Almost fifty years ago…February 7th, 1964…the Beatles landed in New York City. Nothing was ever quite the same again in the music industry.
Today the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to touch down in NYC one week prior to scoring touchdowns at Super Bowl XLVIII. If the game on the field lives up to the game on paper…perhaps something similarly seismic will result.
But here’s how MY today in the Philly suburbs took flight…reading a quote from a Seahawks fan whose name I will not promote…about a situation where a Broncos fan was fired from his job in Washington State because he had the audacity to wear a Denver jersey to work:
“I think it’s crazy. We’re civilized here. It’s not like we live in Philadelphia.”
Sportsattitudes remains comfortably numb to Philly-bashing. I long ago packed up any resentment I might have and left it at the doorstep of those fine folks up in Bristol, CT at ESPN Global HQ. If y’all want to believe Philadelphia is the worst place in the world because ESPN says so…at least we’re real.
But the very nerve of somebody from Seattle ripping the “City of Brotherly Love.” What’s Seattle’s nickname, “The Emerald City?” Dude, you live in Oz.
I mention the above episode because, a) I have been pondering making a pick and it is this site’s tradition to only ever offer “suggestions” for amusement only and, b) reading this individual’s comment before I even had my sour cream donut in hand…and already wavering badly back and forth who I might pick…may have already tipped my hand to select Denver.
Yep, I think it’s that close. And I’m that easily swayed. Feel free to comment below on who you think will win this thing. And, we’ll all keep in mind our minds will change…and change back again…before kickoff. Just make sure if you’re putting it in print on my site, your site or somebody else’s site you “go final” with your selection before Bruno Mars decides Super Sunday morn it’s too damn cold to go and subsequently leaves the appropriately named Red Hot Chili Peppers flying solo at halftime. I thought it was very curious the NFL, which carefully crafts everything well in advance and never allows itself to be thought of as disorganized, suddenly added the Peppers to the bill at the last-minute. Bruno may have given them a heads-up he doesn’t necessarily think frostbite equals out favorably to a handful more downloads. The Peppers can probably use the re-boot career boost more and will stick this one out…but I said I wouldn’t speak of weather anymore and have therefore digressed.
The X’s and O’s of this game I’m still muddling through but I’m starting to finalize some thoughts on the caloric makeup of my lineup for Super Sunday. There was an article in USA Today about how easy it is to consume 2,000 calories or more during the game. Right now, that’s my estimated consumption between waking up and noon.
Harry Balzer, Chief Industry Analyst for the NPD Group (which tracks eating trends) was quoted in part as saying, “My personal observation is that the Super Bowl is the grand end of the eating season in America, which begins on Halloween.”
I don’t know about you Harry but I plan on eating the day after the Super Bowl…and pretty much every day thereafter.
On to donut #2 now and doing some more studying up on the match-up. I have noted in the past how wonderful statistics are because you can take them and argue opposite sides of the metric fence successfully. It all comes down to how well you spin your stats. So for what it is worth:
The Denver Broncos had 41 sacks and only gave up 20 this season. That’s a favorable differential of +21. The Seattle Seahawks had 44 sacks and only gave up …well…44 sacks this season. That’s a favorable differential of…well…zero.
Something to chew on?