Congratulations to the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks

The New Meadowland Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey during the first ever Jets-Giants pre-season game in 2010, from Wikipedia
The New Meadowland Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey during the first ever Jets-Giants pre-season game in 2010, from Wikipedia

The League Champions

I know this is a bit late, but I would still like to congratulate the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks on their respective AFC and NFC championship victories last Sunday. In just over a week these two teams will meet in New Jersey to decide the pro football champion. This is Superbowl XLVIII and the contest will be a bit of an experiment, as it is the first Super Bowl set in an outdoor, cold weather stadium.

Nothing like this 1966 North Dakota blizzard will affect Super Bowl XLVIII, photo by N.D. Highway Dept., from wikipedia
Nothing like this 1966 North Dakota blizzard will affect Super Bowl XLVIII, photo by N.D. Highway Dept., from wikipedia

What To Expect

Weather-wise the days preceding Superbowl XLVIII look to be bitter cold and windy, but temperatures should moderate by game day with a game time temperature expected to be just above freezing with no precipitation in the forecast. This should allow for a classic showdown between Peyton Manning’s high octane aerial attack and the much-praised secondary of the Seahawks.

Punxsatawney Phil will not attend Super Bowl XLVIII, even though the game is being played on Groundhog's Day, photo from CNN
Punxsatawney Phil will not attend Super Bowl XLVIII, even though the game is being played on Groundhog’s Day, photo from CNN

Superbowl Sunday On Groundhog’s Day

No way around it, this is an unlikely meeting of two unique American events, which have almost nothing in common. Contrary to popular belief Punxsatawney Phil, Buckeye Chuck (Ohio), General Beauregard Lee (Georgia), Sir Walter Wally (North Carolina) or Wiarton Willie (Ottawa) will not be in attendance during thee popular sporting contest……..though the likeness of any of these rodents may be seen in the stands during the game.

However, there is an outside possibility that the real Staten Island Chuck, who resides in NYC, may make an actual appearance and subsequent weather prediction. Then again it has been reported that Chuck is very disappointed that since neither the Giants or Jets have made it to the big showdown, he may by-pass the whole affair……..And for those of you who may opt for an appearance at the annual Groundhog’s Day celebration in Punxsatawney, instead of the late-afternoon grid-iron contest, all indications suggest that the formal Pennsylvania event will be just as popular as ever. In fact, due to the close proximity of the two locales, avid party-goers will be able to attend both happenings if they so choose.

And Rough Is a Might Tame Name, drawing of bucking bronc by Will james
“And Rough Is a Might Tame Name”, drawing of bucking bronc by Will James

My Prediction

I expect Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win the superbowl, but the reasoning behind this prediction is rather unusual. Actually, it is based on a very strong phenomena called sibling rivalry. You see since Peyton’s brother, Eli, has two Super Bowl victories (and MVP awards) and Peyton has only one. So,  I would look for Peyton to even the score on Sunday evening. I know it takes a lot more than a good quarterback to win a football game much less a Super Bowl (just look at Archie Manning’s struggle as a NFL QB). But still, when all is said and done, I figure that Peyton Manning, with the inspired help of the entire Broncos squad, will find a way to get it done. I guess you might say that this is the weird nature of sibling rivalry.

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