Let's not allow Richard Sherman to hijack this Super Bowl.
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback is the best player at his position in the NFL. He's one of the most entertaining players in the game on and off the field, and he's by far the league's best interview subject.
But he's also a hypocrite.
You can't demand respect from others without first affording some to your opponents.
That's about all I'm going to write regarding Sherman's infamous postgame interview with Erin Andrews on Sunday night. There's already been more than enough said and written about that subject.
Instead, let's look at some of the other reasons Super Bowl XLVIII is shaping up as one of the most intriguing NFL championship games ever.
It starts with the weather. There's never been snow during a Super Bowl before. Early forecasts for East Rutherford, N.J., call for a high of 35 degrees and a 35 percent chance of precipitation.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played in the first Super Bowl to feature rain as a member of the Indianapolis Colts seven years ago in Miami. Snow in this year's big game would give Manning an intriguing place in NFL meteorological history.
Then, of course, there's the quarterback's place in football history to consider. This will be his third Super Bowl appearance, and he can become the first QB ever to start and win a game with roman numerals in the title for different franchises.
His brother Eli hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy two years ago on Peyton's homefield in Indianapolis. There'd be a special symmetry if Peyton can reverse the trick this year in MetLife Stadium — home to Eli's New York Giants.
No matter what happens in the game itself, this Super Bowl already has made history.
Never before has the big game pitted the league leader in scoring offense and total yardage (Denver) against the team allowing the fewest points and yards (Seattle) for the season. And for just the second time in 20 years, the game will feature the No. 1 seed from each conference.
Peyton Manning played in the last one, too, for the Colts against the New Orleans Saints four years ago.
From a pure football standpoint, it just doesn't get any better than this. The two best teams in the NFL — one an offensive juggernaut, the other the standard bearer on defense — playing on the game's grandest stage.
I just wish we didn't have to wait two weeks to watch it.
Of course, that should provide plenty of time to find something other than Richard Sherman to talk about.
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