Championships are a great occasion of two opposing forces colliding for a chance to affirm to themselves and to the world that they are, indeed, the very best. As we get closer to one of the bigger championship events in existence -- and certainly the biggest in America -- media stories abound attempting to create and invent conflicts of their own to explain the collision. The truth is, without the media, the Super Bowl would still be an incredible story of men going to battle with other men. But, then, who would read it? This isn't a Greek epic, buddy! This is a uniquely American drama! And so we are bombarded daily with "false narratives," vying to attract our attention to something that is already so brimming with tragedy and inspiration; struggle and success. Some of these stories are at least historically unique ("brother vs. brother"); others tiresome ("the Ray Lewis saga"). But if there is one particularly tired cliche, it would be "The Myth of Motivation." The "myth of motivation" would have us believe that the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos, not because Champ Bailey's jock strap is hanging in the rafters of Mile High somewhere (hockey reference; ignore the fact that Mile High does not have rafters), or because the Denver secondary actually let people get behind them on a desperation throw near the end of the game, but because the Ravens were more motivated to fight for Ray Lewis.
Super Bowl 2013: The Myth of Motivation
Niners Nation | Jan 31