If California has the equivalent to Anchorage, it is San Francisco. Notice how they put all the taverns at the top of the hills, so at the end of the night everyone just rolls home. In San Francisco, that's what passes for urban planning.
Point is, damp, dippy San Francisco seems the most unlikely great sports town in America. Brawny Baltimore? Sure. Fierce New York? Of course.
But San Fan Cisco? Not in Kafka's worst nightmare.
Here's my story line for Sunday's game:
Colin Kaepernick get hurts and Alex Smith comes off the bench to lead the Niners to victory.
And at halftime, Lance Armstrong confesses that he was really Manti Te'o's secret girlfriend.
The 49ers are a four-point favorite in Sunday's game, but oddsmakers say 60% of the public is currently on the side of Baltimore's Ravens.
More interested in the spectacle than the outcome? Here are some entertaining novelty bets, courtesy of Bovada, an online sports book (note, odds are subject to change):
•How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the national anthem?
Over/under: 2 minutes 10 seconds.
•Will Keys forget or omit at least one word?
•Will Beyonce's hair be curly/crimped or straight at the beginning of the halftime show?