I appreciate the perspectives out here on WDF regarding who will win today, and who we are rooting for, but I need to be blunt and say that I personally despise both of these teams, and I could care less who won.
I mean, how can any red-blooded Bengal fan root for the 49ers to win this game?? This is the team that ripped our collective hearts out in both of our Super Bowl appearances. I was in grade school for Super Bowl XVI, and high school for Super Bowl XXIII and I remember them both in grandiose detail. Both times I felt confident of victory, and both times I was disappointed. For you young fans, who may have been too young for those games, imagine your disappointment after the Texans loss, and magnify it by 1000, and you might get close to the feeling of losing the big game. I will forever hate Joe Montana and his evil minions Jerry Rice, John Taylor, and Roger Craig for that. To this day, decades later, I can close my eyes and see John Taylor catching the game-winning touchdown from Montana in Super Bowl XXIII, the ball sailing just past the outstretched arm of new Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. I remember Lewis Billups dropping a sure interception, and Krumrie’s leg flapping in the air.
Then there’s the Ravens. A divisional opponent. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have been Bengal killers for years. In 1999 they did what the Bengals couldn’t do: They broke through with a great defense, solid special teams, and a “good enough” offense to win it all. The Bengals have a great defense, a solid special teams, but I guess the offense isn’t “good enough” enough. Sigh. To me, Baltimore reminds me of what the Bengals could–and should–be, but aren’t. And that’s a tough pill to swallow.
Normally I pull for the AFC participant (unless the Giants are playing–they’re my NFC team). This year, though, I’m rooting for a 0-0 tie with both teams looking embarrassingly average. I can’t stand either Harbaugh brother, and I can’t wait to see Ray Lewis retire. Kaepernick is a gimmicky quarterback, and Flacco is an overrated one. Randy Moss is playing and talking S*&$, and former Bengals Bobbie Williams, Justin Smith, and Ahmad Brooks are all soaking in the glory.
Ithink I’m gonna puke.
The only thing that would be worse would be a Niners-Steelers Super Bowl.