|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Green Bay Packers have arrived in Texas and are gearing up for this weekend’s big showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Some fun info to consider when placing your Super Bowl bets, the Green Bay Packers are the only publicly owned major sports franchise in the county. 4,750,937 shares held by 112,158 shareholders. The fans bailed out the franchise in 1923, 1935, 1950 and 1997. It is a team that has survived and prospered in the smallest city in the league. The most watched show in 2009 fall season cable history is a Packers game, the second most watched show in cable history is a packers game. Five of the top twenty most-watched shows in the Fall of 2010 were Packers games.
But the team knows they are up against some stiff competition. Linebacker Desmond Bishop said the Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger by watching a video of how not to bring down the Pittsburgh Steelers’ big QB. The lowlight package put together by Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers featured other teams, but it also could have included the Packers as they work toward their matchup with Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the Feb. 6 Super Bowl. Green Bay sacked Roethlisberger five times but missed several other opportunities as the quarterback threw for a career-best 503 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburgh's wild 37-36 victory. The timely video review was meant to remind the Packers that there are no easy ways to bring a 6-foot-5, 241-pound person to the ground. But don’t worry Packers fans, when betting on the Super Bowl, Green Bay players and coaches say there is a technique for tackling the Steelers' quarterback -- hit him between his chest and knees, then wrap up and hold on until he goes down or the whistle blows.
Sportsbook lists the Green Bay Packers as the -3 point favorites this Sunday, with the total over under at 44.5.
One Packer with a Super Bowl ring is eager for ring No. 2. Fullback John Kuhn was on the practice squad when they won in February of 2006, yet he still received a Super Bowl ring. Since coming to Green Bay in 2007, Kuhn has evolved from special-teams contributor to fullback folk hero for his unlikely touchdown-scoring exploits for the Packers this season. Now he has a shot at another ring against his former team in next Sunday's Super Bowl -- and this time, he'll surely be on the field instead of the sideline. And when he touches the ball, expect the green and gold-clad portion of the Cowboys Stadium crowd to be loud. They won't boo; they'll yell, "Kuuuuuhn!"