Opinion: Cheese Heads vs. the Terrible Towels

Michael Moses

Michael Moses

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The Green Bay Packers have won the most NFL Championships (pre-Super Bowl era included) with 12 total. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most in the Super Bowl era, with six.

Funny how similarities show up, huh?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be taking part in their eighth Super Bowl on Sunday when they face the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers have won an NFL best of six Vince Lombardi Trophies.

Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowl victories (I and II). The franchise would go on to win one more, Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 behind quarterback Brett Favre.

Favre was the mentor of current Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his two seasons as a starter. On Sunday, Aaron will look to win his first career Super Bowl and make Packers fans forget about Favre.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest starting quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl (at 23), will be looking to win his third Super Bowl ring.

Thirteen current Steelers own the same Super Bowl rings. These teammates won the big game in both 2006 and 2009 together: Roethlisberger, Larry Foote, James Farrior, James Harrison, Casey Hampton, Chris Hoke, Brett Keisel, Bryant McFadden, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ike Taylor, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu.

Polamalu was voted this year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He won by a mere two votes, barely edging out Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Matthews leads a Green Bay Packers defense that ranked 5th in the NFL this season. Powered by Matthews’ 13.5 quarterback takedowns, Green Bay was tied for second in the regular season for sacks. Pittsburgh was ranked No. 1.

Green Bay’s defense held opponents to 15 points per game during the regular season, good for second best in the NFL. Pittsburgh’s defense ranked first, at 14.5 points per game.

The Steelers have a combined 54 Super Bowl rings on their current roster. Green Bay has a total of one — fullback John Kuhn.

He won his when he was on the Steelers’ practice squad in 2006.

Head coaches Mike McCarthy (Packers) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) have exactly 48 career regular season victories apiece. With a win, McCarthy can tie Tomlin’s five career postseason victories. They would also be tied in the Lombardy trophy category, as well.

Both franchises have lost the same amount of Super Bowls. One each.

In 2006, Pittsburgh was the first ever sixth seed to advance to the Super Bowl. This year marks the second time in history that it has happened — though now it’s the Packers playing the underdog story.

Yet, in the gambling world, the Packers are the favorites to win on Sunday.

The last time the Steelers were an underdog in the big game was Super Bowl XXX.

They lost.

Their colors may be black and gold and yellow and green, but you can bet that Cowboys Stadium will be a sea of yellow come game time. Fans will either be wearing cheese heads (Packer faithfuls) or waving Terrible Towels (Steeler faithfuls).

And you’d think with such an iconic image to a city, the towels would be made in Pittsburgh.


They’re manufactured in Wisconsin. But hey, cheese goes bad, and Steel never does.

The last time these two teams met, in December 2009, the game went down to the final second. Mike Wallace, Steelers wide receiver, caught a leaning touchdown grab as time expired. The extra point gave Pittsburgh the win, 37-36.

A little over a year later, fans are anticipating much of the same.