Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers: Whom to Cheer for in Harbowl

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Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers: Whom to Cheer For

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Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports

I’m still trying to figure out whom to cheer for in the Super Bowl. Both teams are impressive and entertaining to watch. Both boast fantastic defenses with offenses that are catching up. Both feature Harbaughs (who knew?). And both are teams I hate.

I’ve always had an aversion to the Baltimore Ravens, mostly because of the media hype that surrounds certain players, year in and year out. It’s not just Ray Lewis that the talking heads overhype and prattle on about - there’s Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, and so on. Not that these guys aren’t great players; I just don’t need to hear about it every single day. I’m not crazy about their team’s attitude either - please see Suggs’ postgame comments from their win over the New England Patriots as Exhibit A. I do really like Ray Rice, so they have that going for them.

The San Francisco 49ers are a scary team with a lot of really young, talented players. Their linebackers are the envy of every team in the NFL. Now, with the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, this scary team just got scarier. Kaepernick rounds out the team - they’re great on run defense, pass defense, run offense, and now pass offense. Yikes. The thing about the Niners, however, is that they knocked my team out of the playoffs, and I am a spiteful, vindictive person.

Click through at the top of the page as I try to figure out whom exactly to cheer for this Sunday:

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John Harbaugh vs. Jim Harbaugh

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Tyler Kaufaman

John Harbaugh might very well be as annoying as Jim Harbaugh, but if he is, he’s at least better at hiding it. I’ve had more than enough of Jim’s sideline temper-tantrums and entitled attitude.

Go Ravens.

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Ray Lewis vs. Patrick Willis

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Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports

Maybe I’m just too young to appreciate the dominance of Ray Lewis. All I know is I’m sick to death of hearing about how fantastic he is. If it were all about his on-field play, fine, I could probably handle it. Hearing about how “passionate” and “intense” he is and having to watch clip after clip of him “inspiring” his teammates with banshee shrieks in the huddle is just too much. When is the media going to catch on that he does this every freaking week? It’s not special or unique or even kinda-sorta-sometimes-interesting.

Patrick Willis, however, is pretty cool. He anchors arguably the league’s best rush defense and is probably the best current linebacker in the NFL.

Go Niners.

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Colin Kaepernick vs. Joe Flacco

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Tyler Kaufman - USA Today Sports

I feel pretty much the same about these two. Joe Flacco, I think, is always criticized unfairly and I think he handles that well. He’s a bit of a wild card, just as likely to have a fantastic game full of laser-accurate passes as he is to look flustered and dump the offense onto Ray Rice.

Kaepernick automatically gets cool points for being from Wisconsin. I appreciate his talent and incredibly poise in handling what has been a crazy few weeks. That said, I’m wary of crowning any guy who is making his 10th start in the league. I don’t mean to sound like a grumpy old curmudgeon, but I also kind of like seeing young players paying their dues before achieving the ultimate success.

Go …. eh, I don’t really care.

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Baltimore Uniforms vs. Niners Uniforms

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Stew Milne - USA Today Sports

The Niners have nice, classic uniforms. The Ravens uniforms are some of my least favorite in the league. The colors are fine, but I don’t like the silly font of the numbers, and I abhor their pants. More specifically, the fact that the Ravens’ socks are the same color as their pants. It drives me crazy. Without the color break of the socks, it always looks like the Ravens are wearing leggings - those horrible stirrup pants that my mom made me wear as a kid. Large men do not look good in leggings. Just wear white or purple socks, for heaven’s sake!

Go Niners.

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Birds vs. Historical Figures

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Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports

Though Ravens are a cooler type of birds, as far as birds go, I still hate birds. They’re just rodents with wings. 49ers, on the other hand, are kind of cool. I mean, who doesn’t like gold? Bonus points for referencing an interesting, geographically-relevant historical event.

Go Niners.

That's 3.5 to 1.5 in favor of the Niners. I guess I'll sort of be cheering for San Francisco then.


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