Can the Seattle Seahawks become only the eighth team in 49 years to win consecutive Super Bowl championships?
We think they will, and they should. Here’s the Top 10 reasons why.
Their uniforms: Any team whose colors include fluorescent lime green shows courage, dash and daring, if not keen fashion sense.
Critter picks: The Puppy Bowl pups chowed down on a football-shaped dog food cake with the Seahawks logo; they pretty much ignored the Patriots cake. And Teddy Bear, a Dallas zoo porcupine, gobbled corn out of a Seahawks dispenser and ignored the Patriots’ dispenser.
Why take the Vegas odds when you’ve got pups and porcupines to call it?
The take-that factor: It would really tick off 49er fans. What’s not to like about that?
Fair is fair: The New England Patriots have won three Super Bowls. A Hawks win would help right this injustice. The last time a team won two Super Bowls in a row was 10 years ago. Ironically, it was the Patriots.
Redemption: A repeat win will show that quarterback Russell Wilson is no fluke, that a guy under 6 feet tall can outplay Bigfoot with enough smarts, speed and resilience. And heart. Throwing four interceptions against the Green Bay Packers would have demoralized most quarterbacks, but not Wilson.
Revenge: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was fired by the Patriots after three seasons (1997-99) and replaced by current coach, Bill Belichick. A win by Carroll’s current team over the one that canned him would be sweet indeed.
Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch: Any player who messes with the NFL honchos with such obvious glee deserves to be rewarded, if only to help him pay off all those fines. Now, if he would just stop with the crotch-grabbing . . .
Deflategate: OK, the Seahawks aren’t choir boys, but juicing (or de-juicing?) the pigskin is Lance Armstrong stuff. There may be an honest explanation for the Patriots’ flabby footballs. We hope not.
And don’t forget the 2007 Spygate scandal. The Patriots were disciplined for covert surveillance of another team’s signals, and Belichick was slapped with the biggest fine ever imposed on an NSA, er NFL coach. Cheaters, cheaters . . .
Defense: Big games often are won on defense, and Seattle’s is the best in the NFL. They dismantled Peyton Manning and the Broncos last year, and they’ll do the same to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
The Twelves: Hawks fans have been spectacular all season, keeping the noise level up so high that other teams are loath to visit. At full volume, the 12s can shake the tectonic plates. If any fan base deserves to enjoy a second Lombardi Trophy, it’s this one.