So the big game was a bit of a bust – yes? Well, unless you really liked the commercials and Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers performance at halftime, then I suppose you got all the entertainment you were after. Personally I found it to be a bit of a bore – especially after my prediction of a Broncos’ victory last week. I will say, however, that I always think it’s nice when a team who has never won a championship in any league finally gets one, so that was good for the Seahawks, although I have to admit I had found something better to watch long before they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy over their heads.
After watching the game for maybe 10-15 minutes I was not at all surprised by the eventual outcome. Seattle seemed faster, hungrier, better than Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Honestly, it seemed like the Broncos were all a bunch of 37-year-old men playing against younger athletes in their prime. While I realize this wasn’t the case – there are plenty of Broncos who are a lot younger than their superstar signal caller – that’s the way it seemed on the field.
Denver was a step slow, out of sync and unable to do much against the tenacious defense of the Seahawks. The story was much the same on the other side of the ball as the Broncos’ defense, which was certainly suspect coming into the game, did little to aid their struggling offense. No Seattle player really had a mind-blowing game statistically. Russell Wilson passed for just over 200 yards and two scores and was certainly their best offensive player – which is why a defensive player ended up being named the game’s most valuable player.
The day after the game, Seattle’s Richard Sherman, he of the epic meltdown on national television following the Seahawks victory over the 49ers in the NFC championship game, said he didn’t think the Broncos were the second best team in the NFL. He said the 49ers were and I could not agree with him more. Furthermore, I’m not even sure the Broncos are the third best team in the NFL. This points to an interesting shift in power in the NFL. The NFC has regained its place as the dominant conference in professional football and with two young, talented teams in the NFC West leading the way (that would be Seattle and San Francisco if you’re not paying attention). I could see the NFC holding serve over the AFC for quite a few years to come. The traditional AFC powers are all aging while quite a few teams in the NFC have young, talented quarterbacks with talent surrounding them to be winners for the next half decade (at the very least).
I spent most of my teenage years living in Oregon which meant I actually knew people who were Seahawks’ fans growing up. I always recall how the fans of the other teams used to give those people the unrelenting business. They called their team the Sea-chickens—they mocked their colors and their sad stadium (the Kingdome). At the time, the Seahawks’ fans could do little more than smile and take the abuse. Well, I guess they’re the ones smiling now, and I say good for them. Their Seahawks finally won the big one, now all they have to do is do it all over again.