Seahawks deliver – big time

The News TribuneFebruary 3, 2014 

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy next to general manager John Schneider and team owner Paul Allen, right, after the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. It was the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win.

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Super Bowl? More like Super Rout.

The Seattle Seahawks didn’t just bust the Broncos Sunday; they turned them into the kind of docile ponies that give rides at kiddie birthday parties.

But let’s acknowledge that even the truest-blue Hawks fans weren’t expecting a 43-8 total domination blowout. Not that we’re complaining, but we’re probably almost as shocked by that score as Denver players and fans. We’re just happier about it.

We knew the Seahawks were good, and that they seemed like a team destined to go all the way this year, but 43-8? If someone had predicted that, we’d have thought he’d been sampling too much of the weed that’s now legal in both Washington and Colorado.

No, all the experts were telling us that this was suppposed to be oh, so close. The folks who set the odds put Denver up 21/2 points. Good luck covering all those bets, guys.

Our first indication that this game might go Seattle’s way came just 12 seconds into it, when a bad snap got by Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and the Seahawks got 2 points handed to them. The nightmare never let up for the Broncos, who at least avoided a shutout.

The Seahawks – tied for the youngest team to play in a Super Bowl and without a single player who had ever played in one – looked cool and collected next to the increasingly demoralized Broncos. Quarterback Russell Wilson showed his leadership skills once again. And although the game was a true team effort, individual players had standout performances, including Lakes High School’s own Jermaine Kearse with a touchdown catch featuring impressive spins to avoid tackles.

Kudos to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and owner Paul Allen for putting this team together.

And let’s not forget the 12th Man– the fans who yelled their hearts out and now get to savor sweet victory.

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