After today, there’ll be only three days left until Superbowl XL, which pits two teams that are very close in philosophy and strategy.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers should walk away with their first Superbowl since 1980.
In the meantime, the Seattle Seahawks, who are the underdogs in the game, don’t stand a chance just because they have never been to the big game before.
Here are five reasons why Seattle will go home to the land of Starbucks with nothing but a tough loss to the hands of the Steel Curtain.
• Hasselbeck not a big game quarterback. Ok, so he’s at least made it to the Superbowl, which is a great feat in itself, but how good is he? Not good enough to beat Big Ben Roethlisberger, who has turned into the Dan Marino of today.
• From the rain to the dome.
Seattle ran off a couple of wins against the Redskins and the Panthers, but both contests were at home and they aren’t as good on the road, even if the game is played in a neutral site (Detroit).
• Throw in the towel. That’s what Seattle will be doing towards the end of Superbowl XL.
The game will be close, but the Steelers’ fans will be in full force throwing around their Terrible Towels, while the Seahawks’ fans could be caught with a towel or two at the end of the game, wiping their tears.
• Home sweet Jerome. Pittsburgh back Jerome Bettis has returned to his birthplace and history has shown that most players perform at a high level, when playing in their home state.
• Polamalu vs. Tatupu.
Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu and Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu both studied at USC and if Seattle has any chance, it lies in Tatupu’s hands on the defensive end. Polamalu is an animal in the secondary, chasing down every ball and tackling everything in sight.
So there are the five reasons why Pittsburgh should edge Seattle in Superbowl XL, which will be on KITV-4 at 1:25 p.m., this Sunday.
There are surely many more reasons to pick the Steelers, just ask Kapa‘a’s Fred Levinthol.
He’s Kaua‘i’s biggest Steelers fan and he’ll let you know all about the black and gold if you approach him.
Even Condoleezza Rice (Secretary of State) thinks the Steelers will prevail.
“I picked Pittsburgh to beat Cincinnati; I have picked against them every game since,” Rice ruefully told Associated Press reporters Tuesday. “I’m not picking against them again.” That’s not to say she’s become a real Steelers fan. Rice is loyal to the Cleveland Browns.
According to The Associated Press, Rice, who can rattle off football statistics and history with ease, has said she might one day like to be commissioner of the National Football League.
She said she attended one previous Super Bowl, in 1985, when she was teaching at Stanford and the game between the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers was in Palo Alto, Calif.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.