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XLVIII: Broncos v. Seahawks

Let’s start at the top.  This is not the ‘Reefer Bowl’.  As poblano said Monday this is a pick ’em.  It’s actually incredibly rare that the two top teams in each Conference face each other, rarer still that the top offense (Broncos) faces the top defense (Seahawks).

Now poblano when pressed picks the Seahawks but I suspect that’s mostly based on sentiment and not statistics.  The Seahawks are the only team to have won Championships in both Conferences, but they’ve never really been very good and the rest of the teams in Seattle suck.

The Broncos have yet to recover from the Tebow incident and the Rockies, Avalanche, and Nuggets are legit (as long as they play at home).

Now me?  I agree with bmaz that this game will be decided not by how good the Seahawks defense is- Payton Manning, as much as you may hate him, will score some points.  It will be decided by how good the Bronco defense is and whether Russell Wilson can score more (he was an incredibly excellent draft pick, 75th in the 3rd round and has already performed well above that).  Now good Defense has won Superb Owls before, but the Seahawks is not that much better than the Broncos.  Broncos are 2 point favorites and will need to shut down the Seahawks ground game.

Weather will not be a factor though it might rain a little.

Now I know some of you are not at all interested in the Superb Owl and are looking to avoid it at all costs.  Here are some suggestions-

Alternative TV

And I know some of you watch it just for the ads ($4 Million for 30 seconds last I looked)-

Ads

You can always count on The Guardian to provide an offbeat take on American Throwball-

Funny

And serious ones too-

Why the NFL is a Billionaire Scam

The New York Times coverage is by comparison thin (WaPo non-existent, they’re too concerned about their imploding franchise).

This piece is an interesting comparison to the Wall Street Casino-

Big Time Betting

They also have a couple of interesting analysis pieces-

Matchups

The Superb Owl below.

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    from puppy bowl X. Head injuries.

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    Hah !

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    they are like domino’s pizza.

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    I need an HD tv

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    Terry Bradshaw’a dad passed away Thursday. Blessed Be.

    Our condolences to the Bradshaw family

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    We’re expecting 5 to 8 inches of snow tomorrow starting around 7 AM

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    Let’s see if Denver can get it together and make this look like a game

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    to be true. I’m afraid I’ll jinx it.

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    Chobani bear

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    Manning pass to the left to Demaryius Thomas for 23 yards to the Sea21. Tackled by Byron Maxwell. FUMBLE, recovered by Sea (Malcolm Smith) and returned for 7 yards. Tackled by Julius Thomas. Penalty: Unnecessary Roughness on Denver (Orlando Franklin) 15 yards.

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    brothers this year.

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    butterfingers

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    Couldn’t resist.

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    a good bet.

    Oddsmakers aren’t sold on either Super Bowl team, as the spread is set at just 2.5 points in favor of the Denver Broncos over the Seattle Seahawks, via Vegas Insiders.

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    I’m sorry I just can’t help myself.

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    Manning sacked at Den29 for a loss of 1 yard by Chris Clemons. FUMBLE, recovered by Sea (Clinton McDonald). Tackled by Chris Clark.

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    I really expected better from Denver. Their offense and defense were terrible

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