A Weird Silence: Where Is The Hype for Super Bowl XLIII?

Andrew BailerContributor IJanuary 27, 2009

Usually, in the week leading up to the NFL's championship game, there is media buzzing over several issues related to the Super Bowl, in an effort to fill up space until the game is played.

But it appears as though there is nothing remotely buzzworthy about this year's game. No headlines involving players getting arrested before the big game or a star quarterback like Brett Favre finally getting his shot at a Super Bowl title after being in the league for several years.

This year has no such story, especially when the quarterbacks of both the Steelers and the Cardinals have already won Super Bowl rings. The latter quarterback, Kurt Warner, has an amazing saga of rising to NFL stardom after coming out of the small Division 1-A school of Northern Iowa, where he once worked as a stockboy at the local grocery store for extra money. 

However, that story has already been told many times.

The quarterback representing the Pittsburgh Steelers has a unusual track record of postseason success for only being in the league for five seasons. Ben Roethlisberger won a Super Bowl in only his second year at the helm of the Steelers offense, becoming the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win the big game.

Roethlisberger also had an unconventional rise to stardom, playing wide receiver until his senior year of high school, when he finally got a chance at playing the quarterback position. 

However, this story has been told before as well.

Will there be anything to report this week? Will a player become incarcerated? Maybe Larry Fitzgerald will proclaim a certain number of touchdown catches that he will make during the game.

About the only story is how the Cardinals went from years of futility to finally getting a chance, but that's already been done to death. What else is there?

I just hope there is something this week that is newsworthy enough to get us excited for the "Recession Bowl," or else we'll have to look forward to the commercials.