Super Bowl Sunday open thread

posted at 2:01 pm on February 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Ed: Ah, Super Bowl Sunday has arrived, which means it’s the end of the NFL season and the end of cheap, easy posts on Sunday for another seven months. Thanks to a two-week run of perfect predictions, I get to start off the last post of the 2013 season. Thank goodness that Team Rice went for two points at the end of the Pointless Bowl, eh? And by the way, that actually turned out to be a fun game to watch. Too bad I was the only one watching it.

Jazz: Did you say an easy post? Heck, I squeezed two out of it this weekend before the clock runs out. As to the Pointless Bowl and Ed’s bragging rights… fair enough. Congrats. I had to find out whether I won or not the following morning since there was a re-run of Ancient Aliens which I’d only seen twice at the same time. Congrats to Team Rice. Hope you enjoyed your free trip to Hawaii.

Ed: All right, let’s get to the big game itself. This year we don’t have the super-hot wild-card team coming out of nowhere to contend for the championship, but two solid division winners who beat tough rivals to make it to the final dance. Denver’s known for its top-ranked explosive pass offense, and Seattle’s defense is top-ranked against the pass. It’s the ultimate unstoppable force meets immovable object clash.

Jazz: I’m with Ed in looking forward to this game in terms of seeing two teams who legitimately earned their spots, not just in the playoffs, but with full seasons of solid play. I love a good underdog story as much as the next guy, (particularly if it involves the Jets) but it’s refreshing to see a real battle of the Titans. (With all due apologies to Tennessee fans.) There are sentimental stories on both sides, with Peyton ostensibly “on his way out” and wanting one more trip to the winner’s circle to put some icing on the cake of his career. But you’ve got to love the attitude of a – ahem – certain defensive player with the Seahawks who is looking for additional vindication. Defensive powerhouses do tend to do better in the Big Game, but that’s not the only deciding factor. There’s no home field advantage, but one of these teams is known for doing better in a loud environment. They may not be at home, but in New Jersey you should be able to generate those levels of noise just from the locals yelling, “YOU TALKIN’ TO ME???

Ed: Richard Sherman may be looking for more vindication, but some Denver receivers probably plan on talking with their play today, too. ESPN does note that big-scoring offenses tend to do poorly in Super Bowls, but this year will be different for a couple of reasons. First, Denver’s peaking again in the playoffs. They dominated the Pats two weeks ago, which you don’t usually see with the Belichick/Brady combination. Seattle barely got past the wild-card 49ers two weeks ago in a sloppy game from both sides. Peyton Manning has tons of experience playing at this level, while it’s going to be very new to Russell Wilson and most of the marquee players on the other sideline. This should be a great game to watch, but I’ve got to go with Manning and Denver by six, 33-27.

Jazz: Much as with the last two weeks, I don’t have any real personal investment in either of these teams and will really just be watching for the entertainment value of a (hopefully) great game. But I’m taking the traditional side of the better defense carrying the day. Also, while it may have had a couple of misfires, the majority of the time this season has shown that one of the most reliable predictors for a team’s imminent downfall on any given week is Ed Morrissey picking them to win. I’ll take the Seahawks in a somewhat lower scoring war in the trenches, 24-13.

Ed: By the way, I put the over-under on so-weird-they’re-controversial Super Bowl commercials at four.

Jazz: I’m predicting no real surprises or majorly hyped controversies from the commercials, simply because they’ve been leaking them out ahead of time. What fresh hell is this? Now we’re watching commercials for commercials? Seriously?


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Well, at least my Micro Turkey with wild rice stuffing turned out well…

climbnjump on February 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

The baked Swai, with potatoes and green beans came out pretty well here, also.

predator on February 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

#JackIsBack… in May!

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Sit down and grind, fa999ot…

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

See him leaving the field, bee-yatch?

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Anyone who gloats over an injured player (even Richard Sherman) is all kinds of Asshat!!

Shepherd Lover on February 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Anyone who gloats over an injured player (even Richard Sherman) is all kinds of Asshat!!

Shepherd Lover on February 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

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You’re all kinds of Pee-Seee…. fcuk off from now until tomorrow

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

What time does the game start?

2Tru2Tru on February 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

You’re all kinds of Pee-Seee…. fcuk off from now until tomorrow

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Awwwww…. the Butthurt is STRONG with this one!!

Shepherd Lover on February 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Maybe Eli could suit up…

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Anyone who gloats over an injured player (even Richard Sherman) is all kinds of Asshat!!

Shepherd Lover on February 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM
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Awwwww…. the Butthurt is STRONG with this one!!

Shepherd Lover on February 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

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OK, sheep, keep being your wooly self, you look natural when you say “Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad”

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Not that it matters, but why didn’t Seattle kick the FG. They wanted to just run out the clock?

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Maybe Eli could suit up…

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

He put the Dallas Defense in Denver uniforms.

lorien1973 on February 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Turnover.

wolly4321 on February 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Not that it matters, but why didn’t Seattle kick the FG. They wanted to just run out the clock?

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

If they’re so worried about whether Manning will pass a physical and come back next year, why is he still in there?

He ain’t coming back, folks.

predator on February 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

#JackIsBack… in May!

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

LOL … did you catch that one 10 second spot … just his gun in his hand and the tick, tock ??

Both hubby and I looked up from our tablets and said :
“WAIT ! run that back !! Is that really …. ???”

pambi on February 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Did I miss the puppy love commercial??

hollygolightly on February 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Did I miss the puppy love commercial??

I’ve been looking for it, too.

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

NRO Corner twitter feed has a picture of a fat lady singing…

Wethal on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

“WAIT ! run that back !! Is that really …. ???”

pambi on February 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

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I was stunned! I thought Fox was done with 24

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Here it is1

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Is!

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Puppy commercial is on!

conservative pilgrim on February 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

So cute!

conservative pilgrim on February 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Strange time to show the puppy commercial, when the game is almost over.

TarheelBen on February 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

I bet when Bud bought this time slot
they were thinking……great close game ender…
epic fail

going2mars on February 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Finally!! Was just on :)

hollygolightly on February 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

The puppy love commercial was great…

OmahaConservative on February 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Orange Crush Slush

Bitter Clinger on February 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

I was stunned! I thought Fox was done with 24…

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Same here.
Hubby had heard rumors about the possibility of a 24 movie, not Fox !

Ahh, here’s the puppy !!!

pambi on February 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Ok,, the doritos ad was good.

wolly4321 on February 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Well the puppy commercial got about 30 million hits on you tube.

TarheelBen on February 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Love that Doritos commercial too. That was for a contest and done by amateurs. Pretty good.

conservative pilgrim on February 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Puppy commercial is on!

conservative pilgrim on February 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

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Doritos?

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Doritos has had several good ones.

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Congrats to Seattle.

CoffeeLover on February 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I’ll bet ALOT of folks waited for the puppy commercial, now .. CLICK !

pambi on February 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Game (really) over…

affenhauer on February 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Was that Danica Patrick running with the body builders? Yikes!

mike_NC9 on February 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Wow, whatta’, uh game…

OmahaConservative on February 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Didn’t I hear one time that defense wins championships?

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

That was kind of a crushing.

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

typical Stupor Bowl
waaayyyyy to much hype..
and wayyy to little Game…

with way over priced commercials.

going2mars on February 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

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Doritos?

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Both commercials were from a contest for amateurs.

conservative pilgrim on February 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Was that Danica Patrick running with the body builders? Yikes!

mike_NC9 on February 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

she was CG altered…but yes that was her…sorta..
shes a lot smaller…like 100 lbs maybe…105ish??

going2mars on February 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

That was paaaainful.

conservative pilgrim on February 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Lame over.

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

$4M commercials over

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Now it’s Denver’s chance to score some points.

pedestrian on February 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

First downs, yards, third-down efficiency. time of possesion, were all pretty even. Two big differences:

Turnovers–Denver 4, Seattle 0

QB efficiency–Wilson 123.1 Manning 73.5

Seattle also had a huge rushing edge, 135-27.

predator on February 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Quick! Back to Denver for some weed.

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 10:02 PM

An online comment from a few days ago

Why the Broncos Will Win Super Bowl XLVIII

Why Else? — Because of Peyton Manning: In my opinion, Peyton Manning will go down as the greatest quarterback of all time. I don’t care how many Super Bowls he has — he has shattered records time after time and commands an offense unlike any other.

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Sounds like the NFC team showed up.

Bmore on February 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

as usual Lanceman picked the losing team

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

圧倒的 :D

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Denver Bronckies Super Bowl Champs Tshirts being shipped to Africa in 3…2…1…

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

perhaps Denver will play better in the bottom half
of this double header…
who’s pitching the second game?? anyone know??

going2mars on February 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Meanwhile, here in my area of Washington state, there has been whooping, hollering, cop car sirens and fireworks going off, even just minutes before the game was officially over. It has been glorious to hear. This has been a long time coming for Seattle.

BTW, thanks ever so much to the commenters here at HA–spouse and I didn’t watch the game, but we kept up with it by way of the witty repartee here and Seattle’s King 5 website. You all made it very enjoyable. Best.Blog.Commenters.EVER.

theotherone on February 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

yeah, there’s a 2nd leg. just like in FA Cup or UEFA Champions football.

right…?

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

圧倒的 :D

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Here for the Championship game I see.:-)

Flange on February 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Congratulations. You are the proud owner of a Government Motors truck.

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

BTW, thanks ever so much to the commenters here at HA–spouse and I didn’t watch the game, but we kept up with it by way of the witty repartee here and Seattle’s King 5 website. You all made it very enjoyable. Best.Blog.Commenters.EVER.

theotherone on February 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

You must be in BTW, thanks ever so much to the commenters here at HA–spouse and I didn’t watch the game, but we kept up with it by way of the witty repartee here and Seattle’s King 5 website. You all made it very enjoyable. Best.Blog.Commenters.EVER.

theotherone on February 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM or some such place ;)

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

圧倒的 :D

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

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Pressure inverted

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Inscrutable… after beer. Will review Tomorrow (now the Denver Broncos theme song…)

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I like Manning as a role model, but he’s just not that clutch. He couldn’t win it all in college. He has one Super Bowl–against a Bears team led by that Hall of Famer Rex Grossman.

That said, it’s a team game, and Denver didn’t look as if it came to play. Denver certainly wasn’t ready for Seattle’s defense. But things literally didn’t look good for Denver the way they started the first and second half. That safety looked like something out of a junior high game. The kickoff coverage on the second half kickoff was pathetic.

BuckeyeSam on February 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

perhaps Denver will play better in the bottom half
of this double header…
who’s pitching the second game?? anyone know??

going2mars on February 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

…Tim Tebow?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

As I said before the game, a good defense will always beat a good offense.

JamesB on February 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Legion of Boom lowers Boom!

Broncos busted and Russell Wilson makes the 8 second ride!

jaydee_007 on February 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

perhaps Denver will play better in the bottom half
of this double header…
who’s pitching the second game?? anyone know??

going2mars on February 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

…Tim Tebow?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Obama…in his mom jeans.

theotherone on February 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Excuse me…? Didn’t quite catch that…

theotherone on February 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Okay. That was weird.

Fallon on February 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

圧倒的 :D
DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

圧倒的
An “impressive” “overpowering” win.

Child’s play.

Sherman1864 on February 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Manning–er–Romney for president!

Sherman1864 on February 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Meanwhile, here in my area of Washington state, there has been whooping, hollering, cop car sirens and fireworks going off, even just minutes before the game was officially over. It has been glorious to hear. This has been a long time coming for Seattle.

theotherone on February 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

In our house here in Puyallup we’re eating Skittles and Drinking Orange Crush!

jaydee_007 on February 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I came. I saw. I got the crap beat out of me.

What a sorry game!

Sherman1864 on February 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I came. I saw. I got the crap beat out of me.

What a sorry game!

Sherman1864 on February 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

The scholarly versus the savagery.

Savagery wins.

predator on February 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Excuse me…? Didn’t quite catch that…

theotherone on February 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Apparently some sort of HA malfunction

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

I think every prediction I heard was for a close game.

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Super Bowl XLVIII
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Photo: Fireworks from Seattle’s Space Needle mark the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win – @SeaTimesPhoto
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https://twitter.com/SeaTimesPhoto/status/430180041884848128/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Tom Brady 3 SB wins and 5 SB appearances all of which he left the field with his team AHEAD says hello to Manning 1 SB win 2 SB losses with TWO PICK SIXES!!! Brady ZERO Pick Sixes.

philw1776 on February 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Ed – I think you should change the photo caption on this thread from “Showdown” to “Smackdown,”

dpduq on February 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for their victory over the Broncos…..The LOB truly put (The Crush on the Orange Crush.)

hawkman on February 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

predator on February 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Well, it’s hard to argue with you but I like to see both brains and brawn.

I think Seattle showed both in heaps.

Come on, man! And that’s all I have to say to Denver!!

Sherman1864 on February 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Wow, what a crappy game.

There’s a GOP analogy in there somewhere.

Midas on February 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Apparently some sort of HA malfunction

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/61441685@N05/8697057335/
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Notice the Seattle colors on the young man’s feet?

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Those guys in the blue and orange were impersonators. I’ve never seen them on the field this year. IMPERSONATORS!!!!! it was a conspiracy! congrats to the Seahawks, they won from start to finish. I sure wanted my Broncos to win but they failed miserably.

scalleywag on February 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Manhattan, New York, NY, US
3m
Photo: After an explosion in Manhattan, it appears 3 manhole covers have been clearly blown away – @cyclingdacity

https://twitter.com/cyclingdacity/status/430183070269181953/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 2, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Sherman1864 on February 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

In an open field of battle, savagery is very hard to beat. Brains can win with the proper set up. The British against the Zulus at Rorke’s drift comes to mind. Just a short time after the Zulus slaughtered the Brits on the Plains of Isandlwana, they were defeated by a much smaller force at Rorke’s drift.

Why? They had a fairly strong defensive position and had the brains to use it properly. In an open field, they would have been annihilated in short order.

Football is a mental game, that I won’t argue. But you have to bring the ferocity. Seattle did. Denver did not. And there was no fort for Manning to pass from.

predator on February 2, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Wow, what a crappy game.

There’s a GOP analogy in there somewhere.

Midas on February 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Just look what too much orange did to Weasel Boehner……

viking01 on February 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

why Seattle didn’t take that final field goal – when a game is effectively over (35 point lead with 2 minutes left) it’s a show of class for a coach to refuse to take any cheap and easy points. If your guys can earn a touchdown by their own individual effort, fine. But no chip shot field goals.

Tom Servo on February 2, 2014 at 10:57 PM

OKAY . . . . . I finally made it ! ….. When’s the game start ?

listens2glenn on February 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

s/b “wearing too much orange..”

viking01 on February 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Good game Seachickens. Looking forward to next season.

Go Niners!!!!

JAGonzo on February 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Lame over.

Galtian on February 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

pretty much sums it up

scalleywag on February 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

5m
Photo: A bonfire at the University of Washington’s Greek Row after Seattle wins the Super Bowl – @KIRO7Seattle
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Chopper 7 is over a bonfire at UW’s Greek Row. Watch live at http://kiro.tv/StreamingNow & get a full update now on KIRO 7 pic.twitter.com/pkM0BGRQUK

https://twitter.com/KIRO7Seattle/status/430185071836790784

http://www.kirotv.com/s/news/live-event/

canopfor on February 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

That was kind of a very boring game. Once again though we see how a dominating defense dominates the Super Bowl.

NotCoach on February 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

why Seattle didn’t take that final field goal – when a game is effectively over (35 point lead with 2 minutes left) it’s a show of class for a coach to refuse to take any cheap and easy points. If your guys can earn a touchdown by their own individual effort, fine. But no chip shot field goals.

Tom Servo on February 2, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Where in the NFL Rule Book are there laws that prohibit a team from scoring as many points in the game as they can?

Translated: Isn’t the point of the game to score more points than the other team?

According to your “logic”, teams shouldn’t be allowed to play the game the way it was intended to be played, solely to avoid hurting the feelings of the opposing team. Instead, they should simply stop trying to score, which violates the entire principle of the game of football to begin with.

WIMP-

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Not a fan of either team, and this was easily one of the most boring SBs ever. Turned off the halftime show.

Looking forward to the showcase of the Earth’s most popular sport, real football, in just over four months.

Christien on February 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Where in the NFL Rule Book are there laws that prohibit a team from scoring as many points in the game as they can?

Translated: Isn’t the point of the game to score more points than the other team?

According to your “logic”, teams shouldn’t be allowed to play the game the way it was intended to be played, solely to avoid hurting the feelings of the opposing team. Instead, they should simply stop trying to score, which violates the entire principle of the game of football to begin with.

WIMP-

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2014 at 11:11 PM

As the one who posted the question, there was 7 minutes left in the game, not 2.

22044 on February 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2014 at 11:11 PM

There’s no point in rubbing it in. Just part of being a good sport. The game was all but over before the 4th quarter started, so Seattle just wanted to run the clock down as quickly as possible so they could start having their champagne baths.

NotCoach on February 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Notice the Seattle colors on the young man’s feet?

ExpressoBold on February 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Now that you mention it.

DarkCurrent on February 2, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Carolina and the 49ers gave the Seahawks better game.

Does this mean the NFC is a much superior league at the moment?

terryannonline on February 2, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Seattle beat the Eli and Peyton 109-18 this year in three games. Hmmm. Luck, probably.

mredly on February 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

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