It's rare when I don't have some rooting interest though, and of course this year my 49ers are in it. Even back when the Rams played the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, I despised St Louis slight more than New England and was rooting for the Rams to loose. Some years are like that.
I remember watching that game at my sister's place. She had about 20 people over for a party and there were several pools going. I didn't buy any squares, but there was one gal who had a few on each of the pools. She was a Patriots fan like I'm a Raider fan...ever since she was a toddler she had rooted for New England.
If you recall the game, the Rams tied it at 17 in the 4th quarter. My sister actually had a couple of winning squares after the third quarter when NE was up 17-3. Then the Rams came storming back in the 4th. Then Adam Vinateiri kicked the game winning field goal as time expired, and NE won 20-17. The game is widely considered one of, if not the, best Super Bowls ever played.
Now this gal who was a Patriots fan...just before that field goal, she realized that she had winning 4th quarter squares if the game went into overtime tied at 17. Add all of those pools up, and it came to about $2,000. So she's in a position of needing the game to be tied to get some cash, but wanting the Patriots to win right then and not take a chance in OT. She had herself tied in knots wanting Vinateiri to make the kick but also wanting to win the pool.
She did end up with one of those 7 boxes, so she got to be a Super Bowl champion fan and take home a little cash. I avoid those situations by not gambling when my team is involved. I don't need the distraction.
So when my buddy at work asked me yesterday if I wanted to buy a few squares in the office pool, I said no. Pam and I will be huddled here at home watching the game. I'll be a wreck...not just because I want my 49ers to win and be 6-0 in Super Bowls. But also because I despise the Ravens.
Pam and I were relieved not to face a 49er-Seahawk NFC championship game, although she'd obviously prefer Seattle in the Super Bowl. She isn't sure she can actively root for SF, but she's with me on despising the Ravens.
Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday!