Five questions with NBC color analyst John Madden, who will broadcast Super Bowl XLIII:
How crazy is it that the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl?
"The NFL should stand for 'Never Figure League.' The minute you think you know what's going to happen, you realize you don't know a thing. Here we are with Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. That's the great thing about the NFL. You don't have a vote. People ask if this is a good thing for NBC? It doesn't make a difference. The teams that play the best at this time earn the right to play in the Super Bowl, and both of these teams earned that right. They both deserve to be here."
Does the Super Bowl define a season?
"The greatest gap in sports is between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl. The winner has confetti, parades, rings, the whole thing. The loser puts his head down and goes to his house."
How impressed are you by the job Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin has done?
"Mike Tomlin is the blueprint for this. You get a young guy who can come in and prove that he can take over a team right away and win. Mike Tomlin is a great young coach but he goes in there with a Ben Roethlisberger, and one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL in Dick LeBeau, who is almost 70 years old. If you're going to use something as a template, use the whole thing."
Will Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm's knowledge of the Steelers help the Cardinals?
"I think it will be big, because they know Dick LeBeau, how he thinks and what he's trying to do. That will help in preparation. You still have to get it down on the field, but that's a plus for the Cardinals."
Do you have any pregame ritual to get ready for the Super Bowl?
"We don't have any special thing or any handshake or prayer or anything like that. I think about soaking in the moment and making a memory. How lucky we are to be here and to be doing this, the enormity of it. Just thinking about it right now gives me goose bumps."