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Super Seattle Bet: Seahawks will lay the Boom on Broncos

Mike McLaughlin
The Aspen Times
Mike McLaughlin of the Aspen Times, left, and Jon Mitchell of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, have a bet going for Super Bowl XLVIII. The loser of the bet — the one who watches his team lose — will have something embarassing to do on Feb. 3.
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What’s at stake

Aspen Times reporter Mike McLaughlin and Post Independent sports editor Jon Mitchell have made a bet for Super Bowl XLVIII. Just for some background, McLaughlin is originally from Seattle, and Mitchell was born and raised in Colorado Springs.

If the Seahawks win, Mitchell will don Seahawks garb at the roundabout entering Aspen the morning of Feb. 3, holding up a sign that says something to dog the team he grew up rooting for. If the Broncos win, McLaughlin will be seen the morning of Feb. 3 waving to people driving on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs, holding up a sign that says something embarrassing about his beloved Hawks.

Oh, and and loser buys the winner lunch. It just won’t be someplace expensive. We are journalists, after all.

Stay on www.postindependent.com to see Mitchell’s take on Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Seattle Seahawks will win Super Bowl XLVIII.

I’ve been saying that since Jan. 13, 2013, after the wildcard Seahawks lost to the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons with 13 seconds remaining in the game when Matt Bryant connected on a 49-yard field goal.

I doubt anyone in Colorado remembers, but Bryant missed that field goal on his first try, but Seattle called the obligatory, “ice-the-kicker-with-a silly-timeout,” right before Bryant missed, giving the veteran kicker another attempt, which he nailed for the 30-28 win.

The Legion of Boom has been on a mission since that heartbreaking loss to Atlanta, unleashing the best defense in the NFL for 2013. The only game the defense didn’t dominate in ridiculous fashion was an Oct. 6, 34-28 loss to Indianapolis. In fact, in 18 regular season and playoff games, only three teams have scored more than 20 points against Seattle and only Indy topped 30 points.

The only other Super Bowl where the No. 1 offense met the No. 1 defense was in 2003 when Tampa Bay, with the top defense, met Oakland’s top-ranked offense. The Buccaneers crushed Oakland, 48-21 behind three interceptions returned for touchdowns.

By the way, you Denver fans should thank Andrew Luck for coming out of Stanford when he did. Having the top draft pick allowed the Colts to take Luck and let Peyton Manning try his hand at free agency. Pretty Luck-y for Broncos fans in many ways.

Speaking of Manning, he’s the best quarterback I’ve ever seen play in the NFL. There may be QBS with stronger arms and QBs who can run circles around No. 18, but there isn’t another signal caller who, given time, can tear apart a defensive coverage like Manning, especially zone coverage.

Thank goodness Seattle plays more man-to-man defense than any other NFL team, and that’s going to be a huge factor on Sunday. It takes a fraction longer to read man defenses, as compared to zone. Once Manning sees a zone defense, he usually knows where he’s going throw the ball before the snap.

You Denver fans already know what happens when Manning has time to dissect a defense — Denver wins. You also know what happens when a defense hurries Manning — he becomes semi-human.

Seattle will find ways to pressure Manning and they’ll do to Denver what they did to just about every team they played this year — they’ll grind, pound and beat up Denver and win ugly. Maybe even damn ugly as they get their thug on at the Super Bowl.

The 12th man? They’ll make their presence known in New Jersey and Skittles will reign down as Marshawn Lynch goes Beastmode all over the orange and blue. Go Hawks!


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