Super Bowl Frenzy: 45 Ways To Win Super Bowl XLV, Ways XXXVII-XL
By Jay Sorgi
Next game: February 6th at Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh
MILWAUKEE - With the 45th edition of the biggest sporting event in the world - well, America at least, and the Green Bay Packers playing in it for the first time in 13 seasons, it's a reality that most people connected to this organization - and almost everyone on the team - have never played in this game.
So perhaps some tips are in order to help the team.
XXXVII: The Terrible Towel has no power.
To begin with, it's made in your home state.
People in Baraboo produce the towels...and for a good cause...but most people who work at that factory are probably Packers fans.
So I would imagine that there can't help but be some Packers karma coming through those towels as they swing inside what will hopefully become Lambeau South, Cowboys Stadium.
And as they blend in with those cheeseheads, rememeber - it's your gold, anyway!
XXXVIII: Run just enough against the game's best run defense.
You won't need to.
But you need to run enough.
When I say enough, that's basically enough to keep the defense honest.
Enough to make those linebackers believe they have to at least hesitate for a half second just to see if they need to think about the run.
That half second could be just enough to open up the passing game for Aaron Rodgers to destroy the Steelers' secondary.
XXXIX: Crosby, you'll never be more needed than now.
And sometimes, it can turn confident kickers to do what they normally don't do - fail.
Just ask Scott Norwood, who was normally "money."
47-yard field goals on grass aren't easy, but they're usually a little bit more than 50%.
But in a Super Bowl-deciding moment, that percentage drops.
Add that to the fact that three of the nine last Super Bowls have been decided by a field goal, and the prognosticators have rarely picked either team to win by more than one score, and every point will be critical.
Crosby, be money.
XL: Zone in.
Let every waking thought be about your job at hand.
Not what it would feel like to win. Not whether your wife and kids or your 2nd cousin have tickets.
Focus everything on what you must do.