New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jim Nantz, Inez Sainz and the AFC Title

Lake CruiseAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates with fans after the Jets defeated the Patriots 28 to 21 in their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Will the New York Jets talk trash to the Pittsburgh Steelers? If they do, it’ll probably be on the field.

They did it to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Inez Sainz in public—allegedly. 

The popular Mexican reporter picked the Jets to beat the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional round and she was right.

She must have talked to Jets linebacker Bart Scott before the game.

I picked the Patriots to beat the Jets. I was wrong, but my Super Bowl picks—the Steelers and the Chicago Bears—are still alive.

On Sunday in the late game of the NFL Conference Championships, a game almost too hard to pick will kick. It’ll be the No. 1 rushing defense (Pittsburgh) against the No. 1 rushing offense (New York) remaining in the playoffs.  

Two immovable forces will meet to determine who can move the mountain. A rematch of the Dec. 19 meeting, the Jets won and it was a right old rocking one.

This one is for almost all the rocks. The marbles are to come. Somebody’s mountain has to move and somebody’s heart has to get broken.

The up-and-down Mark Sanchez and the hard to bring down Ben Roethlisberger are deciding factors.

Big Ben and his teammates’ internationally renowned black and yellow colored jerseys are once again vying for the vaunted Lamar Hunt Trophy. They’ll jostle with the Jets for the right to go to the Super Bowl on February 6th at the Jerry Dome.

The winner of the match gets the title: AFC Champions. 

Pittsburgh is always playing for the right to go to the Super Bowl it seems. It’s like it’s their birthright. 

The New York Jets, however, smashed the Patriots and will give the Steelers a terrible fight at Heinz Field. In the Steel City, after festivities and the national anthem, the game starts at about 6:40 ET on CBS.   

Jim Nantz will provide play-by-play commentary. Former New York Giant quarterback and Super Bowl winner Phil Simms is the analyst.

It’ll be interesting to see Nantz’s reaction to the Jets this week after getting on his soapbox during Shonn Greene’s touchdown celebration. 

Simms reminded Nantz, however, that sometimes it’s appropriate to celebrate; he also said the actions of the Jets during the celebration were within the bounds of sportsmanship.   

Coach Rex Ryan ran all the way to the end zone, screaming “yeah baby” and slapped hands with some of his players. One of the Jets jumped on Ryan’s back for a second. 

After Greene’s clinching touchdown, Braylon Edwards was signing autographs on the sidelines and doing the Kobe fly. The Jets cheerleaders were—wait...the Jets don't have any cheerleaders. 

From the deep back position in the Jets' victory formation, though, Edwards did a back-flip after the game’s last snap. They couldn’t stop a nose bleed—that’s what Scott said about three-time Super Bowl champion coach Bill Belichick’s defense.

The Jets have won one Super Bowl (1969). It was during the days when the NFL champion played the AFL champion.

The brash young quarterback Joe Namath and the Jets talked trash even then. 

Their coach was Weeb Ewbank. Coach Rex Ryan, who talks more trash than Namath and Ewbank combined, is trying to win the franchise’s second Super Bowl.

Good luck to Jets Nation.

A popular American song sweeping the nation is Black and Yellow by Pittsburgh resident Wiz Khalifa. The Steelers play it at their home games. The video also has millions of hits on YouTube.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are another black and yellow team from the Steel City. Did I mention the vintage Pittsburgh Penguins? Black and gold is the official terminology of the uniforms, but you get the idea.

The song has a lot of America hyped for this game. It should be full smashmouth football. 

Bart Scott is so confident and hyped, he could smash the fullest Gatorade bucket on Rex Ryan’s head before the big game.

In the words of Wiz: "You know what it is. Everything I do, I do it big."

Pittsburgh residents are now talking big trash. I'm expecting a big game from Troy Polamalu to keep my Super Bowl picks trash talk proof.