Who should New England Patriots fans be rooting for in Super Bowl XLVIII? Patriots fans have been lucky enough to see their team go to seven Super Bowls, winning three of them. The Patriots have been remarkably consistent for the past 20 years under the ownership of Robert Kraft, but after a lackluster performance in the AFC Championship, the Patriots (minus Tom Brady) and their fans will be watching the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play in the Super Bowl this season.
Back to the question, who should Patriots fans root for?
The case for Seattle:
Do Patriots fans really want Peyton Manning to win another Super Bowl ring? Yes, Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but he is not the greatest of all time. Brady is better than Manning, and Manning winning another Super Bowl ring (he would be the first QB to do so with two different teams) will not change that in my mind, but it will give more ammunition to the Peyton lovers. Is that something Patriots fan want? It’s already tiring having to argue with the people who believe Manning is the GOAT. He’s not, and another Super Bowl ring will not change that. Get over it.
Then there’s Pete Carroll. The Seahawks head coach was the Patriots head coach from 1997-99, and while the Patriots only went 27-21 during his tenure, I am a fan of Carroll. I know not everyone likes him, but I do. He is energetic and clearly loves the game of football. What Carroll did for Jake Olson while Carroll was the head coach at USC was incredibly heartwarming. Carroll may not be perfect, but he is someone athletes want to play for and he truly enjoys the game of football. It would be fun to see Carroll win the Super Bowl.
Then there’s Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Wilson is a young man who is mature beyond his years. He is a positive influence in the Seattle community and he and his wife do a great deal of charity work. I’ve never met him, but Wilson seems like an engaging young man who is easy to root for. Almost every so-called expert said Wilson was too short (he’s 5-foot-11) to play, but at the college level (at North Carolina State and Wisconsin) or NFL, all he has done is win and it’s been fun to watch.
The case for Denver:
I don’t dislike Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (even after his post NFC Championship tirade), so that is not a reason (at least for me) to root for Denver. Sherman can be a little too in your face at times, and I dislike his taunting of Brady, but overall, Sherman is a breath of fresh air in the NFL and he can back up his talk with his play on the field.
The Broncos beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Shouldn’t Patriots fans want their team to be beaten by the Super Bowl champions? Maybe it stings a little less if your team loses to the eventual champions.
I’m a die-hard Patriots fan and even though Wes Welker‘s hit on Aqib Talib was cheap and should have been flagged, I still don’t hate him. Seeing someone who played so well for the Patriots win a Super Bowl would be kind of cool.
Okay, after all of that, it’s easy for me, a die-hard Patriots fan, to decide who to root for.
Go Seahawks! Sorry for the jinx, Seattle fans.