It happened. I met Russell Wilson (and hugged him twice), live on the Huffington Post.
Football, granted, is just a game, but it's a big game on a national stage, and sometimes, what happens on the field can become a life lesson for the rest of us.
She heard the words "no," "impossible," and "never" more times than most, but she believed that with the help of others, she could make a difference, and she was right.
Were the Seattle Seahawks ever both feared and respected throughout the 2013 NFL regular season, or even up to the day before the Super Bowl?
Last Sunday delivered a swinging pendulum of emotions. On one extreme was Seattle's stirring Super Bowl trouncing of Denver. In addition to what I'm told was good defense, it turns out that one of the Seahawks' not-so-secret weapons was yoga and meditation. Coach Pete Carroll had wondered what effect building an organization that "really cared about each and every individual" would have on his team's chances. Question answered. On the darker side of the ledger was Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death. He captured the public imagination both in life, where he found the full humanity of every character he played, and in his death, which crystallized the growing sense that something is very wrong in a culture rife with addiction. Indeed, from 1999 to 2012, drug overdoses skyrocketed 102 percent, and became the leading cause of injury or death. There's no easy fix, but connecting with the empathy to be found in Hoffman's on-screen legacy is a start.
The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys. Sure, there are lessons that we can all learn from the Super Bowl -- lessons about being a good sport or how practice pays off. But there were also some players in the final game that can be used as teaching tools for our teens.
On the Olympic stage, women competing in sports finally get their due share of the limelight. It is the only occasion where coverage of women in sports receive anything close to parity with that of men in sports.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his many players who were formerly unappreciated by the experts in the sport display in their attitude and actions what I consider to be the greatest wisdom that leads to success in any field.
"We didn't change anything. We play our own style of football. And we put our guys in situations they are comfortable with." -- Pete Carroll, Coach of...
Underdogs do win Super Bowls often enough. But there is a reason, or rather a heavily researched summary conclusion, that more often than not they don't. Blowout wins by underdogs are as rare as Seattle fans outside of Seattle.
Can you really fault athletes for these tendencies?
When the Seattle Seahawks beat the Broncos into submission on Super Bowl Sunday it sent a strong statement around the league. The Seahawks quarterback played bigger than his competitor.
The age-old questions of urban boundaries and city walls matter less today in a physical sense, but photographs have suggested that the political overlay of region, cities and neighborhoods still keep visible form, however counterintuitive.
Working memory is our ability to process information. We use it to ace the unexpected interview question, to improvise when we leave the notes to our dinner speech at home, and to play in the Super Bowl (well, a few of us, anyway).
Seattle didn't win the Super Bowl just because Pete Carroll is a fun guy. If you want to know how the Seahawks became the NFL's best, you have to look at how their management went back to school.
I'm glad I went -- 80,000 happy and screaming fans reminded me that we watch the game because of what it is, and everything else around it builds and adds to the culture of the whole -- including the half-time show and the ads.