The Lombardi Trophy reigns supreme among the rest
The Super Bowl may be over, but the celebration and festivities have only just begun.
In fact, I think the 2010 champions, the New Orleans Saints, are still partying from last February.
In no other sport does a championship game have so much meaning. In no other sport does the public care as much.
The Super Bowl is simply the most well-received championship game of them all.
In basketball and baseball, a championship series can last up to seven games.
The emotion, intensity and feelings of a championship game cannot be sustained for that long.
Even the minimum four games required to win a series in those sports is too long.
With the Super Bowl there is only one game, one shot to win it all.
If the players are too tired or too weak to play, then there aren’t 3-6 other games to suddenly “turn the switch on” and put forth effort.
Sure, in both basketball and baseball, the time leading up to the championship games is spirited.
However, Super Bowl week is chalk full of headlines, both good and bad. Outrageous and fun stories take over the media.
Also, seeing NFL legends on different channels and on the radio, offering their analyses of the game and recalling the feelings they had when they played in a Super Bowl game is a true privilege.
In the NBA, all we have is Charles Barkley. Michael Jordan is never available, and Isiah Thomas screwed up the New York Knicks so badly, are his words of wisdom even really wanted?
As far as the MLB, I cannot ever remember a week before or after the World Series with as much fanfare and excitement as any week before or after the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl has transcended the label of a mere game. Indeed, it has become a super event that brings families and friends closer together.
There are simply no other championship games, amateur or professional, that bring together fans and non-fans. I’ve even heard stories of families that rarely get together, coming together for the Super Bowl — it’s just that important!
Not only can the non-fan or even casual fan find excitement in the Super Bowl, but the commercial breaks have become something of a religious experience for some, not to mention how profitable the Super Bowl time slot has become for advertisers.
A commercial during the game is as precious as the ring in the Lord of the Rings.
Football itself has overtaken baseball as America’s pastime, but that is definitely old news. The NFL knows how to market better than any other league and the results speak for themselves.
The constant craving of football has even made the most pathetic game in sports — the All-Star game (in the NFL’s case, the Pro Bowl) — one of the most highly viewed shows.
The next time you’re watching subpar efforts from overpaid crybabies in the NBA Finals or you’ve grown bored of the 3-4 hour games in a 4-7 game series in the World Series, you’ll understand just one of the several reasons why the Super Bowl is undeniably the best championship game in any sport.