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How excited are you for the Super Bowl?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Super Bowl is today - or, at least, I'm pretty sure it is. I might be unique, but I have had a hard time paying attention to the Super Bowl this year. In fact, for the first time in my life (as far as I can remember), I don't really care about the Super Bowl. It's pretty disappointing, actually. I've always thought of the Super Bowl as an event - some occurrence in mid-winter around which I could structure my month. It was a reason to get together with family or friends, eat good food, cheer loudly. The Super Bowl, giver of camaraderie.

This year, though? It's just not the same. For one, my interest in anything NFL that is not San Francisco-related has plummeted this year. This has been, to put it lightly, an underwhelming year for the NFL. The Ray Rice issues were only compounded by the horrendous refereeing that seemed a constant. The NFL had a lot to deal with in the coming years, and so far the people in charge have not done much to assuage my fears concerning their ability to overcome impending challenges.

Additionally, the two teams playing seem so unpalatable. I have a hard time rooting for the Seattle Seahawks for obvious reasons. But, the New England Patriots have gone out of their way to be particularly atrocious recently. I don't think there are many 49er fans who would root for the Patriots if they weren't playing the Seahawks.

But, to be honest, the teams playing are only about half the problem. It may seem contradictory (but, are feelings ever logically teased out), but I also have a hard time caring about the Super Bowl because I just don't hate the Seahawks as much as I used to. Marshawn Lynch has been great, recently; heck, even Richard Sherman has been directing his loud-mouth toward worthy targets.

Really, though, it's hard to get worked up about the Seahawks when the 49ers look pretty far behind them now. Count me among the skeptics of the current coaching staff. As a consequence, it's so much harder to take the Seahawks rivalry seriously. It's clear that they are the better team, and likely will be for a while. If Lynch leaves, that will be a huge blow for them, especially since Russell Wilson looks good because of Lynch. I'm suspicious that he would play as well without a Pro Bowl RB behind him. But, that coaching staff has worked wonders with both sides of the ball, putting players in the right places to succeed.

So, what about you? Are you guys and gals excited for the game? Do you want to watch it earnestly? If not, what has impacted your excitement for the game?