Back in August, I picked the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl, which most people were debating between them and the Seattle Seahawks. However, I added a disclaimer at the end of my preseason NFL blog:
I can’t wait to come back to this in February, laugh about how wrong I was, and write a blog publicly apologizing to Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks for not picking them to win it all.
WELP. I guess I gotta own up to it even though I sort of predicted it.
Uncle Pete Carroll,
I’m sorry that I doubted (well not doubted, I figured the Seahawks would win next season) you. I’m sorry that me, being a Seattle-area native picked against you even though you’re my favorite coach because we share something in common . I’m sorry that even though I was semi accurate, I’m completely sorry that I didn’t pick you in the beginning of the season even though I picked you to dominate the Denver Broncos on Saturday night on Twitter and even said it’d be by two touchdowns. I mean, it wasn’t, but you get the point.
Remember USC vs Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl, and the media coverage around that game? It was eerie similar to the coverage heading into this game. We knew that Denver’s offense was record-breaking all season long. We knew that Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, so naturally, it was “expected” for Denver to put points up on the board, just like how Oklahoma was supposed to beat USC (55-19 was the final score. SEE?)
Seattle’s defense was dominant all season long, and continued to show their dominance holding Peyton and the Broncos to 8 points. I was not expecting Seattle to score 43 points, let alone win a Super Bowl by 35 points and make Peyton Manning look like Jason White (see what I did there?). Pete Carroll joins Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches to win a AP national title and Super Bowl title, and the great thing about that? Carroll did it HIS way. Instead of changing his coaching style from the way he coached at USC, he enhanced it and he not only rebuilt Seattle with a bunch of guys who were 5th-6th round picks, he turned these guys into champions very quickly.
For the first time since 1979, the city of Seattle wins a major professional sports title, and as scary as it seems, they could repeat seeing how they’re still young and their core is there.
So congrats Seattle, embrace being on top of the football world now.