Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The Super Bowl participants are set. And they couldn't possibly be two teams that Cincinnati Bengals fans could care less about.
The Super Bowl. The Har-Bowl. Repeated storylines that desensitizes human interest stories into epic eye-rolling sighs from two weeks of overexposure. Instead of the weekly story that compiles a 32-team league, we're down to two Super Bowl participates, each with 53 players, a coaching staff, ownership with a side of retirement parties, among two teams that Cincinnati Bengals fans have no love for.
None. Zip. Zilch.
Especially the team out West.
The San Francisco 49ers knocked the Cincinnati Bengals out twice in the Super Bowl. It was a 21-6 second half assault by Cincinnati, trying to eliminate a 20-point half time deficit. Ray Wersching and his ridiculous mustache connected two fourth quarter field goals to help San Francisco secure a five-point win.
Everyone remembers what happened in 1988.
The Baltimore Ravens are, well, the Baltimore Ravens and before that, the Cleveland Browns. Hate might be a strong word, but it rolls off the tongue so smoothly. So hate.
Root for the individuals is fine. Bobbie Williams, Justin Smith, Ahmad Brooks are just a handful of former Bengals playing.
Sure we'll watch Feb. 3. But don't expect us to root for anyone.