Broncos forgot to show up

Hank Williams Jr. would ask us every Monday night, “Are you ready for some football?”

And the answer across America was always the same: a resounding yes.

Although Hank’s song wasn’t part of Sunday’s Super Bowl, it no doubt applied.

We were ready for some football.

So were the Seattle Seahawks.

But it not only takes two to tango, it also takes two to make a great football game.

The Denver Broncos didn’t cooperate.

They didn’t show up.

Yes, their physical bodies were there, but the talent and the determination they showed in getting to New Jersey didn’t make it across the George Washington Bridge, and it wasn’t due to a traffic jam.

The result was a one-sided game whose outcome was determined by halftime.

It wasn’t all that surprising that Seattle won. After all, Las Vegas odds makers had established the Seahawks as 2-point favorites. But not even the most ardent Seattle fan could have envisioned the scenario that played out in their team’s 43-8 destruction of the Broncos.

This one, from start to finish, was no contest. If it had been a fight, it would have been a first-round knockout. That is, if the Broncos even answered the bell, which they mysteriously didn’t.

From the safety on the first scrimmage play -the third straight year there has been a safety in the Super Bowl -Denver was fumbling, bumbling and stumbling while Seattle was rumbling up and down the field virtually at will.

Give Seattle coach Pete Carroll credit. All season long, it was obvious he not only had a talented football team, but one that enjoyed playing for him.

It was a team built around the best defense in the National Football League and on Sunday that defense literally manhandled the best offense the league has to offer.

Naturally, the pregame hype surrounded the quarterbacks in general and Denver’s Peyton Manning in particular. Yes, he was the league’s MVP and deservedly so, but he and his teammates got overwhelmed on Sunday. As Vince Lombardi once said following a Packers loss, “They tossed us around like a bunch of rag dolls.”

Give-24-year-old Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson credit. His elusiveness and mobility set an early tone that the Broncos defense was going to be in for a long night. Boy, was it ever. It was Wilson, not Manning, who played like the calm, cool, collected veteran.

As great as Wilson played, it appropriately was a defensive player, Malcolm Smith, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, the eighth time a defender has received that honor.

It was great to see Seattle, one of America’s iconic cities, celebrate the biggest sports championship in its history.

I can just see the headline now: Seattle Slew. Indeed it did.

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