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Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:37 pm
 

ATKOOL: Packers vs Steelers aftermath

I'll start out by saying I'm not here to make excuses nor am I here to bash Aaron Rodgers or the Green Bay Packers. I wanted to make that clear before I rant on the Super Bowl and what not. I'm gonna state my feelings going in, also the game itself my reaction, than of course my feelings about the Steelers and Packers going forward.

Sunday's Super Bowl game I had no doubt it would be a great game. Both teams are great....if they weren't they wouldn't be in this position. All the talk about Roethlisberger and partying on Tuesday. It got rather annoying.....for some reason it didn't feel that same vibe that I had in 2008 about this Super Bowl. It is and was very weird. I was contemplating the logo and what would look better beside of it. It looked better towards the Packers to me than the Steelers. I don't know why, but it did. When up and got me a Steelers shirt I think it was the night before the game? Anyways it was the stairway to 7 shirt. I had plans of wearing it Monday. I was confident the Steelers would win like most Steeler fans are. I heard a report before game I think it was on ESPN where Tomlin was cutting practice short and letting the players have fun. I thought than did we not want the championship? Ya know....ya can't take your opponent lightly which I think the Steelers ended up doing.

Day of the Super Bowl I couldn't get to sleep. Stayed up till 8 am and finally went to sleep for a few hours. Turned the preview show on Fox at 4 or 5 pm. Saw Jerry Jones and Aikman ect. talking about the Cowboys. I quickly changed the channel. Turned it back saw the interview Ben had wondering what it would be like to be on the other side watching another team winning after a loss. Well he got that feeling after the game. I was surprised by the slow start going down 21-3. I got very upset with the performance thus far. Than it started clicking throughout the game til mid 4th quarter. Steelers got the 2 point conversion down by 3. I expected defense to stop them and Steelers run the clock down for a TD. Didn't happen Packers scored a field goal. Thought at the time this is what Ben does best. He can get it done. Kickoff dumb play by Fox I believe it was for that shove after the play was over. In any case watched the Steelers do no huddle and it seemed like their was a lot of miscommunication. After the first couple passes Ben completed I thought Steelers could get it done. Than Wallace not knowing the play was really the downfall where I didn't want to believe it came down to a 4th down conversion. Incomplete of course.....quickly turned the game off. Couldn't watch the other team celebrate especially Rodgers.

Family member wanted to type an essay paper for her Monday class. I just went to sleep early. Was given 5 sections of Math to do which is the reason I wasn't on here yesterday or Sunday night. Did hear a lot of Steeler haters Monday. Decided to still wear the Stairway to 7 shirt even though Pit lost. Not gonna get into what they said simply because this is far longer than it should be. Get to aftermath:

Steelers had one helluva season. No one can disagree with that with all the crap that the team had to go through. Do I believe the Steelers will miss the playoffs next season? No! Do I believe Ben is elite? Yea just a rough game. I don't believe it was karma guys. He paid his dues to get where he was at. He was suspended for it. That was the karma my friend. I don't think the Steelers wanted it as much as the Packers did. As I said stopping practice a bit short to have fun and what not. Packers do deserve that Super Bowl. They earned it and no one can disagree with that. Packers D forced 3 turnovers. They played a great game and deserve to be called the Super Bowl champs. Even though I didn't watch the end of the game along with who the MVP was named. It was Aaron Rodgers of course. Get texts from ESPN for NFL news. He played a pretty good game. I personally would have given it to the defensive player who scored the TD. Forget his name....sorry guys as I said I don't follow the Packers. I know very few defensive players on their football team. Woodson and Matthews are probably it for me. Not bashing Rodgers. The guy is elite and a great quarterback. Would I take him over Ben? No! Do I think the Steelers won their last Super Bowl under Ben Roethlisberger? Not a chance....I can see him winning two more at least before he hangs his helmet up. Do I believe the Packers will be in the Super Bowl again under Aaron Rodgers? Of course.....no doubt in my mind. Wouldn't surprise me in the future we see a Super Bowl rematch. This to is just the beginning of a Steelers/Packer rivalry. Ben Roethlisberger vs Aaron Rodgers rivalry as well. They are the next generation. To me they are right up there with Manning and Brady if not above them. I certainly believe Rodgers and Ben are above Brees. Just an opinion of course. Anyways I'm open to taking some bashing from you guys I suppose or even answer questions you might have for me. LOL! I hope Steelers get to avenge the loss in the Super Bowl at some point. Fact of the matter is the Packers are the 2010 Super Bowl 45 champs whether I like it or not. Congrats to Packers and their fans. Certainly deserve it for one helluva season. Surprised??SurprisedDon't be......STAY JEALOUS!!Cool

Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:33 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 3:52 pm
 

NFL Super Bowl 45 Steelers vs Packers preview

A battle between two NFL historic franchises. Both teams are quoted as "the best teams of all-time." The two teams are in difference conferences. The Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Green Bay Packers. What a matchup! Couldn't ask for a better one. Both teams deserve to be where they are at. They are headed to Dallas in front of probably the largest crowd to ever witness a Super Bowl. I got a text the other day saying it is expected 105,000 fans will be in the Stadium. In any case here is my preview for the Super Bowl 45.

Packers: Their keys to win this football game is pretty clear. Protect Aaron Rodgers, Defense stop the run, defense get in Roethlisbergers face all game long, and finally special teams don't give up good field position. Do all that they should win the football game.

Steelers: Same thing on special teams, get a running game going, protect Ben, defense get in Rodgers face, defense don't allow a running game. They do that and win time of possession they should win this football game.

I think that is critical for both teams is time of possession. It will be key in these evenly matched teams. I'm gonna pick the Steelers to win this football game and I fully expect a classic ending.

I wanna make this perfectly clear......Aaron Rodgers is an elite quarterback. He is one of the best in the game right now. To me he is a top 5 quarterback. I don't believe this will be the last time Rodgers/Packers and Roethlisberger/Steelers will face off in a Super Bowl. To me this is a beginning of a rivalry. These two guys will be the best two quarterbacks in the game when Brady and Manning finally hang up their boots. I felt as if I been a bit too harsh on Rodgers. He is a great quarterback and Ben Roethlisberger is as well.
Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:53 pm
 

A look back at Steelers/Packers season

A battle between two NFL historic franchises. Both teams are quoted as "the best teams of all-time." The two teams are in difference conferences. The Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Green Bay Packers. What a matchup! Couldn't ask for a better one. Both teams deserve to be where they are at. They are headed to Dallas in front of probably the largest crowd to ever witness a Super Bowl. I got a text the other day saying it is expected 105,000 fans will be in the Stadium. In any case before I give my preview for the Super Bowl I'm gonna state some of the struggles both teams have had this season to get to where they are.

As a Steeler fan I will probably name more for the fact I know more about the franchise cuz I'm a Steelers fan. Both teams have faced a lot of adversity to get to where they are. For the Steelers it started in the off-season. Ben was suspended for 6 games than later reduced to 4 games. Leftwich expected to be the starter than got injured so Dixon got the nod. He got injured in the Titans football game. Batch took the reigns and by the time Ben returned the team had a record of 3-1. Of course offensive lineman Willie Colon was injured before the season along with other injuries. No one expected the Steelers to win the division, but the Steelers ended up doing just that. 1 loss to all division rivals. It is rather impressive record they ended with 12 wins. James Harrison controversy began during a Cleveland Browns game which he was fined for a lot of hits during the year. Fines were later reduced. Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game did just fine without Holmes. If you ask me the Steelers did just as good as they did last year. Mike Wallace had emerged in my opinion a top 5 wideout! Holmes was traded during the offseason and Steelers were given a 5th round pick in return. I was upset when I heard, but happy now. In any case the Steelers exceeded expectations. Proved all the doubters wrong. They defeated the Ravens and the Jets in the playoffs. Both teams were media picks before the season began. Successful season that is not done just yet.....The Super Bowl championship game is about a week or so away.

Packers also exceeded expectations with several of their starters being put on IR, Aaron Rodgers concussions, the list goes on. They were forced to win 3 or so amount of games to even get to the playoffs. On the road as a wildcard defeating great teams. The likes include Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and the Atlanta Falcons. Their sites are now on the Super Bowl championship. Now facing their biggest challenge of them all as is Pittsburgh. Their is one team in their way of getting a Super Bowl championship. I can tell ya it will be one helluva game. I will make a Super Bowl preview after I post this. Sorry I had more to say about the Steelers than the Packers. Just that I don't really follow their football team. On Sundays I may check if they win or lose, but other than that I really don't follow the team.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Jets vs Steelers AFC championship preview

Both teams have faced before in a December meeting. It came down to the final seconds. Jets won the football game. To me that doesn't matter nor it will factor in this football game. Just because they won last time doesn't mean that they will win again nor does it mean that they can't beat the Steelers twice. As a Steelers fan I believe the Steelers will win reguardless because in my opinion they are the better football team. I'm sure many others will agree which it doesn't matter what their opinion in. Of course it doesn't matter it won't factor in the football game. If it did Jets wouldn't have won last week nor would the Saints have lost to the Seahawks. Anyways here are the keys for both football teams to win the football game:

Jets: If Cromartie can guard(hold Wallace's jersey and get away with it like last time)Mike Wallace and keep him from making big plays along with defense putting pressure on Ben than they have a good chance of winning the football game. One decisive advantage the Jets have that the Steelers don't is a great special teams. It will play a factor as it did in the last game. Jets scored a TD on special teams last time they played Pittsburgh. Led to a victory despite their offense only scoring one TD!! On offense of course run the football as always. Control the tempo and protect Sanchez. They do all that than they leave with a victory.

Steelers: Stop the run on defense which they are capable of doing. They have stopped the best of the best in the game this year(Hillis, Turner, and the list goes on). Force Sanchez to throw the football. Create turnovers and I figure they will get an INT in this football game. Defense should be alright....if not for McFadden giving up big plays to Edwards Steelers would have won that football game. Of course they can't let them get good field position or let them score on special teams. Wish Steelers would get a touchback on kickoffs more than 5 times a year. LOL! On offense try to get a running game going, protect Ben, and of course don't get penalized. I think the Steelers get penalized for holding 2-5 times every game. Go deep with Wallace cuz the refs may see the pass interference this time. Get Miller involved in the passing game as well. If they do all that they will win the football game.

I do believe it will be a close game. Again picking the Steelers to win which is obvious. Winner goes to Dallas to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. To me the winner of this football game will be crowned the Super Bowl champions of 2010.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:20 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 12:04 am
 

Packers vs Bears NFC Championship preview

To me it is the greatest rivalry in NFL history. You can't really argue with that. Both teams have battled for almost a century. Faced against each the most times. I dislike both football teams, but I can honestly say that it is the greatest rivalry in the NFL history. Both teams have rich history......whoever wins this ball game will not only have bragging rights, but the oppurtunity to win a Super Bowl in Dallas. My preview for the ball game is as follows:

As I have stated before I picked the Packers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Rooting for the Bears of course unfortunatley despite it. Bears have home field advantage. Packers have been in playoff form for about a month now. Who has the advantage? Both coming off victories with 2 TDs at least. Falcons are as I said over-rated. They weren't as good as their record and it showed in the playoffs. I'm not again a strong believer in the Bears despite their win over the Seahawks. If they defeat the Packers I will start believing. I challenged Falcons last week to prove me wrong. Now I'm challenging the Bears. Do us a favor and the sooner Rodgers is eliminated from the playoffs the less we will have to listen to the love affair with the media.

Keys in this football game for the Bears: I think the key in this football game for their defense is to pressure Aaron Rodgers. Sack him a couple times and get in his face. Make sure he knows you are there. If they do that I give them a better chance of winning the football game. Not only that, but on offense Forte and the running game in general will have to be great. They rush for over 100 yards their chances will be very high as well to win the ball game. Control the tempo of the game. Keep Rodgers off the football field. Win time of possession the game is yours if indeed all these keys play out.

Packers side of things: Key pressure Cutler, Don't allow them to have a running game, and Force them to throw the football. Do that on defense they will have a good day. Special teams will be a factor in this football game. Packers arn't that great on that side of the ball like the Bears are. Hester is one of the best if not thee best at returning the football for a TD!! Offense protect Aaron Rodgers!! Do that Packers win the football game.

Picking the Packers again to win the football game and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Prove me wrong Bears especially you Cutler!
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Packers vs Falcons divisional postseason preview

Who has the advantage in this great football game? The Falcons of course had the bye along with home field advantage which is key. Matt Ryan is great on home field. His track record show that fact. Only 2 losses at home. The Packers on the other hand has been in playoff form for weeks now. Having to win several games in a row to make it to where they are. Who has the advantage? You decide.

Anyways my pick as it was before the postseason began is the Packers. The Packers defense has played great this year. It is top 5 if you go by stats and what not. Game winning INT to pick up the road win in Philly. The momentum by victories over Philly, Chicago, and so on gives them a great amount of confidence heading to the Georgia Dome to play Atlanta. The main key in this football game to me is Turner vs GB defense. If Turner has success on the ground the Falcons will win the ball game. If not I'm even more certain that the Packers will win the football game.

On offense for the Packers is obviously based around Aaron Rodgers and the passing game. Running game showed up in Philly. Can they get it going? That will be a factor as well. Falcons defense got to force turnovers if Turner isn't solid on the ground. Falcons won earlier in the season. That fact won't matter heading into the ball game. Both teams have got advantages, but to me the Packers will come out on top again even though I will be rooting against them again this week.

Good luck to both football teams. The winner of this football game will be representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. Again just an opinion. I'll be rooting for the Falcons. Prove me wrong Falcons! Surprised??SurprisedDon't be.........STAY JEALOUS!!Cool
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:36 am
 

Playoff win for GB made Rodgers over-rated!!!

In my personal opinion to me Rodgers was over-rated for a long time, but the playoff win sealed it. I love watching football games and watching videos to hype up the game. See the guys picks and so on and so forth. Listening all this week how Aaron Rodgers is the reason Packers win football games. He has no help yada yada yada. Personally I don't believe that. Last year I can make an argument it was just as much Rodgers fault for them losing as the defense. The playoff game last year went to OT. A shootout between both Warner and Rodgers. Which is fine some folks love football games like that. Neither defense was that great last season. Anyways point is Rodgers had a chance to win the football game in overtime. Yea defense shouldn't have gave up so so points, but Cardinals defense did the same. I mean if Warner and Rodgers didn't score so frequently quick they wouldn't have had that many possessions. Green Bay got the ball in OT. Rodgers lost the fumble that was recovered and went for a TD by the cardinals defense. To say it wasn't Rodgers fault is really an understatement. That's like saying Mannings INTs vs the Pats didn't cost them the game. Or Vick's INT on the final drive didn't cost the Eagles the football game. It was Rodgers fault they lost the football game. If you don't agree to that logic you are a mark for Rodgers.

As for this weekends football game where Rodgers has no help yada yada yada. He is an the elite category cuz of his stats like Rivers. Not because winning football games. The guy was suppose to be the MVP cuz his preseason stats. That didn't happen.....LOL! Anyways Rodgers has no help, but his defense finished ranked up there with the Steelers in the defensive category. In yet Roethlisberger is a product of the Steelers cuz of the defense. If it wasn't for defense he would be nothing according to critics. Thats fine I guess everyone has a right to their opinion. To me the same could or should be said about Rivers and Rodgers. They both had top defenses this season. One didn't make the playoffs. One got a playoff win for the first time of his career. All of a sudden we get posts to give the guy credit. Credit for what? Throwing 180 yards or having a running game that rushed for 120+ yards or leading a high powered offense led by Rodgers to 21 points. I mean seriously those stats don't impress anybody. 180 yards in his first playoff win in yet he deserves credit? Eagles offense had the ball in the final minute. Vick and the Eagles could have won the game. In yet the defense got the INT to clinch the victory. Rodgers did it all didn't he? He had no help at all on the ground or on defense, but the defense held Vick led Eagles offense to 16 points. Stopping them in the final minutes to win the football game. It just shows how over-rated the guy really is.

Again another point is Rodgers is the reason they are where they are. He missed Pats game due to concussion. Backup steps in and Pats are supposed to destroy them. Packers have no chance without Rodgers. The backup led the team to 27 points and the Pats wouldn't have won if it weren't for a key play by an offensive lineman. The offensive lineman returned a punt almost for a TD. It shows Rodgers isn't the reason they are in the position they are. To me it was all about the defense this year. You can't really argue with that. Rodgers has one of the best wideout tandems in the league. Finally I'm not gonna give Rodgers more credit than the defense for the Packers victory over wildcard weekend. He doesn't deserve all the praise he is receiving. He is one of the most over-rated quarterbacks in the league no doubt about it.

By the way, Packers got their first playoff win since 1997. That's saying something isn't it? 13 years without a playoff win. Congrats on the win. Again I stated in my "playoff predictions" that Green Bay will be heading to Dallas. Doesn't mean much other than I think they are a good football team.

Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:55 am
 

West conference playoff seed predictions 2010-11

Shoulda did this sooner, but really didn't have the time. In any case here is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!!

1.LA Lakers-Best bench and arguably the best starting five in the league. They are more motivated than ever to make history. 12 NBA titles for Phil Jackson along with a 4th three peat of his coaching career. Kobe going for his sixth ring to tie in some fans opinions the best player to ever play the game Michael Jordan. LA Lakers to tie with most NBA championships won by a team with Boston at 17. So much history not to bank the number 1 seed. They are playing too well right now without Kobe being 100%. Which more than not now days he is injured. Bynum 100% won't matter!

2.OKC Thunder-To me the biggest threat to the reigning NBA champs to get back to the Finals. With Durant being consistant along with being so young I figure this team will be a force in the West and in the NBA years to come after Kobe hangs up his sneakers. The team plays some great defense and they are so unselfish. Maybe because they are young team, but I see great things with this team. I predict they face LA no matter if they are number 2 sometime in the playoffs.

3.New Orleans Hornets-I wouldn't have predicted them to be this high in my predictions til I saw them play....I did predict playoffs o on some post before the season began. If Paul is healthy I don't see why not. Okafor has got to stay consistant and play at the high level he has thus far in the season. Very impressed by his play thus far. Paul is my pick for MVP. Will he be in NO next year? It probably depends on their success in the playoffs.

4.Phoenix Suns-Very good ball team despite the departure of Amare. With Steve Nash playing at the high level as he is year after year I think they have a good chance of giving the Lakers a run like they did last year. Don't think they will knock them out of the playoffs, but will certainly make it a series.

5.SA Spurs-the team may be old, but they have the experience in the playoffs and winning championships. Jefferson acquistion didn't work out as well as one thought. In any case they are still a great basketball team that will have some success in the playoffs. Staying healthy will be key for this team. It could hurt their seed, but they are no push over by any means.

6.Dallas Mavericks-I think they are a bit over-rated. They were the top pick to upset the Lakers last season and of course it didn't happen. Don't think they will make a run in the playoffs. I rather believe they will end up with a disappointing season.

7.Portland Trailblazers-Very good ball team with Roy leading the way. Camby stays healthy I don't see why they can't make the playoffs. Like this young fast paced team.

8.Golden State Warriors-The surprise team to make the playoffs!! Curry and Ellis is a good combo. I figure Melo will be traded and an injury to a Jazz player will end their playoff chances. That is why Warriors will make the playoffs.

That is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!! What are your predictions?
 
 
 
 
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