Almost everybody cares about the Super Bowl. Almost everybody takes sides. People who have not watched a game in its entirety all season, can not tell you how many teams are in the league or whether a ball is blown up or stuffed, care deeply about who wins this game. They will by Sunday, anyway.
Go for a haircut, get on an airplane, pick up a cup of coffee, a free weight or a beer and you will hear about Super Bowl XLII. It's so simple. Two teams, one game -- how can you not concoct a learned opinion?
There's a restaurant in my neighborhood called Encore, and while I waited for takeout Sunday night I got caught up in the salvo between the New England fan on my left and the New York Giants fans on my right.
To illustrate why the Giants will win, the New York fan closest to me picked up two straws. One straw was New England quarterback Tom Brady and one was New York defensive end Michael Strahan.
The Brady straw dropped back to pass and the Strahan straw beat his man and rushed into the New England backfield. Not only did the Strahan straw sack Brady, it knocked him off the bar and onto the floor.
Bud Bowl gets a lot of attention. But I like the straws better.