The Seattle Seahawks will be landing in Newark, N.J., on Sunday to give themselves a week to focus on winning the Super Bowl.
Focusing — and winning — won’t be easy. Distractions abound in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. The hoopla and hype are to be expected, but this year’s pre-Super Bowl fervor seems goofier than usual.
Perhaps it just seems that way because the Hawks are playing for the championship. Trivial nonsense isn’t needed, a victory on the field is what matters.
The fuss over Seahawks star Richard Sherman’s postgame rant has consumed most of the media coverage for the past week. It was an emotional outburst just seconds after making a play to win the game. Who wouldn’t be pumped?
Sherman has since apologized for the antics and taking the focus away from his teammates.
Let’s move on so we can zone in on, um, important concerns such as (we are not making this up) the national shortage of Velveeta, the processed cheese product that’s essential in making queso dip and other game-day snacks.
Will America have enough cheesy dips for all its chips?
In the Northwest corner of the nation, these side issues are just clutter. This Super Bowl is about the actual game.
Fans in the Pacific Northwest have had more disappointment than euphoria when it comes to championship seasons in professional sports.
This season, from the first day of training camp to the victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game, has had a magic feeling.
All the pieces seem to have come together at the right time.
Kickoff for Super Bowl XLVIII, although it’s being played on the East Coast, will be extra special in the Pacific Northwest.