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Welcome to the 'Wake and Bake' Super Bowl

Welcome to the “Wake and Bake" Super Bowl.

The NFL won’t call it that, of course. Not unless the league can license it and turn a profit.

But that’s what this is, and besides, “Wake and Bake" Super Bowl is easier to remember than those cockamamie Roman numerals, especially if you’re waking and baking.

The NFL’s preferred buttoned-down week officially starts Tuesday with media day. Richard Sherman, your podium is ready.

Everybody’s hoping Sherman puts on a show, but I’m guessing that won’t happen. Last week, Sherman was fined almost $8,000 for being entertaining and interesting. Sherman went to Stanford. He’s smart enough to have learned his lesson.

But the interesting thing is that weed is all over this Super Bowl already.

For starters, the Broncos and Seahawks represent the states that approved recreational marijuana use. Seems like they should be on the same side in this game,  doesn’t it? Instead, this feels like Cheech vs. Chong.

Colorado already is selling it, precedent-setting. Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher called Colorado the “Jackie Robinson of pot.’’

Washington is right behind, sort of the the Larry Doby of weed. The state voted in recreational pot, but hasn’t opened dispensaries. I’m not sure why Washington would lag behind. Maybe Colorado pot dealers ran the no-huddle.

By comparison, Illinois has a limited and strict medical marijuana law that went into effect this month but has left patients months away from access. The state’s law covers 33 conditions, but proponents are campaigning to include chronic pain, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome and watching Mel Tucker’s defense.

But wait. There’s more. The “Wake and Bake" Super Bowl is not about just the states represented and their liberal laws. No, the Super WB Club starts with Roger Goodell.

The NFL commissioner said he would consider allowing players to use marijuana if medical experts determined that pot is a solution to treat head injuries and concussions.

Sounds fair, seeing as how NFL wonks must’ve gotten hold of some strong stuff when they approved a Super Bowl in a cold-weather city in an outdoor stadium in February.

Naturally, as you would expect in a “Wake and Bake" Super Bowl, the issue came up the first time reporters had a session with coaches. Seattle’s Pete Carroll strongly supported medical marijuana use if science concluded it helped players in a game built on head injuries.

“We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible,’’ Carroll said. “The fact that it’s in the world of medicine is obviously something (Goodell) realized and him making the expression that we need to follow the information and research (is something) absolutely I’m in support of.

“Regardless of what other stigmas may be involved, I think we have to do this because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they’re coming to some conclusions.’’

The only thing missing is a player tweeting out that it’s “time to wake n bake’’  the way former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes did in 2010.

But it’s early in what has become pot’s biggest week in a while. Super bowl, indeed. It feels like Snoop Lion should be hosting this event.

But there is more that can be done. We’re here for the fun, right? Indeed, and there is greater entertainment value to be had.

As noted on a Pinterest page that pops up when you google Super Bowl and pot, “If weed is ever legalized, I can’t wait to see the commercials.’’

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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