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Monday, February 8, 2016

Da Super Bowl!!

It should come as no surprise that today's daily blog entry will be almost entirely about Super Bowl 50, and further it should come as no surprise that I would be rooting for the Denver Broncos to win, and even more specifically, for Peyton Manning to win his second Super Bowl ring, and possibly his final game as a professional football quarterback.

Realistically, on paper, everything favored the Carolina Panthers to not only win, but win BIG.  On paper it seemed that the Denver Broncos, while having the #1 defense this past season, just didn't have enough offense to win, let alone to make the game competitive.  In the back of my mind I knew a victory was possible, but not probable, but I stuck with my pick nonetheless.  As I watched sports shows day by day virtually all the 'talking heads' predicted a victory by the Panthers, and I became less sure of my pick.  Even yesterday (Super Bowl Sunday) I tried not to think of the game........I told TLE that I wanted the Broncos to win, but short of that I just wanted the game to be close until the end......I didn't want to see Peyton humiliated again.

 Defensive touchdown by Denver after a fumble by Cam Newton

Forced fumble which leads to Denver's final touchdown

 Final touchdown by Denver to seal the deal

What unfolded in front of our eyes.....yes, TLE is also a Peyton Manning fan......was almost surreal......the Denver defense just stifled the Carolina offense.  They completely threw Cam Newton off his game, and ultimately he reverted to behavior we saw in his first few years in the league which continued into the post game interview where he embarrassed himself and the organization he represents......

......my father used to say to me....."Clarke, it takes a thousand positive acts to build a good reputation, and just one negative act to tear it down".......Cam Newton had done a lot this year to rehabilitate his image, but when the chips were down, and he lost, his true character was revealed in his pouty, angry, self absorbed 3.5 minute post game Q & A.

At any rate, while Peyton had a horrible game statistically, and the Denver offense generated less than 200 yards in total offense, they made enough plays with the help of the defense, to win the game 24-10.

 Peyton manning gets his 200th win

John Elway hoisting the Lombardi Trophy

Peyton cherishing the moment

Let's face it......the majority of people who watch football want to see offense.....amazing, acrobatic catches by wide receivers, combined with explosive running plays for big yards by running backs. Unless you are rooting for the team that wins a DEFENSIVE game, you probably didn't like the game.  Nevertheless, I got my wish......Peyton got his second ring, and if this was his 'last rodeo' it was a great way to leave the game......just like his mentor, and team president, John Elway did after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl as a Denver Bronco back in 1999.

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  1. I could not wait till Monday morning, as I knew I would get to read your recap of the Supper Bowl game. And you did not disappoint. !!!! I love your blog and all the variety it holds. Thanks for the GREAT read !!!