Colts Against Bears Super Bore - By Marc Simon

Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial

Last year around this time, such was Superbowl Fever that Steelers fans were barely able to work or drink without talking about the beloved Black & Gold. This year, the prevalent attitude in Steelers nation toward the big game is, who cares?

Peyton ManningSo what if we're provincial. What is there for Steelers fans to get excited about? If the Chicago Bears were still coached by the ultimate Pittsburgh boy Mike Ditka, yeah, that would be something. They don't come any more Pittsburgh than Ditka. But look at their head coach now. Honestly, is Lovie any kind of name for a football coach? I'll bet he owns a toy poodle.

Yes, Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy has some roots in Pittsburgh. If he only would spit like former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, maybe we would cozy up to him, but he is far too mild-mannered for true Steelers fans. You feel you'd have to apologize if you cursed or shouted around him. Not that you would. It might scare him.

The Bears have a quarterback named Rex Grossman. If he were the son or nephew of former Steelers tight end Randy Grossman we'd have a strong connection, but alas, Rex has probably never heard of Randy. Which is another reason to be indifferent toward him if not downright dislike him.

Peyton Manning? Love his commercials. I still like the one where the guys moving the piano let it slip off the back of the moving van, and Peyton says to them, "Guys, they're not saying boo, they're saying mooo-vers." Funny. And for a geeky looking guy, he's a very good actor. But he's such a perfectionist he's impossible to root for. He's like the kid that sat next to you in math class and got 100% on every test while you could barely break C level. And just imagine the post-game celebration if the Colts win. It will be a Manning family reunion on the 50-yard line. Yeesh. I'd rather watch the Brady bunch. And I don't mean Tom Brady and his bunch.

The media has been extolling the Bears defense as if it were the second coming of the Steel Curtain. In the last several games, it's played more like the Lace Curtain. If the Bears didn't get a bazillion turnovers in their first two play-off games they'd be hibernating for the winter right now. It's hard to root for a team that lives off turnovers. On the other hand, it was hard to watch the Steelers this year, a team that died off turnovers

I haven't heard what the mayors of the respective cities are wagering on the game. By the way, you have to wonder why the mayors of major metropolitan cities have nothing better to do than come up with silly wagers on the Superbowl. I hope at least they make it interesting. If it were up to me, I'd bet the Indianapolis Speedway for the Sears Tower. Now that's a wager.

Of course I will watch the game. It would be un-American not to, and it's hard to pass up an opportunity to drink beer and eat artery-clogging food one more time before it's all over until training camp begins. No wait, that's not entirely true. There's always the Pro Bowl.