Sunday brings us the first big holiday of 2013 — though for some sports fans, it’s the biggest holiday of the year — the Super Bowl. The New Orleans Superdome will host this year’s Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.
There are a number of interesting storylines for this year’s game beyond the obvious question of who will win. It’s the first time the two teams facing off in sport’s biggest showcase have been coached by brothers. Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers and John Harbaugh is head coach of the Ravens. It’ll likely be Ray Lewis’ final professional football game. It’s be just the 10th professional start for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Beyonce may lip-sync the entire halftime show. Will there be amazing commercials that will have everyone talking or will they be pretty forgettable like last year’s crop?
Still, I was disappointed with the way the postseason played out because this year’s Super Bowl could have been an all-time great. A rookie quarterback leading his team to the sport’s highest point, or a respected veteran returning from a devastating injury to show he’s still got something left in the tank would have been the kind of storyline Hollywood uses for movies.
I don’t have know about the halftime show or the commercials, and I don’t think the coaches being brothers will have any effect on the game, but Lewis and Kaepernick will definitely have some influence.
It may only be his second professional season, but Kaepernick seems like a superstar in the making. Lewis fronts a tenacious Baltimore defense, so I’m expecting a low-scoring contest. Whomever has the better game will likely hoist the Lombardi Trophy, but I’ll be rooting for San Francisco to beat the birds from Baltimore, who remind me too much of the boring 2000 Ravens squad that won Super Bowl XXXV.
Happy birthday Friday to Charlene Walton and Johnny Means, both of Denison; Gary Norman Park, Marsha Gaddis, Sharon Karr Sutherland, Fred Medrano, Ailee Cernero, Jodi Polk and Myra Reding, all of Sherman; Payton Gillespie of Hurst; Morgan Ruffin of Pottsboro; Shijon Deshawn Haywood of Howe; Ozell Bowen of Allen; Jahlea Campbell of Houston.
Happy anniversary Friday to David Lynn and Kathy Estelle Roberts of Denison, 38 years; John and Bobbie Arnold of Denison, 38 years.
Happy birthday Saturday to Jake Ratcliff of Denison; Ruth Summers and Cleveland Smith III, both of Sherman; Logan Tidwell of Fairbanks, Alaska; Saundra Bell Rollins of Corinth; Wren Page of Wheaton, Ill.
Happy anniversary Saturday to Jerry and Cheryl Wood of Sherman, 34 years.