The Super Bowl is a special time in the major sports annual cycle. For some its completion results in a catapulting of sports fans from the NFL into NCAA pre-March Madness. This year’s Super Bowl won’t feature the Seahawks, but writers including myself will mention them as we are still getting over the loss to the Falcons. Analysts still have Georgia on their minds. I’ve been taking notice of the local opinion about this Super Bowl. Who do the Seattle area football fans expect to win, or want to win. The populous is conflicted. Many tell me they want San Francisco to lose because they are division rivals. Some want them to win, thus furthering the Seahawks’ recognition in the NFL conversation.
May I say, a Niners’ win or loss will not change the nature of the NFC West divisional rivalry. It will not make the Seahawks more-or-less battle-ready in their challenge to find the playoffs next year. The Seahawks likely have reached the crest of media recognition and now have their own individual (team) challenge to honor. Their recent successes are well documented and deserved. This off-season will be interesting. As they forge a stronger, more durable corps, more achievements will follow. The Super Bowl is a realistic goal.
Pro Bowl doomed by Russells Wilson and Okung?
Russell Okung started the Pro Bowl at left tackle for the NFC and didn’t seem to leave the field. Is this a statement that the AFC’s defense didn’t provide him enough challenge? He was still around to enjoy Russell Wilson’s passing success. Wilson may have single-handedly ended the Pro Bowl. His numbers made an argument that at the very least, the game should be trimmed by a quarter or each quarter should be reduced by three-and-a-half minutes. Perhaps the Pro Bowl should be expanded into two Pro Bowls pitting the best of each conference against the best of their own conference. Whatever it takes. I like the Pro Bowl. I like the positional challenges. The revisiting of quasi-combine skills assessments. I’d love to see the NFL meet the show “Wipeout!” I can only imagine whatever the next step to improving the Pro Bowl is going to be the NFL’s equivalent to “jumping the shark”.
Sluggo personal update.
Seattle Sports Nut along with its sibling Sports Nut sites have been folded into one bigger comprehensive site called SportsNutHub. Currently I haven’t made plans to transition to the new site. As I recover from my NFL hangover, I’ll reconsider my blogging future with the friendly folks at Sports Nut Media. Until then, I’ll being remember the Seahawks successes and my readers for following along. Keep up the great sporting and “Go Hawks!”
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