Congratulations go out to Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe - two former Ravens who both were voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last night.
Both are certainly deserving of the honor, and should have entertaining speeches ready for us in August when the induction ceremonies are held in Canton, Ohio.
I didn’t get a chance to cover either guy during their respective tenures here in Baltimore, but my media brethren who were around for the Sanders and Sharpe years say that both guys were incredibly fun from a reporting perspective. From what I hear, there was never a dull moment when those guys were around the locker room, and frankly, that doesn’t surprise me.
What a Hall of Fame class overall, by the way.
Deion, Shannon, Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent, Les Richter, Chris Hanburger, and NFL Films founder Ed Sabol all made the cut. That’s quite a group right there.
Anyway, there’s apparently some game being held tonight.
After two weeks of talk, the Steelers and Packers will square off and finally play some football. Thank goodness.
I think this has the potential to be a really entertaining battle. Both teams have physical defenses that feature big-time playmakers in the linebacking corps and the secondary, and both squads can also put up points in bunches.
Personally, I expect this to be a high-scoring affair, and think that Green Bay’s ability to spread the Steelers out and make them match up against four and five quality receivers could be the difference. (I made nearly that same comment when the Ravens faced Pittsburgh three weeks ago, but we’ll ignore that.)
As is always the case when a team faces the Steelers, the Pack will need to account for James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley coming off the edges, but if the Green Bay offensive line can hold those two in check, Aaron Rodgers should be able to dissect an average Pittsburgh secondary.
Rodgers is quickly becoming one of my favorite quarterbacks to watch. The former Cal signal caller has pinpoint accuracy, a rocket for an arm and his scrambling ability keeps defenses in check.
Behind their star QB, I think the Packers will take this one, although the Steelers’ Super Bowl experience and recent history of late-game heroics makes me question that prediction even as I’m typing it. Put me down for a 31-27 Pack win, and a 4 out of 10 on the confidence scale.
What about you; who you got hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the night?
Will Green Bay stop Ben Roethlisberger and company in their tracks, or will the Steelers deliver another blow to the Baltimore community and pick up their third title in six years?