Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for winning the Super Bowl, they were dominant, they never let Denver get into a rhythm and they shut down the best QB in the game. In what was the most lopsided Super Bowl in recent memory, close to what we all experienced in the 80’s and 90’s when the NFC dominated for so long, Seattle stuck with what got them there, defense. I stayed interested for the first half, and 12 seconds into the second half after Percy Harvin ran the second half kickoff back for a TD. The key to the win? A Smothering defense that never let up, knocking Denver’s receivers off their routes, pressure on Peyton, and of course, good play by their offense, a blueprint that all teams should follow in the future. This is the future of the NFL, and although this has become a league of offense, Seattle proved that defense still wins championships. The most impressive stat for me was that Seattle only blitzed 3 times all night. They were able to get to Manning with 4 rushers for most of the game, the Denver offensive line had no answer for it, and could not keep them out of the backfield. The game was not the best, and of course the commercials were awful, as usual, but Seattle earned this win, and they will be champs for the next 12 months.
With that being said, I have noticed a lot of commentators, pundits, friends of mine, and couch potato sports fans all say that this loss diminishes the career and the “legacy” of Peyton Manning. Umm.. to put it bluntly.. Bullshit. How do you tarnish the legacy of a future first ballot Hall of Famer, Super Bowl Champion, and probably the greatest regular season QB of all time? No, this loss wont tarnish who this man is, it will be disappointing for him and he will look back on this game as one of his worst, but you cant take away what Denver did to get to the Super Bowl in the first place, the most potent offense of all time, a supposedly over the hill QB with neck issues having the best season in the history of the NFL and overcoming losing their head coach in the middle of the season to heart surgery. No, this ONE game wont hurt his legacy, and in fact because of how he and the Broncos got there, it will go a long way to cement his legacy as one of the great QB’s in the history of the NFL.
Now with six months to go before preseason, I am sad, football season is over, and although I always feel this way after the Super Bowl, there is plenty to be excited about as a sports fan. Daytona is right around the corner (Feb 23) the Olympics start next week, Pitchers and Catchers report this week, and of course march Madness, the draft in May, and one of my favorite events of the year, The Masters in April. 2014 is just getting started for sports fans and we have a lot to look forward to.