During WWII the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers, both suffering financial hardships, combined forces for a few seasons and played as the "Steagles." If my thoughts are correct, they will meet again in a few weeks. In honor of a potential all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl, I have posted a picture of the Keystone Kops, a famous silent movie comedy team, pictured here taking a phone call from Senator Arlen Specter. Anyway, on with the picks. And remember, if you want serious commentary on football, you should probably be reading Brad Carlson.
Pittsburgh Stillers 16, Baltimore Ravens 11. As predicted here, the Ravens were able to hold off the Tennessee Titans, a team that I always believed was suspect. The Steelers are a different matter. These teams are bitter rivals of course, division foes who have been knocking heads for an eternity (remember, the current Ravens are the old Cleveland Browns). It will be a defensive struggle and nasty, nasty, nasty. But I'm thinking that rookie Baltimore QB Joe Flacco's magical run ends on the sodden turf of Heinz Field.
Philadelphia Iggles 33, Arizona Cardinals 28. Let's say this at the outset: the Cardinals are the team to root for this weekend. No franchise in all of professional sports, even the Cubs, has been as sad-sack an outfit as these Redbirds. They haven't won a thing since 1947 and even though in many respects their ineptitude is self-inflicted, it's about time that the sun shine a little on the Bidwill family, who have been owners of the team for nearly as long as the Rooneys have had ownership interest in the Steelers, but with none of the charm. As for the game itself, the Cards are playing well and it's at home. Those are positive factors. Still, I think the Eagles are a tough-minded bunch and that Donovan McNabb has something to prove. A Super Bowl ring would be the capper on a very distinguished career and I'm guessing that McNabb realizes that this is his best chance, and maybe his last. He'll do something special to win this game. And if he can win the Super Bowl, he'll get a bust in Canton.