Play It Forward: Sept. 15-21 on your sports calendar — A redo of SBXLVIII, for those counting on something other than off-the-field NFL stuff

What didn't happen when Seattle and Denver last met on the football field.

What didn’t happen when Seattle and Denver last met on the football field.

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NFL WEEK 3
DENVER at SEATTLE
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The top X things we remember most from Super Bowl XLVIII:
I: It didn’t snow in the New Jersey Meadowlands.
II: Seattle had the NFL’s best defense. The Seahawks scored 43 points.
III: Denver had the NFL’s best offense. The Broncos scored 8 points.
IV: Some were calling it the “Bong Bowl,” since the home states of the teams – Washington and Colorado – were the first two to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
V: The Seahawks entered MetLife Stadium to “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve; the Broncos came in to a dubstep remix of “The Phoenix” by Fall Out Boy, remixed by Denver DJ Omega (OK, we really had no idea this happened, but it says so on the game’s Wikipedia page).
VI: The Seahawks took a 2-0 lead one snap into the game. Las Vegas collapsed.
VII: The Seahawks took a 5-0 lead a few minutes later. The Broncos got their relief pitcher warming up in the bullpen.

Malcolm Smith (53) reacts as he returns an interception for a touchdown against the Broncos during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Malcolm Smith (53) reacts as he returns an interception for a touchdown against the Broncos during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

VIII: The Seahawks had a 22-0 lead when eventual game MVP Malcolm Smith returned a Peyton Manning pass 69 yards for a touchdown before the half. We remembered him from his high-school days. He’s gotten more popular.
IX: The Seahawks had a 36-0 lead near the end of the third quarter. Some people were complaining that their Time Warner Cable coverage of the game disappeared. Good for them.
X: Russell Wilson had as many TD passes (2) as Manning had picks (2). Guess who got invited to appear on “Late Night With David Letterman”?

The Seahawks’ loss to the Chargers in Week 2 shouldn’t tarnish this meeting, although it might have be appropriate to re-raise the Super Bowl championship banner at CenturyLink Field  while the Broncos are in for a weekend visit. After another week of off-the-field missteps by NFL players, maybe this rematch of last year’s title game can’t come soon enough to distract attention. The only crazy thing that could happen – if the Chargers’ game at Buffalo leading into this one goes into overtime, we’re stuck watching it because we’re in the wrong TV territory again.

Also this week:
-wrigleybefore3The Dodgers take roadies to Colorado and Chicago with their magic number dwindling as fast as their starting rotation; the Angels have seven in a row in Anaheim to end their regular-season home schedule (hint: They’ll play more in October); the L.A. Triathlon goes off course and heads to Torrance, the AVP will crown its beach volleyball champs in Huntington Beach, and the Kings start training camp.
California Chrome returns, but USC and UCLA football takes the week off. Probably all for the best of reasons. It’s posted here.

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