5 Super Bowl XLVII storylines the media will overkill these next 2 weeks

5 Super Bowl XLVII storylines the media will overkill these next 2 weeks

 

One thing about the Super Bowl that no one likes is the extra week of media buildup. Absolutely no one cares about the Pro Bowl, so the second bye week creates even more time for the press to recycle the same tired storylines. And like this flu season, Super Bowl XLVII this “Harbowl,” “Harbaugh Bowl,” or “Harbauwl” will be much worse than most years.

The main plotline has been beaten to death already. And you’re going to hear about it a lot more during the next couple weeks.

1. OMG THE TWO COACHES ARE BROTHERS!!! THIS IS THE BIGGEST NEWS EVER

You’re already sick and tired of this one, but look for ESPN, NFL Network and especially CBS (as they’re broadcasting the game) to beat this dead horse even more. The Harbowl will surpass the “Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy are the first two African-American coaches facing each other in a Super Bowl” from the Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears Super Bowl. But at least that story arc had cultural/historical relevance. The Harbaugh showdown doesn’t mean much to anyone beyond one single family.

2. RAY LEWIS IS RETIRING! OMG!

As we will hear about Lewis ad nauseaum, let’s hope the mainstream media can at least try to separate the football player from the man. Life doesn’t happen in a bubble. Yes, he’s one of the greatest defenders of all time, but he still has 6 kids by 4 wives and hid a bloody suit from the cops as they were pursuing a double murder. That key evidence in the case was never found, and Lewis pleaded down to obstruction of justice, ratting out his friends to save himself.

For fans of Ray Lewis, here are some other athletes you may admire: Josh Brent, Jovan Belcher, O.J. Simpson, Michael Crabtree, Ben Roethlisberger, Bennie Blades, Mike Vick, Leonard Little, Kobe Bryant, Wil Cordero, Andruw Jones

3. WOW! LOOK AT COLIN KAEPERNICK’S TATTOOS!

Karpernick has had way too much ink done. And it does look silly and ridiculous; especially on someone like him. However, that’s not what you’re going to see and hear in relation to this story. Instead it’ll be “what does this tat mean?” “why does he have this bible verse tatted into his skin?” “What does that passage mean?” And since we’re on the topic of Kaepernick, expect a lot of talk about him “being a running quarterback,” and a lot of discussion about the read option in the NFL likely being a passing fad.

4, HEY! THERE’S ANOTHER COACH IN THE HARBAUGH FAMILY!

Of course, this coach is by marriage, not by blood- former Marquette leader and current Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean. And if IU lives up to all the serious college basketball preseason hype, then they’ll be at the Final Four. And this storyline can repeat itself yet again.

5. JIM HARBAUGH MADE A REALLY BOLD MOVE BENCHING ALEX SMITH FOR KAEPERNICK IN MIDSEASON

Smith, a former #1 overall pick finally came into his own last year under Harbaugh, and was having another fine season this year until getting hurt. Kaepernick filled in admirably, and kept the gig when Smith got healthy. Because Harbaugh thinks it is right and just to lose your job from injury. People will talk about what a bold, visionary move this was on the part of the coach.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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  • Crabtree has not been arrested. He was questioned and let go. Why lump him in with that group? Patrick Kane has been arrested. And Tom Brady had a kid out of wedlock as well. You know Kobe didn't rape that girl.Also, the site you and Anna Welker referenced says "He has six children from four women, although he has never been married." Unless, you have access to the marriage license records in the two states Lewis claims residency in Florida and Maryland, those statements are completely false.

  • Also when you mean "fan" of Ray Lewis, which I am, only as a player, why lump me with murder,animal abuse,spousal abuse,sexual assault,suicide,drunk driving and deadbeat fatherhood?? You made a lot of assumptions you cannot prove.

  • at least you can separate the person from the player. unlike most lewis fans. the point of what I listed was the fact that most people just let athletes slide on what they do in their personal lives because they're athletes

  • and I should have included Kaner, you're right. even though commenters here get delusional and ape shit any time you criticize sweet little kane

  • "Coach Harbaugh, you've just defeated your brother to win the Super Bowl... how do you feel about Ray Bourque winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001?"

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