There are far more weekends every year without any official NFL games than with, but for a big fan like myself, this blank week between the end of the playoffs and the Super Bowl is the worst of them. Yes the Pro Bowl is today, but I've never been able to get too excited about this, and the new unconferenced draft format hasn't really changed that, so it's just another extended wait for the championship. That said, the extra week seems appropriate to the occasion, allowing extra time for healing, travel, preparation, and, of course, hype. There was a theory years ago that rust from the two-week layoff was one of the reasons so many Super Bowls turned out to be crappy, but there have been so many competitive games since the low-point that left us wondering if they were all destined to be blowouts that this no longer seems to be a concern. The Giants played Super Bowl XXV at a point where there was only one week between the conference championship and the Super Bowl, and that certainly turned out to be a close game, but I do recall the lack of the extra week also made the occasion seem less special to me as a fan, so I guess I'm actually in favor of it, even if I don't enjoy the wait when it rolls around.
R.I.P.: Nvidia marketing manager killed trying to rescue man from train. Thanks nin.
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