Man! What a game. I think it has to be the absolute best Super Bowl I’ve ever seen. Better even than last year’s game. Warner was amazing, coming back from a thirteen-point deficit to go ahead by three: in the fourth quarter! Two minutes thirty-seven seconds is a lot of time in pro football, but my heart rate was pretty elevated at that point. So . . . how ’bout Big Ben, huh? What a man. Commanding the field for two minutes to take it down and take back the game.
TAMPA, Fla. — The last time Troy Polamalu confronted the Arizona Cardinals, his immediate pregame preparation was astonishing. Polamalu, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Pro Bowl safety, describes it simply as divine.
The Steelers were in Phoenix on Sept. 30, 2007 for a regular-season bout against the Cardinals. Polamalu rested as he was driven into the early morning for more than an hour to Florence, Ariz. Polamalu is a Greek Orthodox Christian. He journeyed to meet what he calls his Abbot Father Ephraim and to worship in a monastery. The services began at 3 a.m. MST and lasted until nearly 7 a.m MST. Then the trek back to Phoenix.
Then kickoff at 2:15 p.m MST.
“Some people might see that as a lot, but I saw it as a must, an opportunity to see my spiritual father,” Polamalu said. “I go there five to six times a year because that is where he is. This life that I struggle to live, I try to do so in the eyes of my spiritual father.”
His journey for worship and further understanding of his faith has taken him to Greece, Turkey and beyond. In fact, when coach Mike Tomlin took over the Steelers in 2007, Polamalu missed Tomlin’s first camp because he was abroad in his worship and studies. Tomlin understood then and he approved Polamalu’s Arizona excursion.
[Troy] Polamalu is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, having converted through the influence of his wife Theodora, who is of Greek descent. Among his spiritual activities is a pilgrimage to Greek Orthodox sites in Greece and Turkey, taken in 2007. He seldom gives interviews, but when he does, he often speaks of the role his spirituality plays in his life. Polamalu has said that he tries to separate himself from his profession as much as possible, like not watching football games at home. He says a prayer after each play and also on the sidelines.
While having such a successful season and offseason [2006-2007], [Troy] Polamalu, who is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, decided to take a pilgrimage to Greek sites in Greece and Turkey. Polamalu’s wife, Theodora Polamalu, who is of Greek descent, has helped Polamalu find peace in his religion. Polamalu has said he prays after every play and while on the sidelines.
Gotta say, I am ecstatic at the Pittsburg Steelers 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks! I’ve been a Steelers fan since the first of their second back-to-back Super Bowl wins of the 70s. I was both thrilled and crushed at their appearance and loss ten years ago. But last night . . . . Wow. I’m a happy guy. They “got one for the thumb” for the Rooney family. And there were so many elements that make this story supersweet: Cowher’s longevity as Steelers coach (longest tenure of current coaches), Jerome Bettis’ final game in his hometown, Roethlisberger’s win as the youngest winning QB in Super Bowl history, the three on-the-road playoff wins (never done before), and tying the record (with the Cowboys and Forty-niners) for most Super Bowl wins for a team (at five). I could go on. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
Of course, it wasn’t the prettiest win, but winning ugly is still winning. Admittedly some controversial calls–like, say, the Roethlisberger TD. Big Ben’s two thrown interceptions weren’t very helpful at all. And it’s also true that Seattle started well, but then ended up being their own worst enemy as they fell apart in the last quarter.
But in the end, ya gotta give it up for Coach Cowher. He deserves what he’s got right here:
Of course, the ads were not bad this year. The Healy’s and their guests thought the “Hide the Bud Light” ad was pretty funny. But unofficial consensus gave the nod to two Budweiser commercials: the classic Clydesdale football game . . . with a newly-shorn sheep running onto the field and shaking its money-maker. Sez the famer: Streaker. And: That I didn’t need to see. Dang funny. And the cute factor went to the Cyldesdale colt getting into the harness of the wagon and pullling it out the barn . . . cutaway to two adult Clydesdales pushing the wagon from behind. Sez the farmer to the Dalmatian: I won’t tell if you won’t.
Much gratitude goes to the tolerance of our guests toward my Steelers-exuberence–since I was pretty close to as crazy as this guy: