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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?

Ray Lewis Last Dance For the Ravens

Kaepernicking

Ray Lewis First Sack

Whitney Houston Super Bowl 25 National Anthem

Bro Bowl