With the Giants season coming to an early ending and four teams still remaning its now time to choose who I want to see take home XLIII and I believe I have my answer. But first let’s take a look at teams.
Ben Roethlisberger is one my list of my most disliked players in the NFL. Seeing him win another Super Bowl would be like seeing Philip Rivers reach the Super Bowl or having to witness Tony Romo win a playoff game. Big Ben lives the luxury of trying to just not mess games up. He isn’t asked to do anything behind the Steel Curtain and as long as he doesn’t throw five picks, the Steelers win games. The only problem is that sometimes he does throw several picks and the Steelers do lose.
I am still pissed about the Super Bowl in 2000 and don’t think I will ever get over it. If I have to watch Ray Lewis win another Super Bowl I think I might stop watching the NFL altogether. The Ravens defense might be one of the best in the league, but their offense is led by a rookie QB who is getting all the hype that Big Ben received when he rode to the promised land on the shoulders of his defense. Imagine if Joey Flacco gets his ring before Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo, now wouldn’t that be something. But I don’t think the Ravens will get past the Steelers next Sunday. At least I hope not.
Knowing that a team that finished the season 8-8, was about as much of a playoff joke as the world has ever know, and has played the entire season with no running game and no defense, could win the Super Bowl, I guess it goes to show that anyone can win once the playoffs start. If you want to talk about magical runs the Cardinals are it. They are more of a shock than George Mason basketball a few years back, Rocco Mediate last spring, or the Tampa Bay Rays this past summer. The Cardinals are one win away from heading to Miami, when really they were a San Francisco 4th and Goal way back on Monday Night Football from eventually not making the playoffs.
How in my right mind could I root for this team? Sure some people like to root for the team that knocked them out, but not me. Aside from the Cowboys and Patriots, this is the only other team that I don’t want to see win a Super Bowl. I want the McNabb/Reid legacy to be remembered as the Buffalo Bills of the NFC Championship. Imagine if the Eagles lose either this Sunday or Super Bowl Sunday. It will have marked five times in eight years they have made it to the conference championship, never having won a Super Bowl. Now wouldn’t that be something.
Even though the New York Giants beat every single team listed here, I still feel as though I need to cheer for some team otherwise the next few weeks of football will just be flat out boring. Unless I drop down some money on the games, then that could spruce it up a little.
But judging all the teams and their pros and cons, I have to say I am pulling for the Arizona Cardinals.