This is the first year in a long time that I can truly say that I’m just not that interested in the Super Bowl. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll watch it because I love sports, but I’m not compelled to route for either team. I just can’t invest my emotions into the big game.
Unfortunately I dislike both teams with a passion. The Pittsburgh Steelers are led by Ben Roethlisberger, who has been accused of sexual assault and rape the past two seasons. He hasn’t had to face charges, but it looks like it is becoming a trend. Like the saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. Then you have their linebacker James Harrison, who complains about his fines saying he has to worry about his kid’s college education. I’m sorry how many millions is he making? You are trying to tell me that he is so strapped for cash that a few $25K fines are going to hold him back from saving for his kid’s college education? I’m thinking if he is cutting it that close with his money, he might want to reconsider how he is spending his cash.
If this wasn’t bad enough, their coach, Mike Tomlin, actually tried to back his player up. It’s nice that he tries to have his player’s back, but come on. At some point you have to use your common sense. Do they really think fans will be sympathetic to someone who gets paid millions to play a game? So it just seems the Steelers are a whiny bunch that has sense of entitlement.
The Green Bay Packers aren’t as bad as the Steelers, but they are just cocky and arrogant. I think it started with the whole Brett Favre drama. I don’t blame them for wanting to move on without Favre, I just don’t think they handled it very well. Then you have his replacement, Aaron Rodgers, proclaiming he is the people’s champ. My only thoughts on that were “Really?”. It looked like only Green Bay fans were supporting him especially in his match ups against Favre, and they really would have cheered on any quarterback that was playing for Green Bay at the time. So it is hard to root for them.
I was actually hoping for an all bird Super Bowl. I thought the Falcons had a great shot to make it for the NFC and I was pulling for the Ravens in the AFC. Unfortunately both of them really sucked it up in the second round. Both teams actually looked pretty good at the beginning of their games, but then failed down the stretch. I guess I’ll have to wait for my All Bird Bowl.
So when the big day arrives for Super Bowl XLV at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, I guess I’ll just have to pray that at least it is a good game that is fun to watch and hope that the commercials live up to their hype. Hopefully all will not be lost!