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Super Bowl Storylines? There's Only One

By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Storylines are great. I love storylines. If I go see a movie and it doesn't have a good story, chances are I'm not sitting through the whole thing. I've never finished a book that didn't have a good storyline. And I've quit on many a TV show because the storylines were played out.

So is it weird that I don't want storylines in my sports? I don't care that player X is playing his old team again a month after he got traded. I'm not interested in seeing how a team will handle the distraction of its star wide receiver's latest brush with authorities. I want to see a good game on the field (court, diamond, pitch) and I want the team I like more to beat the team I like less. I want to see players I like succeed and I want to see Barry Bonds fail.

Which is why I have a hard time with Super Bowl hype. It's a never ending cycle. There are two weeks between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl to build excitement. And the media has to find endless storylines to fill two whole weeks to keep interest. So we find out that a Super Bowl win would mean the world to the long lost great-grandmother of the long snapper. And the defensive backs coach once shopped at the same grocery store as the brother of the trainer of the other team, so there may be some bad blood.

Who cares?

But this year is different. This year actually has interesting plots besides which team can beat the other (don't they say that every year?). This year has an undefeated team looking to be the first team to go 19-0 in a season. The same team that was caught cheating in the first game of the season, continuously ran up the score against inferior opponents, has a coach who dresses like the unabomber and a star quarterback who gets famous girls pregnant and then dumps them (that one was for my wife). There's also the, um ... the uh ... well, that's about it. Sure people will say, "Eli Manning!" And they'll say, "10 road wins in a row!" And they'll say, "fought hard in the last game of the season when they didn't have to!"

To that I say, "Seen it, heard it, YouTubed it." Lately there has always been a team that made it to the big game when no one thought they could (two years ago had two of them, Pittsburgh AND Seattle!) and an embattled quarterback (Rex Grossman ring a bell?). All I care about is this: Will the Patriots win and secure their place in immortality? Will they be the first best-team-ever who wouldn't even be acknowledged by their own mothers? Or will whichever team that managed to make it this far be able to do what no other team has this season ... beat New England?

It's the only storyline that matters.

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