As avid a sports fan as I am, naturally I am disappointed when my teams don’t make it to “the big game.” But even in that fervor, I can’t say I reach the extreme of some fans, particularly the ones in New Orleans or Kansas City.

Upset over what they believe to be their teams’ unfair ousting from the playoffs, many of those fans swore to not watch this year’s Super Bowl. While I admittedly was less than enthused last year or the previous years the Vikings made it to the NFC championship game only to fall short of playing in the Super Bowl, I still watched the games, because, after all, it’s the Super Bowl, the most-watched event of the year.

This year, however, I think those Saints and Chiefs fans made the right call. As it turned out, the game between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots turned out to be not only the most boring Super Bowl of recent memory, but even boring if it were a regular season game.

And it wasn’t just the punt-fest on the field that was yawn-worthy. The national anthem, sung by Gladys Knight, was just average. The halftime show was so unspectacular that the only conversation piece to come out of it was Adam Levine taking his shirt off and revealing all of his tattoos.

To make matters worse, I think there was a lot of intrigue going into the game. The young, upstart Rams, with their high-powered offense, were taking on the wily veteran quarterback and “evil genius” defensive-minded head coach.

Add into it what a majority of football fans were calling the greatest Sunday of football in the AFC and NFC championship games both going into overtime. The Super Bowl had all the makings of being an all-time classic. And it was – an all-time classic dud.

Now, this isn’t the first time the big game hasn’t lived up to the hype. For quite a stretch, it seemed like the games were so lopsided they were over by halftime. But a 13-3 defensive battle is different. At least with a lopsided win, there was plenty of action, and not more punts than first downs for a majority of the game.

But this doesn’t mean I will give up on the big game, even if the Vikings don’t make it next year (but they will be there, so that point is mute). No matter if I don’t like either team playing, I will continue to anxiously await that Sunday. 

After all, if nothing else, there’s always the Puppy Bowl. That game never disappoints.

Bill Stickels III is editor of the Isanti-Chisago County Star. He can be reached at 763-689-1181 ext. 107 or 

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