Thursday, January 08, 2009

Styxing It To 'Em

Maybe I’m jinxing them by saying this, but even if I am a little bit, this latest news trumps that hex and assures (me, anyway) that the Pittsburgh Steelers will indeed beat the San Diego Chargers in this Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field in the Steel City:

According to the Steelers’ website, “multi-platinum rock band Styx will sing the national anthem.” Seems to me that any hope the Bolts might have had of defeating the home team is hereby destroyed; nobody is going to prevail over an organization that hires the band responsible for such album-oriented rock classics as “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” and most importantly, “Mr. Roboto.

I myself was never that big of a Styx fan; they always struck me as the epitome of corporate progressive rock; if I were going to get my fill of popular AOR anthems, I would have gone with Boston or Kansas or, even better, Yes. Still, you’ve got to hand it to the Steelers’ media department for eschewing some contemporary pre-packaged pop singer—your Carrie Underwood or whomever—in favor of a real-live ‘Merican rock group that was already filling arenas back in the days of the Steel Curtain.

In any case, the Black and Gold have been installed as 6 point favorites in the game; if the teams’ previous meetings are any gauge, it might end up being closer than that. My thinking, though, is that with Tomlinson hurt, San Diego is going to really struggle. Plus, given that they’re playing at home and having had the extra week of rest, I think Pittsburgh’s going to be much tougher on the visitors than they have been previously. My prediction is that the score is going to be more on the order of 27-6.

And while you may say this is a Grand Illusion on my part, I’m looking in my Crystal Ball and predicting on Sunday, it’s Domo Arigato, Troy Polamalu.


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