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Super Bowl Time Machine

An evening of unremarkable football and nostalgic salesmanship

Updated: February 6, 2012, 5:22 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Maybe your team deserved to win. Or lose. Surprising either way how little of the game you remember the next morning. That Manningham catch, Brady's safety, Bradshaw's drunken sit-down, those punts. Eli. What was the final score again?

The rest of America's Big Night In was a four-hour blur of consumerism; our star-spangled inventory of appetite. This year, the whole thing felt like an intervention on behalf of an addiction to nostalgia. Madonna! Elton John! "Star Wars"! "Ferris ...

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