Monday, January 20, 2014

Recipe for Success

I live in Denver now, so the Super Bowl this year is kind of a big deal.

I have seen many of the Broncos' games this year, and I know many of the players, rejoice in the wins, mourn in the (few) losses, and know that this is kind of a boring team.

Peyton Manning has the tendency to create a boring team. And that's not a bad thing: Boring teams are teams that work hard, keep their noses to the grindstone, talk kindly about their opponents, and win without much fanfare. The only reason the Broncos were even discussed in the later parts of the 2013 season was because Manning was having such a stellar season, and he's the poster child for...every single product known to man.

If anything, this Super Bowl was bound to be ManningFest 2014, and one of the most dull, boring, and painful Super Bowls known to man.

And then Richard Sherman showed up.

Suddenly, this Super Bowl got reeeeeally interesting.

Sherman's postgame comments after an exciting 49ers-Seahawks created fodder for media outlets and social media everywhere. Reporters got the scoop and filed tons of reports. Fans tweeted their rage towards Sherman's unkind words, calling it "unacceptable" and "classless." I doubt that some people even remembered that the Seahawks won the game!

I am not as outraged as some people. I am actually thankful! Now we have the potential for a great Super Bowl matchup: the outspoken cornerback versus the stoic quarterback. You know that Sherman is just going to be begging Manning to throw it in his direction, and challenging whatever receiver - Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, or Trindon Holliday - to do their best and fail.

The Broncos can take on their mantle as "good guy" and post anything said by Sherman on their bulletin board. I'm sure John Fox will make sure his players will keep their mouths shut and focus on beating Sherman in six different ways.

I embrace Sherman's antics, because it provides a good subplot for the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, creating excitement and - if anything - support for the Broncos!