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Michael Kun
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Michael Kun

Co-author of The Football Uncyclopedia. He is also the author of six other books and is a practicing attorney.

Flip a coin

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The Packers and Steelers are so evenly matched that anyone asked to pick the winner of this Sunday's game might as well flip a coin.

Two excellent defenses.

Two excellent coaching staffs.

Two flawed offenses, but each with explosive possibilities.

The Packers have Charles Woodson, last year's defensive player of the year.

The Steelers have Troy Polamalu, this year's defensive player of the year.

The Packers have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. He's looked superhuman against some teams, entirely human against others.

The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger, owner of two Super Bowl rings. He was terrible in the first one (especially if you give any credence to the incomprehensible quarterback ratings), but magnificent when he needed to be in the second.

It's unlikely this is going to be a high-scoring game. The final score is going to be something along the lines of 24-21. Or 27-20. Or 19-14.

And the key to the game is likely going to be something that no one could predict right now. A poorly thrown pass. A critical penalty. A long kick return. An injury. A fumble. That's how closely matched these two teams are that it could end up being decided by a single play.

So, if I must pick a winner in a coin-flip of a game, I do so expecting that I am just as likely to be right as I am to be wrong, and knowing that I might well change my mind just before kickoff.

That said . . . Packers.

And, no, I didn't actually flip a coin. Just a hunch that Rodgers steps up in his first chance to truly emerge from the shadows of the last guy who played QB for Green Bay. And just a hunch that karma catches up with Roethlisberger, at least for one play.

By Michael Kun  |  February 2, 2011; 8:44 AM ET  | Category:  Green Bay Packers , Michael Kun , Pittsburgh Steelers , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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