For fans of the Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl 45 will be something they remember for the rest of their lives. But will it be remembered by the non-team fanatic? I have gotten into so many conversations this week, where we try and remember who even played in the Super Bowl in a particular year. With all the pageantry, and frankly all the drinking and trips over to the same friend's house year-after-year, they can sometimes blend into one another. I get confused whether the Steelers played the Seahawks or the Cardinals in their last Super Bowl. Maybe this one will be more memorable because it's the first for the Packers in almost 15 years.
This particular game might be memorable for some as the Steelers fought back from an early 21-3 deficit. They got the score as close as three points before the Packers increased it with a late field goal. Not a classic game of back and forth, just a major opening barrage by one team before their opponent could rally. But for the average fan, a big reason to remember this game is the emergence of QB Aaron Rodgers. He joins a short list of active NFC quarterbacks, along with Drew Bress and Eli Manning, who now can be referred to as a Super Bowl winning quarterback. That's an amazing accomplishment, and he'll be a deadly player for years to come.
Of course the problem now is that the owners are expected to lock the players out in early March. While I was in Dallas, I had the chance to listen to Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones. They didn't seem likely to back down from the 18-game schedule and Jones even compared the current bargaining agreement to the recent Wall Street financial crisis. They want it now before it's too late for the league's financial future, or so said Jerry Jones.
On the other hand, the NFL Players Association does not want the 18-game schedule, and by their own calculation, their share of total revenues may be dipped below fifty percent. It sure sounds like a lockout is coming in 2012. Whether it leads to the cancellation or postponement of the 2011 season is only a guess. But if there is no 2011, while it might have not been the most dramatic Super Bowl win in recent years, it will at least have left Packer fans with a warm, winning feeling as we brace for the cold reality of an NFL lockout.