The Super Bowl 2011 date is getting closer. In fact, the Super Bowl 2011 date will finally fall exactly one week from today. However, today is still the first Sunday afternoon without football in over four months, leaving fans with little to do. They can still watch the Pro Bowl tonight, but it is not the same, as everyone still has their eyes on Dallas. But with the Super Bowl 2011 date in seven days, the hype is now just about ready to take off.
In past years, fans and teams only had to wait a week for Super Sunday. But a week after Green Bay and Pittsburgh clinched their conference crowns, they are just now ready to head for Dallas. They’ve had their week to rest up, and now rest will be in a short supply soon.
By the time the Super Bowl 2011 date arrives, the Packers and Steelers will already be worn out from media session, the atmosphere in Dallas, and the occasional practice. Such a long and busy week can wear teams out before the big game, or get players into a world of trouble.
But adversity and difficult circumstances are common place for Green Bay and Pittsburgh. The Packers were on the brink of missing the playoffs before their current run, while the Steelers started their season shorthanded. Therefore, the pitfalls and pressure of the next week should mean little to them.
Still, the final rush to the Super Bowl 2011 date could be overwhelming. Aaron Rodgers and most of the Packers haven’t been here before, while this is old hat for their opponents. However, Ben Roethlisberger will be under a more intense spotlight than ever, due to his past, and his chance to win a third ring.
The buildup will really start on Tuesday, since it is the annual media day. Once every single player is surrounded by the press, fielding all kinds of weird questions, it will finally feel like Super Bowl week. Once those floodgates open, the wait for kickoff will drag on more and more, for the teams and the fans.
For today, the Super Bowl 2011 date still seems like a ways off. This will be the first Sunday afternoon in over 20 weeks without pro football, leaving Sundays unusually free for fans. Of course, the great fear is that next Sunday will be the last with pro football for some time to come.
Before those fears dominate the offseason, the Super Bowl 2011 remains the big story. The date is still on track for February 6, at 6:30 pm est on FOX.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel- “Super Bowl XLV preview”
Dallas Morning News- “Lousy weather forecast for Tuesday, which is Super Bowl media day”