Need a Super Bowl pick? Let's look to the Mariners and Rockies for help
By now, you've heard all about how the Seahawks and Broncos match up -- Peyton Manning vs. Russell Wilson, John Fox vs. Pete Carroll, Demaryius Thomas vs. Richard Sherman -- but did you realize Seattle's and Denver's MLB franchises also have some fun history to break down? Maybe by looking at those teams, we can learn something about what might happen on Sunday.
The two baseball clubs have met a total 28 times, with the Mariners coming away with the victory in 16 of those games.
Since Ken Griffey Jr.'s departure in 2000, the series has been relatively even, with Seattle going 8-7 against Denver, and the two teams trading series sweeps in 2009 and 2012.
On June 12, 1997, the two teams met for the first time, and it happened to be one of their best games ever -- a 12-11 shootout that ultimately went to the Mariners after two unlikely comebacks.
Their most recent matchup, on May 20, 2012, came down to the final out. Colorado rallied for three runs in the ninth on a Dexter Fowler long ball, but Brandon League ultimately whiffed Todd Helton to secure a Seattle victory.
So, all told, the Mariners lead the lifetime series against the Rockies, and claimed a decision in their most recent matchup -- which seems to bode well for Seattle's chances on Sunday.
On average, the Mariners scored 5.71 runs per game, while the Rockies only managed 4.86. Using a highly scientific system of projections (also known as "rounding up"), that means the Seahawks will beat the Broncos by a score of 6-5.
How's that for some football analysis? Denver's only points will come on a field goal and a safety. So sayeth math.
Disagree with that well-reasoned and irrefutable prediction? Let us know your final scores in the comments.