The Super Bowl is less super

Hope for the NFL is still alive


The Super Bowl was the most American watched telecast of all time, with 114.4 million views in 2015, but the biggest game in the country is now less super and more bland.

The 2018 postseason excited me for the most part, but the regular season still bores me.

The 2018 Super Bowl featured the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in Minnesota. The Eagles are number one seed for the National Football Conference while the Patriots are number one seed for the American Football Conference.

Last year I tuned into the Super Bowl to find the Patriots playing the Atlanta Falcons. Two years ago I tuned to watch the AFC championship to find the Patriots against the Denver Broncos. Three years ago I tuned into the Super Bowl to find the Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks. Notice a pattern? The Patriots remain in late rounds of the playoffs year after year.

In fact, in the Brady-Belichick era, the Patriots have played in eight Super Bowls and won 14 division titles.

This makes me want to tune out of the National Football League regular season because I already know what is going to happen. Odds are that the Patriots will face some competition from the Pittsburgh Steelers and end up playing a team like the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. Just like the National Basketball Association, the NFL loses ratings every year, due to the repetitive and predictable postseason. For example, only four AFC quarterbacks have appeared in the Super Bowl since 2003, compared to Major League Baseball where 10 different teams have won the World Series since 2003, and only two teams have yet to play in the World Series.

There is some hope for the NFL, however.

The Super Bowl was played on Feb. 4 with the Eagles beating the Patriots 41-33. Nick Foles threw for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one touchdown catch. Tom Brady threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns, which broke many records. This high-scoring game had me at the edge of the couch the whole game, especially the second half.

When Brady drove down the field with two minutes left, I thought for sure he would pull off some of his late-game veteran magic. When Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady for a turnover, the fans absolutely erupted in shock and excitement. The Eagles’ landed their first Super Bowl win ever, shocking both the world and the NFL.

The 2018-2019 season will hopefully bring some changes with the return of Deshaun Watson and JJ Watt to the Houston Texans, and hopefully, they can follow Philly’s footsteps and bring a championship to Houston.