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Another thriller

February 2, 2009

After a thrilling 27-23 victory, the Pittsburgh Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl last night, at the expense of the Arizona Cardinals.  If it wasn’t for a James Harrison 100 yard interception return to end the first half, Kurt Warner would be hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy.  Harrison, a defensive end, that reminds me more of a machine, somehow kept his balance and broke what seemed like five tackles on his way to end zone.  What made the play so heroic was the fact that the Cardinals were down 10-7, and were knocking on the door to 14-10 and all the momentum.  Arizona also got the ball to start the second half, so there was a potential for them to score a touchdown, get the ball in the beginning the second half, and have another crack at it.  However, the Kent State grad, who was cut three times (twice by the Steelers), found a home in the Super Bowl record books last night.  He backed up his defensive player of the year award in the biggest spotlight possible.

On to number seven, Ben Roethlisberger.  How he has matured in front of our eyes over the past four seasons.  When the Steelers faced off with the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, Big Ben was lucky that he wasn’t sent back to Miami of Ohio.  He had one of the worst performances from a quarterback in super bowl history.  However, the Steelers defense bailed their young quarterback out, and helped Pittsburgh win one for the thumb.  Roles were reversed last night, as Big Ben was forced to win the game.  Trailing 23-20, with 2:37 to play, Roethlisberger followed up last year’s Super Bowl with a similar script.  Although only needing a field goal to tie, Big Ben was thinking touchdown all the way, as he capped off a 78 yard drive with a six yard pass to Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone.  Roethlisberger has a lackluster regular season, but that tends to happen when you have injuries at running back and offensive line.  After last night’s game, it is safe to say that Ben Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He becomes the second youngest quarterback,(Tom Brady was the youngest) to win two super bowls.  Hats off to Kurt Warner, for a valiant effort, and most likely punching a ticket to his enshrinement at Canton.  Another year of the NFL is in the books, and I am already excited for next year.

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