Seattle is South Alaska? I have to take parka and ice ax to cover a ballgame on the frozen swamps of New Jersey. But it’s worth it to see, finally, a real championship week.
Packing the usual Super Bowl accessories — expedition parka, ice ax, gaiters and personal locator beacon — I depart Sunday for the ragged frontier of human existence: New Jersey (perhaps you thought the ice ax was for ice). Presuming Gov. Chris Christie decides not to play politics with the freeways and airport, I will join the Seahawks and Baja Seattle for a little ballgame Feb. 2 that annually determines the fate of civilization.
Having been to about 10 of these soirees, I can assure you that with several thousand of journalism’s semi-finest on hand, the media scrums will be far more health-threatening than anything at the bottom of the pile at MetLife Stadium. Concussion protocols for all.
Nevertheless, I will swing away for a week to bring you the fascinating (Peyton Manning) and the mundane (the rest of the Broncos) while keeping track of the intrepid little blue ballclub in its pursuit to become the NFL’s Death Star. How else to prove that Richard Sherman is better at life than all of us?
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So it’s off to the Iditarod . . . um, the Super Bowl, where I will carry the Seattle flag with a pointy flagpole, which will be used on the first icicle-caked New Yorker who calls our burg South Alaska.
After six months of using “championship week” as a figurative, coach Pete Carroll and his fellas have a chance to go all literal in the media capital of the world. If they do, Sherman’s one-man play opens Friday on Broadway. You read it here first.