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Super Bowl Great (Hype Not So Much)

USA Today

The NFL must cancel its cheesy Super Bowl Media Day, cancel the ensuing days of roundtable interview sessions and cancel the coaches' closing interview sessions. As for the Beyoncé press conference -- well, that can stay, because no one should ever cancel Beyoncé.

The rest should go -- now. The Super Bowl might have the world's most aching need for minimalism, and now this matchup has that need crying out in the shrillest tone already. The game itself looks unusually fascinating. But the pre-game looks unusually unbearable.

The forecast calls for continued televised segments featuring Ray Lewis with an 80-percent chance of schmaltzy music. On its own, that is not so devastating. Lewis has...

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