Super Bowl XLIX, #ImmortalityVsDestiny

It’s near, the 49th chapter of the biggest annual sports spectacular across the globe. And as the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks go through a week of practice, media obligations, maybe for some an appearance or two, Glendale gets set to play host to its second Super Bowl, the third that the greater Phoenix area has hosted.

Lately, I have hashtag this as a match-up of #ImmortalityVsDestiny. Let’s look at the immortality side, the New England Patriots. A win and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady become only the second head coach/quarterback duo to win four Super Bowls together. They won their first three, have had two attempts to accomplish such an improbable feat, but we remember the last Super Bowl in Glendale and then Indianapolis four years later.

Not since the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s with the late Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw has a head coach/quarterback claimed four titles (No Joe Montana’s 1989 Super Bowl crown came with George Seifert as head coach, not Bill Walsh).

Which brings the destiny aspect of Super Bowl XLIX. How about the fact that the Seahawks would knock on the doorstep of a dynasty if they can defeat the Patriots. Perhaps no pressure to win next year (although no team has won three straight Super Bowls), but another title in this decade after a possible second would coin them, team of the 2010s.

Of course, it’s only a matter of time, the 49th chapter to be written within 100 yards of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Frank Sprankle

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