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Your A-Z Guide to NFL Super Bowl XLV

Troy Polamalu will be a big part of Super Bowl XLVAfter 17 weeks of games, 3 rounds of playoffs, a bye week and loads of hype, we are almost here. Another NFL season is preparing to conclude with the biggest game in all of sports, the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is an event that has become a time for huge parties full of great food and beer and your closest friends. Where TV commercials are rounding out at around 2 million dollars per minute and we are solicited to beer, Go Daddy and Doritos unlike any other day of the year.

This season we have a great one lined up with the AFC’s Pittsburgh Steelers, who are the most successful team in Super Bowl history, and the NFC’s Green Bay Packers, winner of the very first two Super Bowls and three time winners overall. Both teams very closely suited with great defense, big play offense and 2 smooth operating quarterbacks with big arms but can also improvise and make plays with legs and brains. We will see lots of speed, hard hitting, but sadly no cheerleaders, so we advise you invite as many girls to your party as possible.

What I have done here, for some who may be new to Super Bowls, or for those who just love some good information is made a list from A-Z of some things that will be up close and personal come this Sunday. I will introduce you to some players, some facts and some good old fashioned fun. On Super Bowl Sunday, just about everything goes, so gear up and get ready for some football, and enjoy the list!

A is for Aaron Rodgers: The Green Bay Packers QB has been sensational in 3 years as a starter since replacing legend Brett Favre. In his career he has 87 TDs to just 32 INTs, and at 27 years old is pursuing his first Super Bowl and hoping to ease the comparisons to Favre.

B is for Ben Roethlisberger: The Pittsburgh Steelers QB has been here before and has 2 Super Bowl victories to his credit. He has an awesome post-season record of 10-2, and 2-0 in the big game.

C is for Coaches: We have 2 good ones here in Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin. Tomlin already owns a Super Bowl and was the youngest to win it. He has a career record of 43-21 plus a post season record of 5-1. McCarthy ironically enough was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and this is his first Super Bowl. The 47 year old has a career record of 48-32 and is 4-2 in the post season.

D is for Defense: And oh what defense we have. The 2 teams are two and five in overall defense, 1 and 2 in sacks and 1 and 2 in points per game.

E is for End Zone: Which is where these 2 teams need to go to score points.

F is for Football: Well, of course, that is why we are here. This is football’s championship game celebrating its 45th year.

G is for Green Bay, Wisconsin: The home of the Packers has an estimated population of 101,000 people, and has the nickname of “Title Town USA”. It is the only city in the NFL to actually own the team.

H is for Half-time: Since the league dropped themes and catchy acting shows it has since brought in big time musical acts. This season will be The Black Eyed Peas, featuring Will I Am and Fergie.

I is for Interceptions: Which the Packers were 2nd in the league in getting and 3rd in the league in TDs scored from them.

J is for Jerry Jones: Jones is the billionaire brain behind the new beautiful stadium in Dallas where the game will be played this year. We are sure he expected his Cowboys, but hey these things happen.

K is for Kicker: The Steelers added Shaun Suisham in week 10 after letting go of the unpredictable Jeff Reed. Since then Suisham is 14-15 in field goal attempts and 19-19 in extra points, bringing confidence to a once shaky kicking game. (Bet you thought I’d say Kardashian huh?)

L is for Linebacker: And boy do we have some great ones led by Steelers James Harrison and Green Bay’s Clay Mathews who was the runner up for Defensive Player of the Year. Both teams use the 3-4 defense which means we will see 8 instead of the more conventional 6.

M is for March: Why March? Well between the league trying to stretch the season to 18 games plus bye weeks and more cold weather stadiums being used this month will soon enough be the home of the Super Bowl.

N is for NFC: After losing 4 straight the NFC has won 2 of the last 3 Bowls including last year’s win by the Saints.

O is for Offense: During the regular season the Packers finished 9th while the Steelers finished 14th.

P is for Point Spreads: This season it is 3, with the Packers being the favorites.

Q is for Quarterback: This position has won the MVP award 23 times, more than any other position in the sport.

R is for Receivers: Each team has a good mix of veteran leaders and young speedsters. For Pittsburgh they are led by Hines Ward and Mike Wallace while the Packers are led by Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.

S is for Super Bowl: Yes, Super Bowl and this is the 45th with the NFC currently holding a 23-21 edge in wins over the AFC.

T is for Troy Polamalu: The wild haired, reckless playing Samoan was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and is the leader of the ferocious Steelers attack. Number 43 is usually the player to watch when the Steelers are trying to stop the opposition.

U is for Under: The number this year for over/under in points expected to be scored by both teams combined is ironically enough 45!

V is for Vince Lombardi: He is the man they named the trophy after, and the winning coach of the first 2 Super Bowls, by of course the Green Bay Packers.

W is for Wings: OK enough about football stats let’s get into the good stuff, food. Wings are a mandatory at any real Super Bowl party, well that and pizza, and beer and chips and on and on.

X is for the X-Factor: In this game it is Improv. The ability of these 2 gifted QBs to make something out of nothing by scrambling, checking down, and maybe airing it out deep to try and make the big plays.

Y is for You: Yes, You. Have your party, watch the game, and enjoy the game. In all do it the way You want and have a great Super Sunday. But of course be responsible in your means.

Z is for Zero: As in Zero points, basically because in 44 previous Super Bowls no team has ever been shut out.

Well as nice as this quick introduction to Super Bowl 45 may have been it is time to get down to business, which is “The Sharks” prediction.

When the playoffs first began I told anyone that was anyone that the winner of the game between the Eagles and the Packers would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, and here is Green Bay, red hot and playing great football. While both teams have great defenses, I expect to see more of a shoot-out like we did when these 2 teams met last season. Roethlisberger and company have the experience and that usually is a big factor, but Rodgers, in my opinion is the best QB in the game at the moment. The Packers will not get much on the ground so it mostly lies on Rodgers, which I like very much right now.

Prediction: Packers 27, Steelers 24

Enjoy the game everyone and thanks for following me during this football season!

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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