February 6, 2011, - 3:07 pm

Packers v. Steelers: Who Are You Rooting For in Super Bowl XLV?

By Debbie Schlussel


Even though I’m a sports fan and former sports agent, to me the best thing about today’s Super Bowl is that it might teach kids some Roman numerals.  Mommy, what’s “XLV?” (For those of you in Greater Arabia, Greater Wasilla, Greater Dearbornistan, the Oprah audience, and Rev. Wright’s “former” church, that’s 45, not man-boobed America’s average t-shirt size.)  I also gotta wonder why this year’s official NFL Super Bowl logo (below) is an obvious phallic symbol, and you know that was deliberate.  This is the NFL, and hey, serial groupie molester, Ben Roethlisberger is playing in the game.  Other than that, I’ll watch but don’t really care much.  It’s about millionaires and the billionaires for whom they work vying for who gets the most endorsement deals (and more taxpayer funding for the palaces which they own and in which they play).  I have no dog in this fight.  But, if I had to pick a team, I guess I’m rooting for the Green Bay Packers. Although I hate Islamic green (including HAMAS green and Iranian protester green) and enviro-freak green, Packers green is far more palatable.

I’ve been to a couple of games at Lambeau Field, when I went to grad school, worked, and lived in Wisconsin, and my high school classmate, Torin Dorn, invited me to see him–first as an L.A. Raider and then as an L.A. Ram–play the Pack.  In my six years in Wisconsin (I went to the University of Wisconsin for Law School and then for Business School and have both JD and MBA degrees from there, then worked as an attorney there for a short while), I always liked the people of Wisconsin, who are some of the nicest, kindest, most generous, down-to-earth people in the world.  I predict the Packers will win. Go Pack!

So, who are you rooting for and why?  By what score?  Do you care?

**** UPDATE: Forgot to mention–and FB Friend Bryan Glass reminds me–that Steelers owner Dan Rooney is responsible for the asinine Rooney Rule a/k/a affirmative action off the field, but not on it. Read my take on that.  And that’s not to mention the Rooneys’ Obama pimping and resulting spoils.

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27 Responses

I’m with you Debbie on the Packers but for a different reason. I’m rooting for University of California Berkeley alums Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop to win. The Cal football team is the only true American institution in the weird and pathetic city of Berkeley that tried (and failed) to ban the Marines from having a recruiting office in town.

Stewart Michie on February 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

The Pack-is-back..(hopefully).

#1 Vato on February 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

..go Green Bay!!…no way I could root for the serial sexual predator on the Stealers …who does he think he is ??..a dem politician??

Catfur on February 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Thank you for your kind words about us Wisconsinites Deb! I live and practice in Green Bay and it’s a nice place that is very safe and very kind. It doesn’t have the opportunities of a big city but it’s comfortable and easy with a good quality of life.

KayserSozay on February 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Come on, my team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, you know I’m going with my guy to win their 7th super bowl in their rich and historic franchise! To the other poster that posted at 3:28pm, turns out that the accuser was “lying” about Big Ben, and it also turns out that Rothelisberger was innocent the whole time. He NEVER touched that stupid hillbilly girl from Georgia, that incident is like the Duke Lacrosse incident from five years ago, and you all remember that fiasco, the lacrosse players from Duke University where innocent the whole time.

Let’s kick some Packer ass tonight Steelers! And I hope next week for Big Monday, my Kansas State Wildcat beat those hated Kansas Jayhawks at Bramlage.

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on February 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

“Mommy, what’s ‘XLV?’ …that’s 45, not man-boobed America’s average t-shirt size”. LOL, another zinger!!

I’m a Patriots fan (for obvious reasons in these half-dark days in America). However I predict the Steelers will win the Super Bowl “Man Boob” V because the Steelers contribute most to “Global Warming”. Someting that’s needed during these winter months. What’s more, making steel is a real man’s job. And who makes cheese? Milk Maids!

As for the Phallic symbolism of the logo; I think that’s a subconcious response of rebellion to the ever increasing Panzy-Assed rules they’re putting into the game today. (Kind of like what the “progressives” are doing to our military as well)

Go Steelers!!
Go Warmers!!

Globe Warmer on February 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

It’s not Steelers, it’s Stoolers!

CornCoLeo on February 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Hopefully the kids today are competent enough to learn Roman numerals. With some exceptions, I’m not at all confident of that. Maybe, if we’re really, really lucky, they will learn where Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are. Too much to expect them to spell these states correctly though.

Little Al on February 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

CornCoLeo, the reason why my team is named the Steelers is because of the Steel industry in Pittsburgh and throughout western Pennsylvania, that’s why. It’s ok if you don’t like my Steelers that much, it’s your opinion, are you a Ravens fan, Browns fan, or Bengals fan? I don’t like neither of those three teams.

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on February 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Yes, you got me pegged, I’m a Browns fan from way back. Way back when they were good I mean. Not the 80’s, but the 60’s when Jim Brown, Paul Warfield, and Lou “The Toe” Groza still played. I was quite young then and didn’t know about Jim Brown’s “problem”.

    CornCoLeo on February 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I’m happy for either team to win. Maybe Green Bay a bit more. Am ambivalent.

Doug on February 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Being originally from Pittsburgh, and I’ll be pulling for the Steelers. The Super Bowl does make for great theater, and in a way, gets our minds off the various problems that are going on locally and in the world today. We just need to remember that sports is not a cure all or a driving factor of how the world turns. We need to enjoy the game, then press on and assist the best we can in attempting to straighten out the variety of messes we find ourselves in as a country, and as a world leader.

RD on February 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Ho-hum, I don’t care about SB or Footy. I am a tennis fan.

I think I want the Packers. I won’t watch.

As far as Big Ben goes, I believe that skanks will try to set him up, but if he was not so pervy, they’d never have the opportunity.

Anyway, I hope those who enjoy footy have a great time and enjoy their sport! May your favoured team win!

Skunky on February 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I’m rooting for the Packers because I’m still sore at the Steelers for beating my Jets and I’m feeling rather petty.

mark on February 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm

As a Bears fan, Screw the Pack. Go Steelers.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:

I did not watch the game (which I think has now ended), for professional football and college football have no interest for me.

I love to play football, but watching someone else play on television just bores me to sleep.

Of course, at my age, I can’t find anybody else to play football with, so I reckon that part of my life is all over and done with.

The professional football players are not from that city, and the teams never truly represent the city they’re allegedly from.

There’s also the racial factor, since I’m not your typical apologetic White man, and I don’t relate to, nor do I care to watch, sports teams that are mostly Black.

Plus, there’s far too many rules, regulations, and restrictions, which have taken all the spontaneous fun right out of the game.

All of this is also true of contemporary college football games.

What about actually going to the stadium and watching?

Who wants to wait in a long, slow moving line, just to get felt up by a minimum wage subliterate racist goon from an agency which exists in violation of the Constitution?

Who wants to be forced to leave behind their thermos jugs, picnic baskets, and cameras, and be forced to purchase drinks and goodies from the stadium’s concession vendors?

It’s all just too, too phony, and not the way things were when I was a kid.

This stuff just ain’t no fun anymore.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on February 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

While I admit to a mild interest, it IS Millionaires playing for billionaires. In the days when players lived in the community with the fans, the connection to and passion for the home team made more sense. The whole thing is about endorsement deals and big contracts…leaves me cold.

Gregg on February 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

As a Steeler fan, congradulate to the Packers for winning Super Bowl XLV (45), they were the better team, and my guys screwed up by giving away the ball three times. If they didn’t turned the ball over, it would’ve been a different story. Now to my NY Rangers, Kansas State mens & womens basketball team and in April, the NY Mets.

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on February 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm


You’re exactly like me! I loathe Islamic green, and don’t care too much for – let alone environmental – don’t care too much for botanical green either. Red used to be my least fav color due to Communism, but before that, Green used to be it, and after the fall of Communism, it came back!

Since I don’t follow the game, I’d probably use Rush Limbaugh’s environmental wacko analysis to pick the winners. But eviiiiiiilllllll meat packers vs eviiiiiiiiillllll miners – that’s gotta be a tough call. I’ll go w/ the miners – no green there 🙂

Infidel Pride on February 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Love the Packers. Long live Israel.

Pat on February 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm

The Green Bay Packers Are Good For America

Every Red Blooded American should jump in line to support the Green Bay Packers! The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon thus earning them the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. By doing so, they saved the Hard-Working, Red Blooded, Taxpaying Americans literally several million dollars of tax money. How you say? Simple, we were told that if the Chicago Bears had won that President Obama (and probably his family) would be attending the Super Bowl to cheer on his hometown team. Since the Bears lost, the President won’t be attending. The money saved from not using Air Force 1, the limousines, all the additional security, and let’s not forget Michelle Obama’s entourage, is literally several million dollars! Therefore every American should cheer on the Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl to show them our gratitude.

Let’s circulate this email to everyone we know so they can understand why they should cheer for America’s team…the Green Bay Packers!

Just Me on February 7, 2011 at 3:37 am

Actually, they should cancel the game and send both teams to Conflict Resolution Training so they can learn how to share the ball….

Shootist on February 7, 2011 at 7:26 am

I support an eternal lock out. No one will miss the game and they can sell more advertising.

Bill Ford on February 7, 2011 at 8:20 am

I’m glad GB won. But I agree Debbie, that it’s getting sickening watching these multi-millionaires playing these games. Like when they lose and sit sulking on the bench, they still make their millions and wake up the next day with no bill paying worries, live in their nice mansions and expensive cars. I heard private parking spots were as high as $500, cheap seats were over $1000 and the expensive seats as high as 100,000, up to 250,000 for ONE!!! What are hot dogs, $20??? $25 for a beer? $17.50 for a coke???? Philly steak sandwiches for $35!
Fries for $10. Thanks, I’ll sit home and watch and turn the military channel on during the halftime nonsense.

Marc S on February 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Hello Debbie Schlussel and All

“I also gotta wonder why this year’s official NFL Super Bowl logo (below) is an obvious phallic symbol, and you know that was deliberate.”

Do you mean the same phallic symbol as the washington monument, on top of every church building and every mosque?

They are all symbols of nimrod, semiramis and tammuz from Babylon.

INFINITE on February 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I was a PackerBacker for many reasons. I lived in Alaska many years, where the Packers are beloved for playing in the snow and ice. Also, I got a cheesehead, which is way cooler than a Steeler hardhat. and above all, Obama was pulling for the Bears and then the Steelers….so the Pack was clearly America’s team.

John Cunningham on February 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The Rooney Rule was necessary when it was first instituted. There were virtually no black coaches before the Rooney rule (and the few that were hired were mostly third and fourth choices to take bad jobs, like Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay) and the black coaches that have been hired under it since of done rather well … a success rate that is as good as or better than their white peers. Quit pretending otherwise. Look, 50 years ago, a significant portion of the country had de jure segregation policies. And 25 years ago, a bigger portion of the country still experienced de facto segregation. Quit pretending that things were going to change – that people were going to change – by osmosis.

And as for “on the field”, Jason Whitlock did have a fascinating piece a few years ago where he noted that the most successful NFL franchises tended to be the ones with the most white players. His examples were the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, but now we can add the Green Bay Packers to that list.

As to the game itself, I couldn’t root for the Steelers because of Roethlisberger.

“Obama was pulling for the Bears and then the Steelers….so the Pack was clearly America’s team”

Let me guess. George W. Bush fan and Fox News fan, right?

Gerald on February 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

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