Confidencesubs for Jake

Jan 24, 2006 4:44 AM

Make no mistake about Super Bowl XL. There will be a few big mistakes made on Sunday, Feb. 5, but nobody named Jake.

No, there will be no one nicknamed "no mistake" Jake under center for either team. The Steelers and Seahawks eliminated the Jakes from the possibility of making any mistakes for the rest of the season. The Jakes are dead and gone. Long live the Jakes!

You won’t miss them even a little bit. I promise. You won’t miss Plummer’s beard. Big Ben has the face covered. As a matter of fact he even has the odd last name covered. You shouldn’t miss Delhomme either.

One thing is certain, if you bet either of those guys last Sunday, you won’t miss any of their mistakes. So long Jakes, see ya next season.

The reality of the losses is that each Jake did lead his team on one heck of a run. Any time your team finds itself in the conference championship and one win from the Super Bowl, it’s been an extremely fortunate season.

It’s going to be a very interesting matchup in Detroit. And I’m looking forward to thinking about my Super Bowl selection over the course of this week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers began the season 7-5. However, they’re on their way to the big dance doing a seven game jig. The Steelers’ took the path less chosen without a doubt. No team chooses to go into the Super Bowl tournament as the sixth seed.

The last seed in a conference reaching the grand finale is a Super Bowl first. Pittsburgh beat the No. 1, 2, and 3 seeds in their own backyards to punch their ticket to Detroit. The Steelers are road tough, managing a 9-2 record away from home. No one knows that better than the Steelers players themselves. There will be ton of confidence making the trip to Detroit, along with all the football equipment packed for the big show.

The Seattle Seahawks will be brimming as well with confidence. Holmgren’s homies closed the season with an 11 game winning streak before losing a meaningless finale to old friend, Brett Favre. Throw that game out and Seattle hasn’t actually been -beaten since Week 4 at Washington.

Holmgren has groomed another quarterback since his days of working with Brett Favre at Green Bay. It looks like Matt Hasselbeck is ready for a little prime time action after the super regular season and two big playoff wins. So confidence will not be lacking on either sideline prior to kickoff.

The Seahawks will be playing in their first Super Bowl in the 30-year history of the franchise. The Steelers want to be fitted for a Super Bowl ring for the thumb! Pittsburgh has won four Super Bowls. Bill Cowher is hoping for his first ring, losing as coach of the Steelers 10 years ago to Dallas.

The betting line opened Sunday night at 3½ for Pittsburgh. The number was quickly bet up to 4. Many people in the know feel the line may go as high as 4½. All I know is these two powerhouses are even in many areas.

I think the public realizes Pittsburgh’s road to the Super Bowl was slightly more impressive. You’re going to demand attention anytime you knock off the Bengals, Colts and Broncos before some of the nastiest and nosiest crowds in the league. The bettors also like the attacking, aggressive style of the Steelers 3-4 defense. The defensive game plan adds a new wrinkle each week to frustrate another quality offense.

If the game ends up going the same way as the early betting line, the NFL may not need lights for Super Bowl XL. If the public is right and the number keeps shooting up with the Steelers winning big, the smiles of Jerome Bettis and Hines Ward will provide all the light necessary!