The Not So Super (More like Well Below Average) Bowl
“The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl. The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL.” – Richard Sherman
Unfortunately for everyone watching, Sherman was bang on when it came to his post game assessment of this year’s Super Bowl. A Super Bowl that needed more bravado and less bore.
It should not have been this way! I’m sure Goodell was licking his chops following the conference championships. Not only did this Super Bowl feature two #1 seeds, something that has not happened since 1993, but it also featured a record setting offence and the highest scoring defence in the NFL. On one side you had Peyton Manning, a career regular season stud, despite “only” managing to capture one Super Bowl. On the other, you had the best secondary in the league, Marshawn Lynch and a more than good enough offence. In other words, Trent Dilfer has a ring and I’d much rather have Russell Wilson.
It is a little known fact that some Golden Bearristers went down to Vegas for the Super Bowl and well as gentleman, behaved as such. I have been asked to comment on the trip, however, it was so extremely uneventful that we should have just stayed home and caught up on our readings. So rather than bore you to death, I will try and work in a Vegas angle to my analysis of the game.
If you possessed a crystal ball or some money to burn, you would have profited greatly when Center, Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Manning’s head causing the Broncos to concede a safety for the first score of the game, only 12 seconds in. The line on the first scoring play being a Seahawks safety was as high as 60-1 at some books.
Back to my rant, my biggest issue with this game was that the Broncos were never in it. At the end of the first half, the Broncos trailed 22-0 and it wasn’t until more than halfway into the 2nd quarter that Denver even had the ball on the Seahawks side of the field. To make matters worse for Denver, or anyone interested in watching a good game, Harvin ran the kickoff back for 87 yards to start the 2nd half. Suddenly we had two scores within the first 15 seconds of each half and both by Seattle. This would have paid massively if you were able to bet it. Cha Ching! However, it also moved the score to 29-0 and the game well beyond reach.
In the end, the final was 43-8 for Seattle, only 37.5 points off the -2.5 Denver spread. But despite some crazy prop bets, Vegas likely won as the majority of the record setting $119 million wagered, was on Denver. The storylines of the game were Seattle’s dominance, Denver’s mistakes and Peyton Manning looking human for a change. Although Vegas is known as a city that doesn’t sleep, fortunately I was able to catch-up on some rest during this snooze fest.