Super Bowl XLIII Extra: 1/25/09
Stories to columnist to 3D animation during the Super Bowl broadcast, the week before the big game begins.
• Arizona looks like the headquarters of Steelers West
The same as so many others of his brethren, Randy Waters isn't hiding his Steelers enthusiasm behind enemy lines this week.
• Bouchette on the Steelers : No Grimm fairy tale
There likely will be only a few (thousand) questions about it this week in Tampa, so let's get right to the tale about how Ken Whisenhunt wound up as coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Tomlin as coach of the Steelers and Russ Grimm still holding the job of an assistant head coach, in Arizona.
• Not so super Cardinals-Steelers weren't so Super in 1944
Long ago united by war and NFL necessity, the Cardinals and Steelers franchises merged for one inglorious season that added new meaning to the word "difficult."
• No pain, no gain for Ward
The Steelers cannot come close this week to duplicating the dramatic tale of Super Bowl XL, when they followed Jerome Bettis home to Detroit for his final game. It's not the same.
• Decades of losing still hover over Cardinals, despite earning first trip to Super Bowl
A sign of their horrid history was draped across Sun Devil Stadium on the occasion of the Arizona Cardinals' final home game there, Christmas Eve 2005.
• Inactives make the best of it
A similar reality jars Charlie Batch and Kendall Simmons as the pregame moments dwindle nearer to kickoff each Steelers game day.
• Starks contrast: From highly paid backup to Super Bowl starter again
Max Starks is more than just the only Steelers offensive lineman to throw a big block on the winning touchdown in a Super Bowl.
• OLB Woodley becomes disruptive force
LaMarr Woodley has blossomed into a sack artist for the Steelers' top-ranked defense, but the second-year outside linebacker isn't expecting a curtain call.
• Ron Cook: It's in their blood
Steelers' Aaron Smith can't say enough good things about the many Pittsburghers who donated because his 5-year-old son has cancer
• Gene Collier: One man, two teams
Cardinals who were once Steelers are nearly as common in Arizona's Valley of the Sun as cactus needles and gila monsters.
• PDF: The road to 12-4
• PDF: Steelers in the playoffs
• PDF: Steelers: Road to Tampa
• PDF: Cardinals: Road to Tampa
• Bowl Business: Chocolate bars play up to Steelers
Trello Cioccolato, the fine custom chocolates division of Lord's International in Moon, is combining Pittsburgh favorites with Pittsburgh Steelers and Terrible Towel chocolate bars.
• 3-D ads to jump out during the big game
If Jeffrey Katzenberg has his way, the theater-going experience everyone will be craving this year is digital 3-D, with two Super Bowl commercials -- for DreamWorks' "Monsters vs. Aliens" and the SoBe Lifewater lizards -- as an in-your-face invitation to put on your 3-D glasses and get onboard.
• Bettis visits in 3-D on NBC's 'Chuck'
Here comes the Bus -- in 3-D. Jerome Bettis will guest star on NBC's "Chuck" (8 p.m. Feb. 2) in a 3-D episode airing the day after the Super Bowl.
First Published January 25, 2009 12:00 am