Super Bowl XLVIII preview: The Pros and Cons of the Seahawks and Broncos
Before making an important decision in life, sometimes it can be beneficial to make a list of pros and cons that assess the situation from all angles. It can help steer you in the right direction, sometimes. For Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, you do not need to have a team to “root” for.
Though it’s true: playing Adopt-A-Team for an evening and picking a side can make the game more interesting, potentially. Or you can go the opposite direction and choose to support one team because of your disdain for the other. Hey, whatever works. It’s the Super Bowl: our last chance to watch a football game until a time so far away from right now that we can’t even bear to look at a calendar to tell you exactly how long. You should experience it how you want.
Anyway, we’re here today to help, if you’re looking for pros and cons for rooting for either the Seahawks or Broncos. These pros and cons, of course, are filtered through the eyes of a Packers fan in Wisconsin, and also someone who is more concerned about what he’ll be eating on Sunday and what beer he should drink and why is Bruno Mars doing a Super Bowl thing and seriously what’s on the menu rather than the actual game. Though we do believe it should be a fine game, for what it’s worth.
– Russell Wilson played at Wisconsin, as did safety Chris Maragos and linebacker O’Brien Schofield (currently on Injured Reserve).
– Marshawn Lynch’s running style, and Marshawn Lynch’s love of Skittles, which are a fantastic candy. (Please send me some Skittles, Skittles.)
– Marshawn Lynch’s interviews.
– Offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy has a cool name and an easy gateway into a post-football rap career.
– On the field Kam Chancellor looks like the football robot the machines will create to destroy us all and is awesome at playing in a generally terrifying manner, too.
– Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini was a fifth-round pick by the Packers in 2008, and Jon Ryan punted for the Packers from 2006-07.
– Richard Sherman is fun to watch play cornerback and answer questions.
– At least Percy Harvin doesn’t play in Minnesota anymore.
– Coffee is something I really enjoy and I think I’ve heard Seattle likes coffee too.
– Not the San Francisco 49ers.
– FAIL MARY NEVER FORGET.
– Russell Wilson’s insurance commercials – if we’re choosing by guys who used to play quarterback at Wisconsin for spokespeople I’m always going to go with Brooks Bollinger and that’s just that.
– Golden Tate.
– Pete Carroll’s forever-smirk.
– Have you heard about Seattle’s home-field advantage?
– Play in the same conference as the Packers, if that’s your thing. (Could also be a Pro.)
– Golden Tate: you did not catch that pass, please stop it.
– Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton’s nickname is Pot Roast.
– Pot Roast.
– Montee Ball did so very hard and scored a lot of touchdowns during his career at Wisconsin.
– Peyton Manning could win another Super Bowl, which is cool if you’re into legacy stuff or just really don’t like Tom Brady.
– Plus he seems like a nice enough guy.
– Horses are neat, and we’ve heard Colorado is pretty.
– The potential for Knowshon Moreno’s tears of joy.
– Linebacker Paris Lenon played in Green Bay for four seasons, but more importantly also played in the XFL.
– A win for Peyton Manning is a win for Papa John.
– John Elway and bad memories.
– Ugly uniforms made worse on the insistence on wearing even uglier orange tops, making the Broncos look like crossing guards trying too hard to achieve that appearance of A Modern Aggressive NFL Team. (Seattle, alternatively, does this well with their uniforms.)
– Peyton Manning winning another Super Bowl, if that’s something you’re against.
– Have you heard that Wes Welker is scrappy or some synonym for scrappy?
– The near-100 percent likelihood that this will mean more Peyton Manning commercials and, worse yet and more specifically, probably more Papa John’s commercials.
– They’re from the AFC and it’s hard to care about everything. (Those are related.)
– Papa John is watching you right now.
Hopefully this helped your decision-making process, if you’re stuck in the middle. Another option? You could root for a good, close game, hope for some funny commercials – or at least a couple that aren’t ALRIGHT SO YOU’RE A MAN AND YOU WANT TO BUY A TRUCK HUH WELL WHY DON’T YOU HAVE ONE ALREADY HUH – then enviously hope for the Packers to return to this thing next season, then continue eating and drinking and enjoying football one last time for a long time. That’s probably what we’ll do. Happy Super Bowl Sunday.