The Joys of a Super Bowl Without the Patriots

Jordan P, Editor-in-Chief

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Please don’t kill me for saying this. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Super Bowl. Not just because Cam Newton is one of the most electrifying players in the game (love him or hate him, it’s undeniable), or because this may be our last chance to watch Peyton Manning play competitive football. No, I’m really looking forward to it because the Patriots won’t be playing in it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the Patriots. But there’s a lot that comes along with the Patriots being in the Super Bowl, and frankly, I just don’t have the time or energy to deal with it this year.

First, if the Patriots were in the Super Bowl, we would be guaranteed a controversy. Now, with Cam Newton in this year’s championship, chances are we still will have some controversy when he celebrates a little too hard or dives into the crowd or something like that. The difference is, we’ll probably only hear about it for the week or two following the game. People will move on pretty quickly. On the other hand, if Tom Brady were to stub his toe, there would be a conspiracy theory about how Roger Goodell specifically put the table three inches out of place to take down the Patriots. And we would have a court case that stretched into August or something ridiculous like that.

Secondly, I’d like to be able to listen to sports talk radio at some point before the 4th of July. I don’t know what it is about New England Sports Radio “personalities” but they can’t let anything go. The Patriots will win by 40 and they’ll still spend three weeks complaining about a missed call that gave the other team 5 extra yards before they punted. 80% of sports talk radio is just complaining, granted, but I’d like to at least hear them complain about something other than football when it’s June and the Red Sox have reclaimed their position atop the AL East.

Thirdly, I’d like to be able to get through the Monday morning following the game without having random obscenities shouted at me. Have you ever been out in public the morning after a Boston lost in a big game? Everyone walks around angry as if the opposing team personally disrespected them the night before. I get that we are passionate about our sports, it’s cool and all when we win, but when we lose it’s like the end of the world.

Lastly, Super Bowl parties are just less stressful when the Patriots aren’t playing. I don’t feel like I have to sit quietly in the corner while the game is on, and there isn’t constant yelling and screaming. People will actually interact while the game is on, and it doesn’t feel like the entire mood of the night is dependent upon who wins. I probably am more into sports than most people are, but even I can’t enjoy watching a game when everyone treats the game as the singular determining factor of their happiness.

Again, I don’t hate the Patriots, but the Super Bowl just has less baggage when they aren’t playing in it.

Oh, and go Broncos.

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