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  1. RayClay

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    Not one story about the Super Bowl on google news/sports. Type in bowl and you get pro bowl that no one cares about and college stuff and one article on NFL Super Bowl.

    Apparently reporters, free to choose, are covering basketball and college bowls.

    I actually used to like some of those stupid equipment manager interviews. Caused reporters to be creative and funny.

    So is there a game next week?
     
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    yeah, ive noticed that too. there is zero hype for this game. i'm sure next week it will pick up but so far it's ho hum.
     
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    It's probably a good decision to have the BYE week in there...
     
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    Well, it always seemed there was enough interest for a two week build up.

    Of course, the Pro Bowl is probably benefiting from this deflected publicity. Probably went from "Pro what?" to "there's a bowl game on? What college is that"?

    It's OK Commish, what's a few hundred million (?) in lost advertising and related revenues?
     
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    Actually I think what he's done is killed the pro bowl hype. It's been all Senior Bowl or SB this week. But at the end of the day it will be about the ratings for the three games over the two weeks, because those determine present and future ad revenues for those games, and I doubt those will be disappointing.
     
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    Yeah, it does seem strangely quiet compared to previous years, which is really strange considering you have two of the great franchises battling it out. You'd expect a lot of historical pieces on the Lombardi era or the Steel Curtain era. Just very, very weird.

    Senior Bowl seems to have more attention than the Pro Bowl or Super Bowl over the past week.
     
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    There was a pro bowl hype?
     
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    That was my thought.
     
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    I'm not sure it's the commissioner's fault in this particular case. (Lots of other stuff is, though. Grrrr.)

    But I THINK:

    1. Green Bay has smaller fanbase than a lot of teams in the post-Favre era.
    2. A lot of people may not like the Steelers because of Rapelessberger's offseason activities. The off Head-and-Shoulders advertisement may not have counterbalanced that.
    3. There's not a ton of big storylines for this game. Pretty much you've got two - "Aaron Rogers finally out of Favre's shadow" and "Big Ben could get 3 rings, is he elite?" . Neither of those is super interesting. No super underdog team in there. No "best QB ever" talk in there. I think if we had an Eagles-Pats Superbowl the hype would be in overdrive between GOAT talk and Redemption from being a dog murderer talk.
    4. NFL has done such a good job promoting offseason stuff and keeping fans engaged after the season it's made the Superbowl less exciting. As opposed to dutifully watching the Superbowl to see who the best is, a lot of fans are probably more interested in the Draft in the hopes their team will be the best ever next year. There was a time not too long ago when once the Superbowl was over you were done for a few months. So you watched just because it was the last big event. Now the combine and Draft is the last big event so if your team isn't in the Big Game you might actually be more interested in those! (I know I am. Now that combine is televised I'm all hyped up for that and not the stinkin' Superbowl.)

    Anyway, sorry for long post, but I think there's a lot of reasons for reduced hype this year.
     
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    I disagree. Maybe it's a New England phenomenon with BB et al coaching the Pro Bowl and people trying to put the memory of the loss to the Jets behind them by focusing on the Draft and waiting until the last minute to "get into" the SB, but I think there's plenty of hype elsewhere, like here in NY. The big papers have had reporters with the steelers and packers all week. The debate is raging over Big Ben and whether he is redeeming himself or is just a big bum who can take a hit and find Hines Ward at critical moments. People are writing about whether Aaron Rogers is ready to nudge Peyton and Tommy aside in the next few years. Plus, the endless stories about Packers and Steelers and their franchise legacies.

    They're projecting 100 million TV viewers in the US for the largest Broadcast audience in history, 105,000 in attendance. I think there's more than enough hype already, considering this was the "off week", and that it will build all week starting with the announcement of TB as MVP and all the stories that will generate, positive and negative, through the HOF selection and up to interminable shows next weekend. Yep, enough hype for me.
     
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    There typically isn't much hype the first week. All the interviews, shows and hype starts the second week when the teams arrive at the bowl site. That is when all the radio guys show up on radio row and the Wednesday media day really kicks off the ridiculousness of it all.
     
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    I hate the two week layoff--I think they should just go with the flow and play the damn game. This is football. Just do it. The focus of players, coaches and fans would be so much more intense and spontaneous. Not only two weeks of sitting on one's hands but all those super bowl ads disrupting the game.

    And who wants to be watching football in Feb? The final college bowl game should be around 5 of January and the final pro a week or two later. The over-lapping takes away from all sports, including the NFL.

    And yeah, once your team is out--like about 28 teams pretty immediately, it's all draft focus, so more reason to keep the flow and the interest in the games in the forefront. The stories about both teams become so stale, like yesterday's news.
     
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    i love the change of putting the pro bowl to a week before the superbowl, i also love the job the commish has done since he's had the job

    he's done great IMO

    the NFL is huge

    as for the impending work stoppage, those occassionally happen in every sport due to greed and collusion , regardless of who the commish is at the time
     
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    the worst thing in football today IMO, is how they've staggered out the college bowl games to one a day after new years day

    it's stupid IMO, it used to be much cooler when they had a crapload of games on one day

    but about your not taking any week off before the superbowl, how about college football, why do they take over a month off between the end of the season and bowl games, that seems even worse....

    also a bad thing IMO, which some will argue against, is the wildcard format

    it's like when the sports decided on wildcards it was to counter how multiple teams made it in the nhl and nba

    baseball and the nfl followed suit and facilitated the soccer moms who cried that their team had a good season and shouldn't be left out of the playoffs just because they weren't quite good enough.

    expansion and wildcards ruined alot of the pureness of the nfl and mlb for me , now so many teams make the playoffs in every sport that it's made regular seasons not as meaningful.


    expansion, necessitated wildcards because the product was so over saturated and all these whiners complained about how their 12-4 team shouldn't miss the playoffs becasue a team went 13-3 , so what happened? expansion, splitting of divisions into even more divisions....wildcards added


    i'm all for bringing every major sport back to two conferences, two divisions each, and killing off some of the weaker teams to strengthen the overall product


    but of course now it's too late, the product expanded, you can't just strip a city of a team unless they're financially unable to sustain it, and the product is vastly watered down.
     
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    Google monitors a number of NY papers. Seems unusual to me that they had no super bowl articles in sports section.

    This is the week leading up to the SB which usually is filled with feature stories.
     
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    He's the worst NFL commissioner of my lifetime, and he's among the very worst sports commissioners during that time, but I just don't think this Super Bowl was one that was particularly hype worthy.
     
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    I dunno, maybe the Google feed is bad. I didn't have the time or inclination to go back past Thursday, but I've been reading articles in my morning paper all week; these are just a few of the NFL/Packers/Steelers themed articles that the Times has published either off the wires or under its own writers' bylines just in the last four days. The Tabloids have had even more.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...l/AP-FBN-Packers-Photo-Flap.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...N-Packers-Bringing-Down-Ben.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/sports/30allen.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/sports/football/29weight.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/sports/football/28packers.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/sports/football/30nfl.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/sports/football/28cncsports.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/01/29/sports/football/AP-FBN-Super-Bowl-TV.html?ref=football
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...AP-FBN-Super-Bowl-Showplace.html?ref=football
     
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    I'm not arguing there has been an Iran like blackout of Super Bowl stories, just stating that there were none in today's G news sports section when i looked, which I found unusual, given the extra space in Sunday papers, and that it was one week before the super Bowl.

    There is 1 now.
     
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    I dunno. Maybe the Google Guy in charge of pulling SB stories is a Jets or Ravens fan and hasn't gotten over it yet. :)
     
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