I was hoping for a Super Bowl featuring the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers today, but the Bears didn’t come through with a victory over the red-hot Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago. But that’s OK because I still have the Steelers to root for in the Super Bowl — and the Packers to root against.

Right now it’s popular to root against the Steelers because their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, was exposed last year as the latest in a long line of law-breaking NFL players. I understand, and even support, that idea, but I’m still going to root for my favorite AFC team against the arch-rival of my favorite NFC team.

As you can see from the photo below, our 10-year-old dog Bandit will be rooting for the Steelers, too. In early January, he underwent surgery to relieve his worsening arthritis caused by hip dysplasia, and his left loin area was shaved before the surgery. Since Bandit didn’t have any hair there two weeks ago, my wife used non-toxic, washable markers to draw a Bears logo on him for the Bears-Packers game and a Steelers logo on him for the Steelers-Jets game. He will be sporting a Steelers logo again today.