February 6th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President #748 'Super Bowl? Maybe'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: Sports are nice for taking your mind off of tough times - just like daily letters from a pen pal. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

Here it is, Super Bowl Sunday, and I must say as I write this, that I am just not as into the game as I thought I would be. Maybe it’s just all the serious events of the past week, or maybe it is fatigue from all the travel, or maybe it’s just that I somehow feel put off by the fact that sports shows have been breathlessly analyzing the matchup for two weeks now.

As much as I enjoy football, does anything need to be talked about that much? Seriously, I think there are carloads of teenage girls who seemingly can talk forever, who would lapse into a coma if they were forced to take on the same topic, nonstop, around-the-clock for two weeks. My wife and I spent less time to discussing our plans to get married, and we didn’t even have instant replay to count on!

Of course, it doesn’t help that I don’t really have a favorite in this contest. I kind of like the fact that they are both old line teams, and there are things I like about each. Green Bay is just always a great story, and I admire the people up there. I mean, you’ve got to respect anyone who loves anything enough to voluntarily sit in butt-numbing cold for hours on end. Pittsburgh is a cool town in its own right, and I like some of the Steelers as players - notably, Troy Polamalu, and no…it’s not just because of the wild hair, although that’s entertaining in its own right.

So you can see I don’t really much care which side wins, and in sports…uh…that kind of takes the excitement out of the game. Oh sure, I can watch like some kind of Zen master, content to observe the art of effort. But that makes me feel the same way I do about those weird contests on ESPN 2 in the middle of the night that involve big men throwing logs.

I think I am leaning a little bit in favor of the Packers, but not enough that you could notice. Of course, if my Saints were back in, that would be a different story. Just like it would be for you if the Bears had held on. Oh well, there is always next year.

Enjoy the game. I noticed I missed some calls while I was on the road and I haven’t checked messages yet. Did you want me to come over? I might still be able to, but call early if that’s the case. I could bring chips and maybe some dip.


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