Super Bowl Vortex

Remember that stretch of bad Super Bowl games, circa 80s and 90s? The NFC squad would wallop the hapless AFC side in famously bad games – unless you were the walloper. But lately, the games have been terrific. Sunday’s matchup should be another competitive tilt. The Broncos offense vs. the Seahawks defense. Peyton Manning. Richard Sherman. Pete Carroll – a host of characters. The elements. The game has all the makings. Here’s hoping.

Family Bond

Denver Broncos tight end Damarius Thomas’ mother and grandmother will be watching the Super Bowl together from a Florida prison – USA Today

Garden State Grab

Peyton Manning’s entire playoff bonus could wind up as a tax windfall for the state of New Jersey – Forbes

Puget Sound

Pete Carroll is the Seahawks’ DJ – NFL

Born To Host

The Super Bowl is being played in New Jersey, not New York – Yahoo Sports

Peak Performers

The state of Colorado is officially renaming its 53 tallest mountains after the Broncos players – Colorado Gov

Not Kicking Television

Watching the Super Bowl online is on the rise but TV still rules – Recode

The Game For Politics

The not-so subtle political undertones surrounding the Super Bowl – Pacific Standard

Mr. Bronco

How John Elway transitioned from Hall of Fame quarterback to team executive – The Washington Post

Taxman

A Utah congressman is moving to revoke the NFL’s non-profit statusThe Hill

Football Enlightenment

Art exhibits portraying NFL culture, history and technology have popped up all across the New York metro area ahead of the Super Bowl- The Wall Street Journal