The Ghost of Super Bowl Defeat Future.
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the . . . *sigh* . . . the Arizona Cardinals on making it to the Super Bowl. On the face of it, Evil doesn’t see how Arizona can beat the Steelers, but he felt that way about the Cardinals in the first three rounds of the playoffs and look what happened.
In related news . . .
1. Whilst watching the NFC championship game, Evil realized Kurt Warner looks like an actor . . . not one particular actor, but the guy who always plays an A-lister’s foil. You know the type: for whatever reason—luck, lack of charisma, sleeping with the wrong people in Hollywood—these guys never get lead roles themselves until ten, fifteen years in, when they land top billing in some ensemble detective drama on ABC. In another life, Warner would be facing off as the ambitious DA against Tom Hanks’ noble public defender, or Russell Crowe’s ultimately-vanquished rival for Renee Zellweger’s affections.
2. The softest-hitting play of any football game has to be the first one after a player is carted off the field. The other players are totally shell-shocked, defenders kind of sloughing over running backs and receivers to bring them down instead of delivering bone-jarring hits. If you’re a third-down, plow-ahead-for-one-yard back who only gets on the field two, three times a game, you want to be in on that play.
3. And on that note . . . realizing Evil isn’t the first to note this, though he did actually, physically note this (with the typing and the saving of the document) the night of: presumably someone at Heinz Field is in control of the PA. Which is to say, surely there isn’t some all-powerful computer deep in the bowels of Pittsburgh that can’t be turned off. As such, SOMEONE should have killed the music while McGahee lay on the turf. First we had CCR’s “Willy and the Poor Boys”, followed by a little “Smooth” by Santana and Matchbox 20’s own Rob Thomas. That was disturbing, to say the least. Grant the wounded a little dignity, please.