A tale of two Super Bowl-bound cities

Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:20am EST
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(Reuters) - New England has the Boston Tea Party and cream pie, Seattle has Starbucks and marijuana but only one will be crowned Super Bowl champions after an East Coast versus West Cost clash of teams as different as the cities they represent.

It will be Beantown versus the Emerald City in the Arizona desert on Feb. 1 where the resilient Seattle Seahawks will try to defend their Super Bowl crown against a New England Patriots team making their sixth trip to the title game in 13 seasons.

Although New England represents six different states the heartbeat of the team is still Boston. The team was originally called the Boston Patriots and only changed their name when they moved to Foxborough in 1971.

Much more than roughly 2,500 miles and three time zones separates the two Super Bowl combatants.

Seattle, home of Microsoft and Amazon.com, has given the world Starbucks, grunge rock and Jimi Hendrix.

Boston is the home of Harvard University, Cheers, the Kennedys, Paul Revere and the Boston Pops.

While Seattleites embrace recycling and environmental causes, Bostonians love the big event, staging the world's most famous marathon annually while the city was recently selected as the U.S. candidate in a bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics.

Seahawks fans, famously known as the '12th man,' are among the National Football League's most boisterous and have been known to get a little high with Washington among the first states to legalize recreational pot in 2012.

And if the Seahawks lose the championship game, fans can always drown their sorrows with a beer from one of 100 locally crafted brews.   Continued...

Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after throwing a touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports