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.
that being said, seattle should win tomorrow by 2 TDs
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.
If you live on the East Coast, and went to sleep last night, boy you missed something HILARIOUS. It all started on Sunday Night where the refs were just awful (even though they didn’t really determine the outcome of the Ravens/Patriots game), and it continued on Monday Night Football with the Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks.
This game was a defensive battle. Comes down to it’s last possession, and well…. just take a look at the video.
Watching this live, I thought it was a pick. It was kinda obvious it was a pick. It was so obvious that Golden Tate got away with a push off on Sam Shields. My grandparents thought it was a touchdown, but once they saw the replay, they shut up quickly and swiftly (and it takes a lot for my grandma to shut up).
Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico were FURIOUS. Especially Jon Gruden. I know he wanted to swear so bad on national television but couldn’t. That’s how mad he was about this. (And no, you Seattle idiots, it wasn’t because he was “rooting” for the Packers. It’s because an interception happened.)
The black ref saw it, and saw Jennings have full control of the ball. I mean, credit Golden Tate for putting his arm in there. But, what the hell are the refs doing and thinking? The white ref puts up touchdown even though he needed to confirm what he saw with the other ref, but they didn’t. He didn’t have the angle at all.
I’m not even mad (and neither should you) that Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, and Golden Tate made comments. They did nothing wrong except be able to take advantage of a terrible call.
If you live in Seattle (Like myself, not a fan of Seahawks and I don’t really carry the characteristics of the typical Seattle sports fan which is blaming the refs(lol) as the #1 problem instead of your team’s performance on the field…), go ahead and claim this “win.” I guess. Yeah, I was rooting for the hometeam, but you gotta be objective too. You can’t sit here and say the refs were bad, then 15 minutes later, be all on their jock because it benefited your teams’ outcome.
But, here’s my example about the typical “Seattle Sports Fan.” The refs were automatically being blamed before the game was over even though Green Bay held the ball for almost all the 2nd half.
But wow, the mood suddenly changed within 15 minutes huh?
The refs aren’t the blame?
Listen, I understand you’re excited about stealing a game especially when you claim that the Super Bowl was stolen from you, in which… it really wasn’t. I’m not taking away your joy. Seattle earned this W. But this is bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Well, worst than bad. This is awful. Then, let’s not play the typical “if this happened to them, would you get mad” game. First and foremost, this is PATHETIC. Either way this ended, we’d ALL be FED UP and tired of it. Just stop.
(Calen, if you read this, my bad for taking your tweets without asking you, but it fits the bill on this one. You’re still the homie but come on bruh, this is outrageous and YOU know it. )
Anyway, this play caused at least a couple of hours of comedy last night on Twitter. I’ve never seen players and fans from around the league be single-handedly fed up with the replacement refs, Roger Goodell, and the NFL in general. It all started when Green Bay players took to twitter, and ripped the Commissioner to the point where I was crying laughing. Well not crying, but laughing to the point where I wouldn’t stop.
Then, from other NFL Stars:
Is this what Roger Goddell wants?
I even left out Clay Matthews tweeting the line to Goodell’s office. I know he’s hiding out right now just lowkey living while his league is somewhat falling apart. I mean, he could put a stop to this, but he won’t. Wanna know why?
People are still gonna watch on Thursday’s, Sunday’s, and Monday’s. It’s what we’re trained to do as people in America. Watch football. He knows that no matter how terrible the officials are (the irony is that these refs did a great job until the 4th quarter). He knows that we’re gonna tweet about how terrible they are, write on facebook about how bad they are, make memes about how bad they are, etc. He doesn’t care. Wanna know why?
See, Roger Goodell is like Geoffrey, and the fans are like Will. At first, we’re dancing with Goodell, applauding the league and watching our favorite teams play, but then, we all need a Carlton in our life to make us stop dancing, and cut the music off and tell him how we really feel.
Look, Goodell. I understand you don’t give a you know what about this. Or maybe you do, who knows. But all I know is, as a fan of the game, this is getting outrageous and straight embarrassing. It’s a sad sight when the most popular league in America is becoming a joke, but this is what it’s become.
The sad thing about this is that this controversy is that it takes away from a great game, and a dominant effort from the Seattle Seahawks defense. Sure, Green Bay didn’t play “well” and only scored 12 points, but you can’t discredit a guy for making a game-winning play by screwing up the game.
Refs are bad at all levels in A LOT of sports. But in the NFL, the real refs know the rules at least. They at least would have discussed what they saw, and then made a decision, instead of making one on the fly, which was the wrong call. The fact that they reviewed it, and they still were wrong… TERRIBLE.
Yeah, this outcome won’t affect Green Bay’s playoff chances, but this is pathetic to watch. If we’re gonna sit at night and watch this type of football being played with the refs being terrible, then I might just stop watching.
As a fan, it’s hard for me to deal with this anymore. I don’t know about you, but when I saw this all unfold, I felt like the integrity of the game that we all love was dying.
No more Sunday/Monday football (Thursday Nights are for the College kids like myself anyway) for me. I can’t watch this anymore unless Goodell gets the refs back. Like, this week or
I never thought I’d say this, but the NFL is a got damn joke now. And it’s sad that Goodell is just letting this occur under his watch.