2011 Super Bowl week is here. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are preparing for Sunday's game and they'll be arriving in Dallas, TX on Monday marking the official start of Super Bowl week. It's been fairly quiet lately with each team not yet arriving in Dallas but there have been a couple of stories that have dominated the headlines.
First, the team photo controversy. The Packers were originally supposed to take a team photo that didn't include the players on injured reserve. Two IR'd players spoke up on Twitter about wanting to be in the photo causing a "total overreaction" from fans and media according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Eventually, the Packers changed their plans so that the players on IR could be in the picture. This is a good example of the mini-controversies that arise with so much media focused on just two teams.
Second, the injury to Maurkice Pouncey. It appears he's not going to be playing which is a blow for the Steelers. He was a solid rookie center who fit in well with the Steelers. His loss will hurt them but the Steelers are here because of their ability to move past injuries like that.
Other minor story lines that have been or will continue to come up -- Where does Ben Roethlisberger rank if he wins his third Super Bowl? Will Hines Ward retire? Is Aaron Rodgers out of Brett Favre's shadow? Those are the sorts of things you'll likely be hearing this week.