I’ve wracked my brain for almost two weeks now and have come to the conclusion it’s almost impossible to create a Super Bowl matchup Bay Area fans would like less than what we have.
It’s the Oakland Raiders’ longtime hated rival, the Denver Broncos, and the San Francisco 49ers latest most-hated rival, the Seattle Seahawks.
So basically half the Bay Area fan base is rooting for Peyton Manning to be spiked through the MetLife Stadium rubber-pellet turf and the other half is hoping Richard Sherman resembles a piece of bread left in the toaster oven for about eight weeks by the time Manning is done with him.
And I’m having trouble finding a middle ground here. It’s either/or.
Now there may be those who argue that they’re rooting for their respective division/conference, but I call serious B.S. on that notion.
Do you think any self-respecting Washington Redskins fan in the 1990s was quietly pulling for the Cowboys on Super Sunday in order to preserve the pride of the NFC East? Do you think the fan bases in Kansas City, Denver and San Diego were waving Raiders pennants in the 1970s and 1980s so that Oakland/Los Angeles/wherever the hell Al Davis had them playing this week could promote the cause of all things AFC West?
I don’t see it. But I’ve always been an all-or-nothing guy. When I hear the drawls and twangs coming out of the Southeast every year from fans of Ole Miss and Vanderbilt crowing about the greatness of the Southeastern Conference in college football, I admit to throwing up in my mouth a little at the concept of the complete lack of school/team pride that would be necessary to openly cheer for a rival who kicks the ever-loving crap out of you on an annual basis.
So, yeah, it’s going to be hard to convince me that this Super Bowl matchup isn’t one that most within the two fan bases in the Bay Area just wish would be over … the sooner, the better.