Super Bowl Sunday is the highest of Holy Days for sports fans and NFL fans alike. But what about those outliers? What if your team isn’t playing, or you only care about college sports — or worse you’ve been invited to a Super Bowl Party but know nothing about who to root for or why?
Never fear, if you can’t get rah-rah excited about the Patriots vs. Seahawks showdown, you can definitely get excited about this year’s smorgasbord of political nuggets and subplots. If you can’t tap into that team spirit, here’s a list of 10 political reasons you might want to root for or against either team.
3) 4th and God: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a devout evangelical Christian. He was also a close friend and supporter of Mark Driscoll, former pastor of Mars Hill Megachurch in Seattle, who claimed liberals were turning Jesus into a “Richard Simmons, hippie, queer Christ.”
4) Peaceful Pete: Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach is about as far left as you can get. He is strongly against the Iraq war, claiming that one thousand peace workers could’ve done a better job. And there are several reports that he’s a 9-11 Truther.
5) Cheaters Never Prosper: Conspiracy Theorist and Conservative radio host Alex Jones says the Seahawks are cheaters, pointing out that Richard Sherman was accused of using Performance Enhancing Drugs and Pete Carroll left USC under a cloud of cheating and controversy.
6) Feeling Deflated: The New England Patriots were accused of slightly deflating footballs — which allegedly makes them easier to catch — during their championship game two weeks ago. According to Public Policy Polling Democrats (46%) are more likely than Republicans (36%) to say that the Patriots are guilty in “Deflategate.”
7) Blue or Purple in the Red Zone: According to an analysis of NFL fan bases and the last several Super Bowl winners by the Washington Post, it appears that NFL teams that have fan bases with moderate purple state politics tend to win out over teams with either strongly Red State or Blue State fan base politics. The study shows that Seahawks fans are a little more purple and the Patriots fans are some of the most liberal in the NFL.
8) Hillary Loves the Hawks: Likely 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seemed to tweet a pro-Seahawks Tweet during last year’s Superbowl (or at least a jab at Fox News and the Broncos).
It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked! #SuperBowl
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2014