Super Bowl XLVIII

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Courtney Allen shows her excitement for the upcoming Super Bowl. Photo by Shalyn Medeiros

Courtney Allen shows her excitement for the upcoming Super Bowl. Photo by Shalyn Medeiros

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks vie for the Vince Lombardi trophy and the NFL championship.  The Broncos are two and a half point favorites to claim the top mark.

“It’s funny to see how many people that don’t make a habit of watching football will watch the Super Bowl,” said Justin Poulson, a student at Snow College. “I mostly enjoy it because of the parties,” he continued.

Whether it is for the parties, the commercials, the halftime shows, or the game itself, the Super Bowl has the reputation of being the most watched sporting event in America.  According to listosaur.com, the Super Bowl has set the record for the most viewers of any TV show in U.S. history over the last three years, with the 2012 game drawing 111.3 million viewers.

Perhaps the actual game itself doesn’t interest Snow College students.  These students might be entertained by the commercials.  After all, this is the day of the year when businesses across America spend millions of dollars for an advertisement.  In 2013, a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl cost an average of four million dollars – also a national record.

The halftime show always features a musician who, by America’s standards, is iconic.  Recent years have displayed headline names such as Beyonce, Madonna, and The Black Eyed Peas.  This year’s halftime entertainment will be delivered by Bruno Mars.

For those interested, the game itself will feature the AFC Champions, the Denver Broncos, and the NFC Champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

The Broncos are slightly favored in the matchup as they enter the game with a 13-3 regular season record.  They have statistically the best offense in NFL history – breaking records for most points in a season (606) and most touchdowns scored in a season (76).  Both records were previously held by the 2007 New England Patriots.

The Broncos are led by future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning.  Manning, who is in his second year with the Broncos, broke a pair of individual passing records in the regular season, which include most passing touchdowns (55) and most passing yards (5,477).

Manning is the reason why Snow College student Chris Bethley believes the Broncos will hoist the Lombardi trophy this year. “Peyton Manning is one of the top five quarterbacks ever and he’ll be the reason the Broncos with the Super Bowl this year,” says Bethley.

The Seahawks are no underdogs, however, as they also finished the regular season with an identical 13-3 record, and also sport the NFL’s top defense allowing just 273 yards per game.

“The Seahawks will win because of their defense,” comments Adam Wilhelm, a student at Snow College.  Wilhelm also supported his statement by referring to Seattle’s running back Marshawn Lynch calling him “a bruiser.”

This potent defense is led by cornerback Richard Sherman who recently titled himself the NFL’s best cornerback in his rant during a postgame interview following last Sunday night’s win over the San Francisco 49ers. Many fans are eager to see if Sherman will be able to back up his strong words as he tries to stop one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks ever.

With the league’s best offense and best defense pitted against each other, one thing is certain; one of them will not prevail.  Super Bowl XLVIII will be aired on FOX Sports Sunday, February 2 at 4:25 p.m.

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