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Running from The Knowledge
Wish me luck! I'll be back on the site once I blow it. (My record is four days).
I really don't think neighborhood rioting is going to be his tipoff.
I found out the game was on only because a guy at Guitar Center mentioned it. I was told the Patriots and Rams were playing. That was news.
Here. I'll show you how cool I am. I hadn't watched a single minute of NFL play this year. I suppose I might be an NFL fan if I'd grown up in an NFL town, but I grew up in Detroit. I'm a hardcore fan of the other kind of football (Liverpool) and a fading fan of college football. But I enjoy all kinds of sports because- shhhh -I have interests outside of board games.
So, despite not having any real interest in the NFL or the Super Bowl, I am a) aware that many, many other people do have such an interest and b) am also friends with people who do. Consequently, I was at a Super Bowl party last night (made smoky chili and my famous sour cream cornbread (See? Other interests!)) for about the 12th year in a row. I can tell that about half of the two dozen people that were there have no real interest in the NFL but treat it as kind of a cultural event, anyway. I don't begrudge them that any more than I begrudge anyone enjoying the Super Bowl for what it is. People like what they like. As long as it's not hurting anyone else, why should I look down my nose at them?
Just as an aside, I can tell you that the Rams were clearly unprepared for the defensive looks that the Patriots were giving them; showing a lot of 4-3 Under (shaded inside of the TE), which is something you often see with teams trying to protect their linebackers, which were apparently the strength of the Patriots' D this year. It confused the Rams whose vaunted offense couldn't get started (8 straight punts at one point in the game.) One moment kinda crystallized it for me when I looked up from the amazing spread of food and saw the Rams try to run a trap to the right side. Their LG pulled and executed a perfect trap block with the RT. But the left tackle there is supposed to downblock (toward the play) to handle the interior linemen. Instead, he slid out to pick up the DE, which gave DT Malcom Brown of the Patriots a paved path right to the tailback in the backfield. Three yard loss. Later it emerged that Belichick (New England's coach) was determined to force the Rams to throw outside passes to keep their offense from picking up a rhythm. In that case, the 4-3 Under is ideal.
Jackwraith wrote: Yeah, can we please not lower ourselves to this? You know: that thread where everyone tries to prove how cool they are by not even knowing that the Super Bowl was played?
Yah lets get back to that thread where everybody tries to prove how cool they are by how few games they own.
I see your hipster, cool guy colors, sir, and I am not impressed.
Like every year around this time, someone last night made the comment that, of the teams that have been in existence for the entirety of the Super Bowl's 53 years, two are undefeated in the game: The New York Jets (1-0)... and the Detroit Lions (0-0.)