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Seahawks vs. Broncos: See whose fans are 'clumsy'

Russell Wilson isn't the only person in Seattle who fumbles around. The Seahawks quarterback is near the top of the 2013 fumblers list at 11, though the Broncos' Peyton Manning isn't far behind at 10.

I guess it comes with the territory.

According to SquareTrade, a company that sells extended warranties for mobile devices, Seahawks fans in general are "clumsy." A lot clumsier than Broncos fans. One in 4 people in Seattle have had a cellphone accident over the last year, compared with only 16 percent in Denver.

Fans cheer during a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
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Fans cheer during a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

So why is that? Clearly folks in Seattle wouldn't be made clumsy by the fact that they're functioning at sea level, as opposed to walking around a mile high. They can't even blame their clumsiness on the legalization of marijuana, because in this case, they're on an even playing field with Denver.

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Maybe Seattle is clumsier than Denver because everyone is always holding a Starbucks cup in one hand and a phone in the other while listening to Nirvana's "Smells like Teen Spirit."

Nah.

So I asked around. Here are some reasons suggested to me on Twitter:

—Soggy shoes due to rain. ( @GdaytoYou)

—Better beer. ( @Anndaroo)

—Denser air. ( @RudyHavenstein)

While cellphones may be at greater risk of ending up on the disabled list in Seattle, SquareTrade said phones everywhere are especially prone to injury during sporting events.

It says a survey through Google found that 1 in 3 Americans has dropped a phone during a game. That includes the entire New York Giants offense.

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SquareTrade was kind enough to break out the most common ways phones are damaged during sporting events:

—Dropped in the toilet: 18 percent.

—Dropped in beer: 13 percent.

—Hurled in anger or excitement: 12 percent ... plus Richard Sherman.

As if fan clumsiness wasn't enough of a problem, weather could also be a problem on Sunday inside MetLife Stadium. SquareTrade says 1 in 5 Americans has witnessed a phone "malfunction or die due to cold weather."

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This will not stand. Our devices are now more precious than our pets and children.

SquareTrade suggests tips to keep your phone safe while watching the Big Game. For one thing, treat your phone like a TV remote—keep it handy but not literally in your hand. Never take your phone into the bathroom, which I heartily agree with for a variety of reasons. Finally, "Count to 10 after all suspect calls or player mistakes."

Tell that to Pete Carroll.

—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells

  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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