Only 2,400 media members were credentialed this year, compared to 6,000 last year. “Radio Row,” the battalion of sports talk radio stations that broadcasts live to listeners throughout Super Bowl week, was reduced from 100 to about 40 stations this year. The NFL’s media day, which typically involves journalists from all over the world asking players and coaches questions in person, was—like all of our meetings in the last year—held over Zoom.

You probably aren’t going to a big Super Bowl party

Well, maybe you are, but that’d be irresponsible. The majority of us will be cooped up at home with some pizza and beer—just without many friends or family in the room. But you’re probably used to that by now anyway. How a potential lack of Super Bowl parties could affect this year’s TV ratings remains to be seen.

But somehow Tom Brady is still here

At age 43, Tom Brady will be playing in his 10th Super Bowl—but his first one with the Buccaneers, after playing his whole career with the New England Patriots prior to this year. Many things in our lives have changed in the past 12 months, but Tom Brady remains a constant. If Brady and the Bucs win, maybe things will feel just like 2018 again, when there was no pandemic. If only for a moment.

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