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The Super Bowl was supposed to pit the best offense in pro football against the best defense. Turned out the dominant offense and defense were both on the same team. The final score was Seattle 43, Denver 8.
NPR's Mike Pesca reports on the game that was played between last night's commercials.
Graffiti covers a vent adjacent to the Athens Olympic Stadium in this photo from Feb. 18, 2012. Expenditures on the 2004 Athens Summer Games contributed to the country's debt load, which sparked the current economic crisis.
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A worker walks past the Olympic torch and the Bolshoy Ice Dome in the Olympic Park as preparations continue Thursday ahead of the Sochi Winter Games. Russia has spent $50 billion on the 2014 games — the most expensive in history.
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Visitors walk through Westfield Shopping Centre, near London's Olympic Park, on Aug. 1, 2012. The area continues to thrive economically — at least for now.
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Cranes sit idle at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in London on Nov. 11, 2013. Weather delayed work to transform it into a year-round multi-use venue, the home of West Ham United Football Club and the new national competition stadium for UK Athletics.
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The canoe and kayak stadium used during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens (shown here on June 11, 2012) has fallen into disrepair.
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:52 am
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday night, the first Super Bowl victory in the team's history.
The game got off to an odd start on the first play from scrimmage when Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball past quarterback Peyton Manning, who was walking up to the line and didn't have his hands ready. That set the tone for the trouncing the Broncos would receive over the course of the night at the hands of the voracious Seahawks.
For more than a decade, ski jumper Lindsey Van dreamed of making the U.S. Olympic team, but one thing held her back: Female ski jumpers weren't allowed to compete. Until this year.
This month, the 29-year-old from Park City, Utah, will be one of the athletes competing at the Olympics on the U.S. women's ski jumping team. For Van, that competition marks the end of a very long road.
"Honestly, I don't really have words for it," she said at a press conference announcing the team. "I'm just completely overwhelmed and happy to be representing my sport."
New York and national politicians join the NFL Super Bowl host committee in New York's Times Square Saturday. When it comes to political contributions, the owners of Sunday's Super Bowl contenders are plenty active.
Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 11:43 am
Pro football prognosticators are divided over who's the favorite to win Sunday's Super Bowl. Some give the edge to Peyton Manning and the high-flying Denver Broncos. Others believe the stifling Seattle Seahawks defense will carry them to victory.
Here at the It's All Politics blog, we can't help with any game-day analysis or offer any insights into how the two teams match up against each other.
But we can tell you a little about the politics surrounding each team.
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John Moffitt started playing football when he was 8 years old, and made it all the way to the top of the game. He played offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks for two seasons, then got traded to another powerhouse team, the Denver Broncos.
Incidentally, those two teams are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII, but Moffitt won't be on the field; he quit midway through this season.
In living rooms and sports bars across the country later today, football fans -and yes, just those of us who want to watch the budget commercial and dig into nachos - will sit down to watch the Super Bowl. In Denver and Seattle living rooms, there will be less casual viewing, of course, and that goes for anywhere else that fans of the Broncos and Seahawks gather.
We turn now to competitive fishing and Swedish long ball. OK. I kid. We're going to talk about the Super Bowl because the Broncos and the Seahawks are taking the field tonight to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. We're joined by NPR's Mike Pesca, who is in our New York studios. Hey, Mike.
MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello, how are you? I've got my money on the perch in the competitive fishing.