Monday, January 21, 2008

New Feature: The Daily Super Bowl Hype Meme

EDIT--links to each daily meme will be added below.

The bye week that typically falls between conference championship Sunday and the Super Bowl has destroyed more sportswriting minds than bourbon and syphillis put together. Writers have to pull thirteen days worth of storylines out of what is, at the end of the day, just the prospect of two groups of cutting-edge pharmacological freaks destroying their joints for our collective amusement.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, writers are desperate to find any sort of angle or unifying theme that will let them re-hash the same old matchup in a new way. Every day, someone in the media comes up with such an angle, which is then immediately seized upon by the rest of the media in order to stoke the figurative content furnace. Thus is born a meme.

The problem, of course, is that nearly all of these memes are powerfully, powerfully stupid. Which is where we at the GRBG come in.

Each weekday between now and the SB, we will catalog and test a meme that has bubbled up from the shallow end of the sports media gene pool, to see where it falls on the scale of Super Bowl hype ridiculousness (where a "1" is a discussion of whether the aggressive upfield pass rush of the Giants' defensive ends will leave them vulnerable to draw runs by Laurence Maroney, and "10" is any coverage of what Gisele Bundchen plans to wear to the game).

So check back frequently over the next few weeks, as we all slowly lose our minds. Cheers!

Monday, January 21st: Boston vs. New York/NY Fan Taxonomy
Tuesday, January 22d: The Giants as Road Warriors
Wednesday, January 23d: Brady's Boot
Thursday, January 24th: Addition by Subtraction
Friday, January 25th: Writing About Watching

Monday, January 28th: The '72 Dolphins
Tuesday, January 29th: The Pats Are the Best Ever
Wednesday, January 30th: The Devolution of Media Day
Thursday, January 31st: Cold Weather and the Patriots
Friday, February 1st: Arlen Specter is High on Drugs

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