Howard Herman: Taking a look at the Super Bowl, city by city


I am certain that by now, you've been inundated with stats, analysis and opinion on which team will win the Super Bowl this evening.

Best offense vs. best defense. Peyton's legacy. Richard Sherman. Wes Welker. These topics have been dissected over and over again in print, on television and radio and online. How much more can you stand?

Admittedly, I was pulling for a New England-Seattle Super Bowl matchup. The Boston media has paid lip service to Pete Carroll's tenure as HC of the NEP (sorry, Bill). But two weeks of Carroll vs. Belichick would have just been stellar theater, and likely a very good game.

So after much thought and breaking the game down in ways beyond scientific, here's the analysis for tonight.

Hot cup o' Joe -- Denver undoubtedly has more than its share of great coffee houses. Seattle has Starbucks. Advantage: Seahawks.

Both Sides Now -- Folk singer Judy Collins was born in Seattle. Folk singer Judy Collins grew up in Denver. Advantage: Push.

Saturday Night Live -- No Seahawk has ever hosted or guested on the program. Has there ever been a better athlete host than Peyton Manning? I think not. Advantage: Broncos.

Pot Roast -- As a proud alum of Temple University, the only ex-Owl on the field today is Denver defensive lineman Terrence "Pot Roast" Knowlton. Glad to see he's representing in the great tradition of Steeler tight end Randy Grossman. Advantage: Broncos.

Celebrity -- Denver has the aforementioned Judy Collins, Tim Allen and the Duane "The Dog" Chapman (reality TV bounty hunters) family to its credit. How can the Mile High City top Seattle's Adam West (Batman) and Russell Johnson (The Professor)? It can't. Advantage: Seahawks.

Music -- John Denver named himself after the city and Denver does have quite the folk music history. Seattle, on the other hand, is the home of Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and Pearl Jam. No contest here. Advantage: Seahawks.

Ride ‘em cowboys -- "Back when the west was very young, there lived a man named Masterson. He wore a cane and derby hat. They called him Bat, Bat Masterson" Wyatt Earp wouldn't be the same without his OK Corral wingman, who was from Denver. Advantage: Broncos.

That's how closely matched these teams are. Three points for Seattle, three for Denver and a push.

What could swing this game is one final category: History. That's as in, Peyton Manning can make history tonight.

If the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Manning will become the only NFL quarterback to lead two different franchises to Super Bowl titles. He already had one with Indianapolis.

Frankly, that's the most amazing stat of the weekend. It's something that never happened before and I'm 99 percent certain it won't ever happen again. Most Super Bowl champs -- like New England, New York or Pittsburgh -- have franchise quarterbacks who aren't going anywhere. Guys like Tom Brady, the Mannings or Big Ben don't grow on trees and teams don't usually get rid of them.

That's why when Peyton Manning and the Broncos win tonight, he'll be making history.

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