We’re only a week away from the biggest game in the history of western civilization.
Isn’t that what everyone says when the Super Bowl rolls around every year?
Love it or not, the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in America every year. So, I figured I would give my II cents on X things I dislike — I hate to use the word hate, so I’m going with dislike —about the Super Bowl. Yes, I used II and X instead of 2 and 10 because when it comes to the Super Bowl, Roman numerals should always be used.
Here we go:
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I: The hype. It will never happen, but the NFL needs to get rid of the two weeks between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. Whether you follow the NFL closely or not at all, there’s no way to get away from the hype of the Super Bowl. There is so much of it that by the time the game arrives, we just want it to be over instead of being excited for the actual game.
II: Blowouts. There is nothing more boring than a Super Bowl blowout. And starting with the Raiders’ whipping of the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII, only two Super Bowls in a
14-year stretch were decided by single digits. Fortunately, most of the Super Bowls lately have been pretty good, except the Seahawks’ destruction of the Broncos last year.
III: The four Super Bowl losses by the Buffalo Bills, my favorite team.
IV: No Super Bowl L next year. Next year it will be called Super Bowl 50 because the NFL is worried everyone will think Super Bowl L is short for Super Bowl Loser. The Roman numerals will return in Super Bowl LI for the 2016 season. Not having a Roman numeral attached to the Super Bowl is just wrong.
V: The St. Louis Rams. I loved watching The Greatest Show on Turf, but didn’t it feel wrong that when the Rams won the Super Bowl, they had left Los Angeles for St. Louis? Will Los Angeles ever have an NFL team again?
VI: Players doing stupid things the day before the big game. Remember Raiders center Barret Robbins going AWOL the night before the game? Falcons safety Eugene Robinson being busted for soliciting an undercover cop? Bengals running back Stanley Wilson’s cocaine binge?
VII: The Steelers’ 21-10 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Yes, the Steelers were the better team that day. Yes, the Seahawks made plenty of mistakes. But have you ever seen a more poorly officiated big game than that one? The NFL even apologized to the Seahawks about a week later over some of the calls. Small consolation.
VIII: No touchdowns for Walter Payton. William “The Refrigerator” Perry ran for a touchdown in the most mismatched Super Bowl (regardless of score) ever when the Bears annihilated the Patriots, but the Bears couldn’t get Payton, probably the greatest Bear ever, a touchdown? Bad call, Ditka.
IX: No Super Bowl wins for Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts, Dan Marino and Warren Moon.
X: Eli Manning has more Super Bowl wins than Peyton.
Coming next week: X (10) things I love about the Super Bowl.