The Bong Bowl, Weed Bowl, Stoner Bowl, Super Bowl 420. Whatever you dub this year's NFL championship game, kickoff between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is February 2, 2014 -- Day 33 for legal recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Both states’ NFL teams will play for this year's coveted Lombardi Trophy. Even a seasoned toker can decipher these stats stoned to the bone: NFL teams that reside in states with legal recreational use of super-stank ganja are in the Super Bowl 100% of the time… at least until February 2015.
Is there a direct correlation? Are the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos players smoking more than other teams' players giving them an upper-hand against the rest of the league? ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL player Lomas Brown told the Detroit News in 2012 that at least 50% of the league uses marijuana. Some use it as a pain-reliever; others use it just to get high. However, I am not confident in thinking Denver and Seattle players are smoking more than any other team in the NFL.
The times are changing: Due to recent head injury lawsuits, big business interests, and gripes from the NFL Players Association, the league is extremely conscience of protecting the future of their brand. The bad news is, football has changed its rules to something your grandfather cannot recognize. The good news is that these game-changing issues have opened doors for alternative views on the NFL's current drug policy. The NFL is looking at marijuana with a much more opened-mind than years past.
Regarding the use of marijuana among players, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, told USA Today this week "I'm not a medical expert. We will obviously follow signs. We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that. Our medical experts are not saying that right now." It seems that there is possibility of a more relaxed NFL marijuana policy. That is great news, but doesn't explain how Washington and Colorado are celebrating the end of weed prohibition and both have NFL teams in the Super Bowl. Maybe Seahawks fans and Broncos fans are a little more positive in life with their new weed laws and produce a positive energy that has been seeping good vibrations into their teams.
Seattle has the Legion of Boom, the loudest crowd on record. In Denver, they have that crazy old guy who goes to every game wearing just a barrel, Barrel Man. No vicious death-threat fanaticism fill these bleachers -- just really loud fans and an old guy in a barrel. Both Seahawk and Bronco fans were caught on camera in separate instances lighting up some chronic inside their respective stadiums during games. This season, the criminal activity at NFL games has warranted undercover cops to patrol the stadium stands throughout the league. In Seattle and Denver it is for the public marijuana smoke, which is understandable. In Philly and Jersey it is for the high-strung drunkards who are mad OR ecstatic that their team is either winning OR losing, which is a totally warranted reason to have the cops there. Those crazy people are likely to hurt someone!
So what kind of Sweet Cheeba are these super chill Super Bowl fan-bases toking? Denver Bronco fans have created a strain called Chem 91 SFV OG Kush, also known as Peyton Manning. This relaxing strain is typically used for MS, anxiety, nausea, and headaches. For some reason, it also makes you yell “OMAHA!!!” Seattle Seahawk fans are hitting that Seattle Blue strain. This sweet, fruity local cannabis favorite yields a full-body buzz. If you're looking for the ultimate smoke for this year's Super Bowl, but you are not a big fan of either team, then roll-up a LeGarrette Blount load of half Peyton Manning and half Seattle Blue. Bronco and Seahawk weed together -- that’s a Pegasus blunt, the winged horse.
So if you want your team in the championship next season, write your congress, get it on the ballot, vote it legal, and enjoy a Super Bowl year. The theme of this year's game screams Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a changing.” The NFL is changing, the common football fan is changing, and America is becoming more acceptable to the idea of legalization. America's most-anticipated game of the year, Super Bowl XLVIII, will illuminate the progress of the people.
Words by Ben Darnell