Forget Frank Bruni’s column in the New York Times about how this was the Super Bowl America deserved, and instead realize this was an American Super Bowl.
Now what do I mean by that?
Well, on the one hand, you have the New England Patriots, or as some Americans would call them, the 1%.
They’ve gone to half of the last 16 Super Bowls, and a win on Sunday would have given New England its sixth title, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most all time.
Tom Brady is a 40-year old multi-millionaire in peak physical condition, and married to a world-renowned supermodel.
Bill Belichick, through every scandal that’s plagued the Patriots, from Spygate to Deflategate, adds rings and titles to his trophy case like he was Meryl Streep at the Oscars.
And then you have their fans.
Since New England won its first Super Bowl in February 2002, the Patriots have won an additional four Super Bowls, the Red Sox have won three World Series titles, the Bruins have won two Stanley Cups and the Celtics have an NBA title.
In other words, New England fans are the spoiled rotten children of Wall Street executives Americans have come to loathe while witnessing the economic desperaity between rich and poor.
Then there are the Philadelphia Eagles and their nationally, if not world renowned, fans.
No matter which side of the political aisle you are on, the Eagles and their fans represented the opposition.
If you’re a Democrat, the Eagles represented the same “got-lucky” (Philadelphia was a 40:1 Super Bowl longshot and an underdog in each of their three playoff games) crowd that took over the White House when no one thought it possible.
If you’re a Republican, the Eagles were told they weren’t good enough and didn’t belong in the NFC Championship Game, let alone the Super Bowl (think back to Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment).
And on both sides, carnival barkers singing “Fly, Eagles Fly!” while driving a monster truck up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, get under your skin like someone from the opposing side of the aisle calling you a “snowflake.”
So outside of those living in Philadelphia and New England, who did you cheer for, the 1% or the opposition?