It seems like the dominant theme out of Houston this week is the lack of interest in this year’s Super Bowl. To be honest, from my own standpoint at least, I wouldn’t argue that storyline. I have not been giddy with excitement over the past two weeks. I have not counted down the hours until kickoff. I have not watched any First Take debates on the game nor watched any of the “Opening Night” media day coverage.
However, I can’t deny this: today is Super Bowl Sunday and I will definitely be watching.
Just because I didn’t buy into any of the Super Bowl LI hype doesn’t mean I won’t have my TV on tonight. It is the football game of all football games. Sidney and I will have a table of snacks ready to go and we will watch the spectacle from our living room. With the big day finally here, I have allowed some excitement to settle in. Bring on the commercials, bring on Gaga, and bring on the football!
However, don’t think that because I didn’t jack myself up for this year’s Super Bowl that I don’t have a team I want to win, because that is truly not the case. I hope the Atlanta Falcons stick it to the New England Patriots.
I want the Falcons to win because I like Matt Ryan. I want the Falcons to win because they are representing the NFC and because they defeated my Seattle Seahawks. I want the Falcons to win because of geography; I live just a few hours away from the Georgia Dome and I love the city of Atlanta.
But let’s get real here. I also want the Falcons to win because I can’t stand the New England Patriots. After Drew Bledsoe left the team in 2001, any fondness I had for the Pats evaporated. But my spite for New England isn’t just because my all-time favorite NFL player was replaced by Tom Brady. I also don’t cheer for the Pats because of the arrogance and dishonesty that has defined the organization over the past 16 years. Also, to be fair, I should add that my jealousy over the team’s success has also played a role in my unfavorable attitude toward Boston’s favorite football squad.
So while I hope Atlanta would embarrass the Patriots 100-0, I am realistic. I think New England’s experience and coaching will be enough to take the title. I predict the Patriots will defeat the Falcons by the score of 31-17. But I also predicted Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump for the presidency and we all know how that turned out…
Enjoy the game, everyone! Don’t Blink.