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Seattle Eyes Super Bowl Re-Pete
January 19, 2015

I love Seattle. If you've ever been there, you'd love it too. Some have called it the poor man's San Francisco, but it is cleaner, friendlier, and the downtown, although less crowded, seems to be more vibrant. Seattlites love their sports teams, too. The Mariners, the University of Washington, and of course, their Seahawks. Yeah, Seattle is great. I could see myself living and working there if it didn't rain all the time. Seattle is wonderful, but I want their football team to lose. I think.

Here's the problem. We start with the head coach. First of all, he was the head man at hated USC for years, but besides that, managed to skip town just shortly before the Trojan football program was slapped with violations that he said he knew nothing about. I doubt Pete Carroll bought Reggie Bush a car or arranged a loan for him, but you can't tell me he didn't have some kind of hand in it. That along with maybe going the extra NCAA mile to help his players and their struggle to live in expensive Los Angeles.

Then you've got that classless loudmouth Richard Sherman. I don't like the San Francisco 49ers, but I also don't like players who seem to demonstrate that it's all about themselves as Sherman did to that club. That stuff doesn't fly with me, and is the biggest disappointment in professional sports today. At least he's not a criminal or a thug like some others in the league, so maybe at least that's something.

In two weeks, Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman's team will try to do something that hasn't been done in a decade—win back-to-back Super Bowls. The last team to do it? The New England Patriots with quarterback Tom Brady. Who is Seattle playing? Yep. The New England Patriots with quarterback Tom Brady.

Which brings me to the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. I don't really like Brady but I don't know why. He doesn't talk trash and seems to live a pretty good life. Maybe I'm just envious that he's married to supermodel Giselle Bunchen. I know, like I had a shot.

Brady will be appearing in his sixth Super Bowl. That's a record for a quarterback and quite an accomplishment. He broke Peyton Manning's record for most passing yards in the post-season, and who doesn't like Peyton Manning? Maybe it's an east coast thing. Maybe it's that Rob Gronkowski has become a better tight end than my favorite player in the NFL Antonio Gates. Maybe it's Bill Bellichick and his stupid gray hoodies. Running back LeGarrette Blount is a good reason not to root for the Pats. He's been more classless than Sherman. He punched a fan while in college at Oregon, and walked away from his team just this year while playing for the Steelers.

These aren't my two worst-favorite teams in the NFL, but I just can't seem to bring myself to root for any of them. Every year when USC plays Notre Dame, I root for a 0-0 tie. Maybe I'll root for that to happen in Arizona on February 1. I don't know. Seattle is a beautiful city, though. Did I mention that?


Cheesed: This column would have been all about how wonderful Green Bay, Wisconsin is if the Packers hadn't choked and lost to the Seahawks on Sunday. When they were up 19-7, I tried to figure out if there was any way the game could go overtime. Nahhh, I thought. First, Green Bay quit playing defense (their biggest and most overlooked mistake), then, after Seattle scored a touched a touchdown and went for the two-point conversion, all Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had to do was jump (kind of like Hakeem Olajuwon in the 1983 NCAA Basketball Final against NC State). Then, on the ensuing onside kick, Brandon Bostick tried to catch the ball with his face, and the Patriots ended up with it. You feel for Bostick, who said he was just supposed to block and not catch that kick, but oh what could have been. A co-worker half-jokingly said it looked like the Packers were trying to throw the game. That wasn't it. They just couldn't catch it.

Faced: I have to be careful what I write now. My mom is on Facebook! I don't think there's anything on there that could get me in trouble. Let's see, she knows about my trip to Punxsutawney last year. Anything else? Hmmm.

Where rivers flow and men chunder: Watching the Australian Open tennis tournament always makes me want to travel to Aussie World. All of the beautiful pictures, and two weeks to watch some great tennis and learn about their culture. I think I would even try a vegemite sandwich. I don't seem to think about it the rest of the year, though. That's a shame. By the way, if you wonder what chunder means, it's something that could happen after trying the vegemite.

Walton's World II: ESPN broadcaster Bill Walton was way too over the top in the January 8 broadcast against Stanford, but had the line of the year Wednesday night. In an exchange with play-by-play man Dave Pasch during the UCLA-USC game, Pasch told Walton, “You're going to be really sick of me in March, once we get done with the Pac-12 Tournament.” Walton's response? “Why wait?”





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