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History Tells Us Broncos vs. Patriots will be Super

Jan 31, 2014 -- 8:03am

I don’t know which team, Denver or Seattle, will win Super Bowl 48, but I’ll be extremely disappointed if it isn’t an exciting game that’s determined in the final seconds.

Fortunately I have history on my side.

Super Bowls in the 21st Century have been just that (with only a few exceptions): super.

For the longest time the Super Bowl produced duds. The topper came in Super Bowl 24 when the 49ers blew out the Broncos 55-10. Double-digit victories were commonplace. Super Bowls 18 through 22 were decided by 19 points or more; Super Bowls 26 through 29 by at least 13 points. Only six of the first 24 games were decided by 7 or fewer points.

But nine of the 14 games played in this century have been decided by a TD or less. A total of only 13 points separate the last three winners and losers.

I hope No. 48 follows the trend. How about Denver’s Wes Welker grabbing a TD pass over the outstretched arms of Seattle’s Richard Sherman as time expires and the Broncos win 28-24?

Whatever happens I hope the game is played in decent weather conditions, which would be the temperature above freezing, clear skies and a light breeze. That, of course, is highly unlikely to be the case Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

I’m against playing the Super Bowl in a northern city without a domed stadium and it has nothing to do with a bunch of rich people not being able to play golf or enjoy dining at expensive sidewalk cafes or ruining outdoor concerts during the week leading up to the game.

It’s all about the game. I want to see the best weather conditions possible so the competing teams can play their normal games. Then may the best team on that day win.

I’ve never understood the fascination and enjoyment some fans have watching teams play in a snow storm or gale force winds or when it’s so cold the players can’t feel their toes. And certainly there can’t be much enjoyment for fans sitting in those conditions.

Yeah, some teams are built for cold weather because of their location, but the Super Bowl is suppose to be on a neutral site and a showcase for the best teams, not a test of fighting the elements.

I want to see Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, Demaryius Thomas and Percy Harvin, Terrence Knighton and Richard Sherman and their teammates at their very best.

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