This Just In: Super Bowl XLIII Isn't New England Patriots vs. New York Giants

Leo HayesCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

The more and more I listen to commentary on ESPN and read their articles, I come to an interesting conclusion. They must think that we are heading into Super Bowl XLII.

Not literally of course, but there is a confusing trend from my perspective. Why is it that everyone is looking for "This Year's Giants?"

This has actually been the story for most of the latter half of the 2008 season. Commentators have always been looking for the team who can win the Super Bowl so they can have the title "This Year's Giants."

I believe that team exists; they were the first seed in the NFC and lost their first playoff game. Can we stop talking about them, please? We had to more than enough when Burress shot himself.

Now I understand from a media perspective there is no undefeated juggernaut and no weaker team that shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence. This Super Bowl has its own story, that's what makes it great.

I understand that they want to make up a story to draw in casual fans, and even non-fans, to the marketing spectacle that is the Super Bowl. I can accept that. I have to ask, however, everyone please stop comparing this Super Bowl to last year.

The Giants were great last year, the right players performed at the right time and they pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. That game happened. This is a different game.

Yes there is a favorite and an underdog in this game, but it is not last year, they are closer in skill and either team could realistically win the game.

The Cardinals are not the Giants and the Steelers are not the Patriots. The teams do not even play similar styles. They do not have similar personnel.

I know this may seem like a personal problem and that I am complaining, but in reality it seems foolish to go out and look for a team this year to do the same thing as one in another.

I'm sure the Cardinals wouldn't want the comparison, as they did better than the Giants this year and deserve the respect for their accomplishment.

The Cardinals had two home games in this years playoffs, last year's Giants had none last year. It doesn't make sense to draw the comparison.

I didn't hear any analysts looking for this year's Patriots, a team to set numerous records and have one of the greatest seasons in NFL history (even though I hate to admit it). Why are they all looking for some underdog to win it all. I know it makes a great story, but it doesn't happen every year.

In 2006 no one went out looking for that year's Steelers, so why all this focus on last year's Giants. If the phrase is only used to mean this year's Super Bowl Champion, wouldn't it make more sense to say that.