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Unless the game lives up to the hype, and more often than not it doesn't, Super Bowl XLIII might end up being a super bore. Maybe it's because we had the ultimate storyline a year ago.
On the intrigue scale, all of Ben Roethlisberger's nagging injuries don't add up to the mystery surrounding Tom Brady's sprained ankle last year.
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald can make a dozen leaping catches in double coverage, but it won't top David Tyree's miraculous grab on the Giants' game-winning drive.
If the Steelers beat the Cardinals, as most experts are predicting, to become the first team two win six Super Bowls, it won't be as good as the Giants pounding Brady and spoiling the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.
Last year, Spygate was still hanging over the Patriots and Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was turning the heat up on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. That trumps a shouting match two weeks ago between Cardinals wideout Anquan Boldin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. In fact, the biggest controversy on Media Day wasn't even generated by a player on the Cardinals or Steelers. Simeon Rice made national headline calling his former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden a "scumbag" in an interview on Sirius NFL Radio.
Look, I'm hoping for a really good game. But a Steelers-Cardinals matchup doesn't excite me. Maybe it's because the Cardinals can win the Super Bowl after going 9-7 in the regular season. Or maybe it's because the Cardinals lost 47-7 to a team that won 11 games and missed the playoffs.