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Storylines galore, but which ones matter?

by Published: Feb 2, 2013

On one side of the football, clad in purple, possibly the greatest linebacker of all-time, Baltimore’s Ray Lewis plays with reckless abandon and no mercy. Lewis, clad in a menacing facemask complete with a black visor, will dance for the last time.

The bicep kissing, running and gunning second year quarterback out of Nevada, often doubted by his peers because of the competition he faced in college, will crouch under center for the San Francisco 49ers. Colin Kaepernick took over mid-season for the injured Alex Smith, and hasn’t looked back.

Ferris State students have noticed the myriad of Super Bowl storylines, and have many differing opinions on which is the most intriguing.

“I thought it was awesome how a second year QB who no one has ever heard of, came in, made the best of every opportunity, and became one of the most successful passers in the league,” redshirt freshmen Quarterback Jason Vander Laan said.

On Kaepernick’s sideline, he has the wild speaking, rah-rah, too-hard-hand-shaking Jim Harbaugh at head coach. Standing opposite stage is the softer-spoken younger brother, John Harbaugh, as head coach of the Raven’s.

These two weeks of Super Bowl preparation included sexual assault allegations of 49er’s receiver Michael Crabtree, a linking of Lewis to a deer antler spray containing PED’s, and Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and his future contract negotiations.

Despite all the craziness, there is plenty emotion to be found in this game. The Ravens have every emotional edge possible going into the weekend, including their great leader.

Lewis, 37, will play his last game. He is one of the profound captains and motivators in the history of football. Emotional as always, Lewis not only leads the Ravens, but the NFL Postseason with 44 total tackles, saving his best performance for last. In 1996, his first sack as an NFL player was ironically of the man who will coach against him, ex-Indianapolis Colt’s quarterback, Jim Harbaugh.

“That has to be my favorite storyline,” says sophomore sports marketing major Joel Root. “Lewis’ first sack was {Jim} Harbaugh, that’s pretty cool.”

The city of San Francisco has a World Series already this season, how about a Super Bowl to add to the frenzy? Baltimore clings to its team, and their favorite player Ray Lewis, their underrated quarterback Joe Flacco, and all that they have done for the city.

49er’s quarterback has already tried to hop into the limelight, attempting to trademark his celebration of kissing his bicep after every score, calling it “Kaepernicking.” Are these the first signs that the 49ers have another Terrell Owens on their hands?

Since Joe Namath proclaimed the Jets would win Super Bowl (III) three, to John Elway’s last drive in XXXII, Whitney Houston’s tear jerking national anthem in 25 (XXV), to David Tyree’s helmet catch against the near perfect Patriots in 42(XLII), each Super Bowl has shown that it has life of its own.

Each Super Bowl seems to add another twist and turn to the history of the sport. It entails passion, heartbreak, bone crushing injuries, and heartwarming moments. Where will XLVII rank?

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