"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, February 7, 2011

What a Game!

The Packers held off the Steelers last night in what I believe will go down as one of the greatest Super Bowls ever, and as the start of a great run of Super Bowls for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.   The Packers will be the prohibitive favorite to repeat going into next year, when they will return running back Ryan Grant, tight end Jermichael Finley, inside linebacker Nick Barnett, linebackers Brandon Chillar, Brady Poppinga and Brad Jones, safeties Morgan Burnett, Derrrick Martin and Anthony Smith, and defensive ends Johnny Jolly, Justin Harrell and Mike Neal, all of whom were on injured reserve for all or most of 2010.   (The Packers had a total of 15 players on injured reserve by the end of the season.)  Grant, Finley, Barnett, Burnett, and Jolly have all been starters; Finley is a Pro-Bowl quality tight end.  Add to that the fact that rookies Brian Bulaga (T), Andrew Quarless (TE), James Starks (RB), and Sam Shields (CB) are only going to get better, and that the Packers will add another 7-8 draft choices, and the Packers are going to be loaded next year.  

And, of course, they have the best young quarterback in football, Aaron Rodgers.

Brett who?

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