It was a game of mistakes and errors. The miscues started even before the game. After initially being turned away at the gate and to the chants of "Jerry Sucks!" - approximately 850 fans with tickets had to be relocated. After the game started another 400 fans never did get their seats and were taken inside to watch the game on monitors.
Then, Christina Aguilera totally botched the National Anthem including skipping lines, singing lines twice and apparently its "twilights last reaming" Guess I've been singing it wrong all these years. Felt sorry for the lady doing the signing for the deaf. Wonder if she followed Christina or did it the right way? Either way - CA went well over the 1:54 - a good omen.
The coin flip continued its streak - as the NFC has now won the toss an amazing 14 straight times. Another good omen as the casual money was heavy on the NFC.
The game started slowly causing some angst. But Aaron Rodgers led the Pack to a TD with 3 minutes left in the first quarter to get things started. Then on the very next play, Roethlisberger commits the first of Pittsburgh's many goofs
throwing a pick six. Yeah Baby!! Suddenly - within 2 plays - the Pack was up 14-0 looking good for both the spread and the over. Nice.
With 4 1/2 minutes left in the half - Roethlisberger throws another pick giving Green Bay the ball at midfield. Four plays later they were in the end zone again increasing the lead to 21-3.
defender, Charles Woodson. Sure enough, Pittsburgh takes the ensuing drive to the house scoring a TD with 39 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 21-10.
Blackeyed Peas took the stage with about as much energy as a car battery at 20 below. Fergie got off to a shaky start forgetting to turn on her mic halfway through the first verse.
Green Bay opened the third stanza with a three and out and with the help of a facemask penalty Pittsburgh took over at midfield. Four plays later they were in the end zone - now down only by four 21-17.
Normally, I would start to worry around now but with my nerves steeled by 4 fingers and a hangnail of Irish Whiskey - I texted Pat and said that the only way I can lose both bets is if Pittsburgh gets a FG and there is no more scoring. Pat succinctly quoted Linus in the Great Pumpkin "We're doomed".
He was looking pretty prescient when Pittsburgh drove to the Packer 34 on their very next possession and attempted a 51 yd FG. But the attempt looked like one of my drives on the first hole - an ugly duck hook just missing the 400 lost souls in the mezzanine.
With the over in the bag - the scoring floodgates opened. Pittsburgh scored on
the very next drive going 64 yds in 8 plays narrowing the lead to 28-25. Good thing I got in at 2.5 and not 3. Green Bay answered with a 5 minute drive and a FG to go up 31-25 with 2:07 left.
Now it was Roethlisberger's moment. With 1 timeout and 2 minutes left - would he drive for the winning Super Bowl TD and be the hero starting a legacy as one of the great all time QBs - or would he flounder and be known as a good QB on some great teams?
With the wins the BBofG finished the bowl season and NFL playoffs with a 9-4 record (69%!) and 36-25 (59%) starting with Vegas Baby weekend. Overall - pretty pleased.
And with that I will shut down the Big book of Guesses for a while. I might test fire it a few times if I have somthing interesting to comment on (as if you guys find anything I say interesting). Perhaps around draft time. Otherwise - see you in the fall!!
The Executive Committee after a few spins of the prayer wheel and consulting the Dalai Lama (Big hitter the Lama - Long) has decided on
Friday Nov 11 through Sun Nov 13 2011
to be the official 2011 Vegas Baby Go Jumbo weekend at the
Las Vegas Hilton