There is nothing else like the Super Bowl.
Except maybe Donald Trump's hair.
Both are spectacular and impossible to look away from. If nothing else, they're both reminders that excess, while perhaps less fashionable than before, never really goes out of style.
We live in a country where former Olympian Rulon Gardner is trying to drop about 200 pounds on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" show but still selling 1 1/2- pound hamburgers at his Wyoming restaurant. In other words, take two Lipitor and call me in the morning.
The Super Bowl is one of America's great unofficial holidays, like Black Friday, Masters Sunday and Cher's birthday.
It's a day for menus built on cheese, chips and more than 50 million pounds of avocadoes - and that doesn't include the ones on Rulon Gardner's burgers.
It's a day for throwing away money on Super Bowl pools you don't understand and trying to be nice to the people who say they're more interested in the commercials than the game. Like Panthers fans this past season.
By the way, if you missed it, USA Today this week ran an online poll asking people who were killing time on their computers at work if the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers are the worst team in pro sports. The other choices were the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Pirates and our own Carolina Panthers.
I was afraid to look at the results.
Since Dallas never goes to the Super Bowl anymore, the Super Bowl has gone to Dallas this year, where they threw an ice storm to make the Packers and Steelers feel right at home. Bring in some Primanti Brothers sandwiches, throw some brats on the grill and they'll have it all.
If there's an awkward angle to this Super Bowl, it's the whole "America's Team" argument some are making. The Cowboys long ago claimed it. The Steelers earned it. And the Packers may be it.
Maybe that's what they're playing for beyond the big silver trophy. Winner gets to be America's team. The Cowboys, meanwhile, get to remain the third-best team in the NFC East.
This Super Bowl seems to have a little of everything and a lot of long hair. It has two exceptional quarterbacks, two grand franchises and it has the Black Eyed Peas at halftime.
Before Will.i.am can sing it Sunday evening, I'm humming a few bars of "I've Got A Feeling..."
Steelers 24, Packers 20.