Parity not so super

What's all the hype about? Parity in the NFL has made the Super Bowl pretty ordinary, says Tim Keown.

Updated: January 20, 2004, 12:01 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2 columnist

Over the next two weeks, the NFL has to face one cold, hard fact about its present condition: Parity and hype are conflicting concepts. Parity is good for the regular season and the first rounds of the playoffs, but it loses its shine as the playoffs progress. As proof, look at the past few Super Bowl matchups -- there's always someone new, and the buildup is always less than compelling.

And this year, parity has bred Patriots vs. Panthers; pretty similar to Bucs-Raiders, Pats-Rams and ...

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