Mike Thompson

Football ties that bind

Few annual events trigger over-the-top saturation media coverage like the Super Bowl, and No. XLVII has once again demonstrated its curious effects. When so much is said, written and broadcast about deer antler spray, you know you have either gone down the rabbit hole, inside the local hunting supply store or possibly into the French Quarter after a particularly bad bender.

Our favorite moments of high absurdity, however, have been reserved for the endless explorations of the Harbaugh family and any possible signs of sibling rivalry between brothers John and Jim. We won't linger on the obvious, but it's no surprise that the "Har-Bowl" or any of the other variations on...