aaron Rogers, the game’s MVP, caught Polamalu leaning towards the middle of the field, and found Jennings outside, in the clear. It’s no wonder why Polamalu was caught CHEATING towards the middle — The ex-trojan had ALREADY GOT BEATEN by Jennings in the middle, for the previous Packer TD, a 33-yarder in the Second Quarter that gave Green Bay a 21-3 lead.
No team has ever come back from a deficit larger than 10 points to win a Super Bowl, but despite Polamalu’s chokes, Pittsburgh came damn close to doing so. After getting intercepted twice — once for a Pick 6 — Ben Roethlisberger brought Pitt back, with two straight TD drives before and after Halftime, to make it 21-17. Then came Polamalu’s second victimization, which re-upped the lead to 11. But Big Ben still had more left. He drove the Steelers down for a TD with 7:34 left, and also converted a 2-point conversion on an Option Pitch Play, to make it 28-25. Green Bay added a short Field Goal to make it 31-25 with 2:07 left, giving Roethlisberger a final chance to win the game. But on 4th and 5, still in his own territory, he threw an incomplete pass, and that was the game.
Polamalu wasn’t the only person to screw up on Super Bowl Sunday. Besides Ben’s two INT’s, his Tight End Heath Miller also dropped a good pass that killed a drive. Pitt also committed a few costly penalties. On the other side, Green Bay Receivers dropped about 5 passes, including one that would have been another Touchdown. And the f-ups weren’t limited to players. Before the game, Christina Aguilera messed up the lyrics in the National Anthem, and during the glow-in-the-dark Halftime Show, a whole section of lights — in the “V” of the “LOVE” display — never lit up. Even with the glaring snafu, the spectacle was pretty good (and cool-looking), with the Black-Eyed Peas doing their thing, and with SLASH popping up from under the field to play lead guitar on Guns n’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Fergie TRIED to sing it, but her voice wasn’t very strong, and I think Axl Rose turned over in his grave. Yeah, I know — He’s not actually dead — just figuratively.
The people who made the Super Bowl commercials didn’t really knock it out of the park either. This year was mostly devoid of attention grabbers. Even the highly-anticipated “kid-dressed-as-Darth-Vader” VW ad, although cute, was predictable and disappointing. Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Beiber’s Best Buy commercial was okay but not riotous, and the new Snickers commercial also failed to wow, even though it WAS extremely satisfying to see Roseanne Barr get pummelled by a log. One other slight chuckle was supplied by a Faith Hill-Teleflora ad, where a guy tried to write a romantic note, but failed when deciding to compliment his girl’s “rack” in the note. Also amusing was a Bud commercial were a mean and nasty cowboy turned “happy” after he got his beer, and started to sing Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” But my favorite spot was probably one made BY the NFL, that featured clips of old TV shows like “Happy Days” and “90210,” showing the characters at Super Bowl parties, but CGI’d to include Pitt and GB artifacts of THIS YEAR’s game.
All in all, it was still a fun evening, with a game that went down to the final minute. Not to mention that I needed over 50 total points to take a Pool Tie-breaker, and the total passed 50 with over 7 minutes to go. The rest was gravy.
Finally, I’m not positive about this, but I believe that Bruins Brandon Chiller and Spencer Havner, who are on the Injured List for Green Bay, will get Super Bowl Championship Rings. Those two pieces of jewelry would be twice as many as will be given to anyone from usc this year.