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Do We Watch the NFL for Football -- or Story Lines?

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RUSH: Open Line Friday, Indianapolis. Hello, John, you're first. It's great to have you here. Hi.

CALLER: Hey, sir, how are you?

RUSH: I'm good. Thank you.

CALLER: All right! Hey, I'm looking forward to this weekend 'cause it's Championship Weekend. I don't know about yourself, and I just wanted to ask you what your take is on the potential of having a brother versus brother coaching against each other in the Super Bowl.

RUSH: You know --

CALLER: I think it will be great.

RUSH: Why?

CALLER: Because it'd be epic. I think it might not ever happen again.

RUSH: Yeah, but the coaches don't play.

CALLER: Well, so? It's still a good story line.

RUSH: See? "Story line." I was just gonna say to you, "I'm not interested in story lines." I'm not. I'm not trying to talk you out of your position. It's a football game. You can think whatever you wish about it. Don't misunderstand me now. I'm not disagreeing with you. We're talking about preferences here and Harbaugh versus Harbaugh is, for about five seconds, "Oooh, that's pretty interesting," and then I look at who's playing and whether I want to watch those two teams in a Super Bowl.

"Do I want to watch the Fort'iners and the Ravens in a Super Bowl?" That's what I ask myself, or, "Would I rather see the Fort'iners and the Patriots, or would I rather see the Ravens and the Falcons? I have to be honest. There isn't a one of these matchups that really thrills me, but that's just me. My team's not there, my team didn't get close to getting there, and so my season is over half over now. But for those that like that story line, that game has happened.

It was a Thanksgiving night game a couple years ago, Harbaugh versus Harbaugh.

It was in Baltimore, and the Ravens won. We got about a week's worth of interviews with the parents and friends of the parents and boyhood friends and we got stories about how competitive both the Harbaugh boys were, how one was a practical joker. It went on and on and on. It never ended. (There were no hoax stories involving those guys.) But if story lines are what you like, I guarantee you'll be tired of it after the first day because it's gonna be the story line, Harbaugh versus Harbaugh, and neither of them are going to play.

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