Super Bowl XLV: Debacle in Dallas Quite Possibly the Most Depressing Game Ever

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IFebruary 8, 2011

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With my apologies to fans of the Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV week was not enjoyable. 

It was downright depressing and it just kept getting worse.  In fact, I did not watch the game and I have refused to partake in watching pointless Super Bowl commercials.

Instead, I thought I would include music videos to poke fun at NFL players.  Originally, I considered REM's "Losing My Religion," but chose otherwise for religious reasons. 

Every time I see Tom Brady wearing one-glove I think of Michael Jackson.  I then think of the song, "Billie Jean." 

Then, instead, I considered playing Michael Jackson's, "Beat It," in honor of Ben Roethlisberger.

Then I put two and two together.  I've heard that the Black Eyed Peas performed poorly at halftime, which made me remember the halftime show of a year ago that featured The Who.  They may have been old, but at least the music is still good.

I'll let you hit play rather than tell you which song I picked.

It sounds as if I was right to not watch the game at all.  I've heard mostly bad things. Fans turned away, retread musicians, children crying because they couldn't watch the game.  What a disgrace.

Instead, I enjoyed some BBQ and headed down to the beach, because frankly, being in the California weather helped remind me of the things I have to be thankful for.

It's hard to say that the NFL ever had innocence.  It's a violent game where, historically, people have died by playing it.  Fans historically have been willing to tolerate almost anything from talented players.  But somehow, turning away fans from the NFL's biggest game left a huge dent in whatever innocence the NFL may have had.

We could add up all the small things that sucked about the debacle on the hands of the NFL. 

Failure by the NFL to accept that this week was a debacle could only add insult to injury when the avaricious creeps (owners and players) fail to complete a Collective Bargaining Agreement by March 4.

Coincidentally, March 4 is my birthday.

The NFL has a problem that can't be fixed by the folksy-ness of the Green Bay Packers having won the Super Bowl against all odds by sticking together as a team.

It had started to seem that the owners and players would agree to a new CBA only by act of God.  And perhaps the weather down in Dallas is exactly the type of act needed to motivate the two sides into signing a new CBA.

Otherwise, Super Bowl XLV could forever be remembered in NFL lore as The Debacle in Dallas.  The type of memory that fans will remember when they wonder why they gave up on the NFL.

Did anyone really care about this game, or did you just feel compelled to watch because everyone else was watching?  Excluding, of course, Pittsburgh and Green Bay fans.  Of course, they would care.

I wasn't exactly enthralled by the prospect of Ben Roethlisberger winning another Super Bowl and then having his legacy waxed by the sports media.

Frankly, I think Bad Ben should simply retire.  It's good to see that he seems to have gotten his life together, but the idea of watching him in a cultural event is, well, impossible for me to stomach.

If there's anything that the NFL can learn from Dallas, it's that fans are willing to accept almost anything they just saw if it turns out that it was only a bad dream.