First, here’s the official NFL Super Bowl Standings. It’s skewered by its being ranked by winning percentage, which places such flashes in the pan as the Jets and the Ravens above the storied and once-storied Steelers, Raiders and Cowboys. I’d prefer a ranking system based on appearances. That way you’d see a clearer picture, even with its distortions (Denver has a 2-4 record in Super Bowls, even with the Broncos having won their last two).
This year, both teams have shown up to a grand total of three Super Bowls. The Colts actually showed up twice, in 1969 and 1971 (equaling Green Bay in appearances, if not wins, at that time). The Bears have only been to the 1986 Super Bowl before this one. This makes a return for a couple of teams after some extended absences.
While a large number of fans will be watching the game as spectators (or just as Fans of the Commercials), the people in Northern Indiana will have a special interest. This is probably the closest two teams in the Super Bowl have been to each other, at least up there with XXV (Giants hold on against the Bills) and XXIX (San Francisco vs San Diego).
And while it is a bit sad that New Orleans didn’t break away from the class of teams that have yet to make it to the Super Bowl, it’s nice to see that franchise finally get good. I still believe that in a few years we’ll see them either in Los Angeles or San Antonio (or Sacramento; and don’t discount Oklahoma City).
I know I’ll find it interesting. Hopefully it will be a close game with good plays throughout and the game decided near the end, but if both teams have to play sixty minutes I’ll be happy. The last thing I want to see is mood shots of the losing team members moping with most of the 4th quarter yet to be played.