I know a lot of you are snowbirds, or permanent transplants from that faraway world where blizzards are all the rage. Here’s an idea, though, for those who feel like identifying most closely with the Sunshine State.
Because Denver has four players on its roster from Florida universities, and because the Carolina Panthers have just two, I’m going to suggest that those of you who have no particular rooting interest might find it more natural to lean toward the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
Not saying that Denver will win. I’ve already published a column saying that won’t happen.
It’s just a matter of finding a reason to pull for one team over the other if you really don’t care about anything but what kind of food will be served at the Super Bowl party you’re attending, and who is going to bring it.
Here then are the state-school Broncos expected to play on Feb. 7.
WR/KR Andre Caldwell from Florida.
G Max Garcia from Florida.
OLB Lerentee McCray from Florida.
CB Kayvon Webster from South Florida.
(All right, so that’s a lot of Gators, which will work for some but not for others)
Now here are the active Panther players from our state schools.
K Graham Gano from Florida State.
TE Greg Olsen from Miami.
(Offering a little more of something for everyone, perhaps)
What, you say I’m leaving out a Glades Central High School kid who plays for Carolina?
Well, yes, but Kelvin Benjamin, the spectacular wide receiver who won a national title for FSU a few years
back with a late, late touchdown pass, is hurt. He tore an ACL in an August practice and hasn’t played all season.
Maybe you don’t care. Maybe seeing Kelvin get a Super Bowl ring to go with his BCS championship ring is reason enough to howl like mad for the Panthers.
Suits me. I’m just giving you some options.
There’s got to be something more to this game than Cam vs. Peyton.