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Why this Super Bowl is like reliving the 2016 presidential election

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, right, shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Monday.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, right, shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Monday. AP

It’s always good to have choices, right?

Well, that’s true most of the time.

However, I can’t say that about Super Bowl LII, which is like reliving the presidential election of 2016.

As a fan of neither the New England Patriots nor the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s like picking the lesser of two evils. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s kind of like what we did in deciding the 45th president.

And boy do these teams parallel with each candidate.

You’ve got the machine in the New England Patriots, who, like Hillary Clinton, are a known commodity that is ever so powerful but often accused of playing by its own rules.

Then you have the regular Joe underdog in the Philadelphia Eagles, who, like President Donald Trump, have clawed and scratched their way to the top by using any and every tactic necessary to win against all odds.

And as many people felt during that 2016 election, this is a similar situation in which you must choose between two scenarios that will likely play out like a train wreck once decided.

If the Patriots win, many will cry foul that the fix was in. The referees surely will be once again celebrating with the Patriots in the end zone, looking like some kind of NFL superdelegates.

Should the Eagles win, we’ll all watch in horror as the world burns. Beer cans will be thrown at people, expletives will be flying everywhere, faces will be bloodied and couches will be set on fire. That’s how you party in Philly, right?

There’s no good outcome here.

While I know it’s impossible for both to lose, one can wish. However, I can only hope for a good game, similar to the way I watched the 2016 presidential election.

While I had caveats about both candidates, watching them go head-to-head was must-see television. Hopefully this matchup will play out in a similar dramatic fashion.

Looking at it, I can’t decide which scenario would be better in the long run: watching the infamous Patriots winning yet again and Tom Brady earning his sixth Super Bowl ring or seeing an underdog from Philly pull off one of the biggest upsets only to draw negative headlines thereafter with obscene actions.

Ugh.

Therefore, I’m not going to hitch my trailer to either team. I will, however, make a prediction.

I’ll go with 24-20 Patriots. This time the popular vote wins.

David Wetzel: 843-626-0295, @MYBSports

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