By Left Field
( ISN) – Eight days later, the sobs still have not subsided in Seattle. The tears continue to soak the soil beneath the Space Needle and spill into Seattle’s harbour in the wake of so many Super Bowl dreams and twelfth man celebrations drowned in the wake of the Seahawks second down blunder. While it’s difficult to fathom the depths of despair for the Legion of Gloom and their fans, there’s no question that you can pin this one on the crunch time decision to attempt a high risk pass instead of handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch, the beast who got them to the goal line.
Immediately after the game, head coach Pete Carroll was quick to man up and accept the blame for the play calling debacle, but he pulled a weird 180 the very next day, defending a decision that Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith called the worst in the history of the Super Bowl. While you can argue that Smith was still reeling after the Seahawks knocked his Cowboys out of the saddle in the NFC championship game, there’s a long lineup of experts quick to concur that there was a plethora of safer options that could have been called. And you won’t find one Seattle fan objective enough to speculate that Lynch may have been stopped short or fumbled the ball.
While there have been many other plays in other Super Bowls that left second guessers scratching their heads and fans crying in their beers, there hasn’t been one of this magnitude; the ball within a few feet of the end zone, second down, 20 seconds left in the game, a second Lombardi Trophy within inches.
As a Broncos fan stomped by Seattle in last year’s Super Bowl, I have tried to take the Mile High road. Although getting blown out hurts a ton, it heals faster and doesn’t leave a scar that lasts a lifetime like the one Seahawks fans will have to learn to live with. For Seattle’s faithful, this one could prove to be more painful than what fans in Buffalo had to endure when the Bills blew four Super Bowls in a row.
So I’ll try and resist the urge to pour more Sifto into an open wound for the sake of Seattle fanatics like Pigskin Annie, our NFL pool commissioner extraordinaire, and Fishyface, a close friend and Seahawks diehard ever since the team first set up shop in Seattle. I will try to be supportive, even though he called me within minutes of Seattle’s stomping of Denver last year to celebrate at my expense.
Looking ahead, the Seahawks have established themselves as a dominant team blessed with youth and depth that should keep them in position to at least knock on the door for another title or two in the next few years. Let’s hope for the sake of Seattle fans that the players absorb some tough love lessons from this year’s ultra bitter defeat, especially Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson.
Sherman needs to give his act a rest, especially after his sideline mocking of Darrelle Revis, his pro-bowl counterpart on the Patriots. That tactless display of finger waving sign language that translated into two-four-touchdown after Revis was beaten for a go ahead score sets a new standard for classless, even by Sherman’s lofty standards. Watching his face morph from his trademark arrogant smirk to that of a spoiled brat stunned in disbelief after the goal line interception that sealed the win for New England will remain a classic in my personal collection of Super Bowl guilty pleasures.
And a message from above for Wilson, who said immediately after Seattle miraculously sent Green Bay packing that he believes God has a plan for him. Best to save the heavenly artillery until after the final whistle in the Super Bowl blows, bro, so Broncos fans like me can’t ask how that plan’s working out for you lately, Russell.