Super Bowl XL (that's 40 to us non-Romans) is set for Sunday, Feb. 5, to be played in the usual warm-weathersite - Detroit? (It's indoors, so it doesn't really matter to those actually attending the game).
The opponents, Seattle and Pittsburgh, would probably not be the first choice of the honchos at ABC television, who are televising the big game this year, nor would it be what others in New York or Los Angeles would prefer.
One member of the Cherokee Washington High School class of '95 however, thinks that this year's matchup is "fantastic."
Kendra Mohn, who I have known literally since she was born, thinks the matchup is great because she has previously lived in both Pittsburgh and Seattle. Kendi is the daughter of Jim and Connie ("The Reverend Mother")
Mohn of Cherokee.
She is now an ordained Lutheran minister and lives in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area with her husband, Erik Gronberg, who is also a Lutheran minister.
Erik knows his football, too, as he is a native of the football-mad state of Texas, and was a teammate of Minnesota Viking center Matt Birk when they were students at Harvard.
Reverend Mohn was a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh from 1999-2001, and later served a one-year internship at a congregation in Seattle, so she is familiar with both cities.
Being a big sports fan, Kendi also knows both teams' histories. Here are her thoughts on the upcoming contest:
This is a fantastic Super Bowl; I can't lose. It would be a huge first for Seattle, and I know how much Pittsburgh loves football, so either would be great. In my heart of hearts, I'd like to see the Steelers win it, simply for Jerome Bettis, but I'll be happy either way.
As far as which city I liked better, it's like comparing steak and mangoes. Completely different planets. Seattle serves sushi and carrot juice at baseball games. They make coffee. Pittsburgh makes pirogues and they eat fries on top of their salads. They make ketchup. Very little common ground!
Kendi went to seminary in St, Paul and , as mentioned previously, now lives in Wisconsin. She has mused about future Super Bowls, based on her history of "home towns." She says:
The REAL question for me is whether the trend will continue! If so, then the Vikes should be in the Super Bowl by 2008 and the Packers by 2010; but I'm certainly not going to tell my parishioners that one. They'll get their hopes up, and that would be bad.
Time will tell, but I'm sure there are more than a few people in these parts who wouldn't mind seeing this scenario play out. In fact, I know another Lutheran minister in this neck of the woods who would really like the 2010 "prediction" to come true.