In which I disclaim any intent to have jinxed the Seattle Seahawks precisely 1.5 years ago

Exactly one and a half years ago (July 11, 2013), I exhorted fans of Green Bay to get over their team’s maybe-deserved loss in Game 3 of the 2012 NFL Season (recall: “Fail Mary“), and any effect it may have had on the Packers’ failure to win the Super Bowl that season.

That post featured a prescient conclusion, of which I remain  proud:


This was neither the first nor last time I would employ this hashtag.

Unfortunately, the words immediately preceding my prophecy may have unwittingly given the wrong impression about how I believed the 2014 NFL season would end. I concluded:

So put down your pitchforks, Green Bay. There’s always next year.

By which I mean, the following year. #SeahawksSuperbowl2014

So I see how those words might be construed as a prediction that Green Bay would win the Super Bowl not in 2014 but in 2015. Huge mistake. “There’s Always Next Year” was never meant to be an actual prediction that Green Bay would win; rather, I used those words merely to invoke the perennial losers’ mantra — and suggest that the Packers get over it already.

In case there is any doubt regarding who I believed, at the time of publication, would win the 2015 Super Bowl, allow me to direct you to a post written exactly one year, six months, and three days ago (i.e. three days earlier) titled “First name Russell, last name Potter, so sayeth the Lord“. Among several similarities between Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Gryffindor seeker Harry Potter, I identified one historical parallel: “The Raven(claw)s won the Super Bowl Russell Wilson’s first year in the NFL; the Hawks will undoubtedly win the next three.” Those three include — but are certainly not limited to — 2014, 2015, and 2016.

In other words, at no time did I believe Green Bay would actually bring the Lombardi to Lambeau in 2015. Still, phew: that was a close call — and I’m not talking about the Fail Mary



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