Over the last decade, we have seen some very poor to mediocre franchises rise to prominence. We have seen the Patriots go from a laughable franchise to a "dynasty". We have seen the ever-futile Saints rise to greatness. We have seen NO Super bowl victoriees from west of the Mississippi River (New Orleans aside).
There has not been a Super Bowl win from a franchise west of the river since the 1999 Rams. Could one side of the country be that futile? There has been 2 teams south of baltimore to win. Tampa and New Orleans. In fact, aside from one super bowl champion (Indy) in the last decade, none have been outside of the east coast. Pittsburgh (x2) New York (x2) and New England (x3). The fact that New Enggland has lost TWICE to New York, seperated by 4 years is not just astounding, it's unbelievable. Literally, to this writer, unbelievable. The NFL has taken a page from the WWE. The way to make the most money is to create storylines that pull people in ( New England shockingly winning after 9/11, then New Orleans winning after Katrina, New York/ New England rematch, guaranteed first black coach to win a Super Bowl [Lovie Smith or Tony Dungy]) and make sure that your most popular characters (both literal and metaphorical) hold the title more often than not.
The idea that the NFL has larger-than-life drama and characters year in and year out also rings a bell. Throw in the HUGE payouts for owners AND players, and what is at stake if the company does not make money, and you have a perfect recipe to begin ensuring that teams WILL not win a title, that some will never rise above mediocrity. It's the NFL, most of the talent is as close to even as you can get, yet some teams struggle year in year out to even reach 6 wins says that there is some sort of holding back going on.
Add in the fact that players have openly said they felt cheated or wronged by the way game goes, and the fact that you RARELY see a player sitting on the sidelines crying after they get eliminated from the playoffs is another sign that they know what is coming. Remember the SEC title game that Bama laid a whooping on Florida and we all saw Tim Tebow crying on the sidelines? Where was that last year when his Broncos got taken to the woodshed? The stakes were just as high, if not higher, yet we did not see the same genuine show of emotion from a man whom is known for his emotion.
Just some things to think about