Out of the Blue

Happy Super Bowl Sunday... except, of course, it's not, as last year the NFL returned to the two-weeks-off before the big game scenario, so the championship gets decided next week. This always makes me a little nuts, because while I do appreciate the added build-up as a football fan, the two-week gap is disruptive to the carefully established weekly routines of the teams involved, and in my opinion (and I am by no means alone here), is the cause for so many Super Bowls turning out to be blow-outs. Here's the statistic of the day to support that premise; 11 Super Bowls have been routs decided by 20 points or more, but only one of those came following a single week's preparation. The good news is recent history has improved this trend, as it was the Chucky Bowl a couple of years ago where Tampa Bay pulled off a rout of the Raiders on one-week's rest that is the lone such short prep blow-out, and last year's game was decided by a last-second field goal after two-weeks off (after talk about how dangerous it is to give Bill Belichick an extra week to prepare, no less). So in spite of the extra week, here's hoping for a good game this year too.

Oh yeah, in case you didn't know what would motivate the parties involved to sacrifice the quality of the game in this way, the answer is apparently money, as it causes the game to fall into the February sweeps. So it is the fact that the TV folks can actually convince advertisers that Super Bowl ratings are relevant to rates the remainder of the year that adds a week to this process. Me? I'd just start the season a week later, but what do I know? Perhaps someone would be upset if opening week didn't take place during the summer...

Play Time: Drift - dancer without a body. Thanks WarPig.
Links of the Day: DOOM: The Boardgame. Thanks Paul.
Fantasy Coffins. Thanks Tim.
Stories of the Day: At 100, Sweden's oldest twins say turnip is one key to long life.
Science!: Monkeys Pay to See Female Monkey Bottoms.
World's Glaciers Slowly Disappearing.
Sunday Book Review 'Extreme Weather' You Do Need a Weatherman (registration required).
Images of the Day: The King Votes for President?
Media of the Day: I Don't Like Mondays.
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Ice storms suck, the Nineteenth century sucks, and electricity rocks. Six hours without it really makes you appreciate it.

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