Super Bowl Xtra: Steelers vs. Cardinals
Today is the day. Two teams meet on one field ... the biggest game on the biggest stage. Our coverage of today's Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa starts with a the leaders of those teams.
Any football fan knows quarterbacks often dwarf a game. In fact, QBs have been MVP of the Super Bowl 22 times -- more than any other position. Today's Super Bowl has two of the game's giants at the position in Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner. One of them will become the 10th quarterback to win two Super Bowls.
• Roethlisberger looking for chance at redemption
It's not that Ben Roethlisberger didn't mean it. Or that he was going to renege on what he told Jerome Bettis -- heck, promised him -- a year earlier.
• Fan's streak will hit XLIII today
Tom Henschel holds the unlabeled scrapbook in front of himself a moment before opening it.
• Kurt Warner bloomed in the desert
He was history. He was so 2001. All Kurt Warner had left was his wing and his prayer, and NFL types sincerely doubted about the former.
• Fans, players have connection that drives both to super heights
From Station Square to the space station, from Mount Washington to Mount Everest, from Polish Hill to the South Pole, Steelermania is at its peak.
• Arians: Don't forget about his 3 WRs
There is no team in the league that would not sell its soul to have Arizona's three wide receivers. Well, maybe one.
• Super Matchup: Steelers vs. Cardinals
Gerry Dulac breaks down the Steelers' seventh Super Bowl
• Head to Head: Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. Steelers CB Ike Taylor What do Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald have to do to beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII and complete perhaps the most remarkable yet improbable playoff run in NFL history?
• Tomlin sees the big picture after practice
The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined about 250 family members and friends to watch the Steelers' 38-minute walk-through yesterday morning, their final on-field preparation for the Super Bowl tonight.
• Players sense hero's presence
Pat Tillman is here. They feel it. They sense it, from the oldest head around the sidelines, 42-year trainer John Omohundru, to the longest-tenured veteran on the Cardinals, safety Adrian Wilson.
• Who Are ... The Arizona Cardinals?
The Cardinals were one of the original members of the NFL when the league was formed in 1920, paying a $100 franchise fee. In fact, it is the league's oldest team in terms of continuous operation. But how much do you really know about this franchise?
• Gene Collier: LeBeau's shell game likely to trick Cardinals
Early in the week, when it was apparent that not enough life forms were making Super Bowl predictions, officials at Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory arranged for Shelly the sea turtle to pick a winner by posting logos of the Steelers and Arizona Cardinals on the glass frontage of her tank.
• Ron Cook: Steelers' defense to earn more respect tonight
This probably will come as a shock: The Arizona Cardinals are playing the respect card in Super Bowl XLIII.
• Brian O'Neill: Two 'steak' lovers feasting in Tampa
I'm sitting in a crowded Tampa streetcar filled with triple threats -- loud, drunk and stupid -- headed for the Ybor (that's Ee-bor as in "Eeyore'') City party scene.
• Orthodox glad to claim Polamalu as one of their own
Most NFL fans are familiar with the sight of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu crossing himself during games, but one subset of fans is gleefully aware that he crosses himself from right to left, rather than left to right.
• VIPs kick up heels at super parties
Security was tight inside and out the VIP-only ESPN Magazine party Downtown, so when a city police officer cut a path past the go-go dancers, holding a bashful, beautiful actress by the hand, it was clear something was up.
• High-tech system allows troops everywhere in world to tune in
U.S. military personnel serving from the craggy mountain passes of Afghanistan to ocean depths patrolled by submarines, need not miss out on the Super Bowl.
• Not much has changed since birth of Steelers Nation
For the past two weeks, members of Steelers Nation have put aside the unending economic gloom pervading their lives, permitting visions of Super Bowl glory to dance in their heads.
• PDF: The Arizona Cardinals data
• PDF: The Pittsburgh Steelers data
• Super Bowl XL: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
The Steelers made three big plays on offense and played a bend-but-don't-break defense to win their record-tying fifth Super Bowl title.
First Published February 1, 2009 12:00 am