Probably the first thing that bugs me is that it seems the Super Bowl has gotten about as big as possible. And it’s not just the XL designation:
- Last year’s attendance at a bar was a bit less than three years ago. Now it may be because more places are hosting Super Bowl Parties complete with free food and such, but I noticed a bit of a decline in attendance.
- Commercials aren’t as good as they used to be. I think it’s because everyone’s trying too hard.
- Does anyone really believe the “Any Given Sunday” myth? After all, while any given Sunday may turn out any way, there’s sixteen weeks so with most Sundays turning out close to expected, little is left to chance.
Now as it happens, many of the more recent games have turned out to be pretty good. Two of the last four games were decided in the last minutes, and the blow-out that was endemic in the ’90’s hasn’t happened since Trent Dilfer gave Art Model his ill-earned trophy.
So what will happen with me? I’ll probably watch elsewhere, again hanging out with a crowd. It will be a bit of a disappointment; as I was actually hoping for a Chicago-Indianapolis Super Bowl.