Did the Broncos get the dates mixed up?
Article: Autumn McDowell – Sports Editor
Back by popular demand – just kidding, no one reads this – what the balls.
This rare phenomenon happens only once a year. A time where I set aside my passionate burning love for hockey, and have an affair with football. The last time this happened was when something actually exciting happened and the Saskatchewan Roughriders won the Grey Cup. And then there was this, a lackluster Super Bowl, at least if you are relatively impartial to either team, that’s what it was.
Being a Minnesota Vikings fan, my season was over back in August. But that doesn’t mean I was going to miss out on the Super Bowl. I was going into the big game wanting a Seattle Seahawks win, but thinking it would be the Denver Broncos walking away with a victory – and I think many people thought the same.
The only reason I was slightly on the Seahawks bandwagon was because punter Jon Ryan went to the same high school that I did. Everyone likes to see a Regina boy earn a major championship – unless of course your name is Kyle Leitch, and the Regina boy is Mark McMorris.
Still, like any football fan, I sat down on Sunday night to watch the big game, but I had a major inconvenience that happened earlier in the week that made this awkward and uncomfortable. My TV broke.
Now many of you are probably thinking in your head, ‘why does that matter, just go to the bar.’ No, no I will not do that. Watching any kind of game at a sports bar is one of the most annoying things in the world. Everyone is loud, drunk, and thinks that they know what they are talking about and how they should be the head coach – despite barely making their high school squad. So yeah, the bar was not going to happen.
Plus, I like watching the game with the four main men in my life, my dad, brothers and boyfriend. My mom will make an appearance every once in a while, but if the teams are separated by 30 points or less, that is too close for her and she can’t take the pressure – you think I’m lying, but I’m not.
So with that in mind, I made my way to my brother’s room, grabbed a spot on the horribly uncomfortable hardwood floor, with my face half a foot away from the TV and began to watch.
Possibly my favourite part in the entire game was Joe Namath making an appearance in the Ikea monkey’s coat. After that it was slowly downhill. I was really only hoping for an exciting back and forth game, and that I most certainly did not get.
From the start of the game it was Seahawks, and that’s how it remained, which was slightly shocking – what am I saying, ‘slightly’. It was incredibly shocking. I really wasn’t expecting Nealon Greene to be quarterbacking the Broncos that day, but apparently that’s who showed up. Sure, Peyton Manning set a record for most completions, but most of them were garbage short routes and those glaring interceptions really took away from his game.
They say defence wins championships, and they were right.
With all that said, congratulations to Ryan. Even though you only had to punt once, you were one hell of a holder for field goals and points after, and without you, Seattle surely would have lost. Now go bask in your millions, would you. Now, back to hockey.