First I can’t help but wonder how New York fans and residents feel about these two western United States teams preparing for battle on SuperBowl Sunday – on the East Coast. Denver is the closest team geographically, a mere 1,779 miles away from the Big Apple. Seattle is just a little further away – about 2,852 miles of travel. Are the fans going to travel and what will be the interest of local New Yorkers, who by the way, have had just about every big event except the for the SuperBowl (until now) and Olympics, held in their city.
Haha – no. Frigid cold temperatures and snow have continually pounded east of the Mississippi river this winter and with the upcoming SuperBowl questions have been raised around the location of this year’s big game. Both teams should be fairly use to cold temperatures and snow but are they prepared for the arctic air that has sat over the eastern United States for the month of January? More importantly – are the fans prepared to travel such a great distance to sit in a snowy, well below freezing stadium? Are they ready to spend a week in negative temperatures and even colder wind chills? Lastly, are New Yorkers ready to party in the cold for two teams that they probably couldn’t care less about this year? Indianapolis held the SuperBowl on February 5, 2012 but the stadium had a roof. Indianapolis also had the blessing of God with warm temperatures in 2012…this year New York isn’t nearly as lucky. Average temperatures in Indianapolis for the 2012 SuperBowl were between 45 to 65 degrees and they had a roof. This year New York should consider itself lucky that the high will be anywhere close to 40 degrees as a high.
Manning will exit eventually exit the NFL as one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time. There is no doubt with Manning’s Career stats, regular season wins, playoff wins, Pro-Bowl appearances, SuperBowl appearances and SuperBowl win (possible wins) that he will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. So if Manning is able to win this upcoming Sunday and have a few more successful years in Denver – will he be remembered and inducted as a Bronco or Colt? As a Hoosier I know that he should be remembered and inducted as a Colt but I am sure there will be much debate. Marshall Faulk was inducted as a Ram, despite being drafted and playing for the Colts for four seasons. You might be surprised but I agree with that decision. Faulk made his career in St. Louis and that is how he should be remembered. When Vinatieri makes his way into the Hall of Fame he should be remembered as a Patriot – just like Manning should be a Colt.
It is the SuperBowl – of course there will be a good commercial or two! Why did I even bother writing out this question.
This question is for the football gods to determine but just for fun – I think the Broncos will come out victorious 24 to 17. Comment and let me know your prediction! Live, love and play like no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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