Your Collegian football pros make their picks


Steelers supporters:

Marcus Traxler, Assistant Sports Editor

Yeah, yeah, history – we got it.

The Packers and Steelers are two of the most legendary teams of all-time and it should be a great game between two defenses that will likely try to impose their will on the opposing offense. They will fail because the NFL is about offense and both sides have very good, and easy-to-hate, quarterbacks.

Will the commercials be any good? Maybe. Will they be in 3D? Sadly. I’m predicting a cameo appearance by Jerry Jones during the Black Eyed Peas’ halftime show because everyone knows that he will try to steal the show. This is, after all, the JerryBowl. I will also be one of the thousands of people who will order pizza for the game, slowing everyone else’s order down.

As for my pick, I’ll take the Steelers, 34-24. Put a championship belt on that one, Rodgers.

Shane Koob, Sportswriter

As an avid Vikings fan, I am definitely pointing my support in the direction of Pittsburgh. It’s going to be a close game, but the Steelers have the upper hand in the game due to their outstanding defense. As we all know, defense wins championships, and when that defense is led by Troy Polamalu, good things usually happen.

I’m also hoping the NFL’s most fined player this year, James Harrison, has a huge game. I’m expecting at least two sacks from arguably the NFL’s hardest hitter.

This Sunday I’ll be watching the game, sipping on some Grain Belt Premium, and watching the Steelers win 24-17. Black and Yellow!

Dustin Veurink, Sportswriter

I did and did not want the Packers and Steelers in the Super Bowl.

I wanted this matchup because I thought it clearly was the best matchup of the four teams remaining. In the words of Bart Scott, I “can’t wait” for the Super Bowl.

I didn’t want this matchup because I don’t like either team. Let’s just say I’m a big fan of the stadium.

What’s up with Aaron Rodgers’ championship belt celebration? He hasn’t won a title. His celebration even has its own Facebook page. If he leads the Packers to a Super Bowl victory, then I approve the celebration and the page.

Turn up “Black and Yellow,” though, because I’m going for the Steelers. You know what it is.

Enjoy the game, the commercials, and halftime and be smart!

Travis Kreins, Sportswriter

As a sports writer, you are supposed to be neutral and unbiased. I will break that rule for the Super Bowl.

I hate the Packers, and they are number-one on my list written in Sharpie for most-hated teams. This is the third time I will suffer through a Green Bay Super Bowl, and I am not looking forward to it.

Obviously I want the Steelers. In most cases, I would root against a d-bag like Ben Roethlisberger, but even allegedly raping someone can’t overcome my hatred for the green and gold.

Packer backer:

Drue Aman, Sports Editor

I’ve got no armadillo in this fight.

Pittsburgh or Green Bay? AFC or NFC? Puppy Bowl or the Black Eyed Peas? Bud Light or Grain Belt?

It always comes down to quarterbacks. Which one has more like-ability? How good of a case could be made for Roethlisberger, a doughy, motorcycle-crashing, quasi-mobile quarterback from the Miami of Ohio? How about Aaron Rodgers, the always slightly-smirking, belt-wearing, secretive-Favre-basher Vikings fans hate because he doesn’t play for them?

Give me Rodgers and Green Bay. Sure, one guy on the entire roster has ever played in a Super Bowl before. There’s a great story of Aaron Rodgers and a few friends watching last season’s NFC Championship game in a bar and openly rooting against Favre and the Vikings. That’s enough for me.

The Pack Attack will be back. Now where did I put my beer?