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In honor of the Super Bowl, which I may not watch .. or glance at with only partial interest because it doesn’t have anything to do with baseball or hockey, …

Which team should emerge victorious?

I think two teams are playing… against each other.

Hmm?  What is that?

Some people are already chiming in:

"But Father! But Father!", as little white bits of spittle form in the corners of their mouths, "NBC didn’t want to show a pro-life commercial!  Should you even be thinking about the Super Bowl?  And should people be playing football on Sunday?"

To which I respond, "Yah yah… just hand me another beer and answer the question!"

What’s it going to be? 

And let’s not do that whole tired "football" is really "soccer" thing again.  We know.  Okay?

And because on this blog people love to express moral absolutes, you can even answer AFTER the game is over according to which team ought to have won, simply because you like them or… well.. you lost money, etc.


Cardinals of Arizona – 243
Steelers of Pittsburgh – 217
Total Voters:460

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  1. Joe says:

    In line with the denunciation of the use of the crossbow except againt the infidel by the Second Lateran Council the Holy Father today denounces the use of the Lateral Pass, excepting the N.O. Saints, and calls all footballers to the regular use of the forward rush and the Hail Mary Pass, upon whom he invokes his apostolic etc.

  2. Timbot says:

    Steelers, because star safety Troy Polamalu is really, really, really Catholic. (IIRC he spent draft day in an adoration chapel with his wife instead of going to the draft like most top picks.

  3. Max says:

    because star safety Troy Polamalu is really, really, really Catholic

    No, he is really, really, really Orthodox. He talks about it here:

  4. Janet says:

    Being a girl and not giving a rip about football, I vote neither, and am watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet this afternoon/evening. [Definitely NOT options.]

  5. cuaguy says:

    Cardinals, since they practiced at CUA at the beginning of the year.

  6. A Random Friar says:

    The Rooneys are a VERY Catholic family owning the Steelers. They even have training camp in the campus of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Penna.

    The Cardinals? Well, they moved from St. Louis, so supporting them would be like supporting the Babylonian Captivity in Avignon. :)

  7. mrsmontoya says:

    As a Catholic, I feel obliged to vote for the Cardinals (church hierarchy) and against the Steelers (think of the Commandments)…

    But I’m only going to watch the commercials.

  8. Paulus says:

    The “very Catholic” Rooney family campaigned for Barack Hussein Obama II so the latter is openly rooting for the Steelers. Therefore, I will be supporting the red birds. Go Cardinals!

  9. James A. says:

    Fr. :

    I have to echo Paulus– Obama is supporting the Steelers; therefore the Cardinals MUST be better. Not to mention the team’s great ecclesiastical name.

  10. Mary in CO says:

    Janet, save me a seat. :-D

  11. PMcGrath says:

    Today, of all days, we have the choice between saying the black and doing the red. I’m going for saying the black, and when I say black, I mean All Black.

  12. JeremyV says:

    If Pittsburgh wins, my wife wins a 42″ TV in a local TV station season-long NFL pick-em contest…

  13. Khaled says:

    If I watch any of the SB the Commercials will be turned off.

  14. Tim Ferguson says:

    I’m rooting for Green Bay. But since Green Bay doesn’t have a dog in this particular fight, I’m rooting for the next best blue collar team in the league – Go Steelers! Wipe the floor with those Racine Normals…errr Chicago Cardinals….errr St. Louis Cardinals….errr Phoenix Cardinals…errr Arizona Cardinals…

    btw – looks like a touchdown to me!!!

  15. Jayna says:

    I really have no idea, but I put Cardinals because that’s my priest’s prediction. He’s called Cardinals by 3 points. I didn’t bet him on it, but if he’s right, I’m giving him $5.

  16. ajani says:

    …watching FC Barcelona vs Racing Santander. I am feeling very un-American. But I’m okay with that!

  17. Mark says:

    Commercials off.

    obama interview was potty break

  18. Cory says:

    As a Vikings fan, I’m rooting for the Steelers.

  19. Brian Day says:


    Arizona is a Red State. (McCain does not count.)
    Pennsylvania is a Blue State.


  20. rosie says:

    The last time Kurt Warner won a Super Bowl, and they shoved the microphone in his face, he shouted at the top of his lungs “Thank youuuuuuu, Jessssssssssssuuuuuuuuuuuus!” If he takes it again today, I HOPE TO GOD he yells at the top of his lungs a prolife message “Aborrrrrtionnnnnnnn kiiiillllllsssss babieeeeessssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    The very thought is so sweet I can’t stand it.

  21. Dino says:

    I think the team tht scores the most points will win (sarcastic grin here), but at our house the Mexican fútbol soccer) game of the day trumps all.

  22. Jenny Z says:

    The Cardinals. Because they’re the Cardinals, and they have a guy named Pope. COINCIDENCE?? Yes, entirely.

  23. Dr. Eric says:

    I am rooting for the Cardinals. I grew up in Southern Illinois and the Cardinals (baseball and football) were the local team. Kurt Warner led the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl and he has a wing named after him at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.* Every time Kurt Warner comes to St. Louis he always is received warmly, the Rams should have never cut him.

    *Named after John Cardinal Glennon, the Archbishop of St. Louis from 1903 to 1946, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center first opened its doors in July 1956. It was the Archbishop’s mission to see a health care facility open to all children in need of medical care.

    Our youngest son, stayed there for his first 3 weeks of neonatal care.

  24. Edward Martin says:

    Football? One Day? Nothing like the marathon of the Stanley Cup playoffs!

  25. Susan says:

    Here in Greensburg, PA just 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, the priest at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral pulled a Terrible Towel out from under his vestments to make a point during the homily, which I cannot recall because my brain shut down when I saw the towel. The 7pm Sunday evening Mass for today was cancelled, on the grounds that everyone would be watching the Super Bowl.

    That’s life here in Steeler Nation.

  26. Jenny Z says:

    Edward Martin, I *totally* agree. Go Stars :D

  27. Roland de Chanson says:

    Go Patriots! Oops, I think I’m having a flashback.

    Then again, a Superbowl with Gisele Bundchen in the stands, THAT I’d watch.

    But, in the larger scheme of things, play for pay is a perversion of the ancient Olympic ideal.

    Handball, anyone?

  28. Thomas says:

    Southern Pennsylvania fan who likes the Baltimore Ravens, so I am inclined to cheer for the Cardinals. I can’t cheer for an archrival.

  29. Brian says:

    One priest in our southwestern PA diocese this morning used a Terrible Towel at the washing of the hands. (I’m not making this up.)

    Despite his indiscretion, I’m still cheering for the Steelers.

  30. mikey says:

    Good grief, Brian. How profane. And to think I was horrified at the post above yours by Susan where the priest pulled out a Terrible Towel in his homily. Only in NovusOrdoland.

    Go Stillers.

  31. Julie says:

    Who cares? The game is nice, but I’m watching the commercials!

    Someone get me another glass of wine!

  32. Tom A. says:

    Cardinals would be the obvious pick, but at this time in history I think we need Steelers to steel the spines and determination of our Bishops. Most of our Cardinals (in AMchurch, anyway) are beyond hope.

  33. John Enright says:

    I think I have to agree with Father Z. about baseball and hockey being superior sports, ones with which I am well acquainted, and which I enjoy completely. Go Phillies! Er, sorry for the outburst, but since we are the only MLB team (or any professional team of any sport to lose more than 10,000 games), the recent World Series victory of the Phillies is something I have some time to enjoy. Unfortunately, it may be my last! LOL!

    That being said, I have to go with the Steelers because they’re from Pennsylvania.

  34. trespinos says:

    Because the Steelers defeated my longtime team in Super Bowl XL, I cannot root for them today, though I expect they will win.

    Now, that accomplished, I will add something I would have posted in the earlier piece on prospective Archbishops of Westminster. My candidate is Fr. George Rutler. Only the best for the long-suffering English, I say.

  35. Denise says:

    me for the puppy bowl, I fear

  36. orthodoxy says:

    I believe the Cardinals because they’re the under-dogs even though I personally am a Patriots fan.

  37. John P. says:

    Never been a big sports fan, but my grandfather likes the Cardinals, so that’s who I voted for.

  38. Mary in CO says:

    … meanwhile, the Puppy Bowl has gone into overtime. It’s Mutt Mayhem, Ladies and Genlmens! (Well, except for Schroder, who’s fallen asleep on the 20.)

  39. SeanC says:

    Steelers Win. *Almost* as exciting as last year – but as a Giants fan i cannot go quite that far… two spectacular games in two years.

    Now on to the third World Series Championship of the century for the Red Sox!

  40. Rancher says:

    The Steelers owner praised Obama in his acceptance speech for the Lombardi trophy. If I was a Cardinal fan before that gave me even more reason, along with some pretty dirty hits by the Steeler defense, to be a Cardinal fan in spite of the game’s outcome. Pretty good game though! Wanted to see the Cardinal QB (who may have played his last NFL game) do well. He’s not Catholic but he is a devote Christian who lets his actions speak volumes in support of his faith.

  41. leah says:

    Troy is Greek Orthodox not Catholic, contrary to popular belief; however, he does come to Mass while at Saint Vincent College during Training Camp.

    Rooney mentioning Obama was STUPID. I can’t think of a better word than that…plain stupid, and embarassing.

    Cardinals Warner seems to be a good Christian man. He played a terrific game, persevered, but unfortunately for him his team didn’t back him up when he needed them.

    Steelers are the better team, and they won.

    Steelers had two idiot moves after the play was over. I agree, some players have their head up their arse.

    I DESPISE people “praying” to Jesus for teams to win. Makes me sick.

    It’s only right that Pittsburgh comes out on top…

    1) We had one of the first TLM indults in the Nation.
    2) We don’t have Cheerleader “eye candy” to attract fans.
    3) We have Deutschtown.

    How ’bout dem Stilleeeeerrs! Double Yo! We got 6 – onward for 7!

  42. leah says:

    Brian and Susan – I’ve been hearing such stories from Masses yesterday and today. Those priests are off-their-rockers. I do believe the abadoning of the TLM has helped lead to such secularization of even our own Liturgy.

    Please do us all a favor and let the priest at said Masses know they are defiling the Liturgy.

    Today at Holy Wisdom in Pgh, PA Father said before his homily, that while he knew people had pre-game parties to get to, he knew everyone would nevertheless stay after Mass for Benediction of the Bl. Sacrament. And, everyone stayed. :)

  43. Peggy says:

    I\’m with Dr. Eric. I grew up (and relocated back to) STL Metro area in IL. I was rooting for Kurt b/c this city misses him terribly. The Rams haven\’t been the same since he was booted out. (Thank his big mouth wife, among other reasons. Mom insists it was Kurt\’s open Christianity!) This is the first year I missed and rooted for the Football Cardinals. (I grew up liking the Cowboys. Cardinals\’ ownership stinks.)

    Alas, my huz is from The Burgh! I wanted him to enjoy the win, but I secretly wanted Kurt to erase the demons from his loss to N.E. Kurt had a great game, but his teammates\’ penalties were numerous. Huz was pretty happy and called his family back in The Burgh to rejoice.

    Rooney was all out for Obie-One, and I was very disappointed in his thanks to Obie-One first and foremost. What does Obie have to do with that? I also couldn\’t believe that Obie interjected himself by being interviewed by Matt Lauer before the game. I did not watch, I was flipping around and heard a promo by Bob Costas (another StLouisan. A Cardinal Glennon–mentioned by Dr E–wing\’s named after him. I think it was the Bob Costas\’ hosted fundraiser that Sheryl Crow was at, causing Abp. Burke to resign from foundation board).

    Sorry, TMI, I know!

  44. Dinsdale says:

    leah and Rancher – I agree that Dan Rooney’s comments were inappropriate, but FWIW, he is conducting a campaign to be named ambassador to the Irish Republic. Doesn’t make his comments right, but it does explain them somewhat.

  45. Cortney says:

    I didn’t watch the SB but instead attended a High Mass (TLM) in celebration of Fr. R. Cipolla’s 25 years as a Catholic Priest. This incredibly beautiful and significant Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Parish in Norwalk, CT, where Fr. Greg Markey and Fr. Cipolla have been tirelessly educating parishioners and promoting the Latin Mass (as readers of wdtprs know!). After Mass, Fr. Cipolla distributed prayer cards that read, in part, “in thanksgiving for the courage and foresight of Pope Benedict XVI in restoring the Traditional Mass to the Church, a source of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.” So for me and hundreds of others who attended this Mass, Fr. Cipolla scored the winning touchdown.

  46. irishgirl says:

    I watched parts of the game-took my shower during halftime (don’t care for Springsteen)-then turned it over to PBS to watch ‘Masterpiece Classic’ ‘s adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility”.

    Don’t have cable or satellite-would have loved to watch the ‘Puppy Bowl’!

    Turned it back just in time to see the post-game show.

    Would have liked to see the Cardinals win!

    Now what were those Pittsburgh priests thinking of, using the ‘Terrible Towel’ at Mass?

  47. Tom Cole says:

    Cardinals, for me. They are the oldest Football club in America, showing their roots in tradition, and they were not endorsed by President Obama. In addition, who can’t like an underdog?

  48. Mary says:

    I think Pittsburgh played rough and so I rooted Cardinals. Both teams had some good and bad plays though. Enjoyable to watch!

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