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Super Bowl XLVIII: A tale of legacies

We’ve all heard Richard Sherman walk the walk and definitely talk the talk, (just ask Skip Bayless, Michael Crabtree, and the rest of the league), but this game will decide how great Richard Sherman really is, and will be. After his ridiculous postgame interview in the Seahawks’ win over the 49ers, Sherman escalated his game and mouth to a whole other level.
Coming off of eight interceptions and game saving tips in both the 2013 regular season and playoffs, Sherman will now be facing what looks like a future hall of fame cast. I emphasize hall of fame cast because all the records the Broncos and Manning have broken this season would take me an hour to write out.
Now, the Seahawks have paid their dues and helped get Sherman to where he is. The Seahawks led the league in the regular season, defensively, in total defense (yards per game) and passing (yards per game).
Of course, Sherman still has plenty of years to go with a talented skill set and very good team, but one has to wonder if an ego can eventually backfire and destroy one’s own game.
For the humble, in-the-process-of-retiring Peyton Manning, he cannot afford to lose this game because of constant commotion that he cannot perform in the playoffs, and because he does not want to take a backseat to his Oreo’s companion, Eli, ring wise. I repeat, ring wise!
Peyton Manning is one of the best to ever put on a football uniform and will undoubtedly be in the hall of fame. His resume speaks for itself (just like Richard Sherman said…about himself). However, before this season Manning was 9-11 in the playoffs (losing eight of those games in the first round) and is still tied with Brett Favre for most playoff losses by a quarterback in NFL history.
He cannot afford to lose this game either for all the wrong reasons and questions that people will never let go. It’s a saga about the future and the past, and who wants it more: Sherman or Manning.
Not only will this Super Bowl face off between the number one offense versus the number one defense, but it is also the first time since 2009 when the top seeds, during the regular season and conference playoffs, have made the Super Bowl (Colts and Saints). However, the weather may become an ultimate factor in this game with reports already stirring a 30 percent chance of snow. Once again, before this season Manning has been 0-4 in playoff games when the temperature has reached below 40 degrees.
I swear I’m not trying to make Peyton look bad. As for the rest of the game, this will also be a contest between an unpredictable Seahawks offense versus a decent Bronco’s defense. Saddle up because this is going to be one unforgettable ride of testosterone.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: A tale of legacies