With ‘Deflategate’ looming over Super Bowl XLIX, this marks the second time the Patriots have been called out during the Brady/Belichick era. The Seahawks are no strangers to fines and controversy. From practicing too hard to their stars being suspended for PEDs. Seahawks HC Pete Carrol left USC in the wake of allegations as well. They say if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying to win. Nothing exemplifies that like Super Bowl XLIX.
Then there is the Marshawn Lynch sideshow–he’s not cheating, but his act of showing up and not saying anything has worn thin and grated on all but the most biased of fans. If you don’t want to talk, fine–don’t talk. This is one thing I wish the NFL would amend. Put a stipulation in for players who want to talk to the media. Reward them for speaking, don’t penalize them for not. Most players will never understand how big of a snub it is to their loyal fans when they don’t want to speak.
On the other side of the coin, there is Sherman. The loud, boisterous, and in my opinion–overrated corner back. I’d really love to hear less from him. Why can’t he be like Marshawn? He’s a smart guy though. He knows how to provoke, hold on almost every play, and get away with using PEDs.
I’m looking forward to the game. All things aside, you have two of the most talented teams in the NFL. Two of the brightest coaches. Two teams that will risk everything, and stop at nothing–even cheating, to bring a championship to their city.