Packers rule!

It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was exciting.  The Packers won the Super Bowl, beating the Steelrs 31-25.

That means Rich Shipe won our contest with an amazing prediction of 31-24.  (Who could have guessed that the Steelers would go for two?)  He has a great future in Vegas, if the church he is pastoring will give him a leave of absence.  (Rich, how did you get so close?  What was your reasoning?)

So Rich wins 15 minutes of fame.  Think about him today for 15 minutes.  No more than that!

Dennis Peskey was close too, 38-24, but I think Cindy R. would come in second with her guess of 27-24.  (Cindy Ramos is always winning or coming close in my prediction contests!  She’s a former student, so I must have taught her well.  You other former students must not have paid attention.)

Use this space for post-game analysis, commercial critiques, and half-time show complaints.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Dan Kempin

    Not to be a legalist, but you said that the 15 minutes of fame would go to anyone who predicted the CORRECT score. That means, Rich, that I will only give you 14 minutes of fame in my mind, and spend the remaining minute thinking about the Lombardi trophy. *sigh*

    Actually, the game surprised me. I thought it would be a Packer offensive showcase or a Steeler win. It was an exciting game with major momentum swings–my poor heart almost gave out–but it came down to the two football fundamentals: Defensive fortitude, and NO turnovers.

    Plus, if there is a strike/lockout, we will get to keep the bragging rights for a bonus year!

  • Dan Kempin

    Not to be a legalist, but you said that the 15 minutes of fame would go to anyone who predicted the CORRECT score. That means, Rich, that I will only give you 14 minutes of fame in my mind, and spend the remaining minute thinking about the Lombardi trophy. *sigh*

    Actually, the game surprised me. I thought it would be a Packer offensive showcase or a Steeler win. It was an exciting game with major momentum swings–my poor heart almost gave out–but it came down to the two football fundamentals: Defensive fortitude, and NO turnovers.

    Plus, if there is a strike/lockout, we will get to keep the bragging rights for a bonus year!

  • Joe

    GO PACK GO! Typical of the Packer’s season, they lost two of the big time players and others stepped in and played well!!

  • Joe

    GO PACK GO! Typical of the Packer’s season, they lost two of the big time players and others stepped in and played well!!

  • Rich Shipe

    My reasoning: I just scanned down through the scores that were already predicted and picked a score that wasn’t chosen. I expected a high scoring game. For what it is worth, I also predicted the Packer’s pick-6 before the ball was snapped. My family is witness. (maybe I should take that Vegas sabbatical?) :)

    My heart wanted a Packer win so they got the higher score. But I really didn’t think the Packers would win.

    To everyone who will be thinking about me: Because you don’t know me and will be thinking about my name, here is some insignificant history on my name. On a personal note, when I was a kid I was called “Richie.” This made for lots of jokes about the cartoon “Richie Rich.” When I was a teenager I resembled Richie Cunningham which made for more jokes. So in my mid teens I started making everyone switch to Rich. But then I found that it was hard to say Rich Shipe. The sound at the end of my first name is the same as the sound at the beginning of my last name. So for a time I tried Richard. Now I’m back to Rich. :)

    Also, I’m proud of the fact that “Shipe” is an All-American name. The original Schieb family immigrated from Germany in the mid 18th century to Bucks County, PA and promptly changed their name to the more American sounding name of Shipe. I love that. I’m not sure why they did it but I think it is a cool.

    Ok, back to what you normally think about. :)

  • Rich Shipe

    My reasoning: I just scanned down through the scores that were already predicted and picked a score that wasn’t chosen. I expected a high scoring game. For what it is worth, I also predicted the Packer’s pick-6 before the ball was snapped. My family is witness. (maybe I should take that Vegas sabbatical?) :)

    My heart wanted a Packer win so they got the higher score. But I really didn’t think the Packers would win.

    To everyone who will be thinking about me: Because you don’t know me and will be thinking about my name, here is some insignificant history on my name. On a personal note, when I was a kid I was called “Richie.” This made for lots of jokes about the cartoon “Richie Rich.” When I was a teenager I resembled Richie Cunningham which made for more jokes. So in my mid teens I started making everyone switch to Rich. But then I found that it was hard to say Rich Shipe. The sound at the end of my first name is the same as the sound at the beginning of my last name. So for a time I tried Richard. Now I’m back to Rich. :)

    Also, I’m proud of the fact that “Shipe” is an All-American name. The original Schieb family immigrated from Germany in the mid 18th century to Bucks County, PA and promptly changed their name to the more American sounding name of Shipe. I love that. I’m not sure why they did it but I think it is a cool.

    Ok, back to what you normally think about. :)

  • Dennis Peskey

    The only major mistake the Stealers made in their game execution was going for a two point conversion. I was really happy when I did not see their kicker on the field; two points means your playing for the field goal, ergo, the end zone ceases to be your destination.

    If the Stealers wanted to swap field goals with the Packers – fine. We were up three points after the successful attempt and knew they were focusing on getting the ball to the twenty-five yard line – not the end zone. If the Stealers kicked the extra point, they would be down by four points mandating a touchdown. The Packers would then be very reluctant to kick that final field goal knowing the Stealers had every intention of driving to the end zone. But when they pull within three points – that tells me their looking to kick another field goal to tie (and send the game into overtime with all the new rules in vogue!)

    I didn’t get my interception return for the touchdown to drive the score to 38 – maybe next year. What Pittsburg has to realize is we play for touchdowns – not field goals. Our kicker is the most rested player on our team – the only injury he risks is cutting his toenails. But he can kick well over fifty if necessary; he primarily get to do this during warmups. The rest of the time he spends looking for the gatorade and heater. If our third and four receivers (Nelson and Jones) weren’t so excited and concentrated on catching the ball, my final score prediction of 38 would have been too low! I have a feeling we may be seeing this team again – then we can show them some of our more devious plays (if you did not get the opportunity to see the inverted wishbone with B J Raji leading [he be the nose tackle - an old Dicka da Bears trick] – well, there’s alway next year. Congradulations to Rich (and his teacher) for a real good prediction.
    Go Pack Go
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    The only major mistake the Stealers made in their game execution was going for a two point conversion. I was really happy when I did not see their kicker on the field; two points means your playing for the field goal, ergo, the end zone ceases to be your destination.

    If the Stealers wanted to swap field goals with the Packers – fine. We were up three points after the successful attempt and knew they were focusing on getting the ball to the twenty-five yard line – not the end zone. If the Stealers kicked the extra point, they would be down by four points mandating a touchdown. The Packers would then be very reluctant to kick that final field goal knowing the Stealers had every intention of driving to the end zone. But when they pull within three points – that tells me their looking to kick another field goal to tie (and send the game into overtime with all the new rules in vogue!)

    I didn’t get my interception return for the touchdown to drive the score to 38 – maybe next year. What Pittsburg has to realize is we play for touchdowns – not field goals. Our kicker is the most rested player on our team – the only injury he risks is cutting his toenails. But he can kick well over fifty if necessary; he primarily get to do this during warmups. The rest of the time he spends looking for the gatorade and heater. If our third and four receivers (Nelson and Jones) weren’t so excited and concentrated on catching the ball, my final score prediction of 38 would have been too low! I have a feeling we may be seeing this team again – then we can show them some of our more devious plays (if you did not get the opportunity to see the inverted wishbone with B J Raji leading [he be the nose tackle - an old Dicka da Bears trick] – well, there’s alway next year. Congradulations to Rich (and his teacher) for a real good prediction.
    Go Pack Go
    Dennis

  • WebMonk

    Well, the Steelers lost for the same reason as any of their losses for this seasons – turnovers in general, and interceptions in particular. They failed to make any serious periods of brilliance, but went ahead with their moments of ineptitude.

    They had some good, solid playing, and the occasional spark of awesomeness on individual plays here and there. But, if they are going to be throwing multiple interceptions per game, they absolutely must have several periods of brilliance to compensate. They left that part out.

  • WebMonk

    Well, the Steelers lost for the same reason as any of their losses for this seasons – turnovers in general, and interceptions in particular. They failed to make any serious periods of brilliance, but went ahead with their moments of ineptitude.

    They had some good, solid playing, and the occasional spark of awesomeness on individual plays here and there. But, if they are going to be throwing multiple interceptions per game, they absolutely must have several periods of brilliance to compensate. They left that part out.

  • Dan Kempin

    I must say that I was very impressed with the Steeler D. They were really flying around.

  • Dan Kempin

    I must say that I was very impressed with the Steeler D. They were really flying around.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    Congrats, Rich!

    Decent game, poor execution.

    Stupid commercials for the most part (loved the Volkswagon one with little Darth Vader). Way too much sexual inuendo for something viewed by entire families.

    Too bad they didn’t have a marching band for the halftime show.

    What’s with all those people outside the stadum in pretty cold weather watching the game…on a screen?

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    Congrats, Rich!

    Decent game, poor execution.

    Stupid commercials for the most part (loved the Volkswagon one with little Darth Vader). Way too much sexual inuendo for something viewed by entire families.

    Too bad they didn’t have a marching band for the halftime show.

    What’s with all those people outside the stadum in pretty cold weather watching the game…on a screen?

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Fantastic game, and great win for Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers is a very good QB. Can’t wait to see what he does in the future as well!

    Good to see Charles Woodson get the ring, too. The man is a beast on defense, and this caps off his list of accomplishment. Always a great feeling when a Michigan man joins the elite in the NFL

    Go Blue, and Go Pack Go!

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Fantastic game, and great win for Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers is a very good QB. Can’t wait to see what he does in the future as well!

    Good to see Charles Woodson get the ring, too. The man is a beast on defense, and this caps off his list of accomplishment. Always a great feeling when a Michigan man joins the elite in the NFL

    Go Blue, and Go Pack Go!

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Advice for my fellow Steelers fans: When Life hands you Cheese, make Pizza!

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Advice for my fellow Steelers fans: When Life hands you Cheese, make Pizza!

  • kerner

    I promise not to rub it in after this, Webmonk, but do you remember your prediction on this for 2011 (@31 and 44) and mine (@47)?

    http://www.geneveith.com/2010/12/31your-predictions-for-2011/

    Of course, we still have to see how it goes for the troop levels question.

  • kerner

    I promise not to rub it in after this, Webmonk, but do you remember your prediction on this for 2011 (@31 and 44) and mine (@47)?

    http://www.geneveith.com/2010/12/31your-predictions-for-2011/

    Of course, we still have to see how it goes for the troop levels question.

  • kerner

    Doggone it. I predict that I will never learn to post links.

    http://www.geneveith.com/2010/12/31/your-predictions-for-2011/

  • kerner

    Doggone it. I predict that I will never learn to post links.

    http://www.geneveith.com/2010/12/31/your-predictions-for-2011/

  • DonS

    My sons and I golfed during the first half of the game — the course offered a deal that couldn’t be refused, even though it was the first time in memory that I wasn’t watching the game. Driving home afterwards, with the roads emptier than I have ever seen them in daylight, I decided that if my team isn’t playing and we aren’t invited to someone’s house to watch the game, we will find other things to do from now on.

    The best part was that we still saw the second half, which was the better one anyway. And, I got to miss the singing of the national anthem, which I understand was a very good thing to miss this year.

    Congratulations, Rich! And thank you for the background information. I grew up in Bucks County, PA, so that’s kind of cool.

  • DonS

    My sons and I golfed during the first half of the game — the course offered a deal that couldn’t be refused, even though it was the first time in memory that I wasn’t watching the game. Driving home afterwards, with the roads emptier than I have ever seen them in daylight, I decided that if my team isn’t playing and we aren’t invited to someone’s house to watch the game, we will find other things to do from now on.

    The best part was that we still saw the second half, which was the better one anyway. And, I got to miss the singing of the national anthem, which I understand was a very good thing to miss this year.

    Congratulations, Rich! And thank you for the background information. I grew up in Bucks County, PA, so that’s kind of cool.

  • WebMonk

    I do, I do. Here’s to hoping my other predictions turn out a bit better.

    (or maybe I should hope that troop levels are reduced way beyond what I expect.)

  • WebMonk

    I do, I do. Here’s to hoping my other predictions turn out a bit better.

    (or maybe I should hope that troop levels are reduced way beyond what I expect.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy R.

    I scoured the OED for clues as I made my score prediction, of course. Also, I figured that the score would not be low, because good defenses are capable of scoring points. The Packers defense did that, and they made it easy for the Packers offense to score a couple of times.

    My husband and my father were at the game, so I’ll try to get them to post a report on the Dallas experience. They are back in Wisconsin already but are a little tired today.

    The team will be arriving back in Green Bay shortly. Green Bay schools are closed for the afternoon so that everyone can go and welcome back the team as they make their way from the airport to Lambeau Field. Tomorrow there will be a victory celebration at Lambeau. I expect that the stadium will be full, even though the temperature will be in the single digits.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy R.

    I scoured the OED for clues as I made my score prediction, of course. Also, I figured that the score would not be low, because good defenses are capable of scoring points. The Packers defense did that, and they made it easy for the Packers offense to score a couple of times.

    My husband and my father were at the game, so I’ll try to get them to post a report on the Dallas experience. They are back in Wisconsin already but are a little tired today.

    The team will be arriving back in Green Bay shortly. Green Bay schools are closed for the afternoon so that everyone can go and welcome back the team as they make their way from the airport to Lambeau Field. Tomorrow there will be a victory celebration at Lambeau. I expect that the stadium will be full, even though the temperature will be in the single digits.

  • Tom Hering

    #1 best ad, without a doubt: Chrysler’s 2-minute “Imported From Detroit.”

    #2 best ad: Volkswagen’s “Little Darth Vader.”

    #3 best ad: Bridgestone’s “Driver Saves Beaver, Beaver Saves Driver.”

    All three told a good, clean story. Most of the rest seemed designed for frat boys and gamers.

    Honorable mention: “Super 8″ teaser trailer. (I now want to see this J.J. Abrams homage to Spielberg’s E.T. and Close Encounters.)

  • Tom Hering

    #1 best ad, without a doubt: Chrysler’s 2-minute “Imported From Detroit.”

    #2 best ad: Volkswagen’s “Little Darth Vader.”

    #3 best ad: Bridgestone’s “Driver Saves Beaver, Beaver Saves Driver.”

    All three told a good, clean story. Most of the rest seemed designed for frat boys and gamers.

    Honorable mention: “Super 8″ teaser trailer. (I now want to see this J.J. Abrams homage to Spielberg’s E.T. and Close Encounters.)

  • http://www.divorceguide.com children and divorce

    For me… I’m not big on football, but to continue bonding with the hubby, I watch… as a rah rah in my youth, never FULLy got it… just jumped when they jumped! However, not knowing who the Bear was until 2000 (6 years after my residency to Alabama), fitting in to the obsession has been challenging. Since orange isn’t my color and I AM in Tuscaloosa County.. it was only fitting to support that team all these years. I can justify that! My all time favorite team has been and always will be my home team “Chicago Bears”… but they blotched it up for us, didn’t they? Well, that leaves me having to VOTE again… So, picking a team in the Super Bowl!

    Don’t ask my analytical self the logic, it just makes sense to me… as so much did James in June…

    I SUPPORT THE GREEN BAY PACKERS! “ONLY BECAUSE”…. yelling and jumping for Steelers in my living room makes me think of justifying all those darn Republican crooks robbing us every single day! So, I just can’t do it! Sounds ridiculous, I know… but try it! GO STEELERS… WIN STEELERS… Take it, run with it, go all the way… GO GO GO GO GO…. doesn’t it sound horrible when you think of it in that light? NO? Well, to me it does, so I SUPPORT PACKERS TODAY!

    What about you?

  • http://www.divorceguide.com children and divorce

    For me… I’m not big on football, but to continue bonding with the hubby, I watch… as a rah rah in my youth, never FULLy got it… just jumped when they jumped! However, not knowing who the Bear was until 2000 (6 years after my residency to Alabama), fitting in to the obsession has been challenging. Since orange isn’t my color and I AM in Tuscaloosa County.. it was only fitting to support that team all these years. I can justify that! My all time favorite team has been and always will be my home team “Chicago Bears”… but they blotched it up for us, didn’t they? Well, that leaves me having to VOTE again… So, picking a team in the Super Bowl!

    Don’t ask my analytical self the logic, it just makes sense to me… as so much did James in June…

    I SUPPORT THE GREEN BAY PACKERS! “ONLY BECAUSE”…. yelling and jumping for Steelers in my living room makes me think of justifying all those darn Republican crooks robbing us every single day! So, I just can’t do it! Sounds ridiculous, I know… but try it! GO STEELERS… WIN STEELERS… Take it, run with it, go all the way… GO GO GO GO GO…. doesn’t it sound horrible when you think of it in that light? NO? Well, to me it does, so I SUPPORT PACKERS TODAY!

    What about you?

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Dear C&D,
    I do think you are confusing the Steelers in Pittsburgh with the Stealers in Washington DC. And never mind which political party they are.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Dear C&D,
    I do think you are confusing the Steelers in Pittsburgh with the Stealers in Washington DC. And never mind which political party they are.

  • Bruce Gee

    I remember well the sixties. There was a time as a young boy I believed a Vince Lombardi team would never lose. Then Detroit beat them and I had my first taste of heartache (soon to be followed by losing my dog Scottie, but what of that). Two Super Bowl wins (What is this Super Bowl thing? everyone was wondering), and then 30 years of just awful, depressing football. It was with some reluctance that I saw my sons grow up with the Holmgren Packers, their age and vulnerability similar to mine in the sixties. Sunday helped us get past all that: the Third Wave had arrived, and we chatted by email (one son in Mexico) and excitedly by phone (one son in Denver) while the game was ongoing. I had it TIVO’d, and was 15 minutes behind; always forgetting and calling excitedly to Denver only to be told, uh, Dad. “The Steelers are driving.”

  • Bruce Gee

    I remember well the sixties. There was a time as a young boy I believed a Vince Lombardi team would never lose. Then Detroit beat them and I had my first taste of heartache (soon to be followed by losing my dog Scottie, but what of that). Two Super Bowl wins (What is this Super Bowl thing? everyone was wondering), and then 30 years of just awful, depressing football. It was with some reluctance that I saw my sons grow up with the Holmgren Packers, their age and vulnerability similar to mine in the sixties. Sunday helped us get past all that: the Third Wave had arrived, and we chatted by email (one son in Mexico) and excitedly by phone (one son in Denver) while the game was ongoing. I had it TIVO’d, and was 15 minutes behind; always forgetting and calling excitedly to Denver only to be told, uh, Dad. “The Steelers are driving.”

  • Orianna Laun

    You didn’t mention comments on the National Anthem, but I’m putting one here. Why does it have to always be an exercise in vocal gymnastics? (I’m not even going to touch the lyrics issue.) Can’t a person just sing it straight? I’d suggest that next year have the National Anthem done by a military choir. If one must insist on having a big star, get a male country singer. He’d be most likely to do it accurately.

  • Orianna Laun

    You didn’t mention comments on the National Anthem, but I’m putting one here. Why does it have to always be an exercise in vocal gymnastics? (I’m not even going to touch the lyrics issue.) Can’t a person just sing it straight? I’d suggest that next year have the National Anthem done by a military choir. If one must insist on having a big star, get a male country singer. He’d be most likely to do it accurately.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    As for the National Anthem, I think the NFL should have these girls sing it next year. At least , they know how to sing.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    As for the National Anthem, I think the NFL should have these girls sing it next year. At least , they know how to sing.

  • Dennis Peskey

    I wholeheartedly endorse Orianna Laun’s suggestion (post#19).

  • Dennis Peskey

    I wholeheartedly endorse Orianna Laun’s suggestion (post#19).


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