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While sitting in a comfy chair at a friend’s house in the Village of Oak Creek on Jan. 23, I watched the seconds tick away on the game clock in the NFC Championship game, realizing my team was finally going to the Super Bowl.

The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears on their own home turf, 21-14, and the feeling was great.
Surrounded by Packers fans and of course the occasional Bears fan, I couldn’t help but laugh at an old friend running out in the living room with a full set of long johns on that were made of Packer green and gold.

The sight was priceless, and I can’t wait for the Super Bowl this coming weekend.

As for the fun contest with local football coaches from the Verde Valley, it just got interesting.

Sedona Red Rock High School football Head Coach Rick Walsworth correctly picked a Green Bay and Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl, tieing him with my own record at 7-3 overall in the playoffs.

I picked the New York Jets to go, but Rex Ryan and his frat-house-like locker room couldn’t get it done, losing to Pittsburgh 24-19.

Camp Verde High School football Head Coach Luke Steege picked the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets to be in the Super Bowl, making him 0-2 in championship week, dropping him to 5-5 overall in the playoffs.

Over at Mingus Union High School, Head Coach Bob Young also correctly picked the Super Bowl, making him 2-0 in championship week to bring him to 6-4 overall in the playoffs.

As for our Super Bowl picks, I can’t turn on my boys now. I’ll go with Green Bay to beat Pittsburgh at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, 14-13.

I think it’s silly Green Bay was favored out of the gates by 2½ points, especially since the Pittsburgh players have been there and done that in the last six years or so.

I believe only Charles Woodson has been to a Super Bowl from Green Bay, when he played for the Oakland Raiders in 2003 under John Gruden. Otherwise, the Packers are a bunch of Super Bowl rookies.

Both Young and Walsworth are picking the “Steel Curtain” to overcome a hot Aaron Rodgers while Steege is going with the Packers.

Young said the Steelers will win 28-21, and Walsworth picked a 27-24 outcome. As for Steege, he’s going with the Packers, 24-13.

Again I say, go Packers.


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  • Diane Mikulovsky

    YEAH!!! I moved back to Wisconsin just at the right time! GO PACK GO!!! Fun week and on Sunday!

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