Super Bowl


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.

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Now that the drama has subsided from Rod Blagojevich being kicked out of the governor’s office, I’m going to relax this weekend by listening to music, reading a book and watching the Super Bowl.

I’m almost finished reading Jonathan Alter’s The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope. I probably would be done with it already if it wasn’t for Blagogate taking up so much of my attention lately. I’ve been like a sponge soaking in all the Blagogate coverage I could find on television, radio and the Internet (primarily the online versions of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, but other newspapers as well) so I could write the most well-informed Blagogate commentary possible for readers of The Bread Line, and because that sort of thing greatly interests a political junkie like myself. Anyway, I should finish reading the book this weekend, so I’ll post a review of it here sometime next week.

Tonight I’m going to Champaign to see Jeff Tweedy (lead singer of my favorite band, Wilco) perform a solo show at the University of Illinois. I’m really looking forward to the show, as I’ve seen Wilco in concert numerous times, but never a Tweedy solo show.

I’m also looking forward to watching the Super Bowl tomorrow since my favorite AFC team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, is playing in it. Like President Obama, my favorite teams are the Steelers and the Chicago Bears (my hometown team). In case you missed it, on Thursday a reporter asked Obama who he hopes will win the Super Bowl.

“I wish the best to the Cardinals,” Obama said. “They’ve been long-suffering. It’s a great Cinderella story. But other than the Bears, the Steelers are probably the team that’s closest to my heart.”

I agree completely. Go Steelers!

In addition to the Steelers being part of the game, the Super Bowl also will feature a halftime performance by Bruce Springsteen, one of my favorite musicians. I don’t know what songs The Boss will play, but it might be fitting for him to perform “Glory Days.”

Anyone reading this have any predictions as to what Springsteen will play?