Super Bowl 2011: The Biggest Show on Earth, From the British Point of View

Daniel GoochAnalyst IFebruary 6, 2011

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04:  The Vince Lombardi Trophy is displayed between a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and a Green Bay Packers helmet during a press conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The biggest American sport match of the year, Super Bowl XLV, will be fought out between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, who are the slight favourites to win.

American football is not a big sport in the UK, but this game will be the first time the Super Bowl has been on the BBC, which means everyone in the country will be able to watch.

But in reality, it will only be the diehard sports fans and the drunk people who will be watching when the game kicks off after 11pm (GMT).

To be honest, very few British people really care about the sport. The only reason they even looked at it a bit was because one game last year was played at Wembley.

However, they ruined the pitch for the England "soccer" team, so it wasn't really seen as positive.

Along with a handful people in the UK, I will try and stay up and watch the game to see the amazing skill that it takes to hit someone to the ground.

The majority of us in the UK, see "football" as a soft version of a great British sportRugby. Rugby is the same concept as American Football, as it's about getting an odd-shaped ball to the end of the pitch by tackling the opponents to the ground.

However, in Rugby there is very little padding and no helmets. Just power, strength and quite a bit of pain.

Explain me this: The game is about an hour long. Why are we stuck there watching it for four hours? Too many stops. Just run and tackle, run and tackle. Stop all of the interruptions every 10 seconds.


A Spectacular Show

One thing that does draw people's attention is the huge show that goes with it.

It is estimated that 150 million people will watch this game worldwide. The show better be good.

But that's what America is known for. Going over the top, making everything bigger, which sometimes is a good thing, like this show, but sometime isn't so good like XXXXL Big Mac meals.

The only three things I love about America are its films, food and Disney World. Can American Football make a fourth?


The Teams

Yes, I have heard of the Steelers and the Packers. Can I name a single player from either team? No.

However, I have read a few articles on the game and it looks like Green Bay are the favourites to win. In their last meeting they lost to Pittsburgh 37-36. This game looks like it'll be just as close.


Being neutral, I hope that it'll be a great game, and that the best team wins.