Who ya’ got today?
I’ve been to both cities, and enjoyed both. Seattle was fun, but have to say Denver brings back the best memories. When I was in the Air Force, they sent me to Lowry AFB four times for different types of training. The first was May 1978, right after basic-training. Landing in the Mile High City and seeing the surrounding beauty was a polar opposite feeling of basic training’s KP, cleaning toilets and sleeping with 29 other young men who were trying to figure out if joining up was the best thing they had ever done or the worse.
The weather was great, the Coors beer fresh, the training a breeze, Rush played the Denver Arena and the Giants went on a tear. That was some kind of heaven.
Another training school in the Mile High City coincided with Super Bowl XXII. Will never forget watching the game in the barracks and feeling the communal spirit with people I did not know. After Denver scored ten points, Washington reeled off 35 in the second quarter and cruised to a 42-10 win. I’ve never seen sadder faces.
In the post season, I sometimes pull for the team that has not won, or won fewer times. So if Seattle wins, it will be ok that way.
The best part of today’s game is what comes next. Bill Veeck once said,
"The true harbinger of spring, is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball."
Above the din of the two-week, too-long super hype, I can almost hear it...