*Well technically, it starts tomorrow, but you think I’m gonna take the time to write this on game day!?
Maaaaaan, I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for the start of football season. NFL football season, that is. While my Stamps have been kickin’ ass and takin’ names since Canada Day, my other team, the Seattle Seahawks, begins its Super Bowl defense by hosting the Pack tomorrow. (I was there for the last one. Yeah, it was pretty sweet…) Of course, we all know what happened the last time the Hawks played the Pack in prime time… ;)
Of course, there is no more Golden Tate to snatch the game-winning TD from the jaws of defeat, or rather, M.D. Jennings. (And no more scab refs to uphold the call, either!) Tate mighta been the biggest cap casualty of the off-season, along with half the D-line and any DB not officially inducted into the Legion of Boom. (Bye-bye, Brandon Browner!) The Hawks also did very little to shore up a suspect O-Line, drafting Justin Britt in the second round outta Mizzou to replace Breno “Holding Call” Giacomini. (Don’t let the flag hit ya on the way out!) But the team still returns the league’s top all-purpose back, its most exciting young QB and, oh yeah, the best defense in North America! (Of course, a full season of Percy Harvin wouldn’t hurt, either…)
Hey, as that 43-8 Super Bowl score shows, defence wins championships. And if the Broncos have any players left who aren’t suspended for violating the league’s “substance abuse policy” *wink, wink* they just might make it back to the Big Game. Belichick and Brady might have something to say about that, though. Ditto Andrew Luck and that owner who’s on more substances than the Denver Broncos’ bud girls (no caps). Over in the Conference of Champions, however, the road still runs through the West–fittingly enough, the next two Super Bowls will be played in NFC West stadiums. Now, Rams saviour Sam Bradford might be more busted up than ex-Winnipeg QB Buck Pierce after a particularly rough game of patty-cake…but the other two teams in the division have got a decent shot at Seattle. Especially the Niners. *grrrrr*
In recent years, Seattle-San Fran has become just as fierce as a Calgary-Edmonton hockey rivalry…if the Flames repeatedly crushed the Oilers, saw them driven outta Calgary and heard the lamentations of their women after every home game. Well, that has been known to happen, but the Niners have never piled up back-to-back-to-back first-overall picks, so bad metaphor. In any case, San Fran figures to contend again, despite having to replace a good chunk of its secondary in the offseason. They’ve also added a few weapons…OK, a couple weapons…OK, Stevie Johnson on offense, but they still figure to win games with their defense and Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos. The NFC championship tilt between the Hawks and Niners went right down to the wire last year, and I would not be surprised to see a similar scenario…before the Hawks prevail to crush Denver in the Super Bowl again.