I'm not going to lie, my excitement for this weekend's Super Bowl is close to an all-time low. I'm not a fan of either team, but I also don't dislike either team. However, I still think there are plenty of reasons that this matchup is an interesting one, and one worth watching.
The only reason I will be remotely interested in this game is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
The veteran signal caller has only one Super Bowl, and I'd love to see him get another one. Manning is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and I think he needs at least one more to add to and cement his legacy. Right now his brother, Eli, has more Super Bowl wins than Peyton.
In my opinion, Peyton Manning is the face of the NFL. He doesn't get in trouble with the law, enjoys serving as a good role model for youngsters, and, along with Eli, makes some of the funniest commercials ever. How else would we know that we get football on our phones.
The Broncos have the top offense in the NFL. They score a lot, which most every fan enjoys seeing. However, Seattle has one of the best defenses in the NFL. They are ranked first against the pass.
I'm sure many fans will be rooting against Seattle, simply because of Richard Sherman and his dumb remarks after the NFC Championship game. I will say this about Sherman -- he is talented. No matter what he says on and off the field, he will be a tough matchup for the Broncos, and yet another intriguing reason to watch the Super Bowl.
When I think of Denver and Seattle I think of them as division rivals, because for many years (1977-2001) they were in the AFC West together. In some ways, they are renewing an old rivalry.
The reality is from early on in the season most people thought these were the two best teams, and now they are finally about to meet in a winner-take-all showdown.
The Broncos won two Super Bowls (1997-98, and 98-99) when John Elway played, but haven't been back to the Super Bowl since. It will actually be the Broncos' seventh Super Bowl appearance, which ties them for third all-time.
It's only the second trip to the Super Bowl for the Seahawks, who lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2005-06 season.
Of course, one of the most interesting aspects about the game is that it's being played in New York (well, technically East Rutherford, N.J.). The forecast is calling for it to be sunny and 45, not too bad considering what the weather could have been.
I like the idea of playing the Super Bowl in the cold weather and even snow. They play the rest of the games in all kinds of weather, why not play the most important game of the season in different kinds of weather.
Now if they could only figure out something better for the Pro Bowl. Did anybody really enjoy that last week? Granted, the game was competitive, but I found it confusing to have players from the same conference on different teams. And don't get me started on those uniforms. All-Star games have always been a joke to me, but last week took it to a new level.
The temperatures shouldn't bother Manning too much, that's why I'm picking the Broncos in a close, hard-fought game.
Of course, with the way I've picked games this season I'd suggest going with the Seahawks.
Hopefully, the game will be exciting, competitive and end what has been a pretty good season on a really good note.
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