A sequence seen too often, a west coast un respected team that finally wins and makes one move that the nation takes personally and all of a sudden they are public enemy #1. The Vancouver Canucks know this all too well after their rise to fame, heck even the Penguins saw a little flack when Sidney Crosby was labelled a whiner. Now, its Seattle’s turn.
Apparently its not supposed to happen this way. A good team from a small market isn’t supposed to win, isn’t supposed to beat their rival in a monstrous game, and definitely isn’t supposed to brag about it. Enter the Seattle Seahawks. They had a season that any NFL fan would be proud to say was their team. They did what so many teams failed to do, get to the Superbowl. And not just get there, they did it in dramatic fashion. They didn’t have a 4000 yard passer, they didn’t have the NFL’s leading rusher, they didn’t have the same group the whole season that fought through the trenches. The Hawks were constantly replacing offensive lineman game after game; which for a lot of teams might see the end of their good fortunes. They beat the 49ers in a game that seemed to be over after the Seahawks first play when Russell Wilson fumbled the ball and gave the Niners possesion.
For a Hawks team that man handled some of the top teams in the league this year, they looked ordinary and lifeless in the first half. So a local kid popped a few tags, got the crowd jacked and out came the 12th man in the second half, and boy did they ever. The Hawks would rally back and take the lead in the second half and eventually secure their berth to Superbowl XLVIII with a Richard Sherman tip to cause the game winning interception n the end zone over Michael Crabtree. Those two men were at each other this season and with the rivalry at the peak of its intensity, a play that ended the game brought on a ton of emotion. Crabtree was having a beauty of a day on the field which he usually does in the playoffs and the play that would most likely have sealed the deal fell short.
Here’s where most people will differ in opinion: Why was it such a big deal that Richard Sherman unleashed his WWE promo after causing the winning play in the game for his team? Have you not won a big game before? Have you ever beaten a buddy at Madden that was a bit more intense than it should have been? Did you not expect an outspoken Sherman to have SOMETHING to say when he was the first guy interviewed by Erin “eye candy” Andrews? She didn’t exactly hold her own in that interview. Did she not have a follow up question to maybe address why that play pushed the 12th man over the edge? NO, she didn’t. Richard Sherman did what ANY big player would have done in the same situation, he spoke up after totally owning his man in what would have most likely been a game winning touchdown. So forgive me if the “thug” had a bit of emotion on his chest when he sealed his teams berth into the Superbowl.
It seems like if you win you aren’t allowed to be excited about it….ITS THE FREAKING SUPERBOWL!!!! The fact that Sherman carried his rivalry with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh since college makes the play all that more amazing. The fact the Hawks beat the team they were predicted to play before the preseason even started is amazing. Add the fact that a 2nd year QB, a guy who literally stole the job away from a guy who inked a fat payday after subbing in for Mr. Discount Double Check for one game. This Seahawks team is way more special than the team that faced the Steelers in Superbowl XL. They have a more rounded team, a more unified team, and I am pretty sure that they have guys that won’t drop the ball in the end zone this time, ya I’m talking to you Jerramy Stevens.
Why is it that once a team gets popular because of their success, that the sports world turns on them. Because they beat YOUR TEAM? Because YOUR TEAM didn’t make it that far? Because YOUR TEAM didn’t have the talent to do what they did? The Redskins went through the same thing with RG3. As soon as there was a sign of weakness, all of a sudden RG3 is selfish and a “I” guy. The underdog is cool until they reach stardom and then everyone is waiting for the shoe to drop. So tell me why is it that the biggest play of the game wasn’t allowed to be talked about by the guy that MADE the play? This sheep sports society doesn’t like its wool straightened out, it doesn’t like anything out of the norm. It needs to have a hero and the hero always wins. Well what if the hero has a big mouth? Is that ok?
Sports is so weird. Everyone wants the league to be more exciting, more unpredictable. Well this post season has been anything BUT predictable and as soon as someone says anything about it, now its an issue. GET A GRIP! The NFL has been robbed of any ounce of fun and the fun is hitting major heights, so saddle up and enjoy.
The NFL is looking better than it ever did and it finally has an opportunity to max out on a small market team and get them back in the spotlight. Not only that, they are facing a soon to be hall of famer with an offense that shot to kill and didn’t look back. They are facing a man that doesn’t exactly lose a lot. Don’t hate on the guys that make the sport more exciting, has the NO FUN LEAGUE brainwashed the casual fan, or worse, the diehard?
It’s Peyton Manning vs. Russell Wilson, its the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Two #1 teams with a #1 defense on one side and a #1 offense on the other. It doesn’t get any better than that. So there won’t be any Kaepernicking this year, there won’t be any power outages and there will definitely be some history made on that fine Sunday.
There will also be a sick ton of Skittles.
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