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Super Bowl XLVIII: Can’t lose, can’t win


Tomorrow is the Super Bowl. Finally. I’m more than tired of hearing about it. Still, as long as the game hasn’t been played, I haven’t lost. And I haven’t won.

You see, I have a bit of a dilemma. Any other year, I’d be pleased to have the Broncos in the Super Bowl. It’s great when the hometown team goes all the way. And while I’ve been lukewarm in past years, I’ve gotten really excited about Peyton Manning this year. What a fabulous comeback from an injury that could have ended his career. Breaking all kinds of records. The only thing left for him to do is cap it off with a Super Bowl victory. The perfect storybook ending.

My problem is that I also really want the Seahawks to win. The Hawks have been my son’s favorite team since the year they joined the league. He and they grew up together. I’ve supported them to support him all this time. Most years they haven’t been contenders, but they remained determined and undaunted, and this year they’ve made it all the way. With a remarkable young second-year quarterback, Russell Wilson. I get tickled when sportscasters talk about him. More often than not they speak of RussellWilson, as though it’s all one word. And I always think of Tom Hanks and his volleyball “Wilson!” in Cast Away. There’s also the oddity of both Russell and Wilson being sporting goods companies. Gotta wonder if his parents were thinking about that when they named him.

Anyway, I really, really would love to see Manning top off the year and his career with a Super Bowl win. He’s earned it. He deserves it. It seems “right.” At the same time, I really, really want to see the Seahawks win. For my son and for a team that doesn’t get a shot at the Super Bowl that often, and for the young quarterback who has gotten them there.

The Young Turk against The Old Master. The #1 Defense against the #1 Offense. I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know what to hope for. No matter how it ends, I can’t lose. And I can’t win.

Denver Broncos


    • It is. I hate it. It would have been so much easier if just one or the other team had made it. Maybe in successive years. Maybe this year’s loser will come back and win next year.

  1. Yours is a fair assessment, PT. I feel much the same way, although I have to say I will be disappointed if Manning doesn’t pull it out, for all the reasons you say. If Seattle loses, I won’t feel the pangs so much, probably because I don’t know as much about them. I do know, however, that the Seahawks’ coach, Pete Carroll, seems to be one of the better ones, low key. I like that.

    I hope our expectations aren’t too high. This match-up seems too good to be true. 🙂

    • I’ll be disappointed too if Manning doesn’t win. But Seattle has never won a Super Bowl. If not now, when?? And yes, Carroll seems like a real gentleman. I worried he might be too “nice” for the NFL but obviously I worried for nothing.

      Frankly, I don’t know what my expectations are. A complete blow-out wouldn’t be as much fun to watch but it’s okay if your team wins. Of course, I don’t want to see either of these teams lose that way.

  2. Seattle has the best logo – and a cool mascot. Denver is a real football town and they love their team. I like them both – so it’s win- win and I’ll actually watch the game this year…besides it’s raining and the temps are dropping again…(Have you seen the audi commercial with the dobie/dachsund dog? hilarious…if you talked about it in a previous post – I’m reading backwards….sucker for dogs )

    • Definitely Seattle has the best logo. And the best colors in the entire NFL. My son pointed out that the Super Bowl logo this year is in Seattle’s colors and he takes that as a good omen. I feel sorry for him having to go to work in this town. Not easy being a Seattle fan in an office in Denver.

      I’ve seen clips of the commercial. Guess I’ve got no sense of humor. I was more repulsed than amused by Frankendog. I do like the puppy with the Budweiser clydesdales, though.

      • No it’s an odd commercial – but the personality of the creature is so much like some small mixed pit bulldogs around here…I like it crashing into the trash cans because it can’t stop when chasing the kid on the trike. Maybe it’s sad that the monsters are a little real here.
        You are so right about it being hard to be another team’s fan in Denver.

  3. Your feelings are almost am exact match to mine PT. I would’ve loved to see Peyton get that 2nd ring, but I can’t help but be happy for Russell Wilson finally getting his due. Besides, I’ve been a secret Seahawk fan since the days of Steve Largent! 😀

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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