Monday, January 23, 2006


AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl!

The Super Bowl has always been a big deal. Now that the Seahawks are actually going to play in the biggest football game in the world, it means so much more to me and Seahawks fans across the Northwest and the entire globe. Yes, the 12th Man reaches far beyond Qwest Field. I'd have to say I was pretty loud yesterday and I wasn't even in Seattle to witness the game.

The 2005 Seahawks aren't a mirage. They really did finish 13-3, they really did earn the #1 seed in the NFC. And yes, they really are the NFC Champions. It doesn't matter at this point that the Seahawks were expected to fall flat on their faces once again in the playoffs. Fact is, this Seahawks team doesn't give a damn about the past. The past is just that, the past.

Shaun Alexander shut up his critics yesterday with a 132-yard performance. Matt Hasselbeck proved that he's an elite quarterback. The defense, led by rookie Lofa Tatupu, shut down Steve Smith. How can anybody doubt the Seahawks at this point?

Of course there will be doubters. For the next two weeks, we'll hear about Jerome Bettis returning to his hometown of Detroit (we get it, he's from Detroit!). We'll also hear about how Ben Roethlisberger can do no wrong and how the Steelers fans are second to none. Trust me, we'll hear a lot of Steelers hype over the next two weeks.

And you know something? I'm cool with it. After all, the Redskins were supposed to beat the Seahawks. They didn't. The Panthers were supposed to beat the Seahawks. They didn't. The Steelers are already an early favorite in Super Bowl XL. So what?

Seahawks fans, now we know the feeling of what it's like to talk about our team being in the Super Bowl. It's fun. The air of depression that has sucked the will out of my life after so many disappointing losses over the years is going away very quickly. And let's face it, fans like myself deserve something like this.

The Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl!


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