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Rick Robinson: How Many Days Till Pitchers & Catchers Report?

This column is written by Northern Kentucky author and attorney Rick Robinson and originally appeared at Rare.

Exactly when did the Super Bowl “jump the shark?”

Fans will argue about the exact point when the Super Bowl became the sports world’s equivalent of Happy Days’ Fonzie jumping over a swimming pool of sharks. Most agree it happened long before an errant snap sent a football whizzing by Peyton Manning’s noggin in SB XLVIII.

Many believe the shark was jumped at Super Bowl XXV when the halftime show ditched marching bands in favor of New Kids on the Block. Others feel it happened when Troy Aikman left the field for the broadcast booth.

Personally, I think it started when the NFL started referring to each year’s game in Roman numerals. I have a hard time seeing Jerry Kramer, Bart Starr and Paul Horning recalling their on-field heroics with such stoic symbols.

Wherever you draw the line, the game broadcast quit mattering at least XIV years ago. Now its all about the party.

Last night, according to people who actually spend their time tracking such things, America consumed 1.23 billion chicken wings, ate 11 million pounds of chips and drank 51.7 million cases of beer — and that doesn’t count how many drinks Joe Namath had before his pre-game coin malfunction.

All of which is the reason that the only important statistic coming from Super Bowl XLVIII is the number of days remaining until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Florida and Arizona.

Rick Robinson is an award-winning novelist and top-selling political humorist. Follow him on Twitter @authorRick