The Breakdown: Super Bowl hangover |

The Breakdown: Super Bowl hangover

Sports editor Bryce Evans

The days directly following the Super Bowl always remind me of those first few times seeing friends after a big party in college.

Everyone you know was at the party, so, depending on how good of a time each had, everyone is going to have the same general idea of how the night went. This buddy woke up in the neighbor’s yard, what’s-his-name was arrested for streaking, the dog is now orange, blah, blah, blah.

Everyone saw it happen, everyone (for the most part) remembers it, yet everyone still wants to talk about it and relive it for the next week – or until they can start hyping up the next blowout.

It’s no different with the Super Bowl. After talking about it for weeks, people will be, well, talking about it for weeks.

It gets tiresome. And as much as I enjoy discussing worthless things in sports,

I don’t want to hear about how Aaron Rodgers is this year’s “Greatest Quarterback Ever” – replacing Drew Brees from last year, Bathroom Ben from the year before, and Eli Manning from the year before that – or how the Packers have started a dynasty by winning one (and I repeat in all caps for emphasis: ONE ) title.

The hyperbole after a championship (in any sport, really) is out of control. Actually, it’s pretty much the same as when your buddy says last night’s party was “The best night of my life!” while forgetting he has “D-R-U-N-K” written on his forehead in permanent marker. Sometimes, you need a little more perspective.

Anyway, we need to move on – from the Super Bowl, that is. And the best way to cure a football hangover isn’t getting huevos rancheros and a bloody Mary; it’s looking ahead to the things in sports that will get us through another offseason.

(Note: This certainly doesn’t include hearing more about the league and player’s union negotiating for a new collective bargaining agreement. At this point, I’d rather watch The T.Ocho Show than hear more about how owners and players alike are willing to leave thousands without jobs next season because, darn it, they’re the ones standing up for what’s right. Actually, I have an idea: All talk about the CBA should be put on The T.Ocho Show, just to make sure no one has to ever hear it.)

OK, here’s what we need to focus on in order to climb out of the Super Bowl’s icy, Joe Buck-riddled shadow:

For puck’s sake, there’s hockey being played. I know, here in the mountains when most people think of cold and icy, it’s usually in regards to the slopes, roads or the way locals treat Texans. Still, what we need to focus on is some hockey – and we don’t have to look too far down Interstate 70 to catch some good pucks. Peter Forsberg signed up for another crack at a comeback with the Avalanche on Sunday. Sure, if we wanted to be pessimistic, we could realize that odds are in favor of him being in and out of the lineup with injuries while simply being a sideshow to boost ticket sales. But, regardless of my occupation as a sports writer, I prefer to look at the bright side, and with Forsberg returning, there’s a chance that one of the league’s most exciting players of his generation (maybe ever) could boost a young and talented Colorado team to make a run in the playoffs, maybe even the Stanley Cup finals, maybe even ending with a parade down Colfax with Forsberg throwing free Crocs to adoring fans. (He’s a partial owner of the company).

The NBA’s cool, I guess. Actually the regular season isn’t. But once the playoffs get going, it’s pretty fun to see some of the world’s best athletes, you know, actually put in a little effort. And Denver fans may have the chance to see ‘Melo hit a title-clinching shot – for the Lakers.

Teeing it up. The PGA Tour season is in full swing now, as all of the top players have gotten their seasons under way. Sure, I’m a bit bias to a sport that has more pastel colors than my 8-month-old son’s closet, but still, we have two World Golf Championship tournaments and the Masters in the next couple months. And if that doesn’t get you excited, well, at least the TV coverage can help you get in a good Sunday afternoon nap.

Pitchers and catchers are reporting in less than a week. Yes, let the sessions of long toss and towel drills begin. After months and months of listening to over analysis of the NFL, it’ll be nice for a change of pace – and have the exact same thing for baseball. And seeing as the Cubs don’t play their 82nd game of the season until June 30 – meaning they can’t possibly be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs until June 30 – it means we have a nice stretch of optimism ahead of us.

And nothing’s better after a long night than sitting in the sunny bleachers of a ballpark the next afternoon.

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