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On The Fence

Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 1/28/2015, 11:17 a.m.
There is something about the National Football League's big game, which incidentally takes place this Sunday in a climax to ...
Bobby Leach

There is something about the National Football League's big game, which incidentally takes place this Sunday in a climax to the season, that seems to provide a holiday for families that gather around their chosen source of media and glue themselves to the screen for upwards of 6 hours. I suppose the attraction is actually plural nowadays as the commercials and half time show are nearly as popular as the game itself.

This year it is reported by several sources that a 30-second commercial will set companies back roughly $4.5 million. Yep that's right...the chance to showcase a product in front of an estimated 100,000,000 plus viewership will take about ninety average person annual salaries just to get their product seen. Every year that number boggles my mind but then again with the inflated salaries of all the participants it doesn't surprise me.

Regardless of cost, I have to admit that I too get swept up in the pageantry of it all and there is no doubt my household minions plan on making a day of it. Interestingly enough, this season's side story is that of the infamous "Deflategate" and the unproven accusations that someone on the New England Patriots sideline may have tampered with the official footballs during their AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts. Honestly I really don't have an opinion on it just yet as the rumors of wrongdoing to this point have not been proven however, the damage has already been done.

If the Patriots win, there will be a backlash of conspiracy theories floated around to discredit the win and if they lose, the story will likely fade into the abyss but in either case the situation provides one heck of a back drop. I think the bet of the day in my household will be how many times the made up word "Deflategate" will be used during the game. I am betting the over on this one.

No matter who ultimately is crown champion, if it isn't the Chicago Bears I won't be celebrating it rather I will be like many Bear fans whose minds fondly drift to 1985 and realize I am getting old! Best wishes to all of you who are preparing for a fantastic day of sporting history...just don't burn the food!