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Super Bowl Stuff

01 Feb

Super Bowl Sunday is nearly upon us.  Broncos vs Seahawks. Offense vs Defense.  The Super Bowl is always one of the most watched events of the year, and with that comes a plethora of media coverage leading up to the big game.  Nearly every storyline is dissected and analyzed.  Here’s my take on a few of the stories that have garnered much of the attention.

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Richard Sherman:

One of the first Super Bowl stories started with the play that helped crown the NFC winner – the potential game-winning pass to Michael Crabtree batted away by Richard Sherman.  (Side note: Has anyone mentioned that it was Malcolm Smith’s heads up effort to follow the entire play and actually make the interception that essentially ended the game?  It was 1st and 10 at the time, so the 49ers would have had a few more chances to get into the endzone.)  It was a phenomenal play, but it was the Richard Sherman interview following the game that really roused a lot of attention.  Check it out here if you haven’t seen it.  And check out this hilarious version even if you have seen the original.

The reaction to this interview was crazy.  People immediately jumped on Sherman and called him a “thug” and much worse for the explosive interview.  Others quickly came to his defense, pointing out the high emotion of the game, his rough up-bringing, Crabtree’s off the field comments, the fact that Sherman graduated with a high GPA from Stanford, that he is a master at his craft  (arguably backing up the claim that he is the greatest at his position), and that he puts in a great deal of time and research.  He’s also a pretty great writer, see here. (His claim in that article, that Manning throws “ducks” is, by the way, 100% accurate. As a huge Manning and Colts fan who has watched his entire career, I know that every game, Peyton will throw at least one or two balls that wobble — you just hope that those throws aren’t picked off.  This has become the newest story — trying to stir up the “ducks” comment)  After the interview, the media has been dying to get more out of Sherman, but he hasn’t given them that satisfaction.  He has appeared at the required media events but hasn’t said much, and kept his time minimal (at one of the events, only staying around for about 6 minutes).  I don’t blame him and see this as a smart move on his part – the media is only trying to get another reaction or quote from him and he isn’t going for it.  Instead we’ll see what he does on the field against one of the all-time great quarterbacks — that should be the story that matters, the one that happens on the field.

The Venue and the Weather:

This year the game will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where both the Giants and Jets play.  This is an outdoor stadium in the northeast.  This matters, in large part, because the entire country has had an unusually rough winter.  The Polar Vortex in the Midwest and Northeast along with large amounts of snow could make for an interesting Super Bowl weekend if the next batch comes in at the wrong time.  Most experts agree that this kind of rough weather, be it strong winds or snow, would be an advantage favoring the Seahawks.

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looks chilly (the polar vortex in chicago)

Sure, both teams would have to play in the same conditions, but the Broncos record breaking passing attack would almost surely be slowed, while the Seahawks’ ground game would likely be much less affected.  As for now, the weather forecast doesn’t seem terrible (low 40s to start the game and dropping from there), but we won’t know until it happens.  Additionally, some people are saying that NYC is too big for the Super Bowl.  It’s such a large city with so much going on, that the Super Bowl isn’t even center stage; it’s eclipsed by the usual hustle and bustle of the Big Apple (even though the stadium is technically located in Jersey, it’s still the New York Super Bowl).  With all of the critiques of the outdoor venue in such a terrible winter, if you are the type of person who loves the old school play through blizzard smash mouth football, then you better enjoy this Super Bowl, because I think that the NFL will stick with domes and/or warmer weather for the next several years.  (If Peyton sticks around after this year for a few more seasons, I think he will appreciate that if he finds himself in future Super Bowls.)

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Manning:

It’s all about Peyton, let’s be honest.  Manning is considered an all-time great quarterback on nearly everyone’s list, but his playoff record has been mediocre (11-11, also see here), especially given his high level of success during the regular season. He has been to two super bowls and has won one, so this wouldn’t be his first ring.  But after this game he’ll be 2-1 or 1-2 in Super Bowls, a huge difference.  So it’s an important second ring for Manning.  It’s especially big because he’s never been in a position where he’s had access to such an impressive arsenal of weapons.  Receivers, tight ends, a pretty good running game, and a pretty good defense to back him up; he never had it so good in Indy.  If he doesn’t come out of this Super Bowl with a victory, all of the regular season records and accolades will be for naught; the entire year will be a failure.  That seems drastic, but I don’t think it’s overstating the position that Manning and the Broncos are in, even though they are facing a talented and physical defense and secondary in the Seahawks.  I’m a Manning fan, and I’m hoping he’ll play well, regardless of what the Seahawks (or the weather) throw at him.

The Betting:

Of course, it’s always fun to keep on eye on some of the betting that gets action.  Here are just a few Super Bowl bets that you can put your money on (credit here):

Over/Under for Renee Fleming to sing the National Anthem: 2:23

Over/Under times Eli Manning is shown on TV: 1.5

Over/Under number of times Peyton Manning says “Omaha” during the game: 27.5

Over/Under passing yards for Peyton Manning: 289 yards

Over/Under rushing yards for Marshawn Lynch: 92 yards

The actual spread is Broncos: -2.5

Happy Betting!

For me, I want a good game, though I do have a horse Colt Bronco in the race.  I’m a Colts fan, and a Manning fan.  I harbor no bad feelings or bad blood towards him as a Bronco.  He put the team on the map, and gave us a lot of great football and success over the years.  Plus, if he wants to eclipse Tom Brady (which I desperately want for him), he needs to be 2-1 and not 1-2, as stated above.  Go Peyton!  Go Broncos!  Broncos win: 27-17.

I'm a Denverapolis Broncolts fan for this one!

I’m a Denverapolis Broncolts fan for this one!

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4 responses to “Super Bowl Stuff

  1. Buddy

    February 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Good read.

    I am getting tired of the Richard Sherman talk. He is a good corner, but he isn’t even the best defensive player on his team. Earl Thomas and Chancellor are better in my opinion.

    What Sherman did after the game was classless and took away from the team. I use to be a fan after he trashed Skip Bayless, but now I can’t stand him.

    After saying that, I don’t think what he did was significant enough to garner national media for more than one day. He made a great play and seems like a diva to me.

    Anyways, I hope Peyton wins this one. It will be very impressive because this team reminds me of the old patriot’s teams. Great defensive, physical cornerbacks and a good running game with average QB stats. Yes, Brady was very average when they were winning super bowls. Luckily, the seahawks don’t have Bill Bellichick.

    Go Peyton!

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  2. trokspot

    February 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Thanks.
    I do think that Sherman is a very good corner, but it definitely makes him look better to have support in the secondary and a great overall defense. Makes his job a little easier. I still think it was actually the other guy’s play (Smith who actually made the pick) even more impressive. He followed the play and caught a tip which is a pretty tough ball to get usually. I also think it was over the top for him and the interview to get that much attention. I really thought it was ridiculous that they were basically begging for more….trying to to get him to say something else that would create headlines.

    Anyways, as you know, I am also for Peyton. He needs it. Definitely would help his case for GOAT! I also think you should get one of those Denverapolis Broncolts shirts – those are awesome!

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  3. Jeff

    February 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I guess I never realized how much New York City (or nearby East Rutherford, NJ) looks like Chicago. It’s uncanny.

    Ironic that you bring up Smith in the comment above, because he got the MVP honors when Kam Chancellor’s play was far superior. Smith just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

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    • trokspot

      February 10, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      I guess you just can’t trust google images anymore…haha. Probably should’ve given that a 2nd or third look first.

      And yes, kind of bizarre that Smith ended up with MVP honors. I think that game (and Seattle games in general) was hard to select a single MVP for. It’s often the defensive unit as a whole, or Lynch (though not in the SB). I think if Harvin had one more play, then he could’ve grabbed it, but as it was, you had to pick someone and Smith was as good a pick as any I guess!

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