NEW YORK — Sorry, Seattle.
Sorry for the rain. Sorry about Soundgarden's breakup. Sorry A-Rod left. (Though it looks like you dodged one there). Sorry we drink your Starbucks.
Sorry about the Sonics. No, really. And sorry for what the Nuggets did to George Karl's Sonics.
Mostly, and we mean this, sorry for your sports history. You deserve better. Your beauty is matched only by your taste in music.
One more, Seattle: Sorry, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos are going to beat the Seahawks on Sunday. Consider these our condolences.
The Broncos weren't simply the best team of this NFL season; they were the best team last season, too. The Ravens ruined it.
The Seahawks won't.
On a stroll through Times Square on Friday, Seattle's fans outnumbered Denver's fans on Broadway. The Super Bowl parade will be held on Broadway — in Denver, on Tuesday.
The Seahawks defense is good, the best in the game. The Broncos offense is historic, the best ever. There's a difference.
Truth is, Seattle, we in Colorado are a lot like you. We both put the ill in chill pill. We're both super healthy. If there's a disagreement, we both roll a ... snowball.
We don't trash talk; we recycle talk.
So this isn't that. These are simply the facts:
— There will be a week of sunshine in King County before Russell Wilson beats Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl. He's a sweetheart, that kid, but he isn't Peyton.
— The media was wrong to pick on Marshawn Lynch for his silence. The media is more wrong to think he will damage the Broncos. Denver handled Jamaal Charles, twice. Lynch averaged fewer yards per carry than Charles. The Mute is not The Mop.
— Conventional thought on how to beat the Broncos is wrong, too. The blueprint is a capable offense, not a super defense. Three teams beat the Broncos: the Colts, Patriots, Chargers. Each ranks among the top 15 in total offense. Each ranks in the 20s in total defense.
— God is a Broncos fan. Didn't you hear? Sunsets are orange and blue. In Exodus, he parted the Red Sea. In New York, he parted the cold. Sunday will be the warmest day this week.
"Our weather has been pretty darn good in Denver. I think it's actually a pretty well-kept secret, Denver's weather," coach John Fox said. "But this year we've gotten a little more calloused."
Sorry, Seattle. Crummy weather was your only hope.
Hosting a Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey ranks next to the forward pass as a great idea. In a Broadway theater review, this Super Bowl week gets two thumbs-up. The NFL has been smart enough to involve New Jersey just enough to keep it happy, while keeping Manhattan as the hub. The NFL is so powerful it turned up the thermostat, just in time.
Too bad The Commish didn't sound too cheery when asked if Denver would be a candidate to host a Super Bowl. It should be.
"There's such a demand for Super Bowls right now," Roger Goodell said Friday.
"(They are) clearly the best of the best and this has the makings of a classic," Goodell said.
The Commish also said this: "I think the game itself is going to carry the day."
Pat Bowlen, Joe Ellis, John Elway, John Fox, Champ Bailey, Manning and Coloradans Mitch Unrein, Joel Dreessen and Ben Garland, the proud Air Force grad, will carry the Lombardi Trophy.
"Typical Champ," safety Mike Adams said. "He just wanted to come back for the playoffs."
You have super fans, Seattle. Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker told me yours is the "loudest building I've ever played in" — and that was in the locker room after a preseason game.
"Overall, Seattle is a better team," said one of the TV guys, Ray Lewis.
Is that true? I asked the most important player on Seattle's most important asset, its defense.
"I don't want to get into who's the better team," Michael Bennett said. "That will be decided on Sunday."
Seattle deserves this Super Bowl. According to wide receiver Doug Baldwin, the Seahawks realized they were a Super Bowl team after a 34-7 rout of the Saints on Dec. 2.
The NFL's best team doesn't always win. In fact, it rarely wins. Of the 26 previous No. 1 seeds, two won the Super Bowl.
This time, it will.
Broncos 31, Seahawks 17.