Super Bowl XLVIII will be a contest between two evenly matched teams. The Seattle Seahawks were 13-3 in the regular season and boast the NFL’s best defense. The Denver Broncos also went 13-3, largely on the strength of the league’s top offense. At the moment, the Broncos are slight favorites, but general consensus is that it’s anyone’s game.
Inside their home stadiums, Seattle has their thunderous 12th Man, and the Denver faithful are known to get creative, daring and dashing with their wardrobe choices. But with the Super Bowl in New Jersey, it’s the fan base that can perform on the road that may make the critical difference.
So, for a championship tiebreaker, let’s take a look at the tailgates.
Denver’s Key Players:
Leading the charge from Lot C is the BroncosBus. A revamped school bus, this blue-and-orange beast is the pre-game HQ for fans looking for top-notch nosh, or to stoke the fires of friendly competition with a game of cornhole or beer pong before kickoff.
Vying for Rookie of the Year is the Bronco Bronco. This altered SUV has all the essentials: a kitchen, shower, toilet, and a full bed. But the Bronco2 makes its mark with the intangibles: an original blue-and-orange color scheme, custom upholstery, and a rear hatch that opens to reveal a 40-inch HDTV. Though small and new to the squad, the Bronco Bronco has become a key piece to the party atmosphere, making this vehicle the Wes Welker of the Mile High tailgate scene.
The Seahawks have a young upstart of their own: Bussell Wilson. After logging nearly a quarter of a million miles as a stubby school bus, this jalopy was reborn with a blue-green-and-gray paint job, a barbeque, and a beer tap pouring local brew from an onboard kegorator. Like its QB namesake, Bussell Wilson is criticized for its size, but being compact only enhances its mobility in the parking lot.
The undisputed captain of the CenturyLink Field tailgate is Hawk One, a former 1978 Holiday Rambler transformed into a 33-foot rebuttal to the notion that Seattle is the “worst tailgating city in America.” With a tricked-out interior and dedication to the community, Hawk One draws fans and celebrities alike, including former Seahawks Jim Zorn and Steve Largent (and even an appearance from Sir Mix-A-Lot).
With a more innovative playbook, and a touch more talent on the roster, it’s Seattle in an upset. But fear not, Bronco fans. The 12th Man has a longer road to travel to New Jersey, and an extra 1,000 miles on the interstate could dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.
So on Super Bowl Sunday, may the better team win. And, in the spirit of sportsmanship, may the fans from the victorious side provide beer and brats for their dispirited tailgating brethren.