Based on geography, the Treasure Valley is smack-dab in the middle of the Super Bowl story line. Were 404 miles from Seattle as the crow flies (or roughly an 8-hour drive), and were 639 miles from Denver (or a 12-hour drive). The Valley is loaded with Seattle and Denver fans, and we wanted to know who will have the louder voice, so we broke down a few statistical (and very unscientific) categories to help reach a conclusion before next Sundays big game (4:30 p.m., Fox).
MERCHANDISEAND GEAR SALES
If fans speak with their wallets and wardrobes, then the Seahawks are clearly a favorite in the Treasure Valley. The Seahawks have generated the most sales of any NFL team at the Pro Image stores in Boise, Meridian and Nampa this season. The Broncos are fourth, behind the 49ers and Cowboys.
As recently as five years ago, the Broncos were more popular than the Seahawks, said Travis Hawkes, who owns the Pro Image stores. The Seahawks updated color scheme featuring lime green helped spark a change. Its kind of become the cool stuff to wear, Hawkes said.
The Seahawks ranked No. 2 last year at Pro Image behind the 49ers. Theyve been No. 1 this year, since the summer.
Advantage: Seahawks big
WHOSE FANS ARE MOVING TO IDAHO?
If it were just a battle of recent Idaho transplants, this would be no contest. Nearly 86,000 Washington residentshave migrated to the Gem State since 2005, compared to just more than 15,000 Coloradoans, according to the U.S. Census.
Though the data contains a large margin for error and we also realize that not every outsider moving into our state settles in the Treasure Valley area the numbers arent all that surprising, given that Idaho and Washington share a long state line.
In 2012, the moving numbers were 10,398 (from Washington) and 1,186 (from Colorado). Which begs the question:
If their football teams were so darn good, whyd they leave?
Advantage: Seahawks even bigger
POLITICAL LEADERS AND THEIR PICKS
Were seekings answers, the truth and a forecast into the future so naturally we went to our leaders to see what they thought about next weekends gathering of football muscle. We reached out to a few politicians in Ada and Canyon counties and asked them the same simple question:
Seahawks or Broncos?
Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is pulling for the Seahawks, while Eagle Mayor Jim Reynolds and Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas are in the Broncos camp.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is sticking with his longtime allegiance and wont pick anyone except the Packers.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said he is rooting for the winner.
Advantage: A slight lean in favor of the Broncos
THE PULSEOF SOCIAL MEDIA
You cant do anything without social media these days, and we went straight to Facebook to see which team regular everyday football fans are invested in.
A solicit on a couple of our accounts produced more than 300 answers.
The results were competitive (a hint of things to come?):
There were 152 votes for the Broncos, and 141 votes for the Seahawks.
A few other people took the time to say they didnt care, or throw some serious love at Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (hes popular).
Speaking of popular, Jason Haberman didnt pick a team on Facebook, but he might have had the best/most popular answer: Im rooting for baby back ribs.
Advantage: Broncos by an inch
AND THE CONCLUSION IS ...
The Treasure Valley digs the Seahawks' uniforms and Peyton Manning. (As for the game, it's too close to call, which is exactly how it should be.)