The last two weeks have been rough in Seattle after "the game." Many of us can't even bring ourselves to utter the words Super Bowl; it's just "the g...
While many people were focused on the Seahawks and Patriots during this Super Bowl, there were many other parts of the game setting off Fireworks.
Poor Pete Carroll. The Seattle Seahawks coach brings his team to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, takes a calculated but unsuccessful risk, and gets painted by popular culture as a failure. Was it really the worst call ever?
As a Patriots fan, I say this: The Seahawks and their supporters should walk tall. Two great teams and two great coaches displayed the violent game's appeal.
After weeks of buildup, hours of pre-game shows and the festival of football itself, you'd think that we'd pretty much be over the Super Bowl by now. But no. In fact, it turns out, that when it comes to the Super Bowl, it's all over but the crunching.
What we often fail to see is that it is easy to second guess someone else (or ourselves) when failure happens. For example, if Russell Wilson had completed that pass, many people would have thought Pete Carroll and his offensive coordinator were geniuses.
We can all savor it, if we choose to. That's more easily done for viewers like me who, just a few hours earlier, had been noncommittal and teamless. Still, once the clock runs out on all the real-time Cinderella stories, we can conjure up glass slippers -- or cleats -- to fit any feet we want.
Evan as a Pats fan who is no fan of Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, I'm sick of hearing the phrase "the worst decision in NFL history." I don't think the media has a clue to what actually took place on that fateful play on the goal line at the end of the Super Bowl.
There was every reason to believe the pass would work. In that case, we would be praising Carroll's brilliance for passing when the entire world believed Marshawn Lynch would be getting the ball.
Leslie Jones might have appreciated the comments of ESPN's Colin Cowherd in defense of Pete Carroll the day after the Super Bowl. He spoke movingly about the inability for anyone to be perfect at all times yet the ease and ability of so many others to expect it. He gave Carroll a pass.
Is Hindsight always 20/20? Would Marshawn Lynch have prevailed if he had been given the ball? It's easy to be the backseat driver of a crash. The Patriots were going to be all over Lynch so the unpredictable was also a reasonable choice.
In Sunday's Super Bowl, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll completely underestimated the New England Patriots. After all, his team just needed to advance the ball only one yard and it seemed that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was coming back to Seattle.
It is easy to criticize Seattle's decision to have Russell Wilson throw the ball from the Patriots one-yard line because the play resulted in a game-clinching turnover. But Seattle's defense failed in the fourth.
I should start by saying I'm not a football fan. It's only fair to say that first. So don't fill the comments with that observation; I'm owning that fact up front. However, I'm a homie fan -- I love where I live, and I love local pride.
More than most championship games, Super Bowl XLIX features a collision between two cities that represent different generations of American identity. Not surprisingly -- in a contest rooted in masculinity -- racial symbolism functions in many different ways.
Today, the nation finally gets to stop talking about deflated balls and finally gets around to... watching some very expensive TV commercials. Of course, the Super Bowl is much bigger than touchdowns, field goals or celebratory crotch grabs; it's about the joy of a frequently divided country sharing a common experience -- deciding whether you prefer beer ads with or without cute animals. Meanwhile, that new reality show Desperate Leaders of the Western Hemisphere took a dramatic turn with Speaker Boehner claiming he told Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer not to tell President Obama about Prime Minister Netanhayu's planned speech to Congress. It's like high school -- if the stakes were, instead of a ruined prom, nuclear war. And on Friday, Mitt Romney let some of the air out of the 2016 GOP race with his announcement that he wouldn't be assembling the old team one last time after all. It was Deflategate for the top one percent. Go Seahawks... or Patriots!