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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    I can't pretend to be all into football this season as I have been way to busy to even get cable installed in my new house, but I have always considered myself a Broncos fan, mostly because I lived there as a child, and was really into them back in the Elway days. Anyway, looks like yet another Manning is going to the big game. I hope they win.

    I heard there was some hubbub over one of the Seattle players after the game that has given many fans a bitter taste in their mouths. Apparently he said some really petty, immature statement about an opposition player. Oh well.

    So who are you rooting for? And aside from that, who do you think will win?

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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    As a citizen of the 12th Man region of the work I will have to go with the Seahawks. These are the most equally matched Superbowl teams in recent history and will be a great game regardless of who wins. Bad weather may take away a bit of Manning's passing game and give the Hawks defense an edge.

    As to the poorly chosen word uttered by Sherman in a post game (on field) interview; it was all part of a hotly contested game and the overflowing of exuberance by a young and gifted athlete. He has since expressed regret at his choice of words but not apologized. A lot of people are giving him a really bad time for a few word in a 30 second interview and assume he is a thug full of himself without realizing all of the things he does to give back to his community.

    Check out his link.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-...ing-cornerback

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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    This is always a weird time for me because I don't follow the NFL at all during the regular season. I only watch during the playoffs.

    Football is football, and the games I've seen have been exciting. But I feel like the only guy in America who has no opinion on the two teams left standing. I kinda-sorta rooted for the 49ers because I've heard of more of their players (including 2 who went to my alma mater), but now that they're out, it's just 2 sets of uniforms to me.

    I'm just hoping for a good game and some entertaining commercials!

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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    One thing I do find interesting:

    If this were baseball, and the two teams in the World Series were the Mariners and Rockies (which could happen someday, since they're in different leagues), the narrative would be that baseball is doomed because nobody outside Washington or Colorado cares about the outcome. If it's not New York, Boston, St. Louis, LA, or SF, the idea is that no one will watch.

    Same with the NBA if the finals have, say, Portland from the west and Indiana from the east. That could happen this year since both teams are really strong. Without a glamour team like Miami or the Lakers, or a New York or Chicago team, there would be an assumption of indifference.

    And yet in the NFL, it doesn't seem to matter where the teams are from. Of course Denver has Manning, and even casual sports fans must know who he is. But the fan bases of the two teams are relatively small and isolated, compared to, say, New England and the 49ers. And yet I haven't seen any doomsaying over how screwed the NFL is because of the matchup.

    Thoughts?

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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    It's an interesting variance in how the fans see those sports. Just throwing out my random guess:

    -- Baseball seems to be the most locally focused. Fans like "their team" and go to some games, watch them on TV or listen to them on the radio. The season has an entire narrative to it due to the length of the season (and the pace of the games themselves, for that matter).

    -- Basketball may be the most superstar-driven. The sport has tiny rosters compared to baseball and football, so the focus is on a few individuals since they can dramatically alter the course of an entire game or season for their team. This is part of why some people don't like the long NBA season, because they think the stars can turn it on and off at will, conserving energy for when the it really counts in the playoffs and they're facing other superstars.

    -- Football may have the broadest appeal in America as a sport, regardless of the local team or the superstar component. This is proven by Sunday night, Monday night and Thursday night football TV ratings, when there's only one national game on the air so for most people it's a non-local event. Yet each week those three games are in the top 10 TV programs of the week.

    That may all be a bunch of crap but it makes sense in my head.

    Football is also the only sport I feel a little guilty watching, as we learn more about the health impact of the game on youth and adults, and I've learned more about the financial machine of the NFL.

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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    I think you nailed it, Michael!

    Great point about baseball being the most "local." But I think that term has a more expansive meaning in baseball than in other sports, partly because it had at least a half-century head start over football and basketball, and partly because there were only 16 teams.

    Until teams started moving in the 1950s, those 16 teams were isolated to just 10 markets. Even St. Louis had 2 teams! The Cardinals and Cubs developed fan bases that stretched as far south and west as a radio signal could carry on a clear night. That's an advantage both teams still have today.

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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    I will be torn between cheering for the Etrade baby and the Budweiser animals - so far the early view on the Bud puppy ad has to be frontrunner.

    Putting Danica into a muscle suit looks to be a $4 million waste for Go Daddy

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    Who're you rooting for in the superbowl?

    Quote Originally Posted by "TomK" post=1015176
    Putting Danica into a muscle suit looks to be a $4 million waste for Go Daddy
    I have never understood those ads. I use GoDaddy for URL registration and email. I think it's an outstanding company for both efficiency and support. But I make absolutely no connection between their ads and the services I (gladly) pay for.

    Maybe I'm not cognitively advanced enough to understand it.

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