How to Decide Who to Root For in the Super Bowl

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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