Super Bowl XLV: It’s OUR Time!
Super Bowl SUNDAY is finally upon us.
For the past two weeks, every aspect of both the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers have been broken down, reassembled and then broken down again. If any one of us hears about the Aaron Rodgers/Ben Roethlisberger battle or here that â€œthis guyâ€ will be the x-factor in Super Bowl XLV, we will explode.
In case you have or havenâ€™t noticed, I know I promised a five part
Super Bowl preview but only got through two.
There are a couple reasons for this.
One is that real life kind of intervened but none of you want to know those details. I canâ€™t say that I blame you.
The other reason youâ€™d be much more interested in. I decided not to recite talking points that have been thrown in your face multiple times only for the sake of getting an article out. I respect you as Packer fans far too much to insult your intelligence.
After all, Packer fans were recently named the most knowledgeable in the game in a survey of players about the fans. We Cheeseheads know our stuff and arenâ€™t afraid to tell anyone about it.
So today, with Super Bowl XLV upon us, I offer you a simple thought on the game. A thought that McCarthy has said publicly multiple times but is so poignant it bears repeating:
â€œItâ€™s our time.â€
Itâ€™s our time because this team has overcome too much. It overcame the hijinks of its former golden boy that turned out be more foolâ€™s gold than actual gold. It overcame a heartbreaking playoff defeat a season ago. It overcame season ending injuries to what amounts to about 25% of an active NFL roster.
Itâ€™s our time because the faith of two men, one a general manager and one a head coach, has been rewarded in what (at the time) was an untested and unproven young quarterback who has not only been spectacular on the field, but first class off of it as well. Their belief in their system has been rewarded despite the protests of some fans and armchair quarterbacks around the country.
Itâ€™s our time because a defense, led by a future Hall of Fame cornerback and a young insurgent linebacker, will let no one defeat them. Itâ€™s an unselfish defense where playmakers range anywhere from first round draft picks to undrafted free agents and players signed of their street. Itâ€™s a defense that has deep roots in the Packer tradition.
Itâ€™s our time because Packer Nation, loyal and passionate as always, has finally come together again after a divisive couple of years. They come together because of their common purpose, their passion, their very inner being. They come together because of their love of everything Green and Gold (or Yellow, Lil Wayne).
Itâ€™s our time because America, after suffering its greatest economic crisis in decades and currently with a polarized political atmosphere, needs the Packers to win. At a time when billionaire owners and millionaire players hold the fate of a football season in their wallets, nothing would be more satisfying than the only professional team with over 100,000 owners take home a world championship. America has grown sick and tired of the big and powerful screwing over the little guy. Itâ€™s time for the little guy to get his day.
Itâ€™s our time, my Packer brothers and sisters.
Itâ€™s our time. Letâ€™s get it.
GO PACK GOâ€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke