Today on ESPN's Page 2, Chuck Klosterman analyzes Hines Wards' deconstruction of the 4-point Super Bowl bias in favor of the Pittsburgh Steelers:
I will now attempt to illustrate this five-pronged logic, even though I remain semi-baffled by its abstract complexity; I have a feeling Hines read a lot of Jacques Derrida while attending the University of Georgia. But here goes ...
Premise 1: Earlier this season, the Steelers were not given much credence from the mainstream media. Moreover, they struggled when Ben Roethlisberger was injured.
Premise 2: Conversely, Seattle was exceptional all season. The Seahawks finished as the NFC's No. 1 seed.
Premise 3: By favoring Pittsburgh in this game, the oddsmakers are negating Seattle's success.
Premise 4: Since Seattle's greatness has been quietly negated, the media is premeditating a circumstance where a Pittsburgh victory would be less impressive than raw evidence would normally suggest.
Premise 5: Ward believes the Steelers will win in a major upset that the world is not recognizing; as such, the Steelers have been disrespected in advance.
"We play this game for respect," Seahawks rookie LB Lofa Tatupa unknowingly responded two hours later. "And to win."