Congratulations to Green Bay Packers fans. (And Pittsburgh Steelers fans? You have six trophies. Please don’t request my sympathy until your team’s owner has resorted to the courts to get your favorite sportswriter fired.) Going into last night’s game, the consensus was that the Packers were slightly better than the Steelers, and that’s exactly how they played, and what the final score—31-25—reflected. Turns out the Steelers’ vaunted defense did have a weakness, and it was its cornerbacks, and that’s how Packers’ four-receiver Jordy Nelson led his team with nine catches. But ultimately, this was MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ victory. The Packers won their fourth Super Bowl and their 13th NFL title, the latter the record.
Other big news out of the weekend is that Ed Sabol, 94, the founder of NFL Films, was one of six new announced inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Whether you know what it is or not, your understanding of the NFL has been shaped by NFL Films’ trademark mythologizing style. He is, of course, Jewish. Packers and Sabol? There seems only one way to end this post:
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.