What they're saying about the Super Bowl

February 07, 2011|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Here's a look at what other media outlets are saying about the Green Bay Packers' 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV:

• SI.com's Peter King wrote that while Charles Woodson spent the second half on the sidelines with a broken collarbone, the veteran cornerback wasn't going to let the pain dampen his mood.

The memory of being at a locker with Woodson, who cherished his first championship of a 13-year career, will be with me for a long time. For two reasons: Because he was in such obvious pain, and because he didn't care about the pain.

When Woodson came out of the shower, the last Packer to do so, his body was severely tilted to the left as he walked very slowly from the large communal bathroom at Cowboys Stadium to his locker. He began dressing, and you felt sorry for him. Because tasks that normally took 20 seconds took five times that. He moved at the pace of an 86-year-old. I timed him putting on his black dress shirt: 97 seconds.

"I'm a champion,'' he said while dressing. "It's all I ever wanted. We're going to go see President Obama. I hope he's got good doctors, in case I want to get a second opinion.''

• ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski believes that despite the inevitable connections between Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre, Rodgers distinguished himself from Favre once and for all Sunday.

With the victory and a 304-yard, three-touchdown, zero-interception performance against the best defense in the league, Rodgers put all the distance he'll ever need between himself and the ghost of Brett Favre. And to anybody who wondered whether Rodgers could win the close one or the big one, the answer is yes and yes.

Titletown USA just got another resident: a fourth Lombardi trophy. It'll be moving in just as soon as the Packers make their triumphant return to the team's Lambeau Field offices.

Depending on your football math, this latest trophy was either 14 or three years in the making. Fourteen is how many years it has been between Packers Super Bowl championships. Three is how many years it took for Rodgers to establish, once and for all, his own era.

• Michael Wilbon, also of ESPN.com, spent Sunday afternoon at his first Super Bowl Party. Luckily for him, it was at the White House.

The President and First Lady, especially during breaks in the game, were like a bride and groom at their wedding reception, slipping easily from table to table to greet their guests, something they surely do a couple of hundred times a year. The Cheeseheads and the folks waving the Terrible Towels couldn't possibly have detected any bias or presidential rooting interest. President Obama, remember, appointed Steelers owner Dan Rooney, a Republican turned key supporter, as U.S. ambassador to Ireland. On the other hand, one of the party guests who introduced himself to me was Jim Doyle, the former governor of Wisconsin. With his beloved Bears eliminated, the president had no need to declare any feelings. A whole lot of folks who began the evening in neutrality ended it rooting for one side or another, or at least for a close game. But you couldn't read anything in the president's actions.

• In YahooSports.com's Morning Rush, Mike Silver wrote that Packers coach Mike McCarthy had his team primed to make history Sunday night, and they delivered.

He sat in a private office adjacent to a nearly emptied locker room, surrounded by his past, present and future. Two hours after he had hoisted the Lombardi Trophy amid red, white, blue and silver confetti swirling above him at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy reflected on a life's journey that took him from humble beginnings in Steeltown to an enduring immortality in Titletown.

Soaking up the aftermath of the Pack's 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, McCarthy looked at his parents, Joe and Ellen, his wife, Jessica, and his daughter, Alex, and shook his head back and forth like a man humbled by the magnitude of his accomplishment.

"It's a numbing sensation," McCarthy said. "It feels great to share it with family, and to share it with the players. You're so focused on the game, and it's fourth-and-5 and the ball hits the turf, and it's total chaos – they're pulling you here and pushing you there and you can't get any air."

• CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel was with the Steelers after Sunday's game, and the most cynical Ravens fans might delight in his account of a distraught Ben Roethlisberger after the tough loss.

Roethlisberger had just given an interview to NFL Network inside the locker room, and although I was standing five feet away, I couldn't hear a word he said. Forget words -- I couldn't hear even his voice.

After that interview, I followed Roethlisberger down the hall and into a chance meeting with Sanders, who was waiting for a golf cart to drive him and his injured right foot to the team bus. Sanders tried to shake Roethlisberger's hand, but Roethlisberger was having none of that. He grabbed Sanders around the shoulders and hugged him, talking for nearly a minute into his teammate's ear. Sanders listened, nodding. Then Roethlisberger was gone.

Decimated, I told Sanders. Roethlisberger looks decimated.

[Compiled by Jon Meoli]

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