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Super Bowl LI confirms we’re in the worst sports timeline

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NFL: AFC Championship-Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

2016 was awful, but this whole Super Bowl thing is just pushing things over the top. In sports.

Yes, this is the worst timeline for Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. Or, well, this specific Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan anyway.

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots won yesterday, and now we’ll get a Super Bowl with two eminently hate-able teams. Tom Brady’s smug face will be all over everything once again, except now it’ll be joined by Matt Ryan’s offensive blandness and a whole lot of praise for a team the Bucs beat repeatedly over the last years.

I can’t even say I want Ryan and the Falcons to lose, because I really don’t want Brady and Belichick to get yet another Super Bowl ring. How did we get to this point? Can someone make it stop?

Not that things would have been that much better had the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger’s repeatedly-accused-of-rape face won, but at least Mike Tomlin is cool. And the Packers...well....I really like watching Aaron Rodgers. Sorry, not sorry.

Oh well. Back to speculating on how the Bucs are going to be awesome going forward. That should be soothing.