Hardcore fans will sometimes root for a team to win a given playoff game based on how that team's success or failure reflects on their own favorite team. If "we" lost to the team that goes on to win the Super Bowl, the thinking goes, then "we" don't look so bad. This rationale is rendered moot in the wake of four- and five-win seasons by our hometown squad, so feel free to conjure your own reasons for hating on/cheering for/being ambivalent towards today's combatants. Or simply enjoy the games for the pure entertainment value of hopefully-competitive conference championship football. Personally I recommend the latter because, well, fuck all these teams. The only dog in my hunt plays for the city of Seattle.
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and the rest of the CBS A-crew bring it to our homes from a closed-roof Lucas Oil Stadium.
Seahawks record: 0-1. On January 8, 1984, the upstart Seahawks were entirely uncompetitive in losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Raiders, 30-14.
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman wring every last drop out of the Brett Favre storyline from a batshit-crazy Louisiana Superdome.
Seahawks record: 1-0. On January 22, 2006, the Hawks beat the Carolina Panthers like a redheaded stepchild, 34-14. And then some other things happened.
"Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything that comes in second." - Paul "Bear" Bryant