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Dinger’s Super Bowl Thoughts

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Credit, Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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In what was a thorough domination by the Seattle Seahawks, a couple things came to mind. First of all, the saying that defense wins championships is true. The NFL and NHL are trying for more offense, but the bottom line is that during playoff time, the team that makes some offensive plays and plays good hard defense, wins.

Broncos Wes Welker said after the game; “we weren’t prepared for the noise!” Excuse me? Peyton Manning is known for his preparation more than anyone, how could an offense led by him not be ready?? That is offensive! Preparation, preparation, preparation, so there are no surprises. Peyton Manning could have silenced his critics for once and for all Sunday. All he did was raise more questions. I am a firm supporter of his. I like the way he handles himself, his work ethic, etc. But that was disappointing. I have been lucky enough to play with future hall of famers and they elevated their games in the playoffs. That separates the good from the great, and the great from the greatest of all time. Not to take away anything from the Seahawks, that was a dominating performance, but the greats find a way to get it done, under pressure or not. Yes I know it’s a team game, but a quarterback can affect the outcome of a game, positively or negatively, more than any other person on the field.

In one word, Richard Sherman was “brilliant!” He created some buzz/controversy with his post game rant and Beats headphones commercial, which came out the next day, but he’ll have more sponsorships on the way. The weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, he was apologetic and contrite. He wanted to make a name for himself, but did so at the expense of his teammates. I think he learned his lesson and I was impressed with his post-game exchange with Peyton Manning.

Lastly, congratulations to a team and a city. The Seahawks identify with and are proud of their fan support and it showed all year. Now it’s time to enjoy and celebrate back in Seattle. There is nothing better than winning a team sport! The Seahawks will be champions forever. The Bronos are left with questions…. But there’s always next year. When does camp start?

Dinger

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