Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day or not this year, it's certainly difficult to ignore. Of all the articles that have been written about the event, and we have certainly run our fair share on HuffPost UK, I don't believe there are any as poignant or heart wrenching as our blog from Guantanamo Bay resident Shaker Aamer.
The NFL has taken over Manhattan in preparation for the big game at MetLife Stadium and more than 160million Americans will tune in to see the grand finale of the season. But it's not just Americans who are passionate about the sport. We are seeing the NFL fan base increase dramatically in the UK and we expect millions to be tuning in to Channel 4 or Sky Sports and sitting up through the night to experience one of sport's greatest showpieces.
There's one aspect of the sport Stateside that doesn't subscribe to the same law of hyperbolic excess - the fans. If the rule that governs the rest of American life is observed, then those followers of MLB, NFL and the rest should find themselves reduced to orgasmic ecstasy by success and frothing rage by defeat.
The Chiefs have started the season as one of the best teams in the league and are sitting on a 6-0 record that only one other team in the league can boast... But things haven't always been so rosy for Kansas City. In fact it was only last season that they finished with a 2-14 record which was the worst in the league.
What does it take to be an NFL fan in the UK? Allow me to paint a picture. It's 4am and I am sitting up in bed with headphones on, wearing Chicago Bears pyjamas, clutching a Chicago Bears mascot teddy bear and wearing a Bears blanket as a cape, because when I wear this we don't lose, or at least we don't lose as often...
Could Chip Kelly jump ship after only one season in the NFL? The answer, and I know this is a bit of a dramatic anti-climax, is no. At the risk of making myself sound a fool come January, there is no chance Kelly will swap Philly for LA this summer. There is a greater chance that Lane Kiffin is rehired.
The Denver Broncos. They are good. Very good. They are one of, if not the, most dominant team in the AFC. They have an elite quarterback. They are one of the favourites to win the Super Bowl. And they wear orange. Doesn't that all sound familiar? Of course I am talking about the 2013 Denver Broncos but you could easily apply that to the Broncos of the '80s under John Elway.