The first week of Super Bowl hype is in the books, and so far, it's a bit surreal. For starters, the opposing fan bases have been mostly respectful of one another.
There hasn't been any kind of fighting or "we have more championships than you" back and forth that you would expect from fans, especially in the Internet age. Maybe I'm just reading the wrong blogs and message boards.
As far as Steeler fans are concerned, the biggest villain from last week was some guy named Clay Aiken or Chet Atkins or Randy Travis or something like that. Anyway, he was the guy who dissed the Terrible Towel, but more importantly, Myron Cope and the city of Pittsburgh. I guess when you're in SEC country and your football and men's basketball teams are bit players in a pretty strong conference, you tend to lash out at success.
Also, the Steelers are actually underdogs for this game, which really isn't an indication that they're in trouble since the spread was only 2-points last time I checked. It's just weird that they're not expected to automatically have their way with the Packers because, other than Super Bowl XXX, the Steelers have always been the favorite in Super Bowls.
I like that, by the way. The last two times they were in the Big Dance, they were expected to win, but this game is a toss-up. I think it's going to be a classic.
I don't know if it's just me, but the mood seems more festive leading up to the game than even two years ago. People are just happy and everyone is smiling. I don't remember that as much heading into Super Bowl XLIII. Steelers fans are pretty intelligent and even though we ALWAYS expect success, I think most of us know that this latest Super Bowl appearance is quite an accomplishment considering everything that happened in the 2010 season starting way back in March.
I know I'm happy and fortunate and very appreciative that I get to witness something like a 3rd trip to the Super Bowl in 6 seasons. I'm not as excited as I was for Super Bowl XL, but that's to be expected because they hadn't been to the big game in a decade. It's just a different kind of excitement because I'm witnessing history.
Well, week 1 of the Super Bowl hype is in the books. What will week 2 bring? Will the intensity between the fans heat up? Will some player or players from either team break the seal and talk some trash? Will Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger ever meet face to face? Will Maurkice Pouncey make a Dwight White-esque recovery and somehow play in the Super Bowl?