Storylines are more than bountiful in this year's Super Bowl

It certainly doesn’t seem like the NFL left a single stone unturned in terms of providing a potentially classic Super Bowl this time.

The Harbaugh angle, whether the Harbaugh boys — you just know they were Eddie Haskell types way back when — are playing along, is fascinating from multiple angles.

Retiring, polarizing and proselytizing megastar future Hall of Famer? Ray Ray will do.

Compelling quarterback matchup? Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, absolutely yes.

Maybe not to the phony football fans who want to know about Tom Brady’s signature scent. (Due out soon, don’t you think? Maybe $1,500 an ounce in Bratislava?) But if you know even a little real ball, you know these two relative unknowns have serious game, both capable of saying, “Climb aboard, boys. I got this!”

And if you have a twisted sense of humor, you’re hoping Kap shows up next Sunday trying to top Flacco’s so-bad-it-was-genius porn ’stache of yesteryear.

All-world defenses dialing it up to settle who’s best on the biggest stage? Randy Moss as the 49ers’ version of Ray Ray? David Akers almost assured, before the kickoff, of being a goat or hero? Ed Reed?

Ed Reed? Yeah. He’s that good, banged-up or not. Besides, everyone in football is banged up. Not just late in the year. Always.

And then there’s the guaranteed unlikely hero. The David Tyree. The Larry Brown. The Max McGee.

AND Beyoncé?!?

Niners vs. Baltimore Ravens has it all, so let’s go ahead and declare the winner:

THE NFL. And Jay-Z.

Warriors: There’s a lot to love about Warriors head man Mark Jackson, but when he comes up with something that makes you cringe, it’s a DOOZY.

While playing coy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day about the possible return to action of broken center Andrew Bogut, the Rev.-coach Jackson actually said these words:

“I, like Dr. King, have a dream.”

Are there mulligans in hoops? Wow, that was bad.

College: And finally: Hey, Manti T’eo. You’re either a really bad guy or a really dumb guy. This is a no-win for you by definition.

Let it go. Walk away. And grow out your hair real long. Time for a serious turn of the page.

Mychael Urban has covered Bay Area sports for more than 22 years as a contributor to Comcast SportsNet,, KNBR,, ESPN The Magazine and various newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @BigUrbSports. His website is

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