The ganja gods are at play once again! The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will meet in the 48th Super Bowl on February 2nd. What makes this game particularly intriguing -- and will be noted by sportswriters countless times in the hype leading up to the Big Game -- is that the Broncos and Seahawks both hail from the only states that permit adult, recreational use of marijuana.
Not that it makes that big a difference. The NFL is staunchly opposed to pot use by players and individual teams have their own strict policies, as evidenced by New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick warning to his team prior to his playoff loss against the Broncos. Running back LeGarrette Blount said Belichick addressed the team about smoking pot in Denver. "Bill told us about it. He basically told us, ‘Don’t go out there and be stupid.’“
(Considering the beatdown they received at the hands of Peyton Manning and the Broncos, maybe pot would have helped.)
There’s no chance of any legal pot use by players at this year’s game. It’s being played at MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, located in New Jersey. Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is currently under intense scrutiny for allegedly creating a massive traffic jam in the town of a political opponent as political retaliation, has been adamantly opposed to medical marijuana in NJ, despite laws that have been on the books for four years. As for New York City, which will serve as Super Bowl headquarters, both medical and recreational pot are illegal.