The Pittsburgh Steelers will arrive in North Texas at 12:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The Green Bay Packers will get in just a few hours later, at 4:30. Just like that, Super Bowl Week is here.
For the next six days, it's okay to forget about the NFL Lockout and the ridiculous injury statistics that emerged last week. We can forget about the New York Jets, and Antonio Cromartie's face-smashing abilities. We can forget about the referendum on Jay Cutler's manhood. That doesn't mean we say goodbye to the moron soap opera that came with all of those discussions. It's still the NFL, and if anything, Super Bowl has a tendency to amplify the idiots in the room. Nevertheless...
For one week, all of that energy--from morons, moms, hipsters, haters, jocks, geeks, diehards, experts, and Ad execs--gets channeled into one game. It's uncanny. Every year, Americans' interests become more specialized and niche specific. But every year, right around this time, all of America's niches converge into one. There's no other spectacle that attracts everybody quite like the Super Bowl.
And let's be clear up front: Super Bowl week and the show that comes with it isn't any less ridiculous (or redundant, after about 4 of 12,000 hours dedicated to it) than a neverending debate about Jay Cutler's toughness or Barack Obama's State of the Union address. But even if you acknowledge it's mostly a self-indulgent waste of time and attention, isn't there something kind of amazing about everyone staring the same thing for seven days straight, trying to come up with something original to say?
This year's game is in North Texas, and the Packers and Steelers will give us plenty to talk about, with the added bonus being that there's a good chance they'll also supply a decent game, and none of us really has a clue which team will win, or even which team deserves to be favored. As Super Bowls go, that's pretty rare.
And as Super Bowl week goes on--and your boss and mom and friend and girlfriend and bus driver and co-worker and roommate down the hall all talk football with you--this year figures to provide as much colorful conversation as ever. So enjoy the absurdity for all its worth.
SBNation.com will have you covered from top to bottom for the week to come. That includes features and commentary from me, Jon Bois, Spencer Hall, and Andy Hutchins, reporting from Texas courtesy of Joel Thorman, and guest analysis from writers from around our network of blogs. Because why not blow it out, ya know?
If you love football, then the opening weekend of each NFL season is sort of like New Year's. And if opening weekend is New Year's, then Super Bowl Week is like one, long 4th of July.
Even the people that don't like football can't help but get sucked in by the fireworks in the coming days. It's a total "America! F--K YEAH!" phenomenon. So, even if you're worried the game itself will disappoint us in the end, you can rest assured until then. The spectacle of Super Bowl week never fails to live up to the hype.