Today is a big day for the NFL fans among us - the conference championship games are about to get underway. In just a few hours we will know which two teams will be playing in the Super Bowl. All four have Bruins on their rosters.
In the first game - which is just starting on CBS - the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots. The main media narrative has been focused on this being the latest Tom Brady v. Peyton Manning duel, but there are Bruins on both teams: Matthew Slater has been a special teams fixture for the Patriots. Rahim Moore has missed the past few games for the Broncos with a knee injury, but might return for the Super Bowl if the Broncos advance.
The nightcap (3:30pm Pacific, FOX) sees the San Francisco 49ers travel up to Seattle to play Cheaty Pete and theSeahawks. Derrick Coleman has gotten some very well deserved attention since his TV commercial for Duracell went live last week, but don't forget that the 49ers have a Bruin of their own in long snapper Kevin McDermott. The Seahawks organization and fanbase has been making news in their pregame antics; starting with the team refusing to sell tickets to people from California, and continuing with many Seattle-area bars outright banning 49er fans from entering on Sunday. I suppose this raises one of those Chicken/Egg-type questions: Did Pete Carroll rub off on the Seahawks this strongly this fast, or were their fans and team predisposed in such a way that Petey really was the perfect person to lead that team?
Whatever the answer, Go NFL Bruins!