Which player do you want most to win the Super Bowl?

Leading Off: All-American Manning or outspoken Sherman?

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 - 10:17 pm

So who are you pulling for in Sunday’s Super Bowl? No, not between the Broncos and the Seahawks, but between the two players who will have folks not even interested in the game watching just to take sides.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman or Denver quarterback Peyton Manning?

If you’re going to cheer for Sherman, is it because he is regarded as one of the best – if not the best – cornerbacks in the game, who has 20 interceptions in three seasons and is looking to win the Seahawks their first Lombardi Trophy?

Or will you roll with Sherman because he doesn’t fit into the box NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would like all the players to remain in? He’s brash and talks enough trash to the point that Trent Williams of the Redskins punched Sherman in the face after a game last season. Oh, and Sherman’s dreadlocks. ... You can’t walk into a Supercuts and get those, can you?

If you’re pulling for Manning, is it because he is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer who had a record-setting season and is looking for his second Super Bowl ring with his second team? Or will you side with Manning because he is everything Sherman is not – fair-haired, well-spoken and polite? You know, the image of what many in America still want to see from their sports heroes.

The eventual Super Bowl champion, of course, won’t be decided on Sherman’s swagger or Manning’s All-American image. The winner will be decided on talent, and which team, which players, outperforms the other.

What else should matter?

What to watch

NBA, Kings at Utah, 6 p.m., CSNCA : Tough back-to-back for Kings after Sunday’s game at home against Denver.

Today’s poll

Which player do you want most to win the Super Bowl?

• Peyton Manning

• Richard Sherman

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

Who will be the Super Bowl MVP?

• Peyton Manning: 72%

• Russell Wilson: 5%

• Marshawn Lynch: 14%

• Demaryius Thomas: 1%

• Richard Sherman: 4%

• Other: 4%

Total votes: 480

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