But let's get real. Tomorrow is the Super Bowl. And you can't really be considering watching this game without reading my baseless opinion first, right?!
Theoretically, I should be an expert on football. I literally spend over 50 hours a week reading about football. While I've been a football fan for almost a decade now, this year was truly a crash-course for me.
So why can't I decide who to pick?
Initially, my feeling was definitely towards the Cardinals. They were the underdog, they had the momentum, the hottest player and the more reliable quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger has spent half the season on his back and one of his top targets, Hines Ward, has a wonky knee.
But then EVERYONE started feeling the Cardinals. Suddenly, the pick didn't seem so chic. I started to doubt. After all, who can question the Steelers defense? They've been consistent, while the Cardinals had a well-documented shaky season.
In the end, I always take the team with momentum. I should have seen it coming last year with the Giants. Sure, the Pats were 17-0, but the Giants won three huge road games to advance to the big game. They just seemed to be on more of a roll.
The Cardinals seem to be on a similar roll. I hope it will be a good game, but I don't know that it will be close.
Final pick: Cardinals 41, Steelers 17.