Sunday marks the 49th Super Bowl in NFL history. For the 49th consecutive year, Cleveland fans will watch as two teams other than the Browns play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
While the Browns won’t be playing, the Super Bowl is still a must-watch event for football fans and entertainment enthusiasts. After all, Katy Perry will perform at halftime.
So, the yearly question arises: which team should you root for?
The two teams in this year’s contest are both fairly unlikable. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks each have a loyal band of haters.
Since neither team is located near Cleveland, there are only a few Patriots or Seahawks fans on campus. I’ve compiled a guide to help you decide which team to cheer for. Happy rooting.
Why to root for the Seahawks
Reason 1: Deflategate
Following the AFC Championship game, the Patriots were accused of underinflating footballs before the start of the game. The NFL’s investigation discovered the allegations were true, as 11 of the 12 footballs were underinflated. The league has not determined who committed the violation, and what the punishment will be.
This is not the first time the Patriots have allegedly cheated. The team was caught videotaping an opposing team’s signals in the “Spygate” controversy of 2007. Other NFL owners and coaches almost universally dislike the Patriots for always testing the line on league rules.
If you dislike cheating, you might want to root for the Seahawks to beat the Patriots.
Reason 2: The 12th Man
Seahawks fans take great pride in being some of the best in the NFL. The team’s home field, CenturyLink Field, is one of the toughest NFL venues for road teams. The Seattle fan base is among the loudest in the league.
For rabid Browns fans, identifying with Seahawks fans is fairly easy.
Reason 3: Russell Wilson
Seattle’s starting quarterback is one of the most likeable guys in the NFL.
Wilson has remained humble amidst great success. The 26 year old led the Seahawks to a big win over the Broncos in the Super Bowl last year, passing for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite Wilson’s quick ascendance to the top, his success hasn’t gone to his head. He credits his teammates and God for his achievements. Wilson also makes frequent visits to the patients at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
In a league with many arrogant players, it’s nice to see a humble star. For football fans, Wilson is a good guy to root for.
Why to root for the Patriots
Reason 1: The John Carroll
Four JCU grads are members of the Patriots organization: Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio ’99, Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels ’99, Assistant Director of Pro Scouting David Ziegler ’01 and Coaching Assistant Jerry Schuplinski ’01.
If you’re a JCU fan, but have no interest in the NFL, cheering for the Patriots is a no-brainer.
Reason 2: Richard Sherman & Marshawn Lynch
If you dislike arrogant players, you might want to root for the Patriots. Two of the most conceited players in the NFL play for the Seahawks.
Richard Sherman is undoubtedly one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He is also one of the biggest trash-talkers. In Sherman’s defense, he backs up his talk. In the NFC Championship, he played with an injured elbow. But he often taunts his opponents to excess.
Marshawn Lynch likes to troll the media and grab his genitals after touchdowns. He answers reporters’ questions with repeated one-word answers, unless he is being paid by Skittles to do so for a commerical. Like Sherman, Lynch is one of the best players in the NFL at his position. However, he’s hard to like.
Reason 3: Tom Brady / UGG boots
“Touchdown Tom” is undeniably the golden boy of the NFL. Selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady quickly made a name for himself. He’s the face of the franchise and one of the best quarterbacks of his time.
While Brady might have taken part in “Deflategate,” he’s a winner. The 37 year old has won three Super Bowls and played in five.
Going with that point, if you like UGG boots, you might want to root for Brady. He’s a spokesperson for the popular brand.
Whichever team you decide on, make sure to watch Sunday’s game. The Super Bowl is one of the coolest sporting events of the year. Enjoy it.
Columnist’s Note: Still can’t decide? Find this Cup of Joe online at jcunews.com and take a quiz to find out which team you should root for on Sunday.