Lil Wayne, Cheerleaders and The Seven Things Super Bowl 2011 Doesn't Need
There are fewer things in life more exciting than the NFL's yearly championship extravaganza, the Super Bowl!
Millions anticipate the game for weeks, preparing for parties and choosing their sides as the big game inches closer. Nearly every year, the game is a chilling, fabulous example of why the NFL has grown to be the most popular sports league in the United States today.
There is never a shortage of excitement, and there are always beautiful displays of talent all across the gridiron. It's a work of art.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of other things outside the game that can tend to interfere with our enjoyment of the competition itself. From costume malfunctions, to streakers, to over-the-hill performers at halftime, too many things have taken away from the Super Bowl's perennial brilliance.
Here's a list of seven things the Super Bowl does not need stealing its spotlight!
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I can almost picture Jerry Jones making sure to be in the perfect spot so that the FOX cameramen will have no choice but to put the camera on him 3,000 times while also paying off Joe Buck and company to talk up the Cowboys and their beautiful stadium.
It's inevitable and unfortunately common during normal games, so it's almost 100 percent certain he will get at least 10 minutes of TV time while the game is going on.
Look for Jerry Jones to look completely miserable, realizing that two of the Cowboys' more hated rivals in history are playing in "his" stadium in the biggest game of them all.
Though I'm sure the quick realization of how much cash he'll be making from this game will quickly erase that from his mind.
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
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Thank God the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders won't be on the sidelines for this game.
Hold on, did I say that right?
Yes I did.
The Cowboys' cheerleaders, much like every other teams' cheerleaders are nothing more than a distraction. As classic and iconic as they are in Dallas, there's no need for them to be distracting from the biggest game in the NFL.
It's no accident the Steelers and Packers don't have cheerleaders and thankfully, I hope they'll keep it that way.
Unfortunately, I can almost guarantee the cheerleaders will make a cameo at some point or another—at the very least during the halftime show.
The Black Eyed Peas
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Speaking of the halftime show, here's this year's trainwreck: The Black Eyed Peas.
Now don't get me wrong, the Super Bowl halftime show was in desperate need of some freshening up. Let's be honest here, the majority of the old fogies who have stunk the stage up since the whole Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson needed to go.
Unforunately, the Black Eyed Peas were not the group to fill that void.
Sure, the Black Eyed Peas have some catchy music and I guess, for whatever reason, quite a few people enjoy them, but there were better routes to take.
It's sad when people are holding out hope that at the very least, Fergie will have a costume malfunction.
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No one in the entertainment business tries harder to fit in with the athletes than Lil Wayne.
From writing blogs for ESPN to voicing his anger about Dwayne Wade and Lebron James following a Heat game, the man needs to be a part of the picture.
He clarified that once again with his newest remix of rapper Wiz Khalifa's popular single "Black and Yellow" with his own "Green and Yellow" version. You can assume, judging from the title, that Lil Wayne's remix is about the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers.
As Lil Wayne tends to do, he's gathered quite the following for this song and somehow, I have a feeling we'll be hearing about this song someway or another in a similar manner that FOX used the Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping Up to Boston" for Super Bowl XLII.
The Terrible Towel
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How annoying is this? I'm going to catch flack from a lot of Steelers fans for this, but the Terrible Towel is plain-and-simple stupid.
Like the Rally Monkey, Tomahawk Chop, Thunder Sticks and the Vuvuzela, the Terrible Towel is one of those blood-boiling things in sports many fans just cannot stand unless it's their team.
It's used in the same vain, when the Steelers need some kind of spark, some kind of hope and the towels start to swirl.
And I get sick to my stomach.
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I find it hard to believe there could be a worse play-by-play announcer in sports on National television.
Never have I ever seen somebody so uninterested at times as Joe Buck can be. He shows no emotion when a game's biggest play might go down while acting unreasonably excited at other times.
Unfortunately, we all have the misfortune of listening to him call this classic Super Bowl match up and I'm willing to bet we can expect something like this on the game's biggest play.
The Packers Battling For Photo Ops
JerMichael Finley sure knows how to cause some headaches for his team.
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Is it irrational to expect this after the whine fest we had leading up to the team photo for Super Bowl XLV?
Luckily, the players who had the issue won't be playing in this game. I do expect someone on the Packers to make a poster-worthy play in this game however.
Donald Driver or Charles Woodson are going to step up huge for the Green Bay Packers in this game, win or lose, and I'm willing to bet that if the Packers do win this game, one of these two will be the MVP—not Aaron Rodgers.
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In the end, I believe this game is going to turn out to be offensive juggernaut much like Super Bowl XLIII did between the Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. Both the Steelers and Packers have outstanding units on both sides of the ball and they will be on display Sunday night.
Ultimately, the Steelers defense will make a big play somewhere, leaving Rodgers on his back and putting some points on the board.
With little time left, Rodgers will take a chance at the end zone. It will be too little, too late and we'll be witnessing the Pittsburgh Steelers' seventh Super Bowl Victory; their third in six years.
Will this make Ben Roethlisberger a legend among some of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play?
I would beg to differ, but it is truly hard to argue with three Super Bowl rings. Nonetheless, both teams will walk off the field with a lot to be happy for and a very possible rematch to look forward to next season!