I was not at the Holmgren press conference yesterday afternoon, flying back from Pittsburgh. Speaking of which, I'll share a glorious travel tale to pick up your day. So for some reason I fly from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Seattle. On the ATL-STL leg, which by the way is almost five hours, I show up, and there is a huge guy standing a few rows back just waiting. And I'm thinking what is he waiting for? So I sit down, and realize he is waiting because he is so big he doesn't want to have to get back up once he sits down. The dude went about four bills. So I sit down, and he proceeds to flop his girth in the seat right next to me, literally squishing me against the window. I can't move. It's like a WWF pancake off the top rope. Upon takeoff, the guy falls asleep and his rather considerable body relaxes against me, which is like Jabba the Hut falling asleep on you, and begins to snore. Loudly. After takeoff, he wakes up and decides he wants to watch the movie, so he starts digging in his pocket for $2 for headphones, jostling me the entire time. But he can't get his wallet out of his pocket. So he has to lift up one cheek to extract his wallet, which means I am rammed against the window again. You can probably guess the next issue. The headphones plug into the arm rest between us, but since he is so big he can't have the arm rest down. So he is trying to get the headphones plugged in while the arm rest is in the up position between the two seats. Harry Potter is about 34 years old at this point, so he finally decides to get up and fix it. At that point, I was out of there. No way I'm spending five hours with this galoot. I tell the flight attendants to find me another seat and they say, "OH yeah, we saw that guy. We felt sorry for you."
Anyway, here is Mike Holmgren's explanation about the drive at the end of the first half against the Steelers, and the reason he did not call any timeouts:
"I'll tell you exactly what happened. Is Art here today? Yeah he caught me off guard yesterday. Of course after a game, particularly after we've lost a game, or after we win a game, sometimes those little details, I kind of don't remember exactly the situation. So I looked at this film with coaches today, and I said 'I got ripped pretty good for my clock management yesterday, let's see what happened here.' We had three timeouts, there was forty seconds to go and Matt (Hasselbeck) had asked me, we were in our two minute offense, Matt (Hasselbeck) knew we had three, I knew we had three. Then we had a play, it got down to about forty seconds, and we had a play and he got sacked. So the only thing I would like to change, perhaps, then it went from 40 (seconds) to 23 (seconds) so there were 17 seconds I could have saved. I could have saved 12 seconds probably somewhere in there. He got sacked, I would like to tell you, I got really mad, I got seeing red mad, so I just kind of flamed out there for a second, I came back, but I flamed out for a second there. He lined the team up and we snapped the next ball with 23 seconds, so there was that 17 seconds, and that's when he threw the ball. Two things entered my mind, I think, even when I was ticked off. They had three timeouts left, after a sack, I'm kind of reluctant to call a timeout in that situation anyways. That probably flowed through my little computer for a second, but I messed up right there. Even if I had stayed calm and cool, I might have just said 'ok, enough is enough, let's go in and regroup' cause at that point we we're still on that side of the fifty yard-line. It wasn't my finest moment, and then when we got down there, we still had time. When I called the play, the play previous took five seconds, there were seven seconds on the clock, it went from 12 to 7, if we had kind of executed, at least threw the ball the same way, whether it was complete or not we would have had time to kick the field goal, that's what I was hoping for, and it didn't work."