What We Learned in Super Bowl Weekend:
- Bus is denied a stop in the HOF again
- Peyton takes home MVP
- Joe Namath wears best coat ever, then gets coin toss intercepted
- Peyton and Broncos horribly underprepared for Super Bowl
- Seattle’s defense makes for unwatchable Super Bowl
Raise your hand if you had the first points scored in the Super Bowl a safety, on the very first play from scrimmage. Ok, now put your hand down, you liar. I never went as far as to make any kind of prediction either way but I have to admit I would have been less surprised if the outcome was 43-8 Denver as opposed to the lopsided fiasco we saw last night. We’ve been spoiled lately with exciting Super Bowl games that came down to the last play or last drive but last night we’re reminded of the epic line that still rings true. Offense wins games; defense wins championships.
Before the Super Bowl was kicked off and everyone’s collective jaws dropped at just how horrible the Broncos played the NFL put out their now annual crappy award show giving out the annual awards for offensive and defensive players of the year, coach of the year and MVP. Peyton Manning, not surprisingly, took home the awards for offensive player of the year and MVP while Carolina’s Luke Kuechly won the defensive player of the year. Before the awards ceremony kicked off the results from the long-anticipated HOF vote were released and not surprisingly, Jerome Bettis was snubbed again. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy. Bettis’ low yards per carry average and the fact that the Hall has a ridiculously insane and unfair biased against the Steelers are the two main factors keeping him out. He’ll get in eventually; we all know that, even those grumpy ass guys in that damn room knows that, we’ll just all have to wait a little bit longer.
There are some ridiculous prop bets that take place for the Super Bowl each year. Some people place bets on things like how long the National Anthem will go for, what color Gatorade will be poured on the winning head coach, and what the outcome of the coin toss will be. I don’t think anyone would have bet that Joe Namath shows up in a 1970s pimp fur coat with a hood to toss the coin only to have it snatched out of the air by the ref mid toss because Namath failed to wait for Seattle to call it. That moment was some damn fine live television.
Speaking of things we didn’t see coming we all saw how prolific the Denver Broncos offense was this season. They stepped on the gas in Week 1 against the Ratbirds and never let up. Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense shattered all of the offensive records for an NFL team this season. With all that, they crapped the bed on epic proportions on Sunday starting with the very first snap of the game. Instead of “Omaha!” Manning was screaming “OMG” as the ball sailed passed him into the endzone resulting in a safety for Seattle, twelve seconds into the game. Things went from bad to worse for Denver from that point on. Four turnovers later and the Broncos have the quietest locker room in the stadium. I hate to be “that guy” but I predicted pretty early on that Peyton’s success this season was headed towards a dramatically epic bust. I didn’t want to be right. Ok, I kind of did but Peyton shouldn’t get all the blame for this loss. Denver blew this game on all sides of the ball and they never got it together from the very beginning.
The biggest reason why Denver’s historically good offense couldn’t quite get their crap together all night was that Seattle’s defense is friggin good. I didn’t think that they were this good but apparently they are. So good that LB Malcom Smith took home the Super Bowl MVP ward and a brand new truck for his interception for a touchdown and a recovered fumble. They could have given the MVP to the entire defense but I guess they needed a name for the records or whatever. Seattle’s defense sacked Peyton once, which might seem like it’s not that big of a deal but the man had only been sacked 20 times the whole season. Ben was sacked 20 times by Week 3. That’s an estimate. Either way, the Seahawks defense is the main reason they were in that game and the main reason they exploded with the biggest margin of victory in the Super Bowl since 1993. And it was pretty much no fun at all to watch. Good going Seahawks.
On a side note, could have down with a few less bad officiating in the Super Bowl references by Joe Buck for the Seahawks. Suck it Joe Buck.