It’s the best possible matchup. The only happy ending. The one show that challenges Lady Gaga for top billing on the Super Sunday marquee.
If the NFL can rig the games to make that happen, and I have faith that the NFL is capable of such things, then we’ll get arguably the first matchup of surefire Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks still capable of playing like surefire Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks since John Elway-Brett Favre in 1998.
Other games since then have featured quarterbacks who would be considered Hall-of-Fame worthy, but only after they won a Super Bowl and continued to put up 5,000-yard seasons (Drew Brees), and sometimes only after they won a second Super Bowl (Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger).
So, actually, if Rodgers and the Packers win in Atlanta, then Super Bowl LI will feature two surefire Hall-of-Famers because Brady is already in and I believe Roethlisberger is a gimme, too.
But Brady-Rodgers is Darth Vader-Luke Skywalker, the most epic ending imaginable.
Whoa, look at us. We’re debating Hall-of-Fame quarterback matchups in the Super Bowl in a town that doesn’t draft quarterbacks. Isn’t that a stitch? "Championship Sunday'' features quarterbacks who’ve won seven Super Bowls, while Bears fans wonder how they woke up next to Matt Barkley and Dowell Loggains.
Next season, by the way, the Bears will play four games against teams participating in this weekend’s conference title games: Roethisberger’s Steelers, Matt Ryan’s Falcons, and Rodgers’ Packers twice as usual.
So, I believe the Bears will gather as a team on “Championship Sunday" and vote whether to play next season at all.
The Choice (and remember, death is not an option): The evil, dreaded Packers beating the Patriots to win the Super Bowl or Shea McClellin making the game-winning sack-strip-score to help the Patriots beat the Packers in the Super Bowl?
The Patriots are heading to a record sixth straight conference championship game, while the Bears have reached only five in the Super Bowl era that is about to see its 51st game. I make this comparison because we all know how much Bears ownership loves to wrap itself in the franchise’s history.
If the Packers win the Super Bowl, they ought to size rings for both of Jared Cook’s big toes.
Aaron Ripkowski? Who? I swear, the Packers are just making up names and players the way the St. Louis Cardinals always seemed to, and no matter the name or size, the player is always better than whoever the Bears have.
Nice that the Hall-of-Fame voters finally got around to what we already knew about Tim Raines.
Corey Crawford thought he had it bad against the Capitals, and he did, but get a load of Jake Allen against Washington. The Blues goalie gave up two goals in the first period and was yanked, then after a short break, Allen returned to the net and gave up another two goals and was yanked again. That’s quite the innovative strategy the Blues are using to make sure it’s the Predators who face the Blackhawks in the first round.
Rajon Rondo said he wants to coach someday, and every coach he has had hopes and prays Rondo has to coach players just like him.
At first, we thought Rick Hahn was talking about only the White Sox when he used the phrase “mired in mediocrity." But good news: Now we know he meant both Chairman Reinsdorf teams.
Here’s how this deal should work: I tweet out a new post and readers to click on the link. But sometimes, people just want to answer the tweet and skip the blog. Wednesday seemed to be one of those days for my post about the Bulls.
I tweeted this: "Name one area in which the #Bulls have credibility. Just one. Dare ya.''
And I got responses like these:
Skier: “I count on them to draft the wrong guy 4 out of 5 years.’’
Jonathan Diamond: “how come every team I like is run like a freaking circus?’’
Eddie Horn: “they do have nice Shoes...’’
Jessie Roe: “Benny?’’
Ken Runkle: “conning people into buying outrageously expensive tickets to see a glorified Y game’’
Ra87: “being very consistently mediocre’’
Jacob Bleiweis: “point guards that don't know how to shoot’’
Tom S: “Fred puts his hands on his hips very professionally.’’
B Shy: “wow ... It's really bad around here’’