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January 29, 2014

Seahawks hard team to love

For most Colts fans it is easy to figure out which team to root for in this Sunday's Super Bowl.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is still well-loved in this area for both his accomplishments on the field and his generosity of spirit and time off it.

It is my opinion that the large majority of football fans in this area will be rooting for the Broncos come Sunday.

It is also obvious who fans in Denver and Seattle will be pulling for, but what about the rest of the country?

Seems to me that the Seahawks are presenting themselves in a way that would make it tough for fans without an allegiance in the game to cheer for them. Just based on the exploits of Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch, who could really get behind that team?

Sherman has been nicey-nice since the team arrived at the game's site in New Jersey actually hoping that people will either forgive or forget his outburst 11 days ago after making the game-saving play as Seattle defeated San Francisco in the NFC title game.

It is said that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission, but I don't think that applies here. Sherman's mindless rants and boasts have been the subject of much discussion and all of the apologists for his behavior have been highly unconvincing.

It is easier to believe that the real Sherman came through after that game than it is to believe that his statements since, which seem less genuine and more orchestrated, are who he really is.

His statements after the win over the 49ers weren't all in the heat of the moment as he repeated them in a press conference held at a time when the emotions should have had time to cool. For me, he will need to do more than act like a human being for a couple of days before I am convinced he isn't the raving chest-thumper he showed after the NFC title game.

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