Sunday’s Super Bowl offers tough choices for the average, American sports fan.
In one corner are the big, bad Seattle Seahawks. They’re brash, led by motormouth cornerback Richard Sherman – a rare athlete who talks the talk but follows up by walking the walk.
In last year’s NFC championship, Sherman offered this post-game gem, arguably the most polarizing moment in recent NFL history:
Love the look on Erin Andrews face there. It’s like she’s saying, “Don’t you realize I’m hot? I don’t know whether I’m offended by what you’re saying or that you’re not fawning over me.”
In addition to brash, the Seahawks are big and bad. They bludgeon opponents.
And they boast a crouch-grabbing, interview-hating, Skittles-eating force.
In the other corner are the New England Patriots.
They’re cerebral, always around late in the postseason. Oh, and they’ve been accused of cheating a time or two.
Take away the Deflategate and Spygate scandals, and NFL teams don’t get more boring than New England, even if the Patriots have a history of taking on at-risk players like LeGarrette Blount (anyone else believe Blount orchestrated his exit from the Steelers?), Aaron Hernandez, Randy Moss and that Molly-poppin’ Wes Welker.
Yep, for many, there’s not much to root for this Sunday – take up sides with a bandwagon fan base from the Northwest with a coach who derailed USC football or a cheating franchise with a decades worth of bad sound clips.
For those of us who grew up cheering for the heel, who booed Tito Santana with every ounce of energy when his whack in-ring skills were on public display or proudly displayed the Four Horsemen sign as yinzers at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown threw garbage, it’s a dream matchup.
In this corner, we have the Seattle Seahawks, the Arn Andersons of the NFL.
Arn Anderson was mean, nasty and did anything to win. HIs four fingers extended are like Lynch’s crouch grab.
In this corner, we have the New England Patriots, the Curt Hennigs of the NFL.
Like Hennig, the Patriots pride themselves on execution, perfection and technical ability. Hennig provided far better sound clips than Tom Brady or Belichick ever could, but there;s no denying the orchestration both display.
Really, it’s a dream matchup. Imagine Arn vs. Mr. Perfect in their primes. We’re talking 60-minute, falls count anywhere, tons of outside interference and a title change.
Speaking of title changes, the Patriots have too much to prove after Deflategate.
Patriots 37, Seahawks 19.