Monday, January 23

More football and a few little notes

+ NFL Championships report: Pittsburgh looked awesome, just as I predicted/hoped. Carolina fell back to earth and Seattle looked awesome. In retrospect, it was just a matter of time: The announcers were talking about the strength of Carolina's running attack, but they only ran on one decent running defense in the last four weeks (the Bears). Plus, Troy Aikman had a good point: the Carolina D had feasted on inexperienced quarterbacks like Eli Manning and Rex Grossman. Not so with Matt Hasslebeck. Just goes to show how hard it is to go on the road for three weeks in the playoffs and make it to the Super Bowl, a very impressive feat by the Steelers, indeed.

What's the Super Bowl outlook? If both teams played like they did yesterday, it'll be quite a game. They have two weeks off, which is a double-edged sword: they get to rest and recuperate, but it can also throw them off their rhythm. Plus, there's all the hype, and pressure (cue Queen/Bowie).

I don't look for the Seattle D to be as good against Pittsburgh as they were against Carolina. Carolina, by injuries, had basically been reduced to Steve Smith, a one-dimensional attack that Seattle had no problem taking away. But the Seattle D's still young and relatively inexperienced. On the other hand, I expect the Seattle O to play better than the Denver O. So what's it going to be?

I'm picking Pittsburgh, of course, mostly on preference and not clear superiority. But it could go either way. It'll be fun to see what happens.

+ Carol's got a post about why boys fall behind in school that I've got some comments in.

+DJMM reports that Ben Gibbard of the Postal Service is upset that the same director has done a rip off of the Such Great Heights video for the new Intel+Mac commercial. I thought it looked a lot alike.

+ John Hardy's name went up on the Stardust Space Probe. I think that's pretty cool.
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