As a Patriots fan born and raised, I was devastated by the outcome of the AFC conference game between New England and Denver. For a true football enthusiast like myself, it is rare if I go even a day without talking about football — let alone an entire week, like I did this week. After the appropriate amount of mourning (fetal position in my bed watching reruns of previous Patriots victories) I am now ready to begin thinking about the Super Bowl. We have an extraordinary matchup ahead of us: an epic battle of offense vs. defense, old vs. young, Super Bowl veteran vs. Super Bowl amateur.
Let’s take a look at both of the quarterbacks playing this Sunday, the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning and the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson:
Peyton Manning: the aged classic. Smooth, precise and a little nutty — an oldie but goodie. Russell Wilson: a fresh young spin on the classic quarterback. Versatile and sharp, yet with a notorious soft side.
Wait a second, I’m describing these brilliant athletes as I would describe a fine cheese. Eh, why fight it? Welcome to the First Annual Super Bowl XLVII Quarterback Cheese Analysis! Omaha! Omaha! Camembert! Hut! Hut! Hike!
Player analysis: Peyton is a seasoned veteran: 16 years of aged perfection in the NFL, to be exact. He is a cameo fiend when it comes to sub-par television commercials, but accurate and dominant when he tosses the football to a leaping Demaryius Thomas. Peyton is a complex quarterback who frequently calls audibles in his ever-changing offense.
Cheese analysis: Peyton is like Ewephoria sheep’s milk Gouda. Aged, sweet, nutty and smooth are some of the characteristics they share. This cheese has a truly superior flavor that caters to the American palate, despite originating from Holland, and its complexity reveals itself in layers as it melts in your mouth.
Player analysis: Russell Wilson represents a new wave of quarterbacks; changing the game with each pass they throw. He has it all — his legs are strong and his cuts are sharp. But that does not mean he is afraid to air out the ball from time to time. Did I mention he has incredible focus and awareness of the pocket? And as I mentioned earlier, he is a softy — Russell never misses a Tuesday visit to kids and their families at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Cheese analysis: Russell is like Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor. This cheese is a soft, young goat that's a real triple threat: tangy, creamy and loaded with pungent, earthy truffles. This cheese, a pioneer from the Northwest, is gaining momentum with each strong, yet smooth, bite.
I'll be crafting the ultimate cheese platter all weekend if you need me.
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