As a die-hard follower of the world of college football — and a passive Denver Broncos fan — I don’t have much reason to care about Super Bowl XLVII — what is commonly being called the “Harbaugh Bowl” or “HarBowl” due to the matchup between coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, and their teams, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
Given, there are some intriguing storylines, including the controversial personality of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and that it is his final game — presumably — in the NFL, and the rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick that will be leading the 49ers into the fray on the game’s biggest stage.
College football fans are a passionate bunch that live and die with their teams each Saturday during the fall. While some of them have a similar investment in NFL teams, it’s far from common.
For college football fans that are looking for a reason to care about today’s Super Bowl, they need no look no farther than the passion 49ers and Ravens fans have for their teams — in very different ways.
The 49ers are one of the more well-established and successful franchises in NFL history, seeking their sixth World Championship and the team’s first since 1994. The Ravens, on the other hand are an upstart in comparison, seeking the team’s second World Championship — the first coming in 2000.
The 49ers fans are old-school, not to say that there aren’t some bandwagon jumpers — there certainly are. Ravens fans — as a group — seem to have a chip on their shoulder because there’s a collective assumption their team is underestimated and disrespected when it comes to the NFL hierarchy.
College football fans can definitely understand this dichotomy — as the battles between David and Goliath are a part of the landscape every Sunday.
If nothing else, if you’re an Alabama Crimson Tide fan that could care less about the 49ers, enjoy the battle between an upstart rookie and the grizzled veteran. Between the brothers. Between left-coast and right-coast.
September will be here before you know it.