Underdogs do win Super Bowls often enough. But there is a reason, or rather a heavily researched summary conclusion, that more often than not they don't. Blowout wins by underdogs are as rare as Seattle fans outside of Seattle.
Can you really fault athletes for these tendencies?
When the Seattle Seahawks beat the Broncos into submission on Super Bowl Sunday it sent a strong statement around the league. The Seahawks quarterback played bigger than his competitor.
Seattle didn't win the Super Bowl just because Pete Carroll is a fun guy. If you want to know how the Seahawks became the NFL's best, you have to look at how their management went back to school.
I'm glad I went -- 80,000 happy and screaming fans reminded me that we watch the game because of what it is, and everything else around it builds and adds to the culture of the whole -- including the half-time show and the ads.
Jack sobbed the tears that Peyton Manning would have like to for several minutes before his mother told him to come and give her a hug. After a while, he calmed down. He took off his jersey and reverently folded it.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks dominated Denver 43-8 to capture the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. The reason why was because they did it their own way.
Super is supposed to mean "very good" or "excellent." And while there was some of that on Sunday, most of this year's special game fell into other categories of super.
I hate to look like one of those bandwagon jumpers (even though I totally am), so I decided to do a little Super Bowl research to at least make me sound like a real fan during the big game.
Look for great photos of the great plays of the winning team in your news outlet of choice... But realize too that those shots will likely be matched in number by photos of the "rest" of the game.
As social scientists, we got to thinking... if Super Bowl players were dogs, what type of dogs would they be? Applying a combined 280-plus dog years of expertise, we found that the way the media describes star football players is remarkably similar to the official breed standard for top show dogs.
Richard Sherman's iconic postgame interview with Erin Andrews was candid, emotional, unsportsmanlike, and definitely EXTRA. Even so, as a sports fan, I loved Sherman's interview because it captured the heart of a city with a big mouth.
In the shadow of the NFL's biggest game, the Broncos defensive and Seahawks offensive players must feel like the forgotten stepchildren of Super Bowl hype.
The National Football League's premier event began as Super Bowl I back in 1967, and it was not referred to as Super Bowl One, for that would have been too plebeian of a depiction.
Amidst the sounds of Springsteen and the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey never really seemed like the athletic state -- more like boardwalks and beauty pageants.
If you are one of the millions that will in tune in for the commercials, here is a cheat sheet of fun facts you can use to score a touchdown in conversations with fellow viewers during the big game.