I Told You So

Way back in October I declared the football season over due to the obvious linkage between Michael's jersey wearing habits and the White Sox World Series victory. [ White Sox Victory = Steelers Super Bowl ]

Seriously, both teams played pretty sloppy football. I think the big difference was discipline (or lack of it) that resulted in big plays and mistakes.

Seattle had some chances on offense but always seemed to be a step out of bounds or a holding call away. And their special teams really did not play well. They had 2 or 3 chances to pin the Steelers down deep in the first quarter alone and for one reason or another the ball always ended up in the end zone.

The Seattle defense did well against Pittsburgh, except for three plays. All three touchdowns came as a direct result of big plays, the last two due to missed assignments. First the 3rd down scramble/hail mary to Ward on the 2. Then Parker's big run -- did Seattle have all 11 men on the line of scrimmage? That play was over after he got through the hole. Then the reverse-option pass. The, admittedly back-up, safety bit hard on the reverse there. That's all about discipline and preparation.

A lot of football is about making fewer mistakes then your opponent. The Steelers turned the ball over too many times for my liking and really kept Seattle in the game in the second half, but Seattle's mistakes were more frequent if more subtle.

Congratulations to Seattle, they're a good football team. But, I think the better team won.

ps. I'll begin taking bids for Michael's jersey wearing skills for this year's sporting calendar at this time.

pps. Other football teams need not apply.