it's over

the 2004-2005 NFL season. the unprecedented run for the Seattle Seahawks at a world championship. the Super Bowl. all done. if you live under a rock: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10.

i'm not a sore loser- i never argue a good call, whether it helps my team or not. i'm such a fan of good officiating that sometimes it's even hard to watch the NBA- my favorite sport; there are sometimes so many bad calls in a game that the general assumption seems to be that "it's always a little fixed". i'm not sure i'd go that far, but i've certainly seen a bad call go one way, then another bad call made the other way (the "make-up call", where the refs attempt to set the game back on the course it might've taken if they hadn't blown it). but that's the NBA. this is a SINGLE game for ALL the marbles, and the officials are supposedly the best the NFL has to offer. in my mind- they dropped the ball tonight. taking away a legitimate touchdown by D Jack on a VERY questionable call, and then coming in to spot Big Ben down at the goal line and changing your mind midway there, and calling a touchdown? that's the story of your game, folks.

90% yellow towels in that stadium; you have to wonder how much that played into things....the mental game is a big part of it. Seattle certainly didn't play their best game.

still, it was as enjoyable a Super Bowl party as my sister and bro-in-law could throw, missing only a Seahawks win. the food was excellent, and plenty. the TV for the game was fantastic. the company was first rate, and 19 strong, including m'boy. the only thing missing was a Seahawk win. Loren was understandably a little bitter toward the refs. some of the mistakes were blatantly obvious. Loren said it made him want to be a ref so he could make sure games were played fair. i told him he should just play football and go win a Super Bowl- that'd make him feel a little better. as for me: i'm not one to dwell on bad calls; they happen in games, and it's one of the hurdles a team has to get over to win a championship. but like Coach Holmgren said after the game: this is a bitter pill to swallow, but all those guys deserve to hold their heads up. you don't get to the Super Bowl by being a mediocre team- these guys played like champs all year. and don't forget the way the Steelers looked on the sidelines when they were down 3-0 late in the 2nd quarter....hell they looked a little apprehensive when they were up 7-3 at the half. only a little better execution on Seattle's part might've been enough.

so now the question becomes: what's in store for the Seahawks next year? will Shaun Alexander be back? (we hope so). will Seattle repeat the success they've had this year? (highly likely if they can field a similar team). will they be in the running for the title again? (certainly possible). will the national media still fail to give Seattle the respect it's earned? (highly likely, since they didn't win). i'd like to think this season'll change the Seahawks' image, but without doubt, winning the Super Bowl would've gone a lot farther toward that end than losing it will. if they make a respectable run at the championship next year, people will start to notice. these guys have a taste of the big game, and a lot of them'll be counting the days until they get another run at it. which do it in a Seattle uniform is anyone's guess right now.

just cringing here, to think of all the naysayers- here in the NW- that'll come outta the woodwork to talk this team down now. everyone around here loves a winner, but sometimes i think they love to hate a loser even more. there are a lot of casual "fans" around here that seem almost happy to wallow in cynicism toward the pro sports franchises here. defeatist, fair-weather fans are a dime a dozen (especially where the Mariners are concerned- in all honesty, Seahawks and Sonics fans tend to be more diehard). so i guess we'll see who's still wearing Seahawks colors come the fall- i will be. betcha m'boy will be too. wouldn't have it any other way.

bet i can find me a Super Bowl XL sweatshirt this week, cheap.

in other sports news: my fantasy basketball team went 4-1-0 against the stiffest competition in the league this week, to close the gap between my team and his. my team's record jumps to 57-12-1, his goes to 58-11-1; not bad considering losing 0-5 to him would've meant dropping to 53-16-1 to his 62-7-1, and likely putting it out of reach for the rest of the year. i think i play that team once more in the regular season, and hoping to go at least 3-2 against him next time around- and not drop any games in the interim. definitely feeling appreciative of some solid (though by no means spectacular) work by my players this week.

i gather i misunderstood the rules earlier, and i'm actually in 3rd place in overall standing, league-wide, as another team, with (as of last week) a paltry 44-21-0 record has won more games in their (MUCH weaker) division, and as such occupies 2nd place. i play that team the week after next, and have played them once this year already, winning 4-1-0 against them, so it's likely i'll regain 2nd place overall. in the end, 2nd seed plays 3rd seed in the first round of the playoffs, so that matchup wouldn't change regardless of which of us is in 2nd place- and the winner of that game takes on the winner of the 1st seed v 4th seed game. chances are still excellent for a finals appearance for ol' inf.

Loren's back to his mother's tonight, most of his missed schoolwork accomplished. he failed to complete one of the assignments, and that's not so bad, considering he was out of school for a full week. the teacher for the class he hasn't finished the assignment for will give him full credit when it's turned in- so no harm done for the moment. Tuesday Loren should be back to basketball practice (he missed a game and the last three practices, i think). hope the coaches understand he was damn sick. there was no game for his team this weekend, cancelled due to a prevailing interest in the Super Bowl on the part of damn near everyone involved in Loren's league. i'm hoping the skipped games this year were postponed, but i doubt it. Loren's basketball season is likely to end at the end of the month, and then we'll see what's on the horizon for him as far as sports go. he might very well decide to take a little break. and if he does, i intend to make up for those days i'd see him at practices.

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