Cardinals, Steelers Could Change History

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2009

It’s been a while since we have done this, but I figured now is as good a time as any.

I would like to welcome back my good friends from The Bad News Bloggers. This time, my friend SSReporters did some research and he came up with some of these facts about this year’s upcoming Super Bowl.

Our first Super Bowl preview post of 2009!

It’s the Steelers and Cardinals battling in Tampa for the right to claim the Lombardi Trophy. While Pittsburgh making it to the Super Bowl after Tennessee lost was not surprising, the Arizona Cardinals dispatching opponents that were supposed to knock them out was shocking. Let’s explore some of the possibilities for the winner of this game.

If the Steelers win

* It would be their sixth Super Bowl title—an NFL record. They are the only team among the three who currently have won five championships to play in the Super Bowl in this decade.

* Mike Tomlin would be the second black head coach to win a Super Bowl. Ironically, it would be in the year that Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win it, retires.

* Charlie Batch would get a second Super Bowl ring.

* Byron Leftwich, a former top 10 pick that is now a backup quarterback, would get a Super Bowl ring.

* Pittsburgh’s last three Super Bowl titles would have all come against teams from the NFC West (Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, and the Arizona Cardinals).

* The AFC North would snag both Super Bowl titles held in Tampa in the 2000s (Baltimore winning the other).

* It would be their second Super Bowl won when Al Michaels and John Madden are the announcers.

If the Cardinals win

* The Seahawks would be the only team in the NFC West to never win a Super Bowl.

* Matt Leinart would get a Super Bowl ring doing nothing but sitting on the bench.

* Kurt Warner would be the first quarterback to start on two Super Bowl winning teams.

* The same applies to Warner if he wins MVP.

* They would become the first 9-7 team to ever win the Super Bowl.

* Edgerrin James would get a well-deserved ring.

* Every player on the team—minus Warner—would get his first Super Bowl ring.

* They would be the first Super Bowl winning team from the NFC West since 1999, led by Kurt Warner of course.

* It would be the second year in a row the NFC takes the title, something that hasn’t happened since the Cowboys and Packers took Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII.

* Did I mention that Matt Leinart would get a ring?

* Ken Whisenhunt will have beaten the same team where he was offensive coordinator of the 2005 Super Bowl team.

Stay tuned for more Super Bowl bonanza stuff.


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