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Enjoying The Superbowl

January 28, 2015

The only way to really get into pro sports is to know who is playing, and get the background stories. Otherwise, it is just so many highlight plays padded with hours of boring build up – not as bad as watching Nascar waiting for a crash, but not much better. In preparing myself to better enjoy the Patriots vs Seattle game this coming Sunday, I started to dig into the stories behind the teams. One thing I didn’t know about the Seahawks is that they made a pivotal trade early in the season, dumping the “polarizing” Percy Harvin. Shortly after reading that, I came across an article on Kam Chancellor, and found this little tidbit in there:

On the band sat the secondary’s traditional moniker: “L.O.B.,” which originally stood for “The Legion Of Boom.” Only Chancellor had changed the definition. He revealed his new slogan the night before the 6-4 Seahawks faced off against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12.

With Seattle’s title defense not going as planned and an undeniable rift cracking the locker room in half, Chancellor declared the famous, self-serving nickname dead for the moment. L.O.B. now stood for “Love Our Brothers,” and everyone had no choice but to get on board.

Within days, coach Pete Carroll had the bands made and placed one in every locker and desk in the building. …

…Seattle has not lost a game since Chancellor made his speech and Carroll produced the bands. The defense has yielded an average of just 9.75 points per contest in that span, and the offense has regained its footing.

The bands swing on the wrists of most players as a reminder of where they were, and what an emergence from a hazy collapse feels like.

But for Seto, it’s also a reminder that his enforcer, his monster, his killer is so much more than that.

“From that moment on, we grabbed on to this principle: ‘Love Our Brothers,’ ” he said. “Loving each other, being there for each other. Being a better teammate. Praise the Lord; that turned the season around.”

Ah, so cool. Toss the prima donna team-splittin’ player out, get a couple of selfless, hardworking relatively unknowns in trade, allow a good guy to step up and rally the team, and bingo, the road to the Superbowl is made straight. On the other side of the line of scrimmage is the cheatingest team in NFL history.

Last year I had a feeling that Manning was gonna choke, though I would never have predicted the spread. This year, I will be very surprised if the game isn’t razor close. Even without cheating, the Patriots are a formidable force. Gonna be a good one, and y’all know who I am rootin’ for.

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26 Comments
  1. FrenkoFrenik permalink
    January 29, 2015 10:20 am

    I don’t watch a lot of NFL, but the games I have seen from the seahawks both this year and last year have been great. I don’t doubt they can rise to the occasion and make another big game.

    However that said, in my mind there’s a more interesting scenario where the pats play with a huge chip on their shoulders ready to silence the cheating scandal and play like possessed demons.

    Win or lose that would be a better game to watch.

    • January 30, 2015 5:45 am

      That is the game that will be played on Sunday. Both teams want this one badly, and they are both in the position to make the other work for it. It is always possible that one team will get blown out, but chances are high for a close game.

  2. February 1, 2015 10:20 pm

    Warning: Don’t read this comment unless you’ve already watched the game!!!

    Wow!!!! What a bonehead play call. That goes down in history as the worst play call EVER.

    I was shocked as Wilson dropped back to pass. Pass?!!

    Then….. Game over.

  3. Blankman permalink*
    February 1, 2015 10:25 pm

    Warning: Don’t read this comment unless you’ve already watched the game!!!

    Worst play call ever. Cost them the Super Bowl. A failure on so many levels: offensive coordinator for even calling the play, head coach for giving the go ahead, & the quarterback not calling a timeout or making an audible to get out of the play. All on the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, second down & goal, & thirty seconds left. All they needed to do was run it in with the guy that’s been pretty much unstoppable all season. It’s a no-brainer. What is this sh!t- Pee Wee Football?!? Such an utter FUBAR that will be the example of what NOT to do. Unbelievable.

  4. FrenkoFrenik permalink
    February 2, 2015 1:35 am

    Spoilers Ahead!!!!!!

    It was an awesome game. I don’t put too much on that last play because simply put would not have been in that position without the unbelievable catch the play prior. Which can be said with almost all the lucky plays they got throughout the game.

    If they had scored the TD it would have all been about that catch prior to the int. It would have been about the team that played the worst who somehow gotten really lucky in key plays.

    The Pats offensively hands down dominated this match. Injuries aside they just came out like possesed demons with a chip on their shoulders to prove everyone wrong.

    Seahawks just got lucky and had an awesome running game for what was an abysmal throwing game.

    They just somehow managed to get through and gamble on some long passes, but I don’t think it should have been this close.

    It was a great game in terms of entertainment but it was kinda ugly on the football side of things. That brawl at the end and the fact that the Commissioner deserves to be booed along with the asterisk the Pats will have over this season.

    I don’t know… If I am the other major sports I would be happy about this outcome.

    Seattle will have a great team for a while, they probably will need a headcoach depending on how much He lost the respect of his players.

  5. February 2, 2015 7:42 am

    WordPress just lost my long comment so in my rewrite, I will make this short. Boneheaded play. Pete and his offensive coordinator psyched themselves out. (But risk-taking is part of what got them there, still, I feel like they were the gambler who is up by a million, but can’t walk away from the table, and a couple minutes later has lost everything.)

    Phenomenal, historical, crazy entertaining game. Luck, hard work, brilliant preparation, solid execution by Brady on the pass off the snap, outstanding Patriot defense giving Wilson no place to throw, and yet not letting his run get going. The game was more consistently, better played by the Patriots.

    I want Pete to stay where he is, and the same for the entire team. In fact, I want a rematch first and LAST game of the 2015-16 football season/playoffs. What is the point in learning hard lessons, if you don’t have a chance to apply what you have learned? You can’t apply it if you move. I also want Marshawn to stay in Seattle. Sherman has to up his game. He is like Zoolander who can only make right turns. Sure, he terrifies the quarterbacks on the one side of the field, but that still leaves then the whole other side. Gonna have to learn how to turn left, too, so that he can switch it up every play. Just saying, may as well.

    Never again will Payton Manning be mentioned in the same sentence as Brady. Much as I don’t want to support the Patriots, I am actually happy about that.

    Usually it is players who make the game losing plays (though no game win or loss can ever be credited/blamed on a single play). Still, there is a reason why the word “clutch” was coined.

    Winners write the history. Don’t count on Godell doing anything more than destroying evidence, and covering shit up. Don’t want to shit on the winners of the Superbowl.

    Done, better quit before this gets deleted again!

    Looking forward to talking more here, and in party chat on the weekend. ❤

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 2, 2015 9:07 am

      I have to question your criticism about Sherman, Suns. Brady threw toward Sherman’s man once throughout the entire game. Once! And you say he needs to up his game?!? The dude was even playing with a torn ligament in his left elbow sustained from the prior game that got them there. Sports doctors have speculated that he may need Tommy John surgery. Is he supposed to cover the other side of the field as well like you’re suggesting? Superman isn’t real, son. Your comment leaves me shaking my head. I don’t know what the heck you’re even talking about, brutha.

    • February 2, 2015 3:22 pm

      My wording should have been different. Sherman is pretty vocal about being the best in the league, perhaps the best ever. And that may very well be true. He is outstanding, and as you say, the other teams fear him so much, they don’t even throw to area, like pitching balls to a hitter.

      All I mean to say is that IF the Hawks could move him around and keep the other team guessing, that might make him even more effective. If he could be moved to other starting positions and played more dynamically, with the same talent he exhibits on his side of the field now, that would make him a better player. As it is, the other team just plays with a slightly smaller field and does whatever they want. Darn near every receiver on that team got at least one catch and FOUR of them got catches in the end zone. No, it is not Shermans’ fault or his responsibility, but all he did to the Pats was shrink their playing field a little. All the Pats had to do to beat him was rotate sending decoys his way every single play.

      It was just an observation which I probably never would have mentioned if he weren’t so in-our-faces arrogant, and if the other team didn’t so easily play around him.

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 2, 2015 3:46 pm

      He covers the best receiver on the opponent’s team. Shrinking the playing field is what a dominant cornerback is supposed to do. Although his fellow cornerbacks were both playing with injuries or got injured during the game, they need to step up their game. Seattle’s secondary was devastated by injuries. The backup corner, Simon, got burned on one of the Patriots touchdowns.

      Defensive schemes and coverages are extremely complicated with the speed of today’s NFL receivers. The Hawks play zone coverage because they were too depleted to play man-to-man while the Patriots played man-to-man which really disrupted Wilson’s completion effectiveness. The criticism or suggestion that Sherman be shuffled from side to side or rotating receivers doesn’t make sense. Did anyone ever question the dominance of Deion Sanders when he shut shit down for the Cowboys? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

    • February 2, 2015 4:05 pm

      Hey, I must have spoken out of tremendous ignorance then. Not the first time.

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 2, 2015 4:17 pm

      I’m not trying to attack you, Suns. It’s just that your suggestions don’t make logical sense, as in terms of how football is really played. Every team has their defensive schemes and you can’t shuffle players around simply because your teammates are getting burned. Then what happens? When you try and provide coverage to the other side of the field, they start throwing the other way.

      If I had it my way, I would have turned Sherman into playing both defense & offense like the Cowboys eventually did with Sanders. Unfortunately, the Hawks can kiss that option goodbye if Sherman does indeed have Tommy John surgery. Even playing with one arm, he’s better than the other corners of his team. Brady tested him once by throwing to his receiver, and he never threw in his direction again for the entire game. What does that say?

    • February 2, 2015 5:31 pm

      It’s cool. I will wait until we are in party chat to further clear up misunderstandings about the game, to get…properly schooled. LOL

      One of many things I have enjoyed this year, especially when watching the Seahawks, is how the defenders are not only able to see and capitalize on interception opportunities, but how they are able to stay with the receivers and stop the plays even though the rules for interference are so limiting.

    • February 2, 2015 9:37 am

      The Detroit Lions will win Superbowl 50, so you can forget about any “re-match” 🙂

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 2, 2015 9:57 am

      Keep dreaming, Jimmy. If it helps you get through the year, keep believin’. 😉 Even though it’s ridiculously difficult to get back to the big game no matter how good a team may be, the Hawks have something to prove now because they have a lot of redeeming to do. First thing they need to do is to fire their offensive coordinator, Bevell. One of the best offensive minds in the NFL?!? What team would hire him as a head coach since he’s primarily responsible for the worst call in NFL history? Fail. Pete Caroll did what he had to do by falling on his sword & taking the blame, but make no mistake about it; that dumbass play call was Bevell’s. However, there was a fundamental failure on all decision-making with twenty-six seconds & a timeout to give that led to them gift wrapping the Lombardi trophy to those cheating ass Patriots.

      BTW: Madden NFL correctly predicted all three aspects of the game! Ridiculous!

    • Herandar permalink
      February 2, 2015 12:27 pm

      “What team would hire him as a head coach since he’s primarily responsible for the worst call in NFL history? Fail.” Pretty much any team looking for a coach would. NFL Coaching is a swanky club, and once you get your foot in the door, you can always get a gig. Also, one terrible call does not make a bad coach.

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 2, 2015 12:46 pm

      That one terrible play call essentially undid all of the good/great plays he’s called. It was for the biggest game of the NFL- the Super Bowl. Even to make it that far takes a tremendous effort, some have even cheated! It was a no-brainer of a play call, and you don’t take chances when the game is on the line. Not when there was so much at stake. He screwed the pooch on that, but he was not the sole blame. Like I said, Carroll didn’t object & Wilson was drinking so much of his Kool-Aid that he didn’t see the fault of that play call either. You stick to what got you there, and they decided at the worst time to break form. That was not the time to get cute. You punch the fricking ball in & try again if it didn’t work. You don’t go low percentage when a higher percentage play should have been the go to call. That botched call will haunt Bevell’s coaching career. The hate that’s undoubtedly harbored in the hearts of Seahawks fans need to find some closure by firing him.

    • Herandar permalink
      February 3, 2015 8:37 am

      Bollocks. Coaches make bad calls all the time. You are blowing this one botched call out of proportion, even given the grand stage it was on. He’ll have no problem getting other coaching gigs. (See Marty Mornhinweg, just hired by the Ravens.)

  6. February 2, 2015 7:51 am

    LMAO! Listen to the commentators! They were LIVID!!

    Deion Sanders can hardly speak!!
    “You have a grown man in the back field who’s hungry. You don’t feed him?!!”
    BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAA!!!!

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl/0ap3000000467563/Deion-Hawks-made-worst-call-in-Super-Bowl-history

    They got MC HAMMER tweetin’ and shit! SO FUNNY!

    And here is Marshawn’s comment. Unexpected and classy. Dang, makes me like that Seattle crew even more.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000467628/article/marshawn-lynch-not-surprised-by-disastrous-play-call

  7. FrenkoFrenik permalink
    February 2, 2015 11:47 am

    I don’t think in retrospect it was that bad of a play. I mean if Lynch got stopped instead, then you are forced to pass anyways and something like this could still have happened.

    In a way it made sense they went for the gamble and unexpected play. It almost worked.

    Had the receiver been quicker or established his position sooner it could have been a flag on that play, there was contact.

    But he didn’t. He was beaten to the punch and no ref was going to call that.

    If they had made the pass, what would have been talked about now was how smart that play was. Just like they gambled for a TD instead of a field goal.

    If that play had failed it would have been a “Dumb” move.

    but again all of this speaks of how entertaining this game was. A game decided by one yard.

  8. Herandar permalink
    February 2, 2015 12:14 pm

    Frenik’s last post basically just said everything that I was going to. If it had worked, it would have been touted as a genius move not to go with the obvious play. I’m just not sure the Patriot run defense could’ve handled the obvious run.

    Brady’s completions, though. Belichick is a certified football genius– a corrupt win-at-all-costs type genius, but still.

  9. FrenkoFrenik permalink
    February 2, 2015 1:09 pm

    Found this:
    http://www.vox.com/2015/2/2/7961789/pete-carroll-play-call-defense

    Further expands on the point of how passing makes sense.

    Also I agree, running bail them out throughout the game. No reason to believe that Lynch couldn’t get the job done. I don’t think Pats could have stopped him.

    But still, I think it wasn’t too bad to try and beat a rookie. If that was the call, that’s where you are going, and that kid made the best play of his life.

    Can’t take that away from him.

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 2, 2015 2:27 pm

      Carroll is simply doing his best for damage control. He’s trying not to throw Bevell under the bus, but you have to admit when you coached your team out of a win. Not just any win, but the Lombardi trophy. That’s too hard to stomach, and there are undoubtedly calls for Bevell to be fired.

    • February 2, 2015 5:56 pm

      Yeah, Bevell has to go. He tried blaming it on the Lockette. There are thousands of ways he could have deflected the aftermath of his bonehead choice, and he chose to say that Lockette “could have been stronger through the ball”. As the NFL.com reporter stated, don’t even go there Bevell. Even with the “Laces Out” kind of hate the fans must have for Bevell, his fate wasn’t sealed until he made that comment. I am not saying they will fire him, but if I were in the administration there, I would no longer come to his defense for any reason.

      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000467672/article/bevell-lockette-could-have-been-stronger-to-ball

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 2, 2015 7:24 pm

      Yep, way to scapegoat your utter brainless play call by blaming it on Lockette, Bevell. What did you think was going to happen when you asked Wilson to throw it in the middle of all of that coverage? And don’t think Carroll is completely free from fault. He wanted Wilson to get the MVP of the Super Bowl because that’s his guy. Carroll allowed his love & admiration of Wilson to cloud his judgment as a head coach. As I said so many times before, if Wilson were a smart QB, he would have audible out of that atrocious play call. You think Brady, Brees, Elway, Montana, & even the Mannings wouldn’t have realized that was a terrible call?!? Hell, any quarterback that’s at the upper echelon would have changed it to a running play instead. Ego is a terrible thing when success is within your grasp.

    • Herandar permalink
      February 3, 2015 9:15 am

      First off, I agree about blaming the player. Not cool.

      “You think Brady, Brees, Elway, Montana, & even the Mannings wouldn’t have realized that was a terrible call?!?”

      Maybe, but the only one I think would reliably audible out of it is Peyton. Maybe Farve and old Elway… Very few QBs make their own calls, and I’m fairly confident that most audibles only occur when there is a specific trigger situation the QB sees. When there is a situation in the modern NFL where the QB just sees a terrible matchup, they call timeout, they don’t audible. That’s not really an option with the clock in this scenario. Also, not sure there was time for an audible.

      Brady, Brees, Elway, Montana, & Eli would have thought that they could whip out the quick pass. That’s your ego.

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