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Cold, Hard Football Facts for Feb 05, 2011
The Cold, Hard Football Facts are back at the Super Bowl for the second straight year, and we got the game covered from so many angles we could form a pentagon of pigskin.
Kerry is in the auxiliary press box, Section 327, Row 1, just over the NFC logo corner of the Packers end zone. He's also covering the game for SI.com. The picture here is the view of the field from his seat. Nice spot. Colonel Comey is a couple sections over, also in the "aux box," as they call it in Super Bowl lingo.
Frankie C. is back at our media publishing headquarters at the Sheraton Dallas. Pigskin Detention columnist Pat Imig is covering the media scene from his basement of joy in St. Louis and contributor Jeff Goldberg is in his man cave in Boston.
Kerry and Frankie will be blogging here before and throughout the game (mostly Frankie). By the way, read his blog this week if you haven't already. Great stuff. So keep checking back and refreshing the page.
Here ya go!
9:04 p.m. CT (FC) The Steeler offense gets as far as their own 33 yard line but turns it over on downs. Green Bay will run out the clock from here. Congratulations to the 2010 Superbowl Champion Green Bay Packers.
Congratulations also to whoever had Packers 1 and Steelers 5 on their squares.
9:00 p.m. CT (FC) As Pittsburgh takes over from their own 13 with 1:59 to go in the game, Big Bens Passer Rating is 103.4. Hard to believe with the 2 picks but that's what it is, per the CHFF handy dandy passer rating calculator.
8:56 p.m. CT (FC) Rodgers connects with Jordy Nelson for the touchdown. Oh wait. No he doesn't. Another drop for Butterfingers Nelson. Green Bay settles for a field goal. 31-25 Green Bay.
8:51 p.m. CT (FC) Faced with 3rd and 10 on their own side of the 50, Aaron Rodgers hits Greg Jennings for a big gain over the middle. These two are the bright spots for the Pack. Now, Rodgers to James Jones. 1st and Goal from the 9 for Green Bay
8:40 p.m. CT (FC) Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are celebrating the Packers ability to overcome injuries and Aikman mentions they've lost Charles Woodson and they "haven't missed a beat.", I didn't know they allowed crack smoking in the press box. The Steelers have been prison raping the Packers D. As I finish writing that sentence, Big Ben hits Wallace for another Pittsburgh touchdown. The Steelers go for two. They run the option with Roethlisburger pitching to Randle El. It's a 3 point game. I think it's safe to say Aikman is wrong.
8:31 p.m. CT (FC) Rodgers hits Greg Jennings for his 2nd touchdown of the game to restore Green Bays 11 point lead. The Pack has been terrific at converting Pittsburgh turnovers. It's just about the only thing they've done well. Aaron Rodgers is in the lead right now for MVP.
8:25 p.m. CT (FC) On his next carry, Mendenhall says, "Nah, I don't want to be MVP." and puts the ball on the ground. Green Bay takes over with the best field position of the 2nd half.
8:22 p.m. CT (FC) The 3rd quarter comes to an end as Rashard Mendenhall makes a case to be MVP. He's been eating the Packers up on the ground. Congratulations to the square holder of Packers 1 and Steelers 7.
8:16 p.m. CT (FC) On 3rd down Rodgers throws to Brett Swain for 1st down. Swain fumbles. Recovered by Green Bay. Officials rush in and declare it incomplete. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy challenges the ruling but it's upheld. I'm not an NFL official, but I thought it looked like a completion. Swain takes possession and turns upfield. He tucks the ball into the crook of his elbow and the Pittsburgh defender dislodges it. Not that it matters.
8:11 p.m. CT (FC) Both offenses trade ineffective drives and the Steelers punt. Green Bay returner Tramon Williams lets it go but foolishly hangs around the ball. A member of the Steeler coverage team tries to push Williams into the ball in the hopes of getting him to touch it and turn it over and Williams take a swing at him. The packers lose another 15 yards.
7:59 p.m. CT (FC) The Green Bay Defense just took the field. Apparently nobody told them when halftime ended. They stop a Steeler drive with their first sack of Roethlisburger. Suisham decides to keep the crowd in the corner of the stadium entertained by kicking the field goal attempt straight at them. A real prankster, Suisham.
7:48 p.m. CT (FC) Aaron Rodgers passer rating right now is 156.5. To keep track of it for yourself, go to our coldhardfootballfacts.com homepage and click on the Passer Rating Calculator
7:42 p.m. CT (FC) The Steelers capitalize on the lousy facemask penalty and march on the ground to their second touchdown. Rashard Mendenhall in for the 6. Suisham on for the extra point 21-17 Packers. The Steelers have dominated the time of possession battle and since Woodson was forced to leave the game they've been walking all over the Green Bay D.
7:37 p.m. CT (FC) Green Bay deferred to start the first half so they got the ball first in the second. A false start penalty stops their momentum and they punt. The officials call an absolute bullshit facemask penalty to give the Steelers phenomenal field position.
7:30 p.m. CT (FC) More great stuff from "MTN". He says he'd much rather see Michelle Ryans feet perform at next years halftime show. He's a wop genius.
7:24 p.m. CT (FC) That was the sort of halftime spectacular that make you long for the days of Up With People. Loyal CHFF reader "Mr. Thursday Night" just chimed in to say "Fergie loves to show her asshole whenever possible, and it's amazing." We agree. Her body was the only redeeming part of that show.
7:13 p.m. CT (FC) Fergie singing "Sweet Child of Mine", sounds like bad karaoke. I do want to have futuristic sex with her in that outfit.
6:55 p.m. CT (FC) Charles Woodson has gone to the locker room apparently unable to move his left arm. In response, Pittsburgh scores Roethlisburger to Ward, 2 plays later. 21-10 Green Bay.
6:43 p.m. CT (KJB) Green Bay has a pick-six today. Teams that return an INT for a touchdown are 10-0 in Super Bowl play, including the 2008 Steelers (James Harrison) and 2009 Saints (Tracy Porter). We wrote a story about the phenomenon after Pittsburgh's win over Kurt Warner and the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII It's the most important play in sports, as we've often said.
6:46 p.m. CT (FC) Rodgers to Jennings 21-3 Packers. Those same 3 female Packer fans are on the verge of drowning in respective puddles of their own joy.
6:42 p.m. CT (FC) Big Ben has thrown his 2nd pick. Fans of CHFF know that decreases the likelyhood of Steeler victory by 40%.
6:36 p.m. CT (FC) The Pack goes 3 and out and the Steelers get the ball back. After an early penalty, the Steeler offense seems like it's starting to gain some momentum.
6:24 p.m. CT (FC) The drive by Pittsburgh stalls and Shaun Suisham comes on for the Steelers first points.
6:17 p.m. CT (FC) The first quarter comes to an end. Congratulations to those with the 4 and the 0. I'm still disturbed by the earlier dorito commercial with the finger sucking co-worker. Outside of one 18 yard scramble by Roethlisburger, the Pittsburgh offense has earned every point they have.
6:08 p.m. CT (FC) Horrible interception by Big Ben. Nick Collins returns for touchdown. Mindless writers in Dallas and elsewhere warm up the "Ben went out for dinner and drinks on Tuesday and it's his fault" storyline.
6:01 p.m. CT (FC) Rodgers to Nelson. 7-0 Packers. All 3 Female Green Bay fans simultaneously orgasm.
5:57 p.m. CT (FC) Finally! Bud light scores big with the product placement commercial. Understandable and hysterical. Unrelated, Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz, really? You can put that celebrity couple in with the Kenny G commercial as things that make no sense.
5:46 p.m. CT (FC) After 2 commercials I'm left unimpressed. At least I understood the dorito commercial. The dog likes doritos. Okay. I haven't the foggiest idea what happened in commercial 2. Was it for Kenny G? Is that what they were selling? I think it might have been for a car? It might be that I'm not hip enough or smart enough. File under: Probably.
5:36 p.m. CT (FC) I want to sympathize with Christina Aguilara but no. You're singing for the world. You're a professional songstress. Step it up and keep your head in the game. As the young people say nowadays, EPIC FAIL.
5:34 p.m. CT (KJB) HUGE controversy at game: NFL sold 400 tickets to temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium ... and then forgot to build the f'in seats. Fans turned away after spending beaucoup bucks. NFL has offered to pay triple face-value ticket price. But these people spent thousands on tickets and everything else getting to the game. As Kerry posted on our Twitter page, "Super Bowl ticket: $3,000. Flight to Dallas: $400. Four nights hotel: $1,200. Bar tab: $800. NFL triple face-value refund: worthless."
4:35 p.m. CT (KJB) - Packers just made their first appearance on the field. Stadium right now is about half filled. Just purely guessing, it seems that Steelers fans definitely outnumbered Packers fans out there. Steelers are already out stretching.
3:55 p.m. CT (KJB) - Further chaos from what's been a messy Super Bowl week on all fronts. The NFL sold tickets to temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium. But they never set up the seats. Total clown move from an organization that's a rock of stability. The logistics here are
3:28 p.m. CT (KJB) - Just got to my seat at little while ago. Chaos at the stadium. The bus driver literally did not know where to drop us off. The reporters on our bus mutinied in the intersection and made him open the doors. I was the last one off. Cops were NOT happy. They basically grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and ripped me off the bus yelling to "get off the street."
I'm kind of lost no idea where the media gate is. Confusion all around.
SUNDAY morning (KJB) - Just a short note: words can never truly describe the monstrous event that is the Super Bowl. Spending all week around, it's just larger than life. Hard to believe this vast nation devotes so much of its cultural energy to the single crowning game of its national sport. But we do. Reminds me of the old Negro spiritual of my youth: "America. Fuck yeah!"
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