Wait, you say, shouldn't that say "Open thread?" We're going to try something new for the Super Bowl, the oft-requested actual message board. We're hoping this will help cut down on the constant server database requests that cause our constant disappearing acts -- including a couple of disappearing acts in the middle of the AFC Championship game. You do need to register in order to use this board. For now, there are only two threads: one for discussion of the game, and one for discussion of the commercials, halftime show, and other television-related nonsense. We'll see how this works before we decide about moving other discussion threads to this board in the future.
This year's update to the playoff drive stats show that the football gods may have been on Peyton Manning's side this time. Also: Cam Newton and Alex Smith enter the mix, and why we should be comparing Andrew Luck to Dan Marino.