Wow what a weekend. I've been in shock. And a little hungover. You'll notice I've been pretty quite here and on Collector's Crack about the Packers winning the Super Bowl. Thorzul will Rule had a great post about how I'm feeling right now. It's surreal. I mean we had a terrible year with injuries and losing close games. I even went into despair in week 5. I've seen it before, you lose half your team you start to fall apart. But to my surprise, while we struggled through most of the regular season, the final run was a little bit of luck and a lot of players stepping up to fill the void. And while we had almost no running game all season some how it didn't matter.
During the big game I saw quite a bit of Wide Receiver hate going on on Facebook. Well actually it was after the game when I got home from the bar, but it was mostly from my friends still in Wisconsin. And yes if Greg Jennings, James Jones, and Jordy Nelson would have caught some key catches the score would have been very lopsided, which would have been fine with me. And actually Jordy got the most hate. He had the most dropped passes. 5 or 6 I do believe. Well to be honest he had the most passes thrown at him too. And was the receiving yards leader in the Super Bowl, that includes both teams. 9 Receptions, 140 yards and 1 TD. Those would be great numbers in any game let alone the Super Bowl. I predicted big things out of him too. It only made sense. Greg Jennings didn't even have half that and he came away with 2 TD's. Still a great effort.
I was reading Gellman's post over at Sports Card's Uncensored about the Super Bowl living up to expectations. I can only imagine he was writing it through gritted teeth. I can understand, him being a Vikings fan. I can understand how terrible it's going to be next year to be a Vikings fan. If they Vikings hadn't gotten Favred last year in the NFC Championship there's a good change they might have won the Super Bowl and then I would have had to listen to Vikings fan tell me how great their team is for finally winning a Super Bowl with Packer scraps, and listening to Favre say I told you so.
Gellman also goes on to give analysis about the skyrocketing prices of Packer cards. Mainly Rodgers and Matthews cards. Earlier this year I had contemplated going after some Rodgers and Matthews autos. Didn't pull the trigger and I now probably will never be able to afford any. Which is alright because I wouldn't want to sell them. I'd want them for my collection and I'd be too tempted to sell given the current prices.
What I didn't agree with was the bashing he put on Jordy Nelson and James Starks. Actually he was bitching how the card companies will probably flood the market with their auto, since they'd be cheaper to obtain than Rodgers or Mathews both of who are fairly rare. First I'm not going to get into James Starks. He's an unknown entity right now. Finally got to play the part of the season and had a few good games running, but you saw in the playoffs, besides a few small break outs not much there. He was fairly easy to contain. Will he get better next year? Lets hope so. I don't even know if he'll be on the team next year. What I do know is that Jordy made his presence know. And I'll concede he drop some passes he should have caught, but so did Jennings and Jones. But if he had caught that one pass in the end zone and a few others there's a real chance he would have been MVP.
Pshaw you say. Don't get me wrong Rodger's deserved it. 3 TD's, over 300 yards passing, no interceptions, a QB ranking of 111.5, in the freaking Super Bowl. Yeah I won't contest that man deserved it. But Jordy certainly stepped up. And to be honest if I was a wide receiver on a team I would rather be #2 or #3. Who gets the best coverage? #1 right? So when your #3 guy, and you can catch and get open, he's going to get the ball and make some plays. Hopefully.
Jordy had a great day and this blog is all about the Packer Love. So congrats to my team. Congrats to all the players and fans. Congrats to the great city of Green Bay, the State of Wisconsin, and the Cheesehead Nation.
Here are few new Jordy cards I got cheap, before the Super Bowl. I hope that I can continue to pick some of these up for a song.
A beautiful 2009 SPx Winning Materials #d to 99
And I just got this in yesterday. A 2088 Absolute Memorabilia Rookie Premiere Materials #d to 100.
I look forward to more big things in the 2011 season from Jordy, just to prove Gellman wrong. And one final thought, which kinda excites me. If a team that was broken and battered all year and lost it's running game in the first game of the season was able to beat all odds and win the Super Bowl, what are the possibilities for next year?? Well if there's a season next year.