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I’ve never been more disappointed in Russell Wilson, Part Two

Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell got most of the blame for the way this year’s Super Bowl ended, but since he was the one who actually threw the game-ending interception, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also managed to disappoint more than a few of his “fans”.

I chronicled numerous examples of that disappointment in the first installment of this series.

I, too, have been disappointed in Russell Wilson, but not because of his play on the football field. So this is the second in a series of short posts chronicling some of the reasons for my disappointment.

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Blame the Super Bowl ticket debacle on FOX Business

FOX Business was rightly panned a few weeks ago for airing a report that Super Bowl attendance was expected to decrease this year, and that ticket prices were falling as a result. FOX blamed the lack of interest on the slate of playoff teams (at the time: New England, Indianapolis, Seattle, Green Bay) as well as on people choosing to attend Super Bowl parties instead of the actual Super Bowl.

I don’t need to rehearse all the reasons the segment’s two reporters (as well as its writers, producers, etc.) should be fed to ISIS, but in brief: Super Bowl attendance is purely a function of stadium size, and a smaller stadium likely indicates that ticket prices are expected to be higher, not that fewer people are interested in attending. (Not accidentally, the two teams that made the Super Bowl also happen to boast the highest average ticket prices in the NFL this season.)

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Turns out the Packers earned themselves a trip to the Super Bowl, after all

The traditional consolation prize for losing in the Championship round of the NFL playoffs is a trip to the Pro Bowl. It’s no Super Bowl, but a free trip to Hawaii is nothing to sniff at (unless you’re Marshawn Lynch). But this year, after their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Seahawks, a few Packers ended up with a trip to the Super Bowl anyway.

I’m sorry, did I say Super Bowl? I meant the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special:

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Seahawks follow the migration patterns of their spirit animal counterparts

I’ve been sitting on this story for a long time, just like a nesting bird. Which is actually what this post is all about.

Back in May, I spotted a headline that read “Town Can’t Use Fire Alarm Because of . . . Osprey Nest“. The town playing host to that pair of Seahawks since March? Turns out, it’s in New Jersey — where the NFL team named for ospreys had, at the time, recently claimed its first-ever Super Bowl title. And apparently decided to settle in.

Turns out, the Hawks are surprisingly difficult to dethrone:

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Why I’m not too worried about Russell Wilson’s “questionable” decision-making

I’ll admit that in the past I’ve expressed concern regarding Russell Wilson’s questionable decision-making. See, “The narrative is wrong: Russell Wilson makes questionable decisions, too“, and “The one guy Russell Wilson needs to stop taking advice from“. But here’s the thing: both of those posts deal with his decision-making ability off the field. I have yet to question (so far as I can recall) his ability on the field. Which is why scaremongering headlines like this one — “Russell Wilson’s Decision-Making Is a Concern Heading into Super Bowl” — don’t have me too worried heading into Super Bowl Sunday.

In fact, in case I wasn’t confident enough before, the article itself actually helped reassure me. Here’s how its author, Sean Tomlinson, spins Wilson’s performance against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game into his source of primary concern:

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Has the NFL finally decided to stop bullying Marshawn Lynch?

The Seahawks’ victory in last Sunday’s NFC Championship Game proved costly after the NFL levied penalties against several members of the winning team. The fine that has attracted the most attention was awarded to Marshawn Lynch for “excessive celebration (inappropriate gesture) against Green Bay (GB)” (which was later discovered to have been excessively celebrated by the NFL itself).

That penalty was handed down after the NFL warned Marshawn that if he wore non-regulation cleats on the field he would be sent back to the locker room, and that if he repeated his obscene gesture in the Super Bowl the Seahawks would be handed a 15 yard penalty. All this to say nothing of his repeated fines for failing to cooperate with the media, plus the looming threats of an additional $250,000 hit for continued uncooperative behavior this coming week and for wearing his own goddamn hat.

The league’s persecution of Beast Mode has gotten so outrageous that several fans launched a petition asking the NFL to stop ‘bullying’ Marshawn Lynch. And it seems the league decided to listen. That claim might sound farfetched, but consider that two other Seahawks received the following fines this week — and that Marshawn Lynch didn’t:

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Why did Tom Brady specifically invoke ISIS?

In an effort to deflect attention from the deflated balls his team may or may not have prepared for the AFC Championship Game, Patriots QB Tom Brady declared, “This isn’t ISIS.” Of course not: as Colbert famously noted, that organization’s beheadings are reminiscent of the NFL, but with less head trauma.

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How did Michael Bennett explain his bike-thievery anyway?

So about that earlier post — titled “The New York Times inexplicably chopped this quote in half” — which accused the Times of twisting Seahawks DE Michael Bennett’s words:  Mea cul…pass (?)* It turns out that when I wrote it (at some point between 3 and 4 AM), I somehow failed to notice that the gap between the NY Times and the quote I remembered was wider than I thought.**

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Why I’m not too worried about the Patriots in the Super Bowl

While the Seahawks were being Bronco-ed by the Packers early on Sunday, I published a post titled “Why I’m not too worried about the Seahawks’ early deficit“. Since that worked out so well, I’ve decided to provide an encore in hopes of a repeat performance.

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