Monday, February 2, 2009

Josh's Corner: The Steelers steal the Super Bowl (Get it, see what I did there?)

Josh Garcia, our LA correspondent, weighs in on the Pittsburgh Steelers and their most recent title win.

It was one for the ages.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 6th NFL Championship and are now the top franchise in the sport. The Steelers were put to the test but in typical Steeler fashion they won a game in the last two minutes and in doing so dashed the Arizona Cardinals’ impressive 4th quarter comeback. The game was a little slow but built up in the 4th quarter to easily become a classic. The see-saw battle was full of emotion, intensity and amazing skill.

Larry Fitzgerald did indeed shine, catching seven balls for 127 yards and two touchdowns, most of that damage coming in the 4th. His only fault was scoring too quickly on his 64-yard touchdown catch, giving the Steelers plenty of time to win the game. It would have been interesting to see if Kurt Warner had gotten off a Hail Mary if Larry would have come down with it. My money would have been on him.

“The Boss” Bruce Springsteen performed at half time and did a stage slide that was, let’s say, poorly timed. I'm just hoping that people weren't still wearing their 3-D glasses. Yeesh! His look to the camera was priceless though and to his credit he went on like nothing happened.

This is the first year I can remember where the commercials that stuck with me were movie previews. G.I. Joe and Transformers 2 stole the show for me because it was the first time I've seen more than pictures and crappy camera phone videos. Conan's commercial was funny and there were a few others, but technology is so good that I really didn't even need to watch them all because they will all be on Hulu today.

The Steelers had the toughest schedule in the NFL and they showed their poise and experience on the grand stage. It’s quite an achievement that "Big" Ben got his 2nd ring and is only 26. And Mike Tomilin winning the big one in his 2nd year of coaching. This game will be remembered for a lot of reasons, maybe Kurt Warner's last game, the fantastic catch and finish by Santonio Holmes, and the Steelers becoming the six-time Super Bowl Champions.

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