Guess what time it is! Thaaaat's right, it's time for another new feature here at The Bucky Channel, TBC's Road to the Super Bowl. We've tried a few of these daily features in the past, and they are usually regarded with little fanfare (Lemmy and Bucky Pick the Bowls, World Cup dailies, and does anyone actually remember the "Super Bowl Super Bowl"?). But this daily feature might be a little more welcomed, as it's now about something people care about - the Green Bay Packers and their road to the Super Bowl. Without further ado, the first of my daily three thoughts about the Super Bowl, as we are just thirteen days away.
1. I'm So Giddy, Oh So Giddy - This was without a doubt one of the best Mondays that I've had in a long, long time. Sure, work sucked today, but I didn't care. In between thoughts of me wondering what I was doing with my life, I was struck with the realization that the Green Bay Packers were HEADED TO THE SUPER BOWL!!! AAAAHHH! It's been so long now, that I really don't remember what we are supposed to be feeling throughout these two weeks, but I'm glad that I'm getting a chance to learn all over again. All day long I soaked up Packers information wherever I could - listening to Raji on SiriusXM, reading anything and everything that was available on the web, and watching the Packers press conferences on Packers.com during the afternoon. Speaking of which, do yourself a favor and watch Charles Woodson address the Packers locker room after the win against the Bears. Actually, watch as many of those videos as you can. We'll focus on the Steelers in a couple of days, but for now I just want to keep soaking up the victory over Chicago and our impending trip to the Super Bowl.
2. Let's Talk About Jay Cutler for a Second - Actually, let's not. Despite the fact that the Packers won, once again the main story after the game was over was about the other team, the team that the Packers had beaten. Was Cutler's knee sprained or torn? Why was Todd Collins the second quarterback? Why did Mike Martz call the end around to Earl Bennett on a key third down? I don't really care about any of those questions (actually, what the hell was Martz thinking on that play?). All this talk surrounding Jay Cutler is similar to how the main stories earlier in the season focused on the firings of Brad Childress and Wade Phillips. I don't mind though that people are talking more about the losing team after the NFC Championship. Let the Packers and their emotions settle down a bit, and let them stay calm and collected and ready for their flight to Dallas come next Monday.
3. Initial Gut Feeling - I've kept saying all postseason long that I ultimately think that the Packers will make the Super Bowl, only to then lose once we get there. That gut feeling is starting to go away. Just by watching those videos that I linked to above and talking with fellow Packers fans, there is a feeling in the air that this is a Super Bowl season. This is a Super Bowl team, and these guys are Super Bowl guys. That's not the most logical way to look at things, but I've been riding my gut all season and here we are (no fat jokes there, please). With the game being played in a stadium like Dallas, and how well I know Packers fans will travel there, I'm feeling pretty good about our chances. Too early for a prediction, but still feeling confident.