Jack MacDonough sent us some pictures from Dallas. A picture Jack took...
...and Jack taking the picture. Leica S2, 35mm ƒ/2.5 Summarit-S ASPH lens. (Fans were not allowed to bring lenses more than six inches long into the Stadium.)
In the top picture, on the Jumbotron, from left to right: Packers CEO Mark Murphy; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl 45; former Steelers quarterback, four-time Super Bowl champion, and current Fox TV personality Terry Bradshaw; and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy (a native of the Pittsburgh area who grew up rooting for Bradshaw's Steelers).
The matchup was a good one for diehard football fans. The Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins (six), and the Packers have the most NFL Championships (13, including the first two Super Bowls and one more following the '96 season). In an ESPN poll rating the rabidness of NFL fans, Steelers and Packers fans ranked #1 and #2 respectively.
Two of 42 Fox television cameras.
A pass play on the 42 yard line is repeated in real time on the Jumbotron above.
A detail from the shot.
Packer fans wait in line to get into Cowboys Stadium in Dallas before the game.
It's at least possible that there are Packers team owners in this picture. For those who might not know, Green Bay, with 102,000 people in the last census, is by far the smallest American city with a major sports team, and the Packers are the only major team in American sports that is owned by the public. At last count there were more than 111,000 shareholders. The team is non-profit, and no dividends are paid to shareholders—excess funds (and any proceeds should the team ever be sold) go to charity.
Such an arrangement would violate NFL League rules today. But the Packers are "grandfathered in."
Mike McCarthy and players after the game.
If you missed the game, the Packers, who won 31–25, never trailed, but it was close several times and came down to the Steelers' last possession. A good game if you didn't have a horse in the race. And if you did, well, I saw a public service announcement earlier in the day the said there's a spike in heart attacks during big football games in the cities whose teams are playing.
Super Bowl ring from the last time we won, after the 1996 season.
Big thanks to Jack for sharing these with us. Here are some more. He's planning to put up a few mega-panoramas in the next few days; I'll let you know.
ADDENDUM for our international friends who have never watched American football: a Super Bowl ring is not just a fashion trinket. Since only members of the winning organization get one, it's one of the most coveted prizes in American culture, never mind American sports. They're more rare than Academy Award Oscars.
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