Green Bay and Pittsburgh, in Arlington, Texas
(That's Cowboys' house, but ... this season, shut down)
There, all the world watched the championship Packers
Packers are starring; beat Old Steel Mill town
Two guys, both hairy, were matched one-another
Clay Matthews (great!) and Troy Palomalou 
Troy missed assignments while Clay made plays happen 
Ben tries to throw, but Packs pick off; score two 
Packers, the Trophy's for you
"Up there", Lombardi's proud, too 
You were sixth-seeded place, but like Tortoise, won race 
All cheese-heads are cheering the crew 
Fans almost cried: lost were Woodson and Driver 
Matthews and Bishop stopped "sure" Pittsburgh score 
Nel-son and Jennings caught TDs from Aaron
Steelers on brink, but Green Bay slammed the door 
Cheered for his labor: MVP Rodgers 
Trash-talk was hurled by James Harrison (pound!!) 
Losing face: "Crown"; POTUS' favor, deliver 
Obama: a blow-hard; but watched Steelers drown!
Packers, we're always true blue
Out there, each player came through
It all worked out right. What a wonderful night!
Packers, rings coming to you!
 Much was made in the media stories leading up to the Super Bowl about all of "The Hair", on both teams, with these two at the forefront of the attention.
 FG on Troy P.: "NFL Defensive Player of the Year, my Aunt Fanny...."
E. g., Clay Matthews blocked a Ben Roethlisberger pass "in your face", up close and personal, very nearly intercepting it himself. Matthews' fellow linebacker, A. J. Hawk, who led the team in regular-season combined tackles with 111 (no relation to unabombers, lol! ;) , also showed great defensive play.
 Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted twice, and both resulted in Packer touchdowns (one on the interception runback itself).
 "Up there" -- i. e., football Heaven
 The Packers became the NFC's first sixth-seeded team ever to *reach* the Super Bowl, much less win it. (Guess who wrote the "tortoise" line? ....tough one, huh? ;)
Packers fans are often referred to as "cheeseheads", based on their home state of Wisconsin's cheese production, and their cheese-slice shaped hats. They are immensely loyal: The city of Green Bay has a population of about 100.000, and a "metropolitan area" of about 300.000, versus the multi-million "metropolitan area" populations of most NFL cities (NY, Pittsburgh, Chicago, LA, Dallas, etc., etc.). E. g., their rival here, Pittsburgh, has about 2.3 million in the associated area.
Yet every Packers game at Lambeau Field has been sold out since 1960. The Packers have one of the longest waiting lists for season tickets in professional sports, with about 78,000 names as of 2008. There are now more names on the waiting list than there are seats at Lambeau Field. The average wait time for season tickets is said to be over 30 years; yet if a name were to be added to the list today, the estimated wait could extend well over 100 years. For this reason, it is not unusual for fans to designate a recipient of their season tickets in their wills or place newborn infants on the waiting list after receiving birth certificates.
 First-half injuries sent key defensive back Charles Woodson and star receiver Donald Driver to the locker room, but the rest "stepped up to the plate".
 On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Steelers had the ball on the Green Bay 38-yard line, "in scoring range", but had their third turnover of the game when their leading rusher for the season, halfback Rashard Mendenhall, fumbled the ball while being tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Clay Matthews. Desmond Bishop recovered the ball for the Pack, and eight plays later, Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit receiver Greg Jennings in the end zone, the second touchdown completion of the game for that duo.
 Down 28-17 in the fourth quarter, the Steelers mounted a very impressive drive for a touchdown, then razzle-dazzled the rare two-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 28-25. But the Packers took the kickoff and drove back, incluidng a key 14-yard run by James Starks, and scored a field goal. Score now: 31-25, forcing Pittsburgh to try for a touchdown with 2:07 left in the game, as a field goal would no longer give them a tie and send the gave into overtime. Roethlisberger completed two passes for 20 yards, but then threw three consecutive incompletions, turning the ball over and allowing the Packers to run out the rest of the
 Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns, with *no* interceptions (vs. Roethlisberger's two, both resulting in Green Bay touchdowns), thereby winning the Most Valuable Player award -- and a shiny new red Camaro convertible. :)
Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Jr. set a fine example of "sportsmanship" all year.
On October 19, 2010, Harrison was fined $75,000 for a controversial hit he had delivered two days earlier to Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. He was fined an extra $25,000 for being a repeat offender, referring back to the week 2 game versus the Tennessee Titans. In that game, Harrison was penalized for slamming Quarterback Vince Young to the turf. Harrison had considered retiring because of the NFL's decision [Talk is cheap. Illegal hits are expensive -- TT.], but returned to practice two days later.
On November 4, 2010, Harrison was fined again, this time $20,000 for a late hit on New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees. His penchant for both late hits and helmet-to-helmet hits resulted in him being named one of the dirtiest players in sports by FOX Sports midway through the 2010 NFL season.
On November 30, 2010, Harrison was fined $25,000 once again for a hit on Buffalo Bills Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
OK, that's one meaning of the parenthetical "pound!". Now, see if this brings on some déjà vu:
On May 23, 2009, Harrison's child sustained an injury to his thigh when the family's pit bull became agitated and bit him. The boy's mother, Beth Tibbott, who had let the dog out of his cage, was also bitten when she tried to intervene. The dog also bit the player's massage therapist, who needed three stitches. Mr. Harrison's agent, William Parise, said the boy's injuries were "serious but certainly not life-threatening." [Well, *that* makes it OK, then! -- paging Michael Vick... ] The pit bull was scheduled to be euthanized. but through pressure from the team, Harrison was able to place the dog in a temporary home that specializes in training aggressive dogs to be gentle. (There's the second meaning of "pound!")
Our sarcastic selves note the old saying that dogs tend to resemble their owners, and vice versa. Couldn't the NFL have placed *Harrison* in a home that teaches (alleged) *humans* not to be pit bulls?
Not exactly sure why the President of the United States should be taking sides in a US-only sports contest. Not that it would influence officials or anything, ;) but shouldn't that high of an office be neutral on such things, and focus on the "slightly" more important issues facing the country? But:
"During a press conference on January 19, 2011, President Barack Obama, a longtime Chicago Bears fan, said he would attend Super Bowl XLV if the Chicago Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers, saying 'If the Bears win, I’m going, no doubt.' Chicago lost the NFC Championship game to Green Bay 21–14. In a post-game locker-room speech, Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson poked fun at the President's comment, saying "The President don't want to come watch us at the Super Bowl, guess what? We're going to see him!" (implying that Green Bay would win the Super Bowl and visit the White House, as the winning team does each year, a statement that would come true).
"Woodson then broke the Packers meeting with a team cheer of 'White House!'. On January 26, 2011, President Obama visited Green Bay and was greeted by Mayor Jim Schmitt and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who presented the President with two Green Bay Packers jerseys. The first had Obama's name on the back with the number 1, and the second was an autographed Charles Woodson jersey with the message 'See you at the White House. Go Packers!' written on the back by Woodson."
Obama, who is also a Steelers fan and considers the team to be his second-favorite after the Bears, openly supported the Steelers two years earlier in Super Bowl XLIII, after the Rooney family, who own the Steelers, helped with his 2008 Presidential campaign. Obama later appointed Steelers chairman Dan Rooney to be the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Guess now we know the price and reward of the President's favors.
FG and TT to Obama (in unison): Pbbbthhhhh!