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The Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII … at least if it were up to social media

It’s that time of year again! Time for another Super Bowl Sunday (which teetered on the potential of being the first ever Super Bowl Monday). It doesn’t matter if you love or hate football, watch for the game or for the commercials or for the halftime show, or try to avoid the showdown all together… You KNOW that this Sunday marks the most watched event of the year in the United States.

The chatter begins two weeks prior to the big game, when the two best teams of each conference battle for the chance to be crowned Super Bowl Champions.  Analysts, former players, and football fanatics put in their two cents on which team they believe will bring home the coveted Lombardi trophy and which players will play key roles in getting it done. Many are looking to Las Vegas for the odds so they can cast their bets in hopes of winning some quick cash.

Social media is ripe with conversation about the year’s biggest event.  Everywhere you turn it seems that someone is posting, tweeting, or sharing their opinion about the game this Sunday. At Viralheat, we decided to track the teams and their most popular players to see who would win the Super Bowl if it were dependent on social chatter.  The data is quite interesting.

And the winner is…

The Seattle Seahawks (as a lifelong 49er fan that was very difficult for me to type)!  In just the past week alone, the Seahawks have had nearly double the mentions on social media with 255,944 mentions to the Bronco’s 133,462. And that’s despite the numbers showing that fans love the Broncos and their players more than their rivals.

And the MVP is…

Broncos quarter Peyton Manning if we’re talking about sheer volume of mentions and Denver wide receiver Wes Welker if we consider the sentiment of the votes.  Manning racked in 1.5x the mentions as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and ranked slightly more favorable. But if we’re talking about favorable, there is no contest that Wes Welker takes the cake… and everything else for that matter. Welker brought in a sky-high 70% positive sentiment ranking (a far second was Manning with a solid 50%). As for LVP (the fictional Least Valuable Player), the overwhelming winner is Richard Sherman, the outspoken cornerback of the Seattle Seahawks.  Sherman had the highest negative sentiment, ranking at 29% negative which is nearly triple that of the next LVP – his teammate Russell Wilson who came in at 11%.

Honorable Mentions…

Who said social media had to be all about numbers? Take a look at some of the top mentions circulating about the matchup.

  • Floyd Mayweather is rooting for the Broncos! The championship boxer is betting $10.4M that the Broncos are victorious. (Source: Twitter)
  • Peyton Manning makes a ridiculous amount of money compared to Russell Wilson with the amount of $882,352 PER WEEK compared to Wilson’s $526,217 FOR THE SEASON. (Source: ESPN NFL)
  • Wes Welker’s tale of glory this year? That he was crushed to death by a tipped-over microphone. (Source: The Onion)

Who are you rooting for this Sunday? The Broncos? The Seahawks? Bruno Mars?


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