Okay, so media critic Howard Kurtz doesn't want us to talk about 2016. But the problem is that a couple dozen Republican hopefuls do... and they're running plays that merit our attention.
We can all savor it, if we choose to. That's more easily done for viewers like me who, just a few hours earlier, had been noncommittal and teamless. Still, once the clock runs out on all the real-time Cinderella stories, we can conjure up glass slippers -- or cleats -- to fit any feet we want.
If anything, there should be a movement to commend people like Marshawn Lynch, not detract from his reluctance to abide by the media's thirst for controversy. Our nation has enough self-absorbed athletes and celebrities, do we need more?
There was every reason to believe the pass would work. In that case, we would be praising Carroll's brilliance for passing when the entire world believed Marshawn Lynch would be getting the ball.
Is Hindsight always 20/20? Would Marshawn Lynch have prevailed if he had been given the ball? It's easy to be the backseat driver of a crash. The Patriots were going to be all over Lynch so the unpredictable was also a reasonable choice.
In Sunday's Super Bowl, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll completely underestimated the New England Patriots. After all, his team just needed to advance the ball only one yard and it seemed that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was coming back to Seattle.
In what has seemed like an especially inane lead up to the Super Bowl, Marshawn-Lynch-Won't-Talk-Gate has been particularly annoying. Especially aggravating is the media's ongoing insistence that it is somehow doing athletes a huge favor by covering them, as opposed to, making their own livelihoods off the backs of those athletes.
The systematic iteration of the word "thug" in reference to black bodies is problematic because it perpetuates white supremacist ideologies about black people, namely that we are pathological, violent and lawless.
The outpouring support for Marshawn Lynch over the last few weeks stands in stark contrast to the way he was viewed earlier in his career as a Buffalo Bill. Then, and even following his trade to the Seattle Seahawks, Lynch was considered something of a pariah, unable to keep it together on and off the field.
Of course Americans will watch the game. But who will we root for? Who are we supposed to cheer for when it is Lex Luthor going against the Joker? Maybe football needs a villain, but not two of them.
The Super Bowl is only days away, yet if you open the sports pages, there's not much real football being written about. The rancor surrounding the game sounds more like a scripted build-up to a WWE WrestleMania than the biggest game in legitimate American sports.
On Sunday, Feb. 1, an actual football game will be played. With teams that have identical 14-4 records. A game that Las Vegas has declared about as even a match up as we've had in years, with a one-point spread.
Regardless of what the numbers might say, you cannot deny that he's supremely exciting, and sure, if you want to go down the route of meaningless sports maxims, he's also a winner who shows lots of heart in the clutch.
Collectively, we love to make snap judgments about people based on what they say (see Sherman) or what they don't say (see Lynch). The media have made caricatures out of these two guys the last couple of years based solely on how much they talk or don't talk.
The Seattle Seahawks are the defending world champions and owners of a 9-4 record. They have seen firsthand the distinct challenges of what it takes to repeat, and why the NFL hasn't seen a back-to-back champ since New England a decade ago. Just one month ago, the team seemed in total disarray -- unable to establish a consistent aerial attack with and without the traded Percy Harvin and unable to generate the same defensive dominance from a year ago.
Yet again in the MVP conversation, Rodgers starts what is the first week of the fantasy playoffs for many with a home game against the worst pass defense in the league.