Welcome to another addition of A Blog With Balls.
Now, I will do the usual such as talk about the Super Bowl, the ads, the music and all that jazz first, but keep reading, because I actually have a great story that I hope if you've been following sports lately, you have all heard about. And not only that, but it is very near and dear to my heart in a lot of different ways. So, this will actually be a little more serious than normal. So, if you can handle that, then PROCEED.
Super Bowl XLV
It was an entertaining game, in the second half. The Steelers just started out sluggish and couldn't get anything going. I think for the most part, we all had a feeling that the Packers just looked better from the get go. It took a few possessions for the scoreboard to finally rid itself of two zeroes but once the Packers got rolling, it was gravy for a while.
A lot of people have pointed to Rashard Mendenhall's fumble as the key play of the game. While that is probably true, I think the more important play of the game was Nick Collins and his INT for a TD. This was a complete momentum shifter. Now granted, the INT can be attributed mostly to the pressure up front Ben Roethlisberger was receiving, but good ball-hawking by Collins to adjust to the pass and make a huge play. Even more props for the run after the catch. He made a few moves and outstretched to make sure he crossed the pylon. That was probably the best play of the game. And it came in the first half.
The Steelers made a valiant effort out of it. And when Big Ben had a shot at the end, it was the first time in a long time I truly thought he wasn't going to pull it out. I wasn't even considering it. He had just played poorly the whole game. Those type of things stack themselves up like Tetris Blocks. I just felt like it was the Packers time. This wasn't the Cardinals defense of 2 years ago. Even with Charles Woodson hurt, this team just has had the drive all year. Why wouldn't they overcome one more injury?
And congrats to Aaron Rodgers. He finally has silenced his critics, and has equated himself with Brett Favre in the Super Bowl ring category. Not to say Green Bay should ever forget or disrespect the legacy that Brett Favre has, but now they can finally feel good ushering in a guy like Rodgers. He is a class act (and wears title belts, man!) and deserves the recognition he has received this year and most importantly, this post-season.
I've said this a few times now. The ads were somewhat disappointing, but there were some gems. I enjoyed the Budweiser rendition of Tiny Dancer probably the most. It was just unique and totally out of left field. The Dorito's commercial with the guy licking the fingers, while awkward, was another gem. I wasn't sure where it was going, but they definitely got me on that one.
And finally, the VW Darth Vader and the awayhome.com TEST BABY commercials were the other 2 that really made the night. I felt like Bud Light dropped the ball, the Pepsi Max commercials were okay and everything after that was just not funny or strange.
I don't know that anyone will ever forgive Christina Aguilera for flubbing the National Anthem. However, I can't give her too much crap. It's happened before on big stages, and will probably happen again. It could have been Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis. At least we were treated to a genuine voice on stage. Granted, she is over the top with her notes, but hey, like I said, there have been worse.
The Black Eyed Peas. Man, what a disappointment. I have been clamoring for some good, new age music for a while now. I respect Paul McCartney, Prince, Springsteen and all those guys, but I would like to see something a little more new age come to the forefront. The problem is, they consider BEP to be this new age. This group is just really all show. Their talent is not quite as visible when they are performing live.
New Age wise I'd love to see someone that not only is decent, but plays rock. And I know a lot of you are begging for a lot of no-name bands, and while I too would love to see that, the NFL has to cater to everyone. I think Green Day or Nickelback would be excellent choices for a live show. I have never seen either live, but from what I understand, they are both amazing. Being as it was in Texas this year, I was surprised not to see a country star like maybe a Toby Keith or Kenny Chesney. Garth Brooks would be the way to go.
Oh well, better luck next year.
Story of the Week
I said before this was near and dear to my heart. The baseball coach for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons showed why he is not only a good coach, but a good man as well. There are a lot of people out there who question coaches when they come into a child's home and promise them they will be treated like family, they won't be abandoned for better opportunities, etc. But Wake Forest coach Tom Walker, walks the walk.
Kevin Jordan, a freshman at Wake was diagnosed with some form of Kidney Failure. In an absolute amazing form of kindness, coach Tom Walter donated one of his kidneys on Monday Feb 7th to the young man in order to help him recover from the illness. Nobody in Kevin's family was a match for him, and coach Walter stepped out to the front and got tested to see if he was a match. It takes 5 weeks of testings to see if you are a match for someone, and when he did, he stepped in and helped out.
Folks, that is the kind of man you want your son to play for. That is the kind of person this world lacks more of. The worst part about it is that you barely will hear about this story. Why? Because William "The Fridge" Perry had a drunken fall, or LeBron helped the Heat comeback to beat the Pacers.
This is near and dear to my heart, because when I was Kevin's age (19), I too was diagnosed with kidney failure. I spent 6 months on dialysis before given a transplant. Now, mine was from a donor. I too didn't have any matches, and not only that, did not want anyone to help me out. Maybe I am prideful, but that's just the way it was.
As sick as I was, when I received my transplant, it was almost like I was re-energized the next day. It brings new life to your body. And I truly understand what Kevin was going through, and am glad that he is going to be making a full recovery. Yea, you take medication forever afterwards, but it's worth it.
If you get a chance to look up the story for more detail, you should. This is what life is all about. The willingness to help and to give. No matter where your religious beliefs stand, or what you think about the world around you, the facts still remain that there are many ways you can make a difference.
Thanks for reading. Have a great day!