Because Kansas City Chiefs fans will once again be deprived of seeing their team in the Super Bowl, now seems a good time to decide who to root for in Super Bowl 48 -- the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks. The decision of whether to root for the divisional rival or the team that the Chiefs should hope to become is a tough one, to say the least.
Let's start with the obvious -- no Chiefs fan is ever going to be able to put all of their heart into rooting for the Broncos. Sure, you might be able to put down the wings and beer long enough to stand and applaud Peyton Manning's greatness, but I find it hard to believe that any Chiefs fan reading this will genuinely be upset if the Broncos lose on Sunday. If they win, however, there may be a record number of glass bottles and ultimate nachos hurled at innocent flat screens.
Whether out of a desire to see an AFC West team win the Super Bowl, or possibly a genuine dislike of the Seahawks, some Chiefs fans will undoubtedly be rooting for the Broncos on Sunday. While I respect, understand, and can even relate to those sentiments, the bottom line is that rooting for the Broncos just feels wrong. It's like eating a gas station burrito before running a 5K -- no matter how satisfying it may be in the short term, it's going to leave a bad taste in your mouth, and you just know it's going to come up again at the most inopportune time.
But personal prejudice aside, there are ample reasons to root for the Seahawks, even if you're not specifically rooting against the Broncos.
Before I get to that though, I should probably preface it by saying that I'm not necessarily a fan of Pete Carroll, Richard Sherman, and a number of the players and coaches in Seattle. What bothered me most about the drivel that spewed out last week in defense of Richard Sherman was that it was all so close to truth of the matter, but no one ever bothered with the truth. The argument that Sherman can't be a villain for his on-field actions simply because he went to Stanford and helps out in the community is so asinine that it's maddening. It is explicitly because of those things that he is especially guilty -- because someone with a degree from Stanford who spends time volunteering in the community should know that making a choking sign at your opponent and yelling at cameras is not acceptable public behavior.
From a marketing perspective, it was brilliant. From a professional perspective, it showed poor judgement, and any argument to the contrary is frivolous.
All of that having been said, I don't feel that his poor judgment makes him a bad person. He seems to be a great person, and an even better teammate who just so happens to also be one of the best defensive players in the entire league. His talent combined with his high motor style of play make him easy to root for, particularly when he's playing against Peyton Manning.
As if Sherman's story wasn't reason enough to root for the Seahawks, they've also got Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, and you'd be hard-pressed to find two players who both talk less and win games more. Honestly, for a team that often gets labeled as trash-talkers, they're strangely silent for the most part before the biggest game any of them has ever played.
Even simply from the angle of being a Chiefs fan, we all can agree that it would be great to see the Broncos end their season with a loss rather than a win. Regardless of if it will make a huge difference moving froward, it would at least make it feel more like both teams are 0-0 when next season begins.
If you're superstitious, you may say it's better if your rival wins the Super Bowl. The last 10 teams to lose the Super Bowl have only played in a total of 10 playoff games the following year, going 4-6 in those games. In fact, of those teams, only this year's San Francisco team won multiple playoff games the year following their Super Bowl loss.
The funny thing is, the last 10 Super Bowl Champions have played in a total of nine playoff games the following year, with a 4-5 record in those games. If you only go back eight years, which excludes a portion of the Patriots dominating years, championship teams have played in a total of four playoff games the year after their Super Bowl victory, and have lost all of them. Yeah, that's right -- Super Bowl winning teams haven't won a single playoff game the following year since Twitter was founded.
The rational side of being a fan needs to override the superstitious side, and we need to all admit that winning the Super Bowl doesn't make a team worse the following year. Even if that were the case, I still couldn't bring myself to utter the phrase "Go Broncos" without washing by mouth with soap and putting myself in the timeout corner -- it's just not going to happen.
I'm rooting for the Seahawks on Sunday.
What about you?
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