SPORTS WATCH | Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl Going to Be Ugly Following Preseason Matchup
by Gus Jarvis
Jan 23, 2014 | 2797 views | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print

It started off like most preseason games do. I turned on the TV to catch, perhaps, the first quarter of Peyton Manning action and then planned to watch a movie after that. No big deal, it’s preseason football. As it turned out, the Denver Broncos-Seattle Seahawks preseason game, held last August in Seattle, barely resembled a “preseason” game at all. It quickly became apparent, as I remember it, that these two old AFC West rivals still don’t like each other.

The Broncos lost the game 40-10. Not that the score has much to do with a preseason game, but I remember feeling like the Broncos got punched in the gut by the Seahawks.

For whatever reason, the Seahawks took the field on that preseason game to make a statement that they would be one of the league’s roughest and most physical teams this year and, to some extent, they were successful in proving that in that preseason game. If you remember, Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was taken off in a stretcher in that game after his neck was crunched in a very cheap high-low block. At the time, I remember absolutely flipping out that neither of the Seattle blockers were flagged for it, much less ejected from the game. It was so very cheap and it could have severely hurt that guy for the rest of his life.

Right guard Louis Vasquez was also injured in that game, as well. Those injuries, and the high intensity nature of this “mere” preseason game, turned it into a slugfest. I remember Peyton Manning working very hard to score a touchdown to, frankly, shut Seattle’s big mouths up. In short, this preseason game took on a post season feel very quickly. I remember walking away, thinking that if these two teams are supposedly as good as everyone thinks they are, they would meet again.

So here we are, less than two weeks away from the Super Bowl and these two teams are set to meet again. Believe me, I haven’t forgotten about that preseason game and I am willing to bet the Broncos haven’t forgotten it as well. There was bad blood there, and I like the fact that Seattle tried to prove a point with the Broncos then. The Derek Wolfe injury and Seattle’s over-the-top, obnoxious behavior in that game will give Denver the fuel it needs to stomp their asses come Super Bowl Sunday.

There was a time in my life when I respected the Seattle Seahawks, back when they were an AFC West rival of the Broncos in the days of Steve Largent. Since then, the organization has worked hard to earn its way back into playoff contention and in doing so, has created a loyal fan base that is known for being really loud in a stadium that was  engineered to be really loud. While I can understand why Seattle fans are so proud, there are some things that irk me about them, as well.

First of all, this whole 12th Man flag thing. How cheesy is that? Everybody gets really loud as the 12th Man flag is raised and loudest when the flag reaches the top. Yes, it’s a dramatic effect, but I still think its cheesy. And why does Seattle get the 12th Man flag? Anybody who knows anything about the real 12th Man knows it relates to a Texas A&M player in 1922 who didn’t make the squad but stayed close to the team to help out should the team need him anyway. Texas A&M has The 12th Man. Seattle does not. Every time I see that stupid flag on top of the Space Needle, I cringe. 

Another thing I don’t like about the Seattle fans is their proclamation that they are the loudest fans in the N.F.L. because the Guinness Book of World Records said so. Frankly, I could care less. Yes, those fans are loud, and they have the ability to break sound records when they do a count down at games. I don’t know about you, but if I find myself at Mile High stadium, I’m there to watch a game of football. And if that game of football gets me screaming, then so be it. I am not going there to yell so I can say I was there when we broke the sound record. Broncos fans know how to be some of the loudest fans in the league, and we don’t need some stinking countdown to do so.

As it is right now, I offer no predictions for what may happen in the Super Bowl. I do like the fact that the Broncos know how to handle themselves in big games and aren’t prone to running their mouths off in post-game interviews with reporters. The Broncos let their actions speak for themselves. 

In that preseason game against Seattle, Denver knew one of the reasons they were there was to test players who may or may not earn a spot on the roster. Seattle was in that game to win a playoff game, it seemed. I also believe that the team is going to remember Wolfe come Super Bowl Sunday as well. They remember the cheapness of that hit and the rest of that team. 

I have no doubt that this Super Bowl is going to be a fistfight between these two teams. And for those of you who say that Seattle beat Denver in that first fistfight, you are right. The Broncos showed up to play a preseason game. Denver is an organization that knows when to bring out the big dogs and play mean. Seattle did that in week three. The Broncos will do that in the Super Bowl.

Make no mistake about it, this Super Bowl is going to be nasty, and it's the Denver Broncos who will be leading the charge, not the big-mouthed Seahawks, too busy wasting their time, well, screaming into cameras and acting like complete tools.

 

gjarvis@watchnewspapers.com

Twitter: @Gus_Jarvis

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Mystershyster
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January 24, 2014
Wow, that looked more like a hopeful facebook comment versus an intelligent sports review.. FYI

The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of team pride, making them a very dangerous team to set as an underdog. Seattle is 17-3-1 ATS over its last 21 games as an underdog, with a 9-5 SU record in its last 14 games as a dog. Lets also compare who they played in the playoffs.. Seattle played New Orleans (11-5) and San Francisco (12-4). Denver played Chargers(9-7) and New England (12-4)aided by the grudge hit by Welker. Hardly the same path. 12th man is not some silly ploy to be loud -its much more than that. Its the aura of the mutual love of the team and its city. Everyone sees the Seahawks as thugs but they have no clue how loving and giving these players and team are. A Better Seattle

A Better Seattle is a new Seattle Seahawks community relations program led by Head Coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. ABS is designed to create a culture of safety and peace by reaching at-risk youth and reducing violence in our communities. Here is a small list of why the fans are so loyal.

A Better Seattle -

serves as a unifying force to develop partnerships between corporations, law enforcement and community groups to build healthy communities and reduce youth violence. The goal is simple: make kids in the Pacific Northwest the safest and healthiest kids in America.

A Better LA

Founded by Coach Pete Carroll, A Better LA aims to reduce gang violence in inner-city Los Angeles by empowering change from within the communities.

Russell Okung’s UP Foundation

The Russell Okung UP Foundation's mission is to give back to the community by reaching out to children of single parent homes while offering them hope through activities and information on the importance of a good education and social responsibility.

Kam Cares Foundation

Kam Cares was established in 2012 that we might help to build communities through the prudent support of 501c3 organizations with programs that have a direct impact on the under-served and less fortunate. The Kam Cares Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the local & global community and will demonstrate a commitment to investing value that will show a return to those in the community.

Marshawn Lynch Fam 1st Family Foundation-

Dedicated to uplifting and empowering youth in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. The foundation’s mission is one of empowerment and education, aiming to build self-esteem and academic learning skills in underprivileged youth.

Michael Robinson's Excel 2 Excellence Foundation Inc.

Etablished to develop underprivileged youths with team work, leadership, and life skills. Through broad based educational, social, and athletic programs, Mike’s mission is to empower our youths with the necessary resources to excel towards their higher education endeavors. Excel 2 Excellence Foundation, Inc. partners with various community leaders and organizations to implement influential programs designed to assist our youths in being career focused, community driven, and athletically active. Our cause is simple…helping our youths to Excel 2 Excellence.

Breno Giacomini's American Football Without Barriers

A.F.W.B. (American Football Without Barriers) is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to spread American football to underprivileged countries around the world. The organization plans to host yearly camps to support football clubs and leagues in other countries, while encouraging sportsmanship and physical activity. During these events the organization also will be helping local charities and help provide basic living needs for the communities.

Our quarterback Russell Wilson visits the kids in childrens hospital EVERY Tuesday without fail. He posts pics of the kids and spends time chatting with all the kids he visits.

The entire city wears blue on Fridays, the majority of conversations focus on our team and what they have done and what they are doing - from preseason to now - unwavering. win or loss.

THats what the 12th man stands for..