Cause and Effect? Legal marijuana and NFL Super Bowl berths
LOS ANGELES, January 20, 2014 — After the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII, one Washington resident may have put it best by saying, “Good times, high times, the best of times.” Does it get any better for pot smoking football fans in Washington and Colorado?
Laws legalizing marijuana, which were passed in both Washington and Colorado last year, are to be enacted in 2014. On Sunday, the NFL teams from those two states won their respective conference title games and will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Obviously, there is no real correlation between these two happenings. It would be ridiculous to even contemplate such a thought, right? It is merely a coincidence, but for Broncos and Seahawks fans, it is a fun coincidence.
This is the second appearance for the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl since they started playing games in 1976. Seattle lost to Pittsburgh in its first championship game at Super Bowl XL in 2005. The Denver Broncos will be making their seventh Super Bowl appearance, having won two Vince Lombardi Trophies. Those two championships were won back to back in 1997 and 1998 with John Elway at the helm.
The attitudes towards marijuana seem to be shifting across America. On Sunday, according to FOX News, even President Barack Obama said, “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
Judging by the noise at both stadiums on Sunday, the recreational marijuana did nothing to quiet the hometown fans. If anything, these fans had a little something extra for which to be happy on this Sunday.
The only real drawback, perhaps, would be for those fans traveling to the game. Smokers will not be able to enjoy their normal celebratory puff after the game, as the current laws of New Jersey do not allow for recreational use of the plant.
It is too small of a sample to really know for sure if there is a correlation between legalizing marijuana and making it into the Super Bowl. However, there are more states in 2014 with initiatives on the ballots to legalize recreational marijuana. Only time will tell if more states will catch on and legalize the plant in hopes of helping their teams get into the Super Bowl.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News and writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball