Super Bowl Boredom

otI’ve been asking around, and apart from my neighbor who comes from Atlanta, I am not finding people excited for the Super Bowl. Now granted, if you have a reason to root for one of the teams, then this game is exciting to you, but I’m not feeling it. I’m not sure why. I usually love the Super Bowl and am excited for whoever is in it. This year I am struggling to even commit to watching it. I have thought about this for awhile and I have three reasons for this.

1- The teams

2- Football itself

3- The world

Let me delve into each.

1- I don’t hate the Patriots. In fact, I like Bill Belichick and I used to be a Patriots season ticket holder. But I have Patriots fatigue. I have seen too much of them and heard way, way, too much from both sides about deflated footballs. And while Matt Ryan seems like a good guy, I have zero interest in the Falcons. They have always struck me as a team that never lived up to expectations and not that interesting. So I find myself not caring at all about which team wins and that makes it pretty hard to get excited about the game.

2- I am having a harder and harder time watching football in general because it seems pretty clear that these players are killing themselves. HBO just did a Real Sports story on the death of Kevin Turner. If you click that link you will see pictures of him as he got close to death. He had ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and had lost the ability to talk or walk by the end. He donated his brain to science and they came to the conclusion that repetitive blows to the head caused his disease. The doctor who does the study looks into the camera and says that people should stop playing football. I know that if I had a son, I don’t, I would not let them play football so I am really wrestling with the moral question of what I am watching and condoning by watching.

3- Without delving into politics too deeply, the world seems to me to be a pretty scary place right now and we are as divided and angry a country as I can remember. It’s hard for me to put all my feelings and concerns aside right now and escape into sports. I find that to be true with not only football, but hockey and basketball as well.  Maybe baseball season will break me out of my funk, but right now sports aren’t giving me the joy they usually do.

So that’s why I am considering skipping the game. I imagine what I will actually do is check the score a bunch of times and then flip it on if things are close in the 4th quarter. At least I hope so.

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  • blmeanie  On January 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    sorry to hear that. I’m lucky to enjoy both teams. I get #2, wish there was common sense applied to rules and equipment, clean it up some. #3, agree with the anger and hatred in the country right now. Honestly, so much false information from all sides throughout the pre-election periods and since as well. Nobody is telling or reporting the truth. Exaggerations and untruths all over the place. Enough of politics. Spring training in 2 weeks!

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 31, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      What rule changes would you make to get a safer game?

      Yeah, false info is a big part of it, but the biggest thing to me is that we seem to have stopped listening and empathizing with each other. I don’t like the way things are going and wish we had better leaders in both parties to unite us.

  • blmeanie  On January 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t know, probably nothing you can do short of flag football

  • blmeanie  On February 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

    with so many extra points being missed now doubt they would do that. Kickoffs , perhaps but what about on-side ? Elimination of that would change the game considerably even though most don’t work.

  • blmeanie  On February 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I guess if you won’t be watching I’ll recap it for you here, now:

    Patriots vs. Falcons, SuperBowl 51

    This Sunday’s game has me in a no-lose scenario. While either team winning would give me reasons to be happy, I am rooting for the Patriots for payback and legacy reasons.

    NFL playoff games have been somewhat easy to predict this year, or maybe when picking your very good favorite teams your biased picks work out?

    Regardless, this game offers some great match ups. The Falcons offense is exceptionally explosive and the Patriot defense will need to produce a turnover at some point. It is hard to imagine the Falcons not scoring 30+. While the Patriot D is light years ahead of the Packer injury ravaged defense from two weeks ago, they need to play close to a perfect game. They will have to figure out how to contain the duo of Freeman and Coleman, both as runners and as receivers. Why focus on these two, because Julio, Sanu, Gabriel and the tight ends always seem to be open. Ryan will get his yards.

    The Patriots offense has seemingly been overlooked by some. Ha! If the Falcons were not playing at a very high level the Patriots offense would be considered the best in the league, even without Gronk.

    Edelman is overlooked despite being a tremendous performer for a bunch of years. Hogan provided good route running and picked up slack recently from Gronk. While the Falcons have a tremendous duo in the backfield in Freeman and Coleman, the Patriots (again under the radar) have a three headed running back problem for teams. Blount can pound it, Lewis can do it all and White is elusive and a great 3rd option. The key in my opinion is Bennett. Without Gronk he has made some plays but hasn’t gone huge recently. He has been dealing with injuries but look for him to get one or two touchdown catches.

    The Falcon defense has been greatly improved in the second half of the season, they have bought into the whole team brotherhood/ship togetherness. They play hard, hit hard and have youth as their advantage.

    Special teams will play a huge part in the game. Both kickers are very good and reliable. Coverage teams sometimes in super bowls are too hyped and take penalties and make mistakes. This is where I think the Patriots get one turnover.

    I think the Patriots score in the first quarter, they haven’t in Brady’s six other trips (somehow). I think they trade points more or less in a first half that sees a score somewhere around 17-14 with the Patriots leading at the break.

    In the second half, one or more turnovers by the Falcons gives the Patriots a little bigger edge until late in the 4th, then the Falcons come screaming back and make it a one score game late.

    Final score, Patriots 37 Falcons 33.

  • blmeanie  On February 4, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I was talking about your post with some at work yesterday. I get the state of the game, head injuries etc. but it still is the super bowl. I tried to equate it to teams I wouldn’t want in or have little interest in like you are going through. If the Giants were playing Houston or Jacksonville or Indianapolis, I would still end up watching but not riveted. How much is 2 – football itself and 3 – the world?

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Giants vs Jacksonville would be riveting because it would be the Coughlin Bowl!

      I joke, but I know what you mean. I’ve watched at least part of every Super Bowl for almost 40 years. I was excited for last year’s game with zero attachment to the 2 teams. Same thing year before in the Pete Carrol Bowl. Never felt this way, still not sure why.

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Just tuned in 28-12 with New England driving.

      You can no longer say you are happy either way. This would be a devastating loss for Atlanta.

  • blmeanie  On February 5, 2017 at 8:00 am

    fyi – some comments I am making on don’t appear to be saving, started last night

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Thanks for letting me know. I’m not sure what’s happening as I see them and they are approved but for some reason they are not displaying.

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