Super Bowl: It?s all about the fans

Super Bowl column Roethlisberger MCT:Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambles in the third quarter. The Steelers defeated the New York Jets 24-19 to win the AFC Championship game on Jan. 23 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.:Doug Kapustin - McClatchy Tribune

Super Bowl column Roethlisberger MCT:Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambles in the third quarter. The Steelers defeated the New York Jets 24-19 to win the AFC Championship game on Jan. 23 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.:Doug Kapustin - McClatchy Tribune

Cassie Kolias

The Super Bowl this year is going to be an epic battle.

It’s a battle between the winner of the first two Super Bowls and a team who has dominated with two Super Bowl wins in recent history.

It’s a battle of a team that won three Super Bowls and nine NFL Championships before the Super Bowl era, against a team that has won six Super Bowl titles.

But most importantly it’s going to be a battle between some of the most fervent fans in the NFL: the Cheeseheads against the Terrible Towels.

The Steeler Nation was noted in 2008 as being the best fans in the NFL. In the same ESPN poll that named the Steeler Nation as the top fanbase in the NFL, the Packers were named the second-best.

Originally this rank came out to be a tie between the Packers and the Steelers, but ESPN’s John Clayton broke the tie, because he is a Pittsburgh native.

ESPN cited Steelers’ fans for a 299 consecutive-game sellout streak.

The Associated Press also called the Terrible Towel “arguably the best-known fan symbol of any major pro sports team.”

The reason the Steelers were able to build Heinz Field was because the fans voted to approve public funds to build it.

They also have one of the top waiting lists for season tickets in the NFL, which would put you on what is said to be around a 26-year wait with about 60,000 other people.

The Packers’ fans have been dedicated, no matter how the team is playing. Since 1960, Lambeau Field has been sold out.

The Packers have one of the longest waiting lists for season tickets in any professional sports team, and the longest in the NFL. Their list has more than 83,000 names on it, and puts you on about a 40-year wait.

I guess they share more in common than their blindingly yellow-gold uniform pants.

Since the two teams have the best fanbases in the NFL, the Packers and the Steelers will both be well represented come Super Bowl Sunday.

Articles are saying it will be one of the most difficult Super Bowl games to get tickets for, since the fans are so dedicated.

This Super Bowl will come down to the fan support this year. This might finally put to rest the idea that the two teams are tied for the best fans in the NFL. Will the fans who cheer louder be the winners?

Maybe.

Will it be the team who has more fans show up in Arlington, Texas, on gameday?

Could be.

But which team’s fans will go home Sunday with smiles on their faces? Will it be Ben Roethlisberger backed by the Terrible Towels who gets his third Super Bowl ring?

Or will it be the Cheeseheads’ Aaron Rodgers who gets his first Super Bowl ring?

My money is on the Big Ben and the Terrible Towels.

You know what it is, black and yellow.

Cassie Kolias can be reached at [email protected]