How to Decide Who to Root For in the Super Bowl

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If you don't pay much attention to football during the regular season, you may now be trying to figure out who to root for in the Super Bowl.

I can help! I'm not a regular-season fan either, so I've devised a simple four-point formula to help me choose my allegiance. 

1) All other things being equal, root for the underdog.

2) All other things being equal, root against a team that has a known cheater as its coach.

3) All other things being equal, root against a team whose quarterback has political aspirations and lent valuable symbolic support to a president who a year earlier had launched a disastrous war that would damage America's national security for years to come.

4) All other things being equal, root against a team whose quarterback has so little imagination that he marries a supermodel and builds a supermansion.

Some years there is tension among these four criteria. But not this year! Go Giants.

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Robert Wright is the author of The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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