Our Voice: We’re thankful for another shot at the Super Bowl

Seahawks’ victory

Call us bold — we already are looking forward to celebrating another Super Bowl win Feb. 1.

But for this week, we have to savor Sunday’s victory.

This year’s NFC Championship game will live in highlight reels for decades to come — and not just for one play.

A fake field goal-turned-touchdown changed the game’s momentum in the third quarter. A successful onside kick kept that suspense going. And a backpedaling Russell Wilson finally found his mark for two in the closing seconds of regulation.

It’s exciting to have one big play in a game, especially when something is on the line. It’s unbelievable to be able to string together a network of big plays for another shot at the national title.

It’s a great time to live in Washington. The enthusiasm in contagious, and it’s fun to be part of the Hawk Nation.

Something to think about

Another improbable event has us thinking this week.

Kaleb Whitby, 27, walked away from an accident no one should have survived.

The Franklin County father was headed to Idaho and got caught in the 26-car pileup near Baker City, Ore.

A photo taken at the scene is being widely circulated online. It shows Whitby sandwiched between two semis in what is left of his truck. The bed of his Chevy Silveardo is under one semi, the engine is under another. A few inches of metal are cropped close to his body. Both trucks are within arm’s reach.

The picture says he shouldn’t have survived, but he walked away with a couple of Band-Aids and a baggie of ice. He told several news agencies he wonders why he lived.

And reminds us that life can change quickly for any of us.

Polar Plunge

We’re also thinking about what motivates people to purposefully jump into the Columbia River in January.

That answer probably varies from person to person. For some, it might be the novelty of it. For others, they must be really dedicated to the cause.

Some people might be willing to take that leap if you paid them. But Polar Plunge participants do it to make money for someone else.

Whatever the reason, the outcome is the same. People raising funds for the Special Olympics of Washington.

We’re grateful people are to willing ‘take the plunge,’ so to speak.

Remote testimony

Thanks to Columbia Basin College for agreeing to make its facilities available for people who want to testify in state Senate committees without having to devote a whole day to travel, and navigate the pass to do so.

It’s not a done deal yet. The Senate still has to sign off on the idea.

But at least the conversation is started.

And having a closer venue is a key first step.