So it's coming down to the wire on what I have argued in the past is our only true American holiday. This year, as foreign as it seems after the last several years that have featured my team in the big game, I don't really have a horse in this race. This Super Bowl Sunday will be more an abstract thing for me, more about enjoying good snacks in front of the TV with my family than about suffering those enjoyable Patriots-in-the-Super-Bowl seizures of excitement.
This Super Bowl Sunday, I won't be hiding in the kitchen, as I did during most of the second quarter of last year's Bowl. I'll actually see the end of the game, without having to meet my superstitious obligation to be in the bathroom at my parents' house in the final 1:30 so that the Patriots will win. I won't worry about whether or not my Dad's wearing his Tedy Bruschi shirt (which I've insisted is a jinx since he wore it for the first game of the 2003 season, stopped wearing it on my insistence for the next few weeks, and then wore it again during the Patriots' only other loss that season, to the Redskins in Week 4).
You know, this relaxation, it might actually be nice.
Of course, what fun is it if you don't root at all for anybody? So I stand by my previously established Haterade Prediction of the Seahawks. Everyone's been trying to guilt trip this week about Jerome Bettis and boo hoo and how he deserves a ring, and I think Kristen said it best when she said, "If there were a way to get the Bus a ring and not the Hamburgler and the Chin that ate Pittsburgh, I'd be fine with that. I find Bettis rather unobjectionable.
"But the rest of them? The rest of them can go to hell."
Indeed. So, like Kristen, I'm still rooting Seahawks and y'all can kiss my ass.
But really, mostly I'm rooting barbecue wings.
Meanwhile, here's some analysis from people paying much better attention than me:
- Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz, writing for FOX Sports, favors the Seahawks "slightly".
- Another FO writer, Mike Tanier, goes for the Steelers. Quoth Tanier: "Good coaching can only get young players so far."
- Finally, where matchups are concerned, Cold Hard Football Facts takes an historical look at the quarterback's role in Super Bowl history, while yet another FO writer, Michael David Smith, eschews the QB for other matchups he says will decide the game.