Well, in an interesting turn of events, my prediction was incorrect… for the first time since starting my blog (insert grumbles). And it wasn’t even close. Seattle dominated the Broncos, but at a closer look, it was more the Broncos did not play as well than the Seahawks played expertly, in some ways. Don’t get me wrong, the Seahawks secondary was phenomenal, but it would not have beaten early season Denver in this humble blogger’s opinion.
Both interceptions were horrendous passes by Manning more than great defensive plays, and this sentiment marks the entire game. The Broncos offense was simply not itself today whatsoever. With the best set of weapons in the league, Peyton unfortunately let the pressure of the impending Superbowl to “cement” his legacy get in the way of playing like, well, Peyton. The first play of the game, the botched hike by the Denver center which led to a Safety, set the tone for the Broncos offense. Mistake after mistake, bad catch followed bad throws, bad cuts (see Demaryius Thomas), bad tackles, and nearly everything that could have gone wrong, did. Russel Wilson played like Russel Wilson, in his calm, collected manner. He looked much more the 5 time MVP than Manning, the latter having two picks to a single touchdown.
On a non-football note, I have two things to discuss. Both are involving the commercials, unsurprisingly. The first, whilst watching the commercials play, particularly car ones, I noticed a theme emerge: patriotism. This tone was set after the very first, a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by “Dr.” Biden and the First Lady giving speeches. At first, I merely thought that was insignificant, just a message of patriotism. However, after watching more of the commercials, I noticed the theme of patriotic sentiment emerged. I voiced the idle sentiment that patriotism must be polling well in focus groups when it hit me: the “cameos” by the aforementioned was a political stunt. They are trying to attach themselves to Patriotism, because their government has been run on things that are the polar opposites of patriotic sentiment (see Obama’s apology tour) in order to garner desperation votes for Congress this year.
In a non-political revelation, the winner for the best Superbowl commercial is a runaway winner (even more so than the Seahawks over the Broncos). The Jaguar “It’s good to be bad” commercial. Watch it for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bls1KKDwmo