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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Best Parts About Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted by on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

This city came together. Transplants and natives. Jocks and nerds. Skyscrapers and ferris wheels. Cats and dogs.
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  • This city came together. Transplants and natives. Jocks and nerds. Skyscrapers and ferris wheels. Cats and dogs.

Last night's game was a solid rock made out of awesome. But let’s crack that awesome rock open, and see all the shiny crystal fragments inside that made it a geode of greatness:

• The Seahawks offense had no sacks and no turnovers: first time in Super Bowl history a team has done that. A Seattle sports team just set the new standard for not fucking up in Super Bowls. I can’t even.

• Percy Harvin’s game-clinching kick return to open the second half. Percy Harvin is faster than fast. He’s so fast he can move sideways while being fast. He’s nonsensically fast.

Paul Constant’s wing recipe. They came out great! Thanks, Paul!

• Ricardo Lockette doing a suit and tie celebration. Ricardo Fucking Lockette?! I don’t know if our fifth best wide receiver should be busting out a signature celebration at the Super Bowl, but you know what? Fuck it. Sure! Good on you, Ricardo!

• The moment at the intersection of Pike and 10th where a mass of people simultaneously thought, “what do we do now?” and then a mortar shot into the air.

Right after a firework shot out of this trash can.
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  • Right after a firework shot out of this trash can.

• By my estimation, Pete Carroll probably met Malcolm Smith when he was 10. Malcolm’s older brother Steve was the best football player in the family (and has Super Bowl rings of his own) and Carroll recruited him to go to USC. I can picture avuncular Pete Carroll sitting in the Smith household, being introduced to 10 year old Malcolm as he was convincing Steve to come to his program. Steve did go, and years later Malcolm would too. Now Malcolm Smith is the Super Bowl MVP of Pete’s championship team.

• On the last two Seahawks touchdowns of the game, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin shrugged off multiple hits outside of the end zone.

Peyton Manning was terrified of Richard Sherman. Terrified.

• Eli Manning’s dumb sad face. This game wasn’t about schadenfreude per se, but a classic Manning face is always a winner. And it came right after Peyton made a dumb sad face. But then Eli was like, “I'm king of the dumb sad faces, brother. You may be the better ball thrower, but you are merely a dumb sad face prince.” And, saddened by Eli’s putdown, Peyton made a dumb sad face that didn’t hold a candle to Eli’s. And then the cycle continued into perpetuity.

• Russell Wilson. I can’t even.

• Watching the game with friends. I usually watch Hawks games alone, huddled over my laptop, shaking with rage and fear. It was better to shake with rage and fear with some other people around.

• Kam Chancellor would be a Star Wars villain if Star Wars were as cool as I thought it was when I was 13.

• This city came together. Transplants and natives. Jocks and nerds. Cats and dogs. And we invested in a team that seemed to play a brutal sport in the best way it could be played. Doing things the best way is no guarantee that the results will match the process. But they did. They did. Holy shit, they did. It’s a phenomenal feeling that has left me equal parts elated and emotional.

And with that, I enter cryogenic hibernation as The Stranger's sports editor. When will I be unfrozen? Will it be another Seahawks Super Bowl run? Big news about the potential return of the Sonics? Or something great coming out of the Mariners organization? All I know for sure is that it won't be the Mariners one. Come on, guys. Some things never change.


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Great victory, Seahawks! Of course, it would have meant even more if the Broncos had bothered to show up.

I'm more and more convinced, they all thought the REAL game was NEXT Sunday.

But nonetheless, flawless play by the Seahawks! I doff my hat to you.
Posted by Pope Buck I on February 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 2
Thanks for this post! Now the rest of the bullshit, hype, and glurge that gets thrown at me today will seem like nothing.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on February 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Spike, you'd do it for a Seattle NHL expansion Stanley Cup run wouldn't you?
Posted by neo-realist on February 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this
care bear 4
The Broncos didn't not show up. The Seahawks made them play that way.
Posted by care bear on February 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 5
Edgar and Griffey making that great playoff run in ''95 is the best Seattle sport memory for me. Go Mariners!
Posted by dnt trust me on February 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on February 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 7
In two games played at MetLife stadium this year:

Seahawks 66
Mannings 8
Posted by Gern Blanston on February 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 8
@7 as a Giants fan fuck you. As a Seahawks fan when they're not playing the Giants, uh, I'm conflicted.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on February 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 9
A very enjoyable game for a non-fan. The TV coverage gave me enough detail to have some backstory for some players while I watched, and the camera work and explanatory graphics were terrific. If they make the league championships and super bowl next year I'll be sure to see those games also.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on February 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Next up for a championship is the Seattle Storm! They've already won 2 Championships in this century!!!!!!!!! They seem to be forgotten!
Posted by shelleyb on February 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Tracy 11
The good kind of tears. Lovely re-cap!
Posted by Tracy on February 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Tracy 12
The good kind of tears! Great re-cap
Posted by Tracy on February 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM · Report this
"Payton Manning's sad dumb face."

The best was that slow motion capture as the ball goes sailing past it on the opening play of the game.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Dougsf 14
What @13 said.
Posted by Dougsf on February 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
raawr 15
Better watch out for the Sounders this year...
Posted by raawr on February 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 16

I like slo-motion. I hope next year that use super super slo mo more often, like when a baseball hits a bat. Only in the past year, because of it, one can see the bat wiggle a bit on contact. Ah fuck, I take it all back. I hate slo-mo with a passion.
Posted by dnt trust me on February 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM · Report this
@1 Only people who don't know football would suggest that the Broncos failed to show up. They were there, they just got their asses kicked from start to finish. They couldn't do anything because the Seahawks wouldn't let them do anything.
Posted by bigyaz on February 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Fnarf 18
As a dork and a calculator-button-pushing bespectacled pencil-neck geek, I would like to refer to my previous work on the frequency of final scores in the NFL and point out that while my dream of a 5-3 final did not come true, something even weirder did: 43-8.

Guess how many times a team scored 43 points in an NFL game this year? Zero. Guess how many times a team scored 8? One time.

Every other point score below 43, except the impossible 1 and the almost impossible 4 and 5, was done. (Side note, I saw a 5-0 game once, in person, Dallas over Detroit in the Cotton Bowl, a 1970 Divisional Playoff, shortly after we moved to that godforsaken city.)

Who can tell me how many teams have led a Super Bowl from the very first snap of the game to the end? I don't know, but this has to be the first time, right? The only other time a team scored on the first play was a kickoff return, by the Chicago Bears in 2007, but they ended up losing that game (to Peyton Manning's Colts).
Posted by Fnarf on February 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM · Report this
@17, The Broncos showed up physically, but from what I could see, there was a failure of preparation and mental toughness on their part and their secondary tackled (or rather semi-tackled) like a bunch of wusses.

It was almost as if the Broncos held there asses out and said to the Seahawks, "here, kick me"
Posted by neo-realist on February 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM · Report this
biffp 20
I had to watch the game alone. I loved Eli's face. Peyton seems like a good guy, but it's a better win against him. Seattle wouldn't have gotten half the credit destroying the Giants and Eli. With that said, I can't fathom why Peyton and the Broncos didn't take the 3 points before half time.

I love Russell Wilson scrambling, and the comeback against Atlanta last year was one for the ages. That said, the thing he did best yesterday was to not try to do too much. The stat about the Seahawk offence is right on the money. It was the defense's to win, and the offense's to lose. There will be another day when Wilson has to make the play of his career (and, of course, he'll be ready).

Great story about Smith. I thought I mis-heard he was MVP. Defense really deserved MVP. Cliff Avril was phenomenal yesterday too. He helped caused both interceptions.
Posted by biffp on February 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM · Report this
DOUG. 21
@18: Weird indeed. This was the first game to end with a score of 43-8 in the history of the NFL!
Posted by DOUG. on February 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM · Report this
biffp 22
@18, not sure how many times one team led the full game, but it happened to Denver in Super Bowl XXIV against the Niners.
Posted by biffp on February 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Fnarf 23
@22, yes, but not the WHOLE game -- Denver had the ball first and went three-and-out, and then SF scored on their first drive but not the first play of that drive -- the game was scoreless until 10:06 in the first quarter. We scored in this game on the very first snap.
Posted by Fnarf on February 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM · Report this
RhettOracle 24
The feeling that swept this city out of its suicidal grayness was capturing the Super Bowl in fine style, creating a shared togetherness uninfected by red or blue mindsets. Much as I hate to credit Charlie Sheen with anything - what he said - "Winning!" is flamingly appropriate. Paraphrasing what Sophie Tucker said about being rich and poor: "I have lost and I have won. Winning is better." And mostly we should be grateful no one has suggested the name of the essential fan base be changed to "the 12th person".
Posted by RhettOracle on February 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM · Report this
@19, well said. That's often true of Wilson -- he gives the team what they need, and often they don't need the world carried on his shoulders. It's what makes him (and many other Seahawks) so fantastic -- they really play with the team's best interest in mind. The way the secondary moves and sticks to their coverage is almost deceptive in its simplicity. Peyton lives and dies on getting defenses to follow his lead -- which is why he had no luck yesterday.

I've been a growing fan since the tragic '06 Super Bowl. That was my bandwagon moment. I became a diehard last season. my first NFL game ever was the preseason matchup against the Broncos, and I remember ecstatically thinking, wow, this could be the Super Bowl right here. Little did I know that the score would be nearly identical as well (it was 40-10, then.)
Posted by grkle on February 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 26
Manning was not scared of Sherman...he completed several passes during the game to guys covered by Sherman. Denver rarely goes outside in their pass game, it is a very short passing game based on shallow crosses, posts, and YAC. Pretty much as West Coast as the West Coast offense gets.

Peyton fears no one, he finds an open guy and hits them. I would wager that Sherman's guy was probably just pretty well covered the whole game.

That being said, Denver played with no urgency, no fire. All the highlights belong to Seattle. They were playing at a different speed. That is what a team looks like that just wants it more.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Fnarf 27
@21, that's pretty amazing. And as a result of your post I found this, which renders my "work" obsolete -- I should have known.…
Posted by Fnarf on February 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM · Report this
Washington State was humiliated by the McMorris-Rogers rebuttal to the Obama State of the Union speech. The kindest comment I heard about her performance was "Substance free". We needed and deserved a cleansing experience to show the rest of the country that we are not all bumbling nabobs. Thank-you Seahawks!
Posted by collingswood on February 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 29
I usually watch Hawks games alone, huddled over my laptop, shaking with rage and fear.

You & me both. But I watched the SB w/ some die-hards in a man cave. 'Twas awesome.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on February 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM · Report this
I am no expert at football but generally in team sports, this kind of blow out score is much more likely to represent respective strengths than some other weird explanation like "they didn't show up" or "they chocked". Sure, the outcome doesn't reflect what the media claimed would happen over the last 2 weeks but did you expect them to tell you that the semi against SF was in fact the final 2 weeks early or does creating as much commercial hype as possible fits the usual MO?
Posted by anon1256 on February 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM · Report this
We all invested in the team, sure, but it's sort of hard not to when your tax dollars are being spent on said team.
Posted by treehugger on February 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Report this
Denver didn't choke, they were choked. Seahawk D plays with all the mercy of a pack of Velociraptors in a stable with Shetland Ponies. Chainsaws.
Posted by Second Circle of Hello on February 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM · Report this
@32, Denver played their hearts out, and they were still reamed hard.

This wasn't choking. There are blowouts that can be blamed on teams choking. This wasn't an example. If anybody know what choking looks like, it's Seahawks fans. We still hold that record, iirc.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM · Report this
@18 -- I almost nailed Seattle's side of the score - predicting 34 leaning to 41. I figured on the 2 FG's and 4-5 TD's (5 if they had both a pick six and a kick return) ... but I never figured Manning to give up a safety.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on February 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM · Report this
Careful don't eat the German Sausage, there is Bronco Meat in them there dogs.
Posted by VotaKuntree on February 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Amen #10, Go Storm!
Posted by ping on February 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM · Report this
Denver neither choked nor failed to show up. They got blown out because they faced a defense with exactly the right strengths to counter their offense. Denver has a short passing game that relies on their big receivers to gain a lot of yards after they catch the ball. The Seahawks, however, have big defensive backs who are very sure tacklers, so those YAC (yards after catch) just didn't happen. Most of Manning's completions were for 6 yards or less. Denver brought their game, it just didn't work against the Seahawk defense.

Posted by Charlie Mas on February 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM · Report this
Also, the Denver offense was designed to be pass rush proof by starting the quarterback in the shotgun and having him get rid of the ball quickly to receivers running slants and short crossing patterns. But the Seahawks front four were so damn fast that they got to Manning in the brief time before he got rid of the ball. Having exceptionally tight man-to-man coverage and bumping the receivers at the line helped.

They tried to beat that fast defensive line with screen passes, but the Seahawks defensive line was so fast that they were able to pursue and tackle the receiver from behind after he was held up by a defender applying tight man-to-man coverage.

The Seahawk defensive is built to beat a West Coast offense. And it did.
Posted by Charlie Mas on February 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM · Report this
kk in seattle 39
I cannot tell you how joyful it makes me feel to read on SLOG that this was the first team to suffer neither a sack nor a turnover in a Super Bowl. Which just goes to show you how in the fucking in the tank the entire national sports press corps is for Saint Peyton Manning. Seattle's defense is spectacular, the stuff of legends, but Seattle's offense is pretty damn fine, too.
Posted by kk in seattle on February 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM · Report this

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