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A Super Bowl Cheat Sheet For Fans Looking To Catch Up Very Quickly

1. Okay, so who is actually playing in the Super Bowl?

It’s the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

2. What’s the ONE thing I need to know about the Seattle Seahawks?

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They have the No. 1 defense in the NFL and that defense has a nickname: The Legion of Boom.

3. What’s the ONE thing I need to know about the Denver Broncos?

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They have the No. 1 offense in the NFL and had a record-breaking year in almost all offensive categories.

4. Who should I know from the Seahawks?

5. Russell Wilson #3: Quarterback

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– This is only Russell Wilson’s second year in the NFL.
– He is undersized for his position.
– He can scramble (run around).
– He chose a career in football over a professional career in baseball.

6. Marshawn Lynch #24: Running Back

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– His nickname is “Beast Mode.”
– He LOVES Skittles.
– He is considered a “power back” because he runs through people.
– He is easy to spot because he has dreadlocks and a dark black visor.

7. Richard Sherman #25: Cornerback (Defense)

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– This is the guy who had the infamous post-game interview that you might have heard about.
– He is known for his trash-talking and big play-making ability.
– He has long dreads.

8. Who should I know from the Broncos?

9. Peyton Manning #18: Quarterback

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– Manning is widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game and he had a record-breaking season this year.
– He is slow and will be the first to admit that.
– He yells “Omaha” a lot. No one’s really sure why.
– Two seasons ago, he didn’t play because of a neck injury.
– He won the Super Bowl in 2007 with a different team: the Indianapolis Colts.
– His younger brother is Eli Manning, quarterback of the New York Giants.

10. Wes Welker #83: Wide Receiver

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– This is Wes Welker’s first year with the Denver Broncos. He used to play for the New England Patriots with whom he reached the Super Bowls twice.
– He is easy to spot because he is the small white guy on the field.

11. Demaryius Thomas #88: Wide Receiver

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– Peyton Manning (quarterback) likes throwing the ball to Thomas.
– He led the team in targets (times he was thrown to), receptions (times he caught the ball), yards, and receiving touchdowns.

12. Champ Bailey #24: Cornerback (Defense)

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– Champ Bailey is a 12x Pro Bowler (All-Star) and one of the oldest players in the league.
– This is his first Super Bowl.
– He only played five games this year because of a foot injury.

13. And who is the Seahawks coach?

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– Pete Carroll is the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
– He’s one of those guys that you either love or hate because he comes across as kind of arrogant.
– He used to coach the USC Trojans (college football).
– This is his first Super Bowl as a head coach.

14. And the Broncos coach?

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– John Fox is the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
– He’s coming back from successful aortic valve replacement surgery, which sidelined him for some of this season.
– This is his second Super Bowl as a head coach (he previously went with the Carolina Panthers).

15. Anything else?

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– The fans of the Seattle Seahawks are called “The 12th Man” (there are 11 players on the field for each team) because they’re so loud.
– If the Seahawks win, it’ll be their first Super Bowl title ever.
– If the Broncos win, it’ll be their third Super Bowl title.

16. Oh, one last thing. How do I sound like I know what I’m talking about?

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– Pick a quarterback and say “Let’s go, [insert name here]” when he’s on the field.
– If you don’t know what’s going on, just say “Come on” while clapping.
– Agree with people and repeat what they say, but add emphasis to their point or exaggerate it.

Other person: “What a catch!”
You: “Seriously, though. What. A. Catch.”

Other person: “Ooh. Great hit!”
You: “That man is now dead.”

17. And that’s it. Now you’re ready for the big game.


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