What will matter most? The fact that Seattle has no players with Super Bowl experience, or their youth and speed and top-ranked defense? Or will the game be won by Denver’s suddenly stout rush defense and Peyton Manning’s blessed right arm?
If you are looking for a Super Bowl preview that attempts to dig into the match-up to reveal a stat or a tendency or an “x-factor” that the game could turn on, you have some options.
This is what we love about sports, and what we adore about football. We have the zero-sum certainty of the final score, and the game we’ve watched since birth has ballooned into the singular American event.
Whether you are in New York or New Jersey, going to the game or not, there are road closures, mass transit changes and tighter security that is likely to affect you.
Players are done speaking to the media. The coaches held their final press conference on Friday. We’ve exhausted the New York-New Jersey debate. Security plans are set and the forecast is warming up. There’s only one thing left…
Almost there. Last up: the coaches. Denver’s John Fox and Seattle’s Pete Carroll were scheduled to hold their final news conferences Friday morning, the last time everyone will hear from the teams until after the Lombardi Trophy is awarded.
Super Bowl Sunday will include a no-fly zone, and the enforcers are well-prepared.
Everything is larger in New York, and Super Bowl Boulevard is no exception. It has the obscene, fun-house distortion you expect when a party is thrown in Times Square.
Mayor James Cassella has complained that the NFL has been treating the Super Bowl like a New York event and mentioned that he had not even been invited to the game, that is until now.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the arrests follow an 11-month investigation by the state Organized Crime Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD.
This year’s Super Bowl has the distinction of relying on mass transit to take up to 30,000 fans to the game.
Chris Christie says there’s nothing to debate: This year’s Super Bowl belongs to the Garden State. End of discussion. No spin. “Every once and a while somebody goes over to have dinner in New York, but that’s about it.”
Players on both teams have experienced chilly conditions during games, of course, although they don’t regularly brace for the sort of brrrr that’s anticipated for this Super Bowl.
The Broncos braved the cold for their first full practice of Super Bowl week, working in pads for nearly two hours after a 30-minute walkthrough session Wednesday.
Super Bowl security preparations have gotten a thumbs up from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.