Golden Nuggets: Which Bear will lead his team to a Super Bowl victory?

Tom Pennington

Today's the day for a big game (but not the Big Game) with C.J Anderson and the Denver Broncos battling Brandon Mebane and Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks!

We interrupt your written-before-Cal-vs.-Arizona Golden Nuggets to bring you a brief message.

GO BEARS GO BEARS GO BEARS GO BEARS GO BEARS

CAL UPSETS #1 ARIZONA

MORE GOLD-OUT VICTORY COVERAGE BELOW.

WE NOW RETURN YOU TO YOUR BORING NONCAPS LOCK GOLDEN NUGGETS.

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Today's the day we determine who will be joining the list of Cal alumni to win a Super Bowl.

Representing the Denver Broncos is RB C.J. Anderson.

We've got two Bears with the Seahawks. DL Brandon Mebane has been unrecognized by the media, but not his teammates, including DE Cliff Avril.

"He's definitely one of the best nose guards in the game, but he doesn't get the recognition for whatever reason," Avril told reporters on Thursday.

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And as Avril observed, Mebane is adept at making life rather difficult for the center across from him.

"He makes the whole defense's job easier," Avril said. ". . . If the center can get to where he wants to go, it kind of hurts the team. For (Mebane) to be able to hold centers up and make plays - he makes everybody's job easier."

The most famous of the Bears who will take to the field today is RB Marshawn Lynch, who's been making earthquakes on and off the field. While he's been getting lots of attention (and hate from the media) for having so little to say during the media hype leading to the Super Bowl, his teammates have come forward in defense of Lynch.

The Seahawks have heard all they can handle about teammate Marshawn Lynch. They defended their star running back Thursday, the final day of the players' availability to the media.

Teammates came to the defense of media-shy Marshawn Lynch and described him as talkative with those close to him.
"The fact that the league threatened Marshawn with suspensions and fines and forcing him to speak is absurd," receiver Doug Baldwin said. "It's ridiculous. The guy doesn't want to speak to the media and you're forcing him to. It's frustrating for me to even speak about."

In addition, he's been garnering plenty of attention recently for his relationship with Skittles and Fam First Foundation.

FTW: Tell me about the work your foundation does. I heard you were really excited about it?

Lynch: We are in the process of building a youth development center, so all of the money that will be raised with Skittles and myself will go towards that. We have countless events through the summer and the offseason where we go bowling, do family picnics, family dinners, Easter Sunday - it's endless to the amount of charitable things we do. And a lot of the things that we really do go unnoticed, like we do pop-ups in the ‘hood where we'll go to all the inner-city high schools, elementary schools, junior high schools. We go out over everywhere to talk to kids about how to better their lives, things that we use that helped us to get what we're at now.

GO BEARS!

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