Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– As is the Friday custom around here: let’s hear your predictions for Sunday. Super. Bowl.

– NON-FOOTBALL! OK, this is too good not to comment on, but as I’m writing this I’m watching Mega Python vs. Gatoroid on SyFy. It stars 80′s teen stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, and is similar to their other movie, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. Only, if you can actually believe this, worse. Much worse. It’s so bad that I simply can’t turn it off, and I’m going to crack open a beer and watch the rest of it. Actual line spoken just now: “I have a monkey landing here in one hour.” AND OH MY… The “monkey?” It’s Micky Dolenz. You know, from the Monkees? Wow.

– In other news, if you haven’t checked out Steelers Lounge Podcast #35, here it is. [Us]

– And here’s Steelers Lounge Podcast #35.1, part two of our Super Bowl Preview Extravaganza. [Us, again]

– On Thursday night, JJ and Ryan talked with Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog and Bam from the Blitzburgh Blog. [Three Rivers Burgh Blog Podcast]

– Most of the Super Bowl coverage this week from the national media has been dreadful. Hey, did you hear Ben Roethlisberger was at a dueling Piano bar? Scandalous. He was also, reportedly, singing a Billy Joel song. That, of course, doesn’t mean the coverage is all bad, just most of it. Here’s an example of the good: a profile (sort of) of Mike Tomlin. [ESPN]

– Peter King reports that Ben was looking, well, awesome during practice on Thursday. Then again, with the week Peter had it’s entirely possible that he was actually watching Byron Leftwich throw. [Peter King On Twitter]

– Super Bowl XLV preview from the guys at Football Outsiders. [Football Outsiders]

– News and notes from the Steelers media session. [Behind The Steel Curtain]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Willie Parker with the longest touchdown run in Super Bowl history…

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  • Anonymous

    I tend towards the 34-21 vicinity.

    But the scary image in my head is Shaun Suisham doing a last minute Vanderjagt and watching everyone mouthing “He missed it.”

  • Dean Keaton

    Anyone have thoughts on the Driver injury? I think that if he is indeed not able to play at 100% it could be pretty beneficial to the Steelers.

    Also, any news on whether Pouncey is practicing today? They were supposed to start practice at 11am CST (12pm EST)

  • David

    31-24 us.

    Does anyone else feel like everyone wants us to lose, just like the 18-0 Patsies a couple of years ago?

    • countertorque

      I think everyone wants Ben to lose and Aaron Rodgers to win. I don’t think it’s anything against the Steelers as a team.

      • countertorque

        Also, I think we have to keep in mind that if a team is going to the Superbowl every other year for most of a decade, there’s going to be a natural backlash of anti-fandom.

  • David

    Oh, BTW, MVP will be Heath.

  • John S.

    I’m thinking a high scoring game decided by 3-4 points. And I’m not sure the Steelers win it. Regardless, I’m just hoping for a great game.

    After an amazing turn of events I went from giving up and commiserating with my friend that we weren’t gonna be able to go cause of ticket prices to getting two tickets without crushing the bank (but severely denting it) in the span of two hours last night all thanks to my sister-in-law. Funny how things work out.

    • Dean Keaton

      Congrats! I was offered two at $1600 each for XLIII. Couldn’t do it, but I hope you got a good deal… Enjoy the game, and hope for more than a great game!

  • Dean Keaton

    Pouncey will be out.

  • countertorque

    Steelers 38-35. I think there are going to be a lot of turnovers.

  • Finnegans Wake

    Earlier I had been favoring the under, a 20-17, 23-20 kinda game. As I mulled over everything, I revised that. I think this game sets up similarly to the 2008 season XLIII SB and the 2010 season AFCC. Both games saw us stake a lead, the opponent hacking away at that, and the requisite 4Q sweatin’ whiskey nailbiter.

    I see this being 24-21 Steelers in the 4Q after Rodgers has gotten the Pack back in it, driving the field, looking to take the lead… when suddenly Polamalu jumps a route, pick 6, your XLV MVP.

  • steeler fan in cowboy country

    37-27 us….Roethlisberger MVP!