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Utah House members backing Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX
SALT LAKE CITY – (01/30/2015) Coming off a “super” first week of the 2015 Legislative Session, the Utah House of Representatives has already weighed in on many important issues facing the state: Healthcare reform, transportation funding and water policy to name a few.
But where does the body stand on this weekend’s most pressing question? Will it be the Patriots or Seahawks crowned champions of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona on Sunday?
An informal survey of House members on Friday reveals that by a 34-23 (60 percent) margin they expect the team from the Northwest will become only the ninth repeat Vince Lombardi Trophy winners.
Breaking it down along party lines produces similar results with House Majority members predicting Seattle, 29-20, and House Minority members favoring the ‘Hawks, 5-3.
For some, it’s regional loyalty. For most, however, it comes down to Seattle having three players – linebacker Bobby Wagner (Utah State), running back Robert Turbin (Utah State) and fullback Will Tukuafu (East High School) – with strong ties to Utah.
Then there’s the one House member who jokingly said he supports the Seahawks because he feels a kinship with the team’s running back, Marshawn Lynch, who’s been verbally jousting with the media throughout the season.