It’s weird, for once I actually care about the Super Bowl. For once, two teams I actually take some minor amount of interest in will be playing. I’ve lived in both Seattle and Denver, though Denver longer, so I actually have some small amount of awareness of both the Seahawks and the Broncos. For once I actually care about a Super Bowl.
This isn’t normal; I’m not a football guy…or a sports at all guy.
Given that I care in some small way for once, once might ask which team I’m rooting for, or which I at least favor. I doubt anyone would ask, but someone might. To answer that hypothetical question, betting that no one will ask, I’ll relate a story.
I was in an administrative law class back in early 2006. The Seattle Seahawks were going to be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. As it happened, the professor was a big Steelers fan. He asked if anyone was a Seahawks fan. Guessing I counted as much of that as a fan of any other team at the time, I raised my hand. He said: “So you think they’re going to beat the Steelers?!” “Oh, no,” I replied, “I like Seattle, but I’m betting they’re going to lose.”
You see, my time in Seattle had taught me one thing about Seattle sports. The teams will do really, phenomenally well for a time…and then they will do really, phenomenally bad. I’ve seen this time and time again. The Sonics (formerly a Seattle team), the Mariners, the Seahawks. They’ve all done it; it’s the Seattle way. How much I did or did not like them wasn’t the point. It just seemed like the Seattle way was to choke at some point.
Now, that may not happen in Super Bowl XLVIII. They could violate all laws of Seattle sports physics and win for once. However, Seattle sports history would tend to go against that idea. Everything I know about the way sports go in Seattle suggests to me that the Broncos will win.
And, if not…go immediately to your apocalypse shelters. It will be a sign that the end times are upon us.