Thursday, February 3, 2011

Where Ice and Steel Collide

Super Bowl XLV.

This Sunday.

Where "Ice" meets "Steel".

Irresistable forces colliding with immovable objects.

Two of the NFL's most storied franchises will engage in much more than a clash between football teams. The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers each bring their own sense of tradition and deeply rooted legacies to Sunday's game in Dallas. Between them, these squads have accounted for 18 league titles and the Super Bowl trophy is named after Green Bay's iconic coach Vince Lombardi.

For the Packers, this will be their 5th trip to the Super Bowl. They have won three previous titles; their journey as a franchise still defined by what happened in 1967 on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field as they fought their way to Super Bowl I.

The Steelers are pursuing their seventh title overall. They are 6-1 in previous Super Bowls, with the first bricks on their road to glory laid in their first-ever playoff game; a one-day war waged at Three Rivers Stadium in 1972 against the Oakland Raiders.

Super Bowl Sunday will see more than 100 million viewers tuning in with kickoff schedule for 6:30 EST.

The FOX Television network sold all 68 spots back in October, with a price-tag of about $3 million dollars for a 30-second commericial. Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem and the Black Eyed Peas will perform at halftime.

But in the end, it will all come down to Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

The Packers and Steelers. Mirror images in today's NFL.

Both franchises are built on a bedrock of tradition and a clear sense of how things should be done. Neither is a high-profile destination for expensive free agents, nor are their owners deep-pocketed egomaniacs, willing to shell out for star players who may help generate headlines, but not results.

Sunday's game will provide fans with much more than just another football game.

On the world's biggest stage, history will unfold yet again.

As another chapter is written.

In Steel.

"Most of the time, the most physical team has a chance to win. That is not a reality we shy away from"

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