There’s no denying that the Super Bowl is just a championshop game anymore. With the millions of dollars companies are spending on advertising and the hype surrounding the half-time performance, it’s no surprise that this major gridiron battle is broadcast all over the world. But there’s more to it than just football… the hype is always around the ads, the National Anthem, and the half-time entertainment.
I watch the Super Bowl for the football. The legendary Chicago Bears face off against the titanic Indianapolis Colts. There are more reasons to watch this game for many than ever. It’s the first time an NFC Central team made it since the 1997 Green Bay Packers, and the first time in over 20 years since the Bears made it this far (their last Super Bowl appearance and victory was in 1984). It’s the first time Colts quarterback Peyton Manning’s will appear at this level. It’s the first time that not one, but two black coaches (Tony Dungy, Indianapolis; Lovie Smith, Chicago) have led their teams to the Super Bowl (and believe me, both men deserve it).
I guess I’m a little jaded about it, but it really seems like the Super Bowl is more of a showcase for ads and the half-time show than it is about the game. I love football. I love watching good games. The ads are fun, and some of the entertainment has been good (at least since the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake debacle). But I still prefer focusing on the football itself. Will I be interested in watching Prince? Probably not, seeing how I’m not a fan. Will I take note of the ads? Perhaps, but I won’t be stuck to the TV to see each one.
But I think the biggest thing about this year’s Super Bowl is that the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears are finally getting a lot of recognition. Both teams worked very hard to get this far, and I believe both will put on a great game for the world.