BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
I hate the media or the press in sports. It’s become very predictable and a lot of times stories are made out of nothing. This is kind of a hypocritical statement coming from a blog site but when I think of Rainbow Chair and put a face on it I think about that beer commercial where there are a couple of average dudes asking the questions they want to hear as well as asking questions in a mockingly fashion.
We write about what we like, what we know, and what we think about things. It is not forced. There are no deadlines or incentives other than to see how many views, comments, or likes we get on our material. The week previous to the Super Bowl I completely boycotted SportsCenter and the ESPN stations knowing that the majority of each episode, if not all of the episode, was going to be surrounded on the Patriots and Giants. In summary the stories were: Is Gronkowski’s ankle going to be healthy? Will Brady & Belichick be the best player & coach tandem in history with another ring? Can Eli surpass Peyton with his second ring? For the second time Couglin, the Giant’s coach, was on the hot seat and yet lead his team to the Super Bowl, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each team? All of this can be covered in about 30 minutes but was repeated each day for the whole week. It became very watered down after hearing it twice. I didn’t miss anything by skipping those shows. I would glance on the shows to see if I could catch any MLB signings or NBA scores on the bottom lines. I guess that wasn’t a complete boycott then but that’s beside the point!
As a sports fan I watch the Super Bowl even when my team is not in it. As a fan I am always curious to see the outcomes. Maybe it was the media or maybe it was because we saw this game not that many years ago but I was not very excited about the Super Bowl this year. Maybe the lack of a huge party made it less excitable, but overall the game was good. There was never a huge point deficit throughout the game, and both teams had moments of excellence. I love games that come down to the last play mattering and this year’s Super Bowl did. Who knows if Gronkowski’s ankle was healthier he might have been that foot closer and caught the deflected ball in the end zone and the story would have been written that this season was the season for Myra Kraft, the owner’s wife who passed away this offseason. Instead it’s written that Eli Manning gained his second championship while his brother Peyton will probably be looking for a new home this offseason.
Even the commercials weren’t that great this season in my eyes. There were one or two commercials that actually made me laugh, and another one or two that I found clever. This one was probably my favorite one….
<> WEGO (Best part is the rescue part at the end)
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that, even though the Super Bowl is basically an unofficial holiday and that the media and businesses turn it into a huge spectacle, the whole environment has taken away from the meat of the whole concept which is two teams journey’s to the Super Bowl and seeing which team is truly the better team no matter what obstacles they had to face this season. The game itself is the whole reason I watch the Super Bowl. I like to see two great teams facing one another in a competitive game. I got that this year but I still felt let down and disappointed and I’m blaming the media. The two day “media day” where each player was interviewed for sound bites was boring and stupid. The analyst didn’t say anything new for the entire two weeks that we already hadn’t heard.
They used to run specials to introduce players we didn’t know before and give us some background on players so we would feel more invested in the game. The only time they do these programs are when it’s something very amazing. The green “Brick Strong” bracelet that Justin Tuck wears was the only story I enjoyed. I was sure that a huge promo video for Myra Kraft would have been shown before the game and that wasn’t even done. The NFL is a business but it needs to get back to their fundamentals and back to basics and make it about the players and the game and not merely making it a holiday with celebs and name brand merchandise and food.