Since my team isn’t in the Super Bowl this year, I might have a different approach than most as far as what I want to do when watching it.
I don’t have to watch it, of course. But I will.
As a storyteller I’m going to look for: what’s a good story?
As in, if the team that has already won a bunch of Super Bowls wins another one, that’s not that great of a story.
If the team that never won one can defeat Goliath and win their first, that’s a better story.
Better, but not necessarily good. Anybody that wins or loses a game in a blowout, it starts to not be so exciting.
Now, if the Eagles are defeating the defending champion 50 to nothing, that starts to be a story again – but that’s not very likely to happen.
In fact, according to whatever TV announcer I just was listening to, all of the patriots’ Super Bowl appearances have been decided by four points or less, win or lose. That means they tend play a tight game. Not blowouts.
So assuming it’s not a blowout, what makes for a better story?
The patriots losing is better story, more interesting, probably bigger drama, than the patriots winning.
What would make it more dramatic than that? (Which, by a writers definition l, would be more tension and more suspense?)
Probably a game that goes into overtime. Probably/maybe the patriots being ahead by 14 and then giving up the lead and the Eagles being ahead by 14, and then trades the lead back and forth a few times – and comes down to the last second to decide the outcome.
So if the lead changes a bunch, we tend to call that a close game and probably a good game.
Again this is speaking if you’re not a fan of either team, because if you are, you only consider a good game if your team starts out with the leads, keeps the lead, and wins.
So then what do I want?
I want lots of exciting scoring and a few miraculous plays and a down to the wire finish with the Eagles winning.
So, go Eagles!
What about you?