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- Posted on Feb 5th 2011 4:00PM by Marina Galperina
I'm going with the Packers. Something about this team is starting to feel like Destiny. They've dealt with more injuries more than just about any other team this season, including the loss of their starting running back for the season in Week 1. And now they're here after needing to win their final two regular season games just to reach the postseason, and then knocking off the Top 3 seeds in the NFC - on the road - in convincing fashion. The defense is making plays, Aaron Rodgers - aside from the second half of the Bears game - has been deadly, and the post-season discovery of James Starks has given them more of a running game then they've had all season.
Plus, as a Ravens fan, I am habitually inclined to despise the Steelers, and half the fun of this game is going to be praying for B.J. Raji to smear Ben Roethlisberger like a Chrysler New Yorker. Despite both teams vaunted defenses, I think it ends in a 34-28 Packers victory, Aaron Rodgers gets MVP, and we all just miss out on the free Papa Johns pizzas given away if this thing goes to overtime.
What's your favorite sport?
To watch: College basketball, because it's might be the truest team sport. There are five guys a side, and each one of them has to fulfill a role, and there's no room for freelancing or slacking. There's a certain desperation to it that makes the games more exciting. For a lot of these kids, this is the apex of athletic career and they know it, and they're enjoying it while it's here. For others, these one or two or four years are going to decide whether they're millionaires. To play: Wii bowling.
What is your favorite team of all time? The Baltimore Orioles. The best thing in the world is lugging a radio and a case of Natty Boh (National Bohemian) on the roof with a couple of friends and listening to Joe Angel and Fred Manfra call the game as the sun goes down. It's like Zen. From my old apartment, you could see the lights of the stadium and the fireworks on Fireworks Nights. A group of guys in Baltimore bands who are also huge O's fans - including myself - wrote a song about the team called 'How 'Bout Dem O's' that the team has played at the stadium the last two seasons.
What's your favorite childhood sports-related memory?
When I was five, my dad took me to my first Orioles game. In the middle of the game, an old man was making his way past my aisle seat on his way to the tunnel, when with a crack of the bat, our designated hitter Larry Sheets drilled him in the back with a line drive foul. The old man crumpled in the aisle about ten feet from where I was sitting. I keep coming back to the ball yard expecting that level of excitement, but just not finding it.
Favorite thing to eat at any sporting event?