By the same token, I don't feel any real negative emotions towards the niners or ravens. 2008 erased any lingering animosity over the lost super bowl (remember Jacobs trucking Lewis?), while last season did the same for the niners. It's a blank slate for the most part, and the 2000 and 2002 teams are almost entirely different.
For me, this SB is a war of ideologies: the stationary pocket passer vs the mobile option QB/running game combo. Flacco is starting to become an Eli clone, in his demeanor and how he approaches the game. Ray Lewis, while he has a checkered-to-dark past to say the least, is trying to go out in Strahan-like fashion. Ray Rice reminds me of rookie Bradshaw a little too... lots of fire and youth there. Honestly, at this point, i'm going to have to root for the Ravens.
Hmm, that Bradshaw comparison is a bit of an insult to Rice. They're both the same age, too.
I like Flacco so I'll root for the Ravens. Don't really care about Lewis.
Hopefully it's tough-going for the Niners, if only to see more of Jim Harbaugh's over-the-top, sideline histronics.
Ah, right. Yeah I can see where you're coming from.