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Will the game finally top Super Sunday?

Joey Barragan, center, and Hunter Garcia, right, cheer as they wait for the Seahawks buses to arrive enroute for Arizona, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in SeaTac, Wash., for Super Bowl XLIX.
Joey Barragan, center, and Hunter Garcia, right, cheer as they wait for the Seahawks buses to arrive enroute for Arizona, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in SeaTac, Wash., for Super Bowl XLIX. AP

Will the game finally top Super Sunday?

The Super Bowl is in six days, and the question never gets old.

What is bigger on Super Sunday: the game – played by two teams most Americans don’t give a hoot about – or the parties, food, commercials and halftime entertainment?

Will most Americans at work next Monday morning talk about the turning point of the game or what Katy Perry wore during her halftime performance?

Will the water cooler discussion be more about a coach’s decision to punt instead of going for the first down or that memorable commercial that left us teary-eyed?

Outside Seattle and the six New England states, does America care who wins Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Patriots?

In Northern California, 49ers fans don’t want to see Seattle celebrate a second consecutive title, so they’ll have to settle for the Patriots, who have earned the reputation of Doc Holliday at a card table.

Most Super Bowls aren’t as big as Super Sunday, which has become an unofficial holiday. Americans eat more guacamole and chicken wings and consume more beer on the first Sunday of February than any other day.

But this Super Bowl may be different.

It has been an unusual NFL season, filled with controversy, from Ray Rice’s and Adrian Peterson’s suspensions and the 49ers’ off-field incidents and ouster of coach Jim Harbaugh to game officials playing controversial roles in the outcomes of the wild-card and divisional playoffs and “Deflategate” following the AFC Championship.

So will we see something Sunday that leaves us talking about the game until the Super Bowl comes to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 7, 2016?

– Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

NBA, Kings at New York, 4:30 p.m., CSNCA: It’s the second of five games on the trip.


Worth repeating

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report: “This will be the first Super Bowl where the majority of fans watching will despise both teams, but the ratings will be through the roof.”


On this date

1986: Defensive tackle William “The Refrigerator” Perry scores on a 1-yard run in the Bears’ 46-10 rout of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

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