Are you ready for some football? Jay DeMerit and Ben Zemanski are – but before First Kick, there’s the small matter of the Big Game.
Within MLS ranks, you won’t find bigger fans of the teams facing off in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday. Vancouver center back and World Cup veteran DeMerit is a native Cheesehead, born and bred in Green Bay (he's currently sporting a playoff beard for his beloved Packers). Chivas USA second-year midfielder Zemanski was raised in Akron, Ohio, but was born in Pittsburgh and comes from a family full of proud members of Steeler Nation.
DeMerit’s proudest moment off a soccer field? Leading Lambeau Field last month in the traditional fourth-quarter sing-along of “Roll out the Barrel.” Zemanski’s first offseason priority? Clearing his calendar for an annual trip to Heinz Field.
So who’s got bragging rights ahead of a classic matchup of two of the most successful franchises in NFL history? DeMerit and Zemanski have taken the smack talk onto Twitter this week ahead of the Big Game, and we’re following along at MLSsoccer.com.
Here are some of the highlights so far:
D6MERIT: @zmnsk21 And so it begins. Ben, can I call you "Big Ben", or is that just weird? Prediction, my Pack 34 your Steel 24.
zmnsk21: So the Super Bowl trash talk has begun. I'm no Rex Ryan, but I have to stand up for my Steelers.
D6MERIT:@zmnsk21 so after the 2005 superbowl win, is that when a kid from Ohio started to like the Steelers?! #orisitcuzthebrownsaresobad?
zmnsk21: @D6MERIT Born and raised a Steelers fan. It's Steeler Nation.. We're everywhere in this country.
D6MERIT:@zmnsk21 Really hard being the only good team in AFC history.. The Pack would have 12 SB by now. Ps. it would be called the Tomlin Trophy
zmnsk21: @D6MERIT Since u mentioned 1 of Steels 6 SB wins to GBs 3, think they'll rename hardware from Lombardi to the Rooney Trophy?
zmnsk21: @D6MERIT U sure it wouldn't be the NollCowherTomlin Trophy? Rooney sounds a little better
D6MERIT: @zmnsk21I can't name one quote or book ANY of those names are in Combined they can't touch Lombardi Or his awesome fur hat #MLSsoccerbowl
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