Craig Remsburg column: It was really the Dud Bowl
Seattle Seahawks fans are ecstatic over their favorite NFL team winning Super Bowl XLVIII and rightfully so.
The Seahawks were dominating – especially on defense – in their 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos.
But Seattle’s dominance aside, the game was not Super Bowl XLVIII. It was Dud Bowl XLVIII. It was nowhere near super.
There were a few interesting plays in the game:
– Seattle’s recovery of a botched Denver snap in the end zone on the first play of the game.
– Malcolm Smith’s 69-yard interception return off a Peyton Manning pass.
– Percy Harvin’s 87-yard kickoff return for a score.
– Jermaine Kearse’s 23-yard TD reception from quarterback Russell Wilson in which the former broke five tackles for the score.
But other than that, the only drama left in the game was whether the Seahawks would win by the largest margin in Super Bowl history (they didn’t).
The Broncos came into the contest with the highest-scoring offense in NFL history. Manning turned in a record-breaking effort and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player the day before the game.
But the Seahawks’ defense punished Manning and the Broncos’ offense to the tune of four turnovers.
It was almost like an NFL team playing a college squad and stomping the latter into submission.
You have to admire the Seahawks’ effort, but it made for a lousy game.
Whenever I was asked leading up to the game who I thought would win, I always said Seattle, because of its defense. In five of six meetings when this game matched the NFL’s top offense vs. top defense, the “D” won.
My sons Clint and Connor looked at me a little funny – what’s new? – when I picked the Seahawks. But I was right for once.
I suppose I would have liked to see Manning, at 37 and near the end of a brilliant career, play well and/or win the game.
Heck, I would have even preferred a close game and never cared about who won, rather than the contest we saw.
It was so boring, I began to doze off a couple of times late.
Even the commercials – anticipated all year for their ingenuity – seemed to be a bit of a letdown. Except for the Doritos’ time-warp machine, Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” and Radio Shack’s “The Phone Call.”
Audi’s “Doberhuahua” was also entertaining in a weird way.
Every year, since my beloved Detroit Lions are never in the NFL’s big show, I always say I just want to see a good game and don’t care who wins.
Last Sunday, thanks to the Seahawks’ brilliance and the Broncos’ ineptitude, we never saw a good game.
It was simply a dud.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is email@example.com