Did excessive time spent on a cruise ship sink the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday? Let’s play Monday morning quarterback.
Denver used Cornucopia Majesty, a 1,200-passenger sightseeing vessel that’s the largest party boat in the Northeast, as its media headquarters in the days leading up to the football game. The 210-foot-long ship, which is normally docked in Hoboken, New Jersey, was moved near the team hotel, the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, in nearby Jersey City.
On Wednesday, reports surfaced that the players weren’t too pleased with the motion of the ocean (er, the Hudson River). “I feel like I’m going to throw up,” Bronco tight end Jacob Tamme told his teammates before a news conference, according to Sports Illustrated. Offensive lineman Orlando Franklin and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had never been on a boat before, SI reported.
Even Peyton Manning seemed thrown by the locale: “I wasn’t prepared for a rocking cruise ship,” he told the media. Perhaps that equilibrium imbalance contributed to those interceptions (Manning has already attributed that first quarter safety, a clip that will surely live in infamy, to excessive crowd noise).
By Thursday, the players’ complaints against the NFL, which arranged the Cornucopia Cruise Line venue, grew even more heated. “I have a headache from all of the rocking,” defensive tackle Sione Fua told the NJ.com. “I don’t like the boat,” cornerback Quentin Jammer said to the same reporter. “I’m not feeling very good with all this rocking. I don’t know who thought to have these interviews on the boat, but it’s really not a good idea.”
The Seattle Seahawks were just less than a mile away at the Westin Jersey City Newport. The eventual Super Bowl victors held their news conferences at a ballroom inside the hotel (While the Broncos’ hotel had meeting space, it was being used for team meetings and meals in the days leading up to the big game, according to the New York Times.
Fans, you tell us: Did seasickness contribute to the Broncos’ sorry performance? Or is Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” defense – and a high-flying ‘Hawk offense – responsible for the 43-8 landslide?