Once again, we have made it to the end of January and 93% of the world’s football fans have shed a tear for their team for once again not making it to the big stage. To all my Jaguars fans….keep your chin up. It’s tough when your team doesn’t even make it to the playoffs. It’s even tougher when your team makes it to the playoffs and loses. It’s the worst when your team is favored to win it all and some crappy wild-card team gets a fire lit under their ass and embarrasses your team on your home field on national television in front of everybody. After all that, the 93% of fans leftover without a dog in the big fight can at least look at one of the last two teams and say this one is the lesser of two evils and pick that team just for that one night, in order to make the game somewhat enjoyable. Unfortunately for me this year, I cannot even muster the enthusiasm to root for either one of these teams.
I will say it is amazing that over the last few years we have heard every football analyst under the sun talk about how this NFL has changed and now it is a much more offensive driven league and that the quarterback is the key ingredient to success or failure.
Well take a look at who’s in the Super Bowl this year! We have two teams with amazing defenses that ranked in the top 5 in the league in many categories. We also have two very average offenses on each side of the field. With Keapernick playing in only the 10th game of his career and Joe Flacco playing in his first Super Bowl having an average season as far as stats go. It look’s like a good defense still and always will take you to a Super Bowl and no one should ever forget it.
There is another aspect that we need to look at hear that I briefly touched on before and that is the team that gets hot at just the right time is the team that wins the Super Bowl. Very rarely do we see a team that has been good all year go to the big game. It always seems to be some team between 9 and 11 wins that has been sputtering along suddenly break out and kick everyone’s asses without the slightest bit of a signal. This year we have two teams that are both as hot as can be. Frankly, I don’t know who is hotter right now, but if I had to put money on it I would say the Ravens have got that flare in their eyes and all they want to do is win one for Ray Lewis.
With all of that being said, I still can’t find myself rooting for one team over the other and for that I will not be watching this year’s Super Bowl. I will be on the slopes swooshing down the mountain with my wife enjoying the wonderful Colorado air. The rest of you enjoy the game. I’m sorry, but I am too bitter that my team was knocked out and I stand firm on this one. If I had a gun to my head and had to make a decision on who would make me slightly happier, it would be the 49er’s….sorry Baltimore.