As hard as the NFL tries to make every Super Bowl seem like an epic clash of the titans that any fan can tune in to and be amazed, it can be hard for some fan bases to find a rooting interest. This Super Bowl in particular features two of the most unlikable teams in the league in the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. On the Rams side, their roster features some of the most obnoxious and dirty players in the league with Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, and Marcus Peters on the defensive side of the ball and an offense that has scorched every defense in the league. The reason people dislike the Patriots is much simpler but equally rage educing, given the fact that Tom Brady is going for Ring number six and New England has played for the Lombardi for three straight years. It’s a lose-lose situation for nearly the whole league, even more so for Seattle fans.
The Seahawks have to play Los Angeles twice a year as a division rival and have lost three straight meetings against the Rams, two of which where in Seattle, so the tension felt for the Rams has reached an all-time high. On the flip side, the Seahawks lost Super Bowl Forty-Nine to the Patriots in in 2014 in the most heart wrenching fashion imaginable and have seemingly been snake bitten as a franchise ever since. With what looks to be a match made in hell, what are Seattle fans left to root for? Unless you are not going to watch the game and lets be honest, as much as you have been telling your coworkers you might not even watch, you’re going to be tuning in, you should just pick a team and cheer them on for sixty minutes and then never again to actually be invested. As for which team is the lesser of two evils, that is in the eyes of the beholder.
If the Patriots win it will be Tom Brady’s sixth championship and to see him and his stone faced, emotionless coach raise the trophy yet again is enough to make a lot of people’s skin crawl. The moment the confetti falls on New England will be hard, but think about down the line, this off season and the season’s to come, is six really that much worse than five? Every time the Patriots win it all they celebrate for a week and then it’s right back to work and they move on, winning this game would not prolong the time period of them reveling in their success from the last five championships they have taken home. Also take into account the Brady took a step back physically this year and father time is starting to catch up so this Super Bowl may be the last time you ever have to see him in the big game. The bottom line is that a Patriots victory would sting initially, but it wouldn’t change the status-quo and Seattle fans can look ahead to next season like any other year.
One the flip side, it may actually be refreshing to see some of the new faces on the Rams experience their first championship and bring a title back to Los Angeles. Guys like Sean McVay and Todd Gurley would exude the kind of joy and emotion that make you really appreciate and empathize with how hard they have worked and how sweet their victory tastes. Unfortunately, when the initial rush fades and we are left to examine the long term implications, the outlook is much less bright. Going beyond the perennial pettiness of never wanting a division rival to ever find success, a Rams victory would cement Los Angeles as a premium free agent destination for years to come amplifying the Seahawks’ struggles in trying to get back to the elite class of the league. Historically speaking, teams who lose the Super Bowl struggle way more than the winner in the following years and it stands to reason that Seattle will want a team they have to play twice a year to struggle as much as possible so in the grand scheme of things, a Rams loss is the best case scenario.
If you are in Richard Sherman’s camp and you still have not moved on from what happened in 2014 and can’t stand to see the Patriots talking about “no days off” and “we’re still here” then by all means, cheer for Aaron Donald and the boys to take Brady’s head off. If you can are willing to sacrifice a week or two of blinding Patriotism, and appreciate Jared Goff hitting the turf more than watching the sun rise in the east and set in the west, then get pumped for Gronk spikes and goats. Whoever takes home the hardware, Seattle fans can actually spin it into a win and revel in the pain of either a Brady frown of an emphasized Goff slouch.