We have been spoiled as residents of Steelers Country, celebrating more Super Bowl victories than any other football fans on the planet.
In contrast, imagine the frustration of fans in Cleveland and Detroit today. It was a feeling New Orleans Saints fans have faced since the team began operations in 1967.
Despite the enormous hoopla today's game will bring, I might be alone in my disappointment in how both teams got to the Super Bowl.
Sports experts and fans alike were slow to criticize the Colts and Saints for going into the tank late in the season so they would be ready for this year's playoffs.
If Peyton Manning and Drew Brees were injured the argument goes, the season would have been a failure for both teams, so playing cautiously in meaningless final games was considered prudent.
The Saints tried to beat the Cowboys in week 15, but they opened in such a funk that I am not sure they were fully committed to winning on Dec. 19.
The Colts and the Saints certainly earned the right to lose down the stretch. But because both teams collectively racked up five end-of-year defeats, this Super Bowl might simply blend in with the rest.
Today's Super Bowl could have been truly special, a game for the ages, particularly if two undefeated teams were matched against one another. Even with one undefeated team versus a single loss team, we would have been treated to a slice of history.
After all, no other Super Bowl could boast a matchup that featured more total victories and fewer losses than what might have unfolded today.
Two No. 1 seeds will play each other, something that does not occur often, so today's game should be exciting.
But because both teams coasted after reeling off more than a dozen straight wins, a truly unforgettable Super Bowl is less likely to unfold.
Many years from now more fans might remember the details of their Super Bowl parties or unusual commercial content than the intricacies of the game itself.
When the Patriots fumbled perfection two years ago, they set in motion a play-it-safe mentality among top-tier teams.
The courage to risk failure to achieve greatness is one reason we remember and often admire people who relentlessly seek perfection, no matter what the venue.
If there is a silver lining to the decision by both teams to take it easy late in the season, it is that no NFL team is likely to do anything that will outshine the Steelers' amazing Super Bowl record anytime soon.
Though today's game may be less historic than it could have been, I am looking forward to watching an outstanding matchup and will enjoy the camaraderie of family and friends while doing so.
I hope you will do the same.
Bob Trumpbour is a communications professor at Penn State Altoona and a featured contributor of Voice of the Fan.