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Not interested in the Super Bowl

January 27, 2013
By CRAIG HOWELL , Weirton Daily Times

One of the biggest events in professional sports is coming up next weekend, but I'm trying to find some other plans.

While I enjoy watching the occasional football game here and there, and I've even tuned in to the Super Bowl when the Steelers haven't been playing, this year I'm just not into it.

In addition to my 4 a.m. Monday wake-up, I really don't have the interest in staying up to see what type of commercials the nation's ad wizards have created and then payed millions of dollars to have aired during this premium time slot.

And, let's face it, that's the main thing a lot of people watch the game for these days, anyway.

I'll see them all at some point in the coming weeks, either on television or online, so what's the point?

Plus, I really have no interest in watching a game between the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers.

I've never cheered for either team, so why do it for just one game?

Although, if I were to pick one, it would probably be the Niners, just because they're not the Ravens. Sorry, that's just the Pittsburgh fan in me. There simply are certain teams I just don't want to see win.

Not to mention, most of the attention seems to be not on the teams, as it should be, but on the fact the two head coaches are brothers.

Jim and John Harbaugh will be facing off against each other in this year's game, with their respective teams battling for dominance and a nice shiny ring.

Every preview feature I see online, in print or on television seems to be about the Harbaugh brothers. Someone even thought it would be funny to meld their last name into the phrase Super Bowl. It was cute, for about a minute or so. Then it became annoying.

Some media outlets have even interviewed the coaches' parents, asking if they were cheering for one son over the other.

Of course, there has been similar coverage any time Payton and Eli Manning have played against each other.

Shouldn't there be more than a couple throw-away articles on the teams and their preparation by now? I just would make sense. After all, the players are the ones who are actually going to be out on the field.

I don't know if I've even heard about the halftime show this year.

Then again, the last few halftime performances I've watched have not been enjoyable.

It seems as if organizers were so afraid to take any chances after the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction," so they end up with some bland performance by groups who either seldom perform anymore and just give us a five-minute mashup of some of their greatest hits, like The Who, or you get a watered-down, drawn-out version of one, maybe two, great songs with more focus on the stand-in crowd surrounding the stage, like Paul McCartney.

I can get more entertainment by listening to some CDs or streaming a music channel over my phone.

Although, I'm sure it's better to see it in person. It has to be, right?

So, while much of the nation is hanging out at home or going to various parties, watching the "Sup-Harbaugh-l," I think I'll just curl up somewhere with a good book.

Anyone have any recommendations?

Maybe there is a special marathon of movies or television shows planned for that night.

If nothing else, there's always the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Who can resist watching those cute little guys playing around?

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

 
 

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