Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Greatest

A quick Super Bowl prediction: Seahawks 24 Steelers 17.

I know the AFC is far better than the NFC this year. I know the Steelers played a more difficult schedule and that their players and coaches have more big game experience. But remember the year the Pistons beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals despite the Lakers' superior talent and the Western Conference's domination that year? Remember how it was Ringo Starr and not Lennon or McCartney that put out the best post-Beatles solo songs? The Seattle Seahawks are football's Detroit Pistons. Shaun Alexander is Chauncey Billups. Lofa Tatupu (USC Class of '05) is Ben Wallace. Mike Holmgren is Ringo Starr. Bill Cowher is Paul McCartney. Jerome Bettis is Yoko Ono.

The new Cat Power album, The Greatest, is a stunner. It's rare that an artist can make music that's sad and desolate but still full of sugary sweetness and knowing hope, with a killer band and prescient lyrics. Plus, Chan Marshall is hot and cares about animals so there's that too.

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