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Super Bowl guide for dummies

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 3rd 2006 10:08AM
mike holmgren seattle seahawksThis is the first year in my life when I actually am interested in who wins the Super Bowl. You see, I grew up in a baseball home. My first taste of football was in college (Go Griz!) and I've never had a national team to root for. Well, I still don't have a national team to root for. I live in Portland, OR, a city that lives vicariously through the professional sports teams that Seattle has. Therefore, I'm rooting for the Seahawks on Sunday.

In order to pretend that I know what is happening, I did a little research about both teams that I thought I would share with the rest of you who will be watching the Super Bowl for the commercials. By the way, the Super Bowl is on Sunday, Feb. 5th on ABC at 6:30 pm Eastern. In Detroit.

This is Super Bowl 40, or Extra Large, as the cool kids call it, because of its Roman Numeral designation, XL.

    The American Football Conference (AFC) champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers
    The National Football Conference (NFC) champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

Factoids about the teams:

Pittsburgh Steelers
    1. Sixth Super Bowl game in team history;
    2. Have won 4 Super Bowls, second only to the Cowboys and 49ers;
    3. The team had an 11-5 record this season;
    4. Lost 4 games at the beginning of the season when their quarterback and back-up were injured;
    5. Season statistics show their offense is inferior to Seattle but their defense is superior.

Seattle Seahawks
    1. This is the FIRST Super Bowl appearance in the team's history;
    2. Joined the league in 1976. Started in the NFC, moved to the AFC in 1977 and then back to the NFC in 2002. The only team to be in both NFC and AFC champship games (2005 & 1983);
    3. The team had a 13-3 record this season;
    4. Seattle's offense rocks- scoring the most points of any NFC team this season.

Names you should know:

Mike Holmgren
    1. Seattle Seahawks head coach since 1999;
    2. Previously coached the Green Bay Packers, taking them to two consecutive Super Bowls.

Matt Hasselbeck
    1. Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks;
    2. Joined the team in 2001;
    3. Previously was back-up quarterback to Brett Favre on the Green Bay Packers;
    4. He has a famous family: his father was a tight end for the Patriots, Giants, Vikings and Raiders (he was on the team when it won SB XVIII), his brother Tim is a backup quarterback for the New York Giants; and his sister sister-in-law Elisabeth is co-host of The View and a former Survivor contestant.

Ben Roethlisberger (pronounced roth-less-berger)
    1. Quarterback for Pittsburgh Steelers;
    2. As a rookie, he replaced star quarterback Tommy Maddox when he was injured in early 2004;
    3. When Ben was injured earlier this season, Maddox became the starting q-back, and the Steelers lost 2 games;
    4. Has a crush on Eva Longoria.

Jerome Bettis
    1. AKA "The Bus";
    2. Running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers;
    3. This will be his last game, and he is playing it in his hometown of Detroit.

Bill Cowher
    1. Head coach of the Steelers;
    2. Longest tenured coach in the NFL;
    3. Started with the Steelers in 1992.

The Steelers will wear white, which is controversial. The Steelers are considered the "home" team, which means they get to choose which color of jerseys they will wear. Coach Cowher says he chose the "away" colors because the team should only wear its "home" color of black at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

(Thanks for the assist, Joel!)

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Tony Jackson

Actually the Steelers are wearing their white unis because they have been the road team in each of their three playoff games this season and seem to feel like the underdogs seeing as how they were a 6 seed entering the playoffs and the seahawks were a 1 seed.

February 03 2006 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm from Seattle, but I'm strictly a fairweather fan on this, so I've been trying to do a little pre-game studying as well.

Shaun Alexander, #37, is another one of the names to know. He was this year's MVP, breaking the record for touchdowns. I think. Anyway, he's a big fan favorite.

February 03 2006 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel Keller

You're right... Elizabeth is Matt's SIL. Sorry I didn't catch that, Anna!

By the way, Tim Hasselbeck is not nearly as good as Matt. Which is why, as a Giants fan, I pray that Eli Manning never, ever, ever gets hurt, no matter how shaky he was this past year.

February 03 2006 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, Elizabeth Hasselbeck is Matt's sister in law. She's married to Tim Hasselbeck, the backup QB for the New York Giants.
Also, regarding the coaches, it's important to note that as a head coach, Mike Holmgren is 1-1 in previous Superbowls (both with the Packers) and Bill Cohwer is 0-1.

February 03 2006 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't Elisabeth Hasselbeck actually Matt's sister-in-law, not his sister? I thought she married into the family after she was on Survivor...

February 03 2006 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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