Sunday, February 01, 2009

Super Bowl Semiotics (UPDATED)

Two stars, and vaguely familiar stripes...

Well, today's the day of the "Big Game." The Pittsburgh Steelers will face off against the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa. The game will be aired on NBC, the "Peacock Network."* I find it especially interesting that the game is on NBC this year, since last Sunday they aired the excruciating TV mini-series adaptation of Raymond Khoury's The Last Templar, which starred New Jersey's own Mira Sorvino (who won an Ausur® for Mighty Aphrodite).

Maybe this is part three of the story.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were originally known as the Pittsburgh Pirates. I'm sure most of you are familiar with the theories that the original privateers were descendants of the Templar exiles, who hijacked stolen Inca gold from the Spanish and passed it on the British Crown. Here's a thread on where various theories about the Templar pirates are tossed back and forth.

Given that "Cardinal" is the appelation for an executive/princeling in the Vatican, what we have here is a semiotic replay of the original big game of Templars vs. the Vatican, the old intramural struggle. Of course, Tampa is home to the Tampa Bay (aka Templar Bay) Buccaneers, continuing this theme.

NBC is headquarted in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the epicenter of Masonic Manhattan. Bruce Springsteen played there a few years back for a live taping of The Today Show (whose symbol is a sunrise). Across the street is the twin-steepled St. Patrick's Cathedral, officiated over by Cardinal Egan.

In light of memes we've been exploring here on The Secret Sun, it's interesting to note that the Arizona Cardinals were originally known as the Phoenix Cardinals when they first moved from St. Louis (the Church, again). The Super Bowl committee has taken on the palm tree as its symbol, the palm being of the genus Phoenix. And who will be providing the halftime entertainment?

Why, none other than the "Rising" man himself, New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen.

UPDATE: Be careful at those parties..
PHILA(E)DELPHIA – Investigators believe a gasoline-powered generator running a fan for inflatable playhouses produced carbon monoxide at a child's birthday party, sending 17 people to a hospital.
Children were playing in two large Moonbounce balloon playhouses that were being kept inflated by the fan, Fire Department Capt. John Cleary said Sunday.- Yahoo! News
UPDATE II: Originally the Chicago Cardinals! How could I have overlooked that? Thanks, reader!

UPDATE III: Terry was on the case at Koncrete Junkyard a couple weeks back. Terry reports on the Cardinals' new stadium, nicknamed "The Bird's Nest." Coincidentally, the Olympic stadium of the same name was in the news this week.

UPDATE IV: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger had his own Phoenix Rising three years ago:

On Monday, June 12, 2006, at 11:17 a.m. EDT (UTC-4), Roethlisberger was involved in a motorcycle accident near the intersection of 10th Street and Second Avenue near downtown Pittsburgh, in which he was not wearing his helmet. KDKA-TV of Pittsburgh has reported that Roethlisberger did not have a valid Pennsylvania motorcycle license at the time of the accident, only a temporary permit that he had obtained after moving to Pittsburgh.

July 13 Roethlisberger in his first interview on ABC's Good Morning America explains that he was told by responding paramedics that he ruptured a major blood vessel in his mouth and was minutes away from dying. Despite the seriousness of the accident, his recovery went so well that he started the first three Steelers 2006 preseason games.
7/13 is 3/17 in reverse, innit?

UPDATE V: 17-7 at the half.

UPDATE VI: Gee, Bruce. Nice move with the explosions and the mike stand there. Subtle.

UPDATE VII: Maybe the Cardinals should have not betrayed the Phoenix. Templars take it...

* The peacock is identified with Hera.


  1. Got your 3D glasses yet?!

    You can't see the hand come out of the screen the same way without them!

  2. The Cardinals were originally the CHICAGO CARDINALS.

    The Saint Louis Cathedral, a VERY Templar linked cathedral, also incorporates steeple designs by Freemason architect Benjamin Latrobe under whose picture President Obama re-took the Oath.

    but then again Obama is forever linked with the Steelers, through Dan Rooney and the gifted Game Ball, (Obama got the Football before he got the FOOTBALL!) and the Cardinals are from John McCain's state...

    It's like trying to unravel a spider's web.

  3. I for one could not care less about either team in the Super Bowl, so I'm playing super bowl drinking bingo. Cheers!

  4. Nice connection with the Vatican vs. Templars. The "cardinals" are also the cardinal directions: north, south, east and west. Their layout forms a cross, and can be seen as the 2d layout of the four archetypes (put simply, Horus, Osiris, Isis and Set. Correct me if I'm wrong, neo-Jungian one). So it can also be the Templars playing a game with the archetypes.

  5. Nice post, heres a linky too my preview. Interesting Templar/Pirate connection dont think ive ever heard of that. this year doesnt look so great as either its the illuminated Phoenix or Pirates(Stealers) as champions. The Cardinals express the rise of the phoenix sun god Obama, while the Steelers express the hijacking or nationalization of the current system, while the game will be played in the home of the Buckaneers. Lets get ready too rumble.

  6. it'll be interesting to see if the rising sun cardinals win this one against the odds

  7. Whoa! You just blew my mind!

  8. Well THAT show was totally predictable. Actually, I would have thought a more "last minute, come from behind" motif would have suited the Templar team better, but I guess they're feeling chuffed lately.

    Terry (and the pirates) caught the "steal" synch. Good catch!

    Jenny Hudson (synching with Chicago, Manhattan and the Jordan (victim of the recent 3-pronged attack on her family) sang the Anthem. She brought the house down, and I rather liked that.

    Cheers, Michael

  9. James Harrison's return for the "longest play in Superbowl history" was fascinating.
    Harrison wears #92 (as in 9(1+1))

    and certainly in that context, the 911 theme has been "played longer" than any other!

    A quick check of Wiki will reveal several James Harrison links throughout history. Including a Catholic Martyred Priest and an Architect.

    27 - 23
    9 + 5 = 14 = 2x7 = 7+7
    77 - 33
    (two 7's - two 3's)

  10. Thats a great findings Secret Sun.

    To bad for the result though, the Templars of Steel were more synchiful ;)
    I wrote some Yahoo synchs here

  11. I really have been enjoying your site, and respect the amount of work you have put in. The Templar connection is amazing, and the pirate theme has been prevalent for a while since the MV Sirius hijacking.

    Some synchs I noticed was the game winning pass from BigBenBen (no. 7) to Santonio Holmes(St.Anthony P17 Comet Holmes) who wears jersey no. 10. 7 + 10 = 17
    This comes after Plaxico(no. 17) caught the game winner last year to give the Giants 17.

    I also like the fact how know one even talks about the Steelers and Cardinals merged for a season in 1944 (Obama resonating term).

  12. Amazing. When the teams were first announced, I figured the templar pirates would win reflecting the victory of Obama over McCain, but your research just nails the synch-nificance of this event. well done.

    And major kudos to user k2/11:11 for that 1944 tidbit.

  13. Local paper had 'The Wizards' (Giants) VRS 'The Illuminati' (Patriots) "whos going to win" --> obviously should have put some $ on this!! :)