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The Eagles Fan’s Rooting Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII

Feb 2, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT


By and large, football fans across the country are picking the Denver Broncos to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. This is what I could gather from offhand conversations with friends and associates over the past two weeks as well as this super scientific poll on

Two-thirds of the country apparently believes this is the Broncos’ Super Bowl to win, and it’s probably higher if we remove the opinions of people hailing from the states of Washington and Oregon—also Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for some reason. Then again, who is going to win and who you’re rooting for is not necessarily the same thing.

Most of you have probably made up your mind by now as to who you’ll be pulling for in the big game, but that’s a mistake, a hugely horrible mistake without first consulting this handy guide.

That’s right, I’m going to tell you who you’re rooting for, and you’re going to like it.

Okay, not exactly. You can still choose your own rooting interest (though I’m going to advise Denver), but I’ve listed some very pertinent data below. Some of it may change your mind. Most of it will not. What’s important is that you consider all the necessary criteria before figuratively or literally putting on another team’s hat on Sunday night.


Root for the Seahawks because…

source:  You want to use it as a reason to loathe the Eagles’ organization for not drafting Seattle safety Earl Thomas in 2010. Never mind the person that was most responsible for selecting Brandon Graham is in Kansas City. Never forget.

LeSean McCoy thinks Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno sucks.

You don’t want to see Denver cornerback Dominiqiue Rodgers-Cromartie pick up a ring. DRC has all the talent in the world, but he quit on the Eagles in 2012. Hard to respect a guy like that, and Philadelphia is very justified in rooting against him.

You’re a big Chris Clemons fan. Somebody out there has his Eagles No. 91 in their closet. Signed as a free agent in 2008, Clemons spent two seasons with the Birds, but for various reasons it didn’t work out, as the defensive end registered just seven sacks. He then posted three straight seasons with double-digit sacks for Seattle, although he finally seems to be slowing down with just 4.5 in 2013.

Broncos head coach John Fox was the Carolina Panthers’s chief when they defeated the Eagles in the NFC Championship in 2003-04. Jerk.

Seattle fullback Michael Robinson. We are.

You like Richard Sherman. You should like Richard Sherman, even if you aren’t rooting for the Seahawks.


Root for the Broncos because…

source:  You don’t like Richard Sherman. But there’s really no reason not to like Richard Sherman.

LeSean McCoy finds Richard Sherman annoying.

Legendary Eagles safety Brian Dawkins will be rooting for the Broncos. Dawk spent his last three seasons in the NFL in Denver, so naturally he’s pulling for the Mile High City. It’s as good a reason as any.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson will get too much of the credit for a Seahawks championship. That in turn would make him come out on top of Nick Foles in head-to-head comparisons, and nobody wants that! (Okay, I’m probably trolling a bit with that one.)

You’re a big Winston Justice fan. Somebody was probably holding out hope he’d develop into a great left tackle for Philadelphia, even after he let Donovan McNabb get sacked eighty-billion times in his first career start back in 2007. Justice was serviceable for the Birds for two seasons, but the former second-round pick was demoted and later traded for pennies on the dollar. He is only depth at this stage of his career.

Temple’s own Terrance Knighton, aka “Pot Roast,” plays defensive tackle for the Broncos.

You don’t want Eli Manning to own more Super Bowl rings than Peyton. I think this is the most compelling argument for Eagles fans because it’s the simplest. Anything that knocks the quarterback of the New York Giants down a peg can’t be a bad thing, otherwise whenever Eli is compared to Peyton throughout history, everybody will remark how much better big brother was, only to point out look who won more Super Bowls. The very thought should be revolting.

  1. KJB - Feb 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Also, Mike Adams who led the University of Delaware Blue Hens to the 2003 National Championship plays Safety for the Denver Broncos. Not directly Philly, but close enough.

    • PhillyCuban - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Adams also said he’d walk home to nearby, but not that close, Paterson, NJ if Denver wins.

      I’m leaning Broncos with Knighton being the primary reason. I’ve never considered myself a Peyton fan, but he is certainly deserving of multiple rings. It’s also a fitting cap to his ridiculous record setting season. Champ Bailey is also a one of a kind type of player.

      Demaryius Thomas is a good story that doesn’t seem to be told ever. He grew up with his mother and grandmother in jail. Their house got raided by the DEA when he was 6 or 7 as he was getting ready to catch the bus for school.

      Dawkins also coaches high school ball in the Denver area, last I heard. So all his players would be Broncos fans.

      I like Dumervil too, and it’s kinda cool when guys win back to back on different teams. The most unlikeable guy after DRC, in Von Miller, isn’t even playing and missed most of the season. He’d get a ring, but wouldn’t get credit for it.

      • Z - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Yeah, that would be cool if Dumervil won back to back on different teams. Except for the fact that he played for Denver last year and Baltimore this year. Sorry for your failures.

  2. Tim - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    I’ll be rooting for my numbers in block pulls. Who cares who wins as long as I do.

  3. joe kazmierski - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    C’mon man! Now that we have Chip Kelly, we no longer need to worry about these petty bits of revenge, etc. We are going to be a transformational, kick butt team for years. If you are a true Eagles fan, you are also a fan of the NFL. Therefore, we want the Broncos to win because …
    - Peyton Manning never did anything bad to us. Let’s enjoy his Super Bowl victory and then we can all move on.
    - DRC is not worth an ounce of our energy. We should care about him as much as other QBs and receivers thought of him when he was an Eagle. Not a concern at all.
    - The Seahawks need to suffer a little bit – they don’t deserve to win the Super Bowl yet.

    Individual players will always switch teams and do better. Many do worse. Let’s root for the Gods of Football to do what’s right: Denver 27 Seahawks 16


  4. 2sentz - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    For me it’s easy math; Seattle’s now just another team with a ring before the birds. And the beat goes on-

  5. bonsai 136 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    one of the dumbest articles i have ever read


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