News: Super Bowl hype all about a family affair
Story by Staff Sgt. Roger RyDell Daniels
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Get ready for 10 more days of Super Bowl media coverage. Most of the media hype so far and going forward will focus on the two head coaches, Ray Lewis, and a host of smaller stories and little known facts - a few of which I’ll mention later in this commentary.
Should the NFL call this year’s game the HarBowl? Why? If you didn’t already know, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will pit two brothers coaching against each other, which is amazing if you stop for a minute and think about it.
Makes you wonder which team are the parents of John and Jim Harbaugh rooting for. I’m sure it’ll be a tough decision, but they’ll be happy either way because no matter what, one of their sons will win.
It’s a dilemma no other Family has ever had. John is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and his younger brother – by 15 months – Jim is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Who are you going with? I’ll make my prediction next week.
As for the games this past weekend: pretty good games. I correctly selected one of the Super Bowl XLVII participants -- the Ravens.
Did the Atlanta Falcons choke or were they just outplayed by a better team? The Falcons are the reason why I don’t have a favorite sports team anymore - besides my beloved, The Ohio State University.
Having a favorite team can be heartbreaking because no team wins all the time and when they lose it’s too disappointing to stomach.
As a young fan, I remember one year watching my older brother cry after his team lost the Super Bowl. I decided there I wasn’t going to be that type of fan.
I did have a favorite team growing up - the New England Patriots. My biggest disappointment came when the Patriots lost their first Super Bowl to the Chicago Bears. I went to a Super Bowl party that year and I was the only one cheering for the Patriots.
I may not have a favorite team, but I do cheer for certain players. How could you not cheer for Ray Lewis? He could go out a winner. It's interesting that his first career sack came against Jim Harbaugh in 1996. Now his last sack could come against Harbaugh's team.
Things that may interest only me Super Bowl XLVII will be the first in ten years played without a quarterback named Manning, Brady or Roethlisberger.
The 49ers are named for the Gold Rush of 1849, while the Ravens are named for the work of Edgar Allan Poe, who died in 1849.
John and Jim Harbaugh’s teams have made the playoffs every year they have been coaching them – the last five for John and the last two for Jim. These two men can coach. Ok, that will be my last Harbaugh reference, until after the game.
Andy Reid won four games with the Eagles and everybody wanted him, Lovie Smith won 10 games as the Bears coach and can't get a job. I’m thinking someone has some explaining to do.