ABOARD THE CORNUCOPIA MAJESTY, JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Let’s hope the Denver Broncos have better game faces than sea legs.
During their media availability with reporters aboard this 210-foot luxury liner Wednesday morning, the Broncos noticed that the vessel was swaying even though it was moored to the pier adjoining the team hotel.
Someone – or something – was rocking the boat. And the Broncos weren’t happy about it.
“I feel like I’m going to throw up,” tight end Jacob Tamme said, just moments after sitting down at a table with backup quarterbacks Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert in preparation for the interview period.
Dysert was quick to offer advice to his teammate.
“Don’t look out the window,” he said.
A number of Broncos players, including Toronto’s Orlando Franklin, admitted this was their first time on a boat. The Broncos have been holding their media sessions and press conferences on the Cornucopia Majesty cruise liner all week.
Quarterback Peyton Manning had barely sat down behind at his designated podium when he noticed something was amiss.
“Is this boat moving?” Manning asked reporters, who quickly told him that, yes, it was.
Several minutes later, the Broncos quarterback was asked about his preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
“I wasn’t prepared for a rocking cruise ship,” Manning replied. “There’s always a wrinkle, I guess.”
One joke making the rounds was that moneybags Seahawks owner Paul Allen had hired various boats to make waves out on the Hudson River in order to ensure the Broncos vessel would bob up and down, back and forth.
In reality, given the large number of police boats patrolling the area of the Cornucopia Majesty, that could never happen.
Either way, the Broncos weren’t laughing.
Especially those whose faces were turning Seahawk green.