It is once again that time of year. When almost every North American sports fan’s eyes are glued to the NFL. We are only a few days away from the biggest game of the year, Super Bowl XLIX (for the roman numerically challenged, that is 49).
Squaring off in this year’s Super Bowl are the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Oddly enough, the last team to win back to back Super Bowl Championships were the Patriots in 2004 and 2005. As I typed that, I realized it was exactly 10 years ago that a team won back to back championships. The storylines practically write themselves.
The Seahawks, much like they did last season, have gotten to the Super Bowl thanks in large part to their dominating defense. This defense has been dubbed the Legion of Boom. Many people say that shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman, is the leader of this group. They would not be wrong, but a a leader will get you nowhere without a great group around him. Players like safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, defensive tackle Michael Bennett, and linebacker Bobby Wagner could be a “leader” on any other team in the league. In Seattle, they are all a part of a winning group. Defense wins championships, and Seattle has the group to do just that. Again.
In the NFC Championship Game, against the Green Bay Packers, The Seahawks offense played possibly their worst 3 quarters of football, since Russell Wilson took over behind centre in Seattle. The aforementioned Legion of Boom kept the Seahawks in the game. Down 19-7 late in the 4th quarter, and with the game season on the line, Wilson and Co. stepped up.
The final minutes of the game featured; a TD pass to Lynch that was called back, a TD shortly after, a recovered onside kick, a 24 yard TD run for Lynch, a 2 point conversion, and finally a late second field goal (for the Packers) to force overtime. In the extra frame, Wilson found wide receiver Jermaine Kearse for the game winning score. Once again, the Seahawks were headed to the biggest game of the year.
As mentioned, the last team to repeat as Super Bowl Champions was the New England Patriots. Their AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts was a one sided affair that, in the minds of most, had very little to report about. They won 45-7. Do I need to tell you more about how the game went for Brady and the Pats? We could say it was a deflating loss for the Colts.
The Super Bowl is an event of unmatched scale. Like any live event, it is best enjoyed with friends. Chances are you aren’t going to be in Arizona for the game, so our friends at Blueprint have some local options for your Super Bowl viewing pleasure. With prizes, promotional material, hosts, food AND drink specials at both Gastown’s The Charles Bar and Kitsilano’s Colony Bar, you have some great options for the most popular Sunday on the calendar…I meant Super Bowl Sunday, c’mon man.
– Robert Sutherland