Super Bowl XLII: Are We There Yet?

Andrew LambertiContributor IJanuary 26, 2008

Is it possible for the Super Bowl to be more overly hyped?

Don't get me wrong. I am a firm believer that "Super Monday" should be a national holiday so people can recover from their celebrations at Moe's Tavern, but when Tom Brady's choice of footwear makes national headlines, I wonder if we've jumped the shark.

There are two weeks in between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. One of those days is a designated 'Media Day' where the players give every news and sports outlet available rehearsed answers to predictable questions.

If you're not satisfied then, how about waiting for the post-game press conference?

The two weeks of coverage from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, et cetera are overkill. I do not care about Brady's boots, gloves, hair, scarves, underwear or anything else in his wardrobe. (Gisele's underwear may be a different story.)

Similary, I do not care about Tiki Barber's opinion of Eli Manning now that he's the toast of the town.  I hope SportsCenter covers something else becuase saying the same thing over and over shows a lack of good reporting.

Instead of panicking because Brady wanted to protect his foot in a city where the majority of the people want his head on a stick, can we just appreciate the fact that these two teams are trying to keep their noses clean and focus on their jobs?

Surely the blue-collar fans recognize this. Go in, bust your butt, come home. Or, go to a massive post-game party if you win.

Either way, there are no new storylines or tidbits of information developing. For those of you who point to Brady's no-show at practice, think for a moment. He is this year's MVP, a three-time Super Bowl champ and two-time Super Bowl MVP, not to mention all the records he achieved this year. It's unlikely that he's going to forget how to throw. If he wants a week off, he gets it. End of story.

No, really. That's the end.