Commentary

Reasons it's old-school Super Bowl

Updated: January 27, 2011, 5:58 PM ET
By Jerry Greene | Special to Page 2

You have to wonder how many of us are going to watch Super Bowl XLV -- "The Old School Bowl." Actually, you have to wonder who will not be watching as the interest in this one is palpable.

Yes, the buzz is so strong you can almost touch it.

Forget anyone playing "the Disrespect Card" because this game is being held in the highest regard. Pittsburgh and Green Bay, the Old School leaders of the league, meeting in one grand battle to determine the champion. Defense vs. Defense. Blood vs. Blood.

(How will we handle it if the final score is 45-42?)

So when we asked you to build this week's list -- "Top Ten Signs It's An Old-School Super Bowl" -- many sent in totally serious statements of respect for these teams and this game. That's fine and thank you for your effort. Sadly, we don't handle seriousness well at the TTBI (Top Ten Bureau of Investigation), so we keyed on your less serious submissions.

It's how we roll.

Top Ten Signs It's An Old-School Super Bowl

10. "Twelve players from the Mid-American Conference" wrote Bernadette V. from Cleveland.

9. "Packers are two-point favorites -- and the over/under is 2, too" wrote Webb H. from Winter Springs, Fla.

8. "Terry Bradshaw falls off the on-the-field set but jumps up and spells "c-a-t" without help from Howie Long" wrote Sergio M. from Tallahassee, Fla.

7. "The only 'tweets' come from the ref's whistle" wrote Mark M. from Apopka, Fla.

6. "As a spectator, Jack Youngblood gets so excited that he breaks his own leg just for kicks" wrote Fran J. from Birmingham, Ala.

5. "Instead of saying he's going to Disney World after the game, the winning quarterback shouts 'Meet us at O'Malley's Pub!' " wrote Edmund F. from Sydney, Australia.

4. "Nobody has ever heard of the color teal" wrote Bill from Washington, D.C.

3. "Mean Joe Greene trades a jersey for a Coke" wrote Jack F. from Falls Church, Va.

2. "Halftime refreshments for the players? Coffee and cigarettes" wrote Dan L. from Flossmoor, Ill.

1. "The only group without injuries after the game will be the Black-Eyed Peas" wrote Dylan from "Parts Unknown" Connecticut.

Can this game live up to our expectations? We won't know until it's over. And if it doesn't turn out to be an Old-School Classic, we may make another list about that.

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