Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Observations - Super Bowl Edition

It has been a long time since I have done a Sunday Observations post (last May was the most recent one), and figured since it is the day of the Super Bowl Big Game, it would be a good time to make a few quick hits about this day.  They are all football related, so if you got tired of all the political stuff, this is for you!

- The NFL has gotten really lazy about the logos for the Super Bowl.  It used to be that every year had a nice, new, and original logo.  The past three years (beginning with 45), it has devolved into a repeat scheme, with only the number and the stadium changing slightly and the Lombardi Trophy rising from it like a large phallus.  Judge for yourself.

- The two stories that have been beaten into the ground so hard these past two weeks are the Harbaugh brothers and Ray Lewis' final game.  One reason I have been waiting for the actual game to begin is so people can shut up about the puff pieces regarding the two stories.  No, I don't give a damn about what Mr. and Mrs. Harbaugh are thinking or for whom they are rooting.  No, I don't care about the alleged redemption of Ray Lewis.  I want to watch the game.  The game.  Remember the game?  I blame Monday Night Football and ABC Sports (1970, no less!) for this kind of nonsensical proliferation of puff pieces and four-hour long pre-game shows.

- Rooting interests in this game are very interesting.  However, there are two types of fans that are driving me nearly bat-guano insane.  The first are the local Redskin fans who are rooting for the Ravens in the name of "locality". I hope those people know that the Raven fans would never repay that favor.  The second fans (and even more annoying) are Steeler fans who are rooting for the Ravens in the name of, get this, ensuring that the 49ers don't win their sixth title and thus "tie" the Steelers for the most.  What garbage!  First of all, you never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever root for your divisional rival in the Super Bowl.  EVER!!  Secondly, while the Steelers have won six, they have also lost two.  This is an apples to oranges comparison, and any Steeler fan who is rooting for the Ravens ought to have their fan card ripped up and burned.  Yesterday.

- This is going to raise the ire of a few people - but I am going to say it anyway.  If you watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials, do not advertise this fact.  What happens then is that these people tend to betray their complete and total ignorance of what the event actually is. It's a football game!  Try to remember that and remember the proverb "tis better to remain silent and be thought the fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

- So the question is, for whom am I pulling?  Technically speaking, I don't have a horse in the race.  However, I don't care for the Ravens.  I don't like the Ravens, or their fanbase.  The same fanbase who will hypocritically pine for the Colts yet root for another stolen team.  Nowhere was this worse than during the wild-card round when the Colts came to Baltimore.  Every sign that mentioned the Colts leaving should have caused a puppy to be tortured (Michael Vick, call your office).

- Otherwise, I am hoping for the 49ers to win the game.  I think Colin Kaepernick and company will run the old and rickety Ravens defense (who live on reputation at this point, and PEDs).  I am going with 49ers 27, Ravens 20.

1 comment:

Doyler said...

I rooted for the Ravens and don't care one bit if Ravens fans wouldn't return the favor when the Redskins are in the "Big Game."

You see, deciding to hate the Ravens only validates their little brother status. They are the Browns that moved next door. The Ravens are the same as the "Insert AFC Team that isn't New England here" and potentially worthy of rooting for instead of San Fran or "insert NFC team here that I'd rather not see win the bowl."

But back to the Ravens. They love to think there is a rivalry when there simply isn't. They think the franchises are on equal footing in the sports landscape when they aren't.

There's a little clip in last season of Mad Men, when an underling tells Don Draper that he feels sorry for him. Draper looks right back at him, as the elevator door closes between them and the camera, he says, "I don't think about you at all."

Pretty much sums it up. But since I have Ravens fan friends and family, I gave it a night.