Raise your hand if you are a sucker for emotional sports moments

I know I know, I just posted a video of Knowshon Moreno, but I just had to highlight those gushing, emotional, manly tears flowing down his face.

I’ll admit, I am a huge sucker for emotional sports moments. I’ve been brought to tears time and time again by stories like a high school football manager with down syndrome getting one carry in a football game and the other team letting him score a touchdown or the terminal cancer patient visiting his favorite team and meeting his favorite player. These types of moments choke me up.

Before the NFC Championship two weeks ago, my wife and I were eating breakfast and she said “I don’t know why, but I have this weird feeling that I’m going to cry today.” Later in the evening, right after Sherman tipped away that final pass and Malcolm Smith brought in the interception, I turned around to my wife in the bar and said “that’s it, we did it. We’re going to the Super Bowl.”

My statement was apparently enough to create an emotional release that resulted in joyful tears. This Sunday, I’ll let you know right now that I will probably end up shedding a tear or two, whether happy tears or sad tears, and I can confidently say there is nothing wrong with that.

Therefore, when I saw these two videos today and laughed and cried a little along with the people in the videos, I figured I had to share them with everybody in case they hadn’t seen the clips.

Nearly every year there is some big sporting event to which one person gives another person tickets and films the reveal. A year ago, a lifelong Alabama fan received a Bear Bryant fedora inside of which were two tickets to the national championship. A grown man was brought to tears because he was going to watch his favorite team play in the biggest game of the season.

Now that the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl, that big ticket reveal involved a lifelong Seahawks fan who just couldn’t believe what her son was giving her. If you are a Seahawks fan, try to watch this whole video without tearing up. It’s okay if you cry, it shows you feel some of those emotions that mother is feeling. Could you imagine your reaction if someone surprised you with Super Bowl tickets?

Moving on to the second video. Remember that story last week about the two twin girls who wear hearing aids and wrote a letter to Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, the same Derrick Coleman who was featured in the Duracel commercial? Not only did those girls get a hand-written response back from their new favorite player, but that wasn’t the end of the feel good story.

If you aren’t sure what happened next, watch this video; but at this point I’m sure you could guess what’s coming next.

I’ve been thinking/saying it all year that something about this 2013-2014 Seahawks seems different. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s almost as if the players on the roster are fully aware of how blessed they are to be playing in the NFL and want to give back to the community as much as possible. Man, I love the Seahawks.

Is it Sunday yet? #GoHawks.

Hey 12’s, Welcome to Super Bowl Week!

I tried a couple times last week to write a post recapping the NFC Championship, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. For starters, I was riding such an emotional high going in to that game that I’ve been hungover on football for the past week. I couldn’t bring myself to care about the Pro Bowl even, focusing instead on the 2014 Royal Rumble.

However, now that I’ve had an entire week to recover from the joys of making the Super Bowl and take some time away from football, it’s now Super Bowl week and that means I need to get this going again. We’re only six days away until the biggest game the Seahawks have ever played and I’m already getting antsy.

NFC Championship Recap

To quickly recap last Sunday’s game, before it become too distant a memory, the box score displayed some very similar statistics from each team:

  • Each team had 11 offensive drives.
  • Each team gained 308 yards.
  • Seattle ran 54 offensive plays (5.3 yards per play), San Fran ran 58 (5.7 yards per play).
  • Both teams scored just three points off turnovers.
  • Both teams had eight first downs passing and one from penalties.
  • San Fran was penalized 7 times for 65 yards, Seattle was penalized 8 times for 66 yards.
  • San Fran threw 24 passes and rushed 28 times.
  • Seattle threw 25 passes and rushed 29 times.

Previewing the Broncos


The upcoming Super Bowl should be decidedly less similar for both teams offensively as Seattle comes in with the league’s 17th-best offense while Denver’s is the best in NFL history. No seriously, if you haven’t checked out the eye-popping numbers for Denver this year look at their stats. Let me highlight the records broken or tied this season and some other interesting factoids.

  • The Broncos set the NFL record with 606 points scored (37 ppg)
  • Tied an NFL record with three games scoring 50+ points during the regular season
  • Scored an record 76 touchdowns this season
  • Peyton Manning set the record for touchdown passes with 55
  • And set the record for passing yards in a season with 5,477 (342 ypg)
  • Despite throwing the ball 675 times, they still rushed for 1,879 yards as a team.
  • Five players scored double-digit touchdowns, Knowshon Moreno (10 rushing, 3 receiving), Demaryious Thomas (14 receiving), Julius Thomas (12 receiving), Eric Decker (11 receiving), Wes Welker (10 receiving).
  • Five players had 60 or more receptions
  • Eight different players caught a touchdown pass

That’s it for today; short and simple. Check back tomorrow and throughout the week when I introduce the Denver Broncos and tell you who to care about and highlight certain players to keep an eye on during the Super Bowl.

Is it Sunday yet? #GoHawks.

12 Things to Watch in NFC Championship

I’ve received some flak for thrice posting lists of “11” during the lead-up to the biggest game the Seahawks have played in Seattle since hosting the Carolina Panthers in 2005 with an XL trip to Detroit on the line. Okay, okay, yes in hindsight I should have been posting lists of 12.

To make up for that, today, you all are getting a 12-item list. I’ve already covered why the Seahawks “suck,” I’ve given you 11 fun facts and explained why I “hate” the 49ers.

But now it’s the weekend, the game is tomorrow and I know all you 12’s out there are ready to burst with excitement. To improve your viewing pleasure tomorrow, I wanted to prepare you with another list, the 12 things to watch for on Sunday. The team that excels in the most categories of these 12 will most likely win the game.

  1. Open field tackling

    Naturally, this is going to be a very physical game with the potential for a lot of big hits and gang tackles. If the Hawks want to win, they can’t afford to miss tackles in the open field. If Brandon Mebane gets into the backfield and doesn’t bring Frank Gore down immediately, that’s the not end of the world. But if LaMichael James sneaks out of the backfield and catches a screen pass, the defense has to tackle James at the first opportunity.

  2. Audibles

    With the noise level at CenturyLink, the ability for the San Fran offense and the Seahawk defense to call pre-snap audibles, and avoid pre-snap penalties, is going to be very important. Seattle’s defense is used to this noise and should know how to effectively change plays using hand signals. San Fran, on the other hand, better come up with a way to effectively change the play at the line of scrimmage or they’re SOL.

  3. Keep Contain

    Near the end of the San Fran – Green Bay game two weeks ago, Green Bay brought a corner blitz on 3rd and long and when Kaepernick pump-faked, the defender left his feet, was blocked toward the pocket, broke contain and Kaepernick escaped the pocket to his left for a first down, essentially sealing the victory. In this contest, neither team can afford to let the quarterbacks outside the pocket and defenders NEED to keep contain when they are rushing the quarterback.

  4. Third down conversions

    During the last two games against San Fran at home, the Seahawks converted 16 of 29 (55%) third downs to San Fran’s 6 of 23 (26%). On the road , Seattle has converted just 9 of 25 (36%) third downs to San Fran’s 8 of 24 (33%). It’s clear that on third downs Seattle has to convert on offense and hold on defense to win

  5. Points off turnovers

    During the regular season, the Seahawks forced a turnover on an astounding 20% of drives, were +20 in turnover differential and scored 115 points off turnovers – allowing only 33. San Fran, was only +12, scored 121 points off turnovers and allowed 37. Simply getting a turnover isn’t enough in this game, scoring after a turnover is imperative.

  6. Holding Penalties

    It’s often said that there is holding on every play. Recently it’s been said the Legion of Boom commits a penalty on every play. At the end of the day, I think flags thrown for holding in the backfield will be far more influential than flags thrown for holding in the secondary.

  7. Game Changing Plays

    Sadly, the Seahawks once again take the field without Percy Harvin, preventing one of the league’s best game-changing players from influencing the outcome of this game. Who then, on either side, will step up and make the first Big Play. I’m talking about a kick return for a touchdown, a 70-yard catch-and-run or a pick-six. Whichever team has more Big Plays wins the game.

  8. Play-action Passing

    It’s no surprise that San Fran and Seattle love to run, they rank 3-4 in the league, respectively, in rushing yards per game. Both quarterbacks are known for the read option and their abilities outside the pocket. That being said, it’s going to be important for both teams to use the run to set up the pass and there’s no better way to do that than effective play action fakes.

  9. Field Position

    The Seahawks averaged only 21.2 yards per kickoff return but 11.1 per punt return; they allowed 24 and 3.8 respectively. Meanwhile, the Niners averaged 22.7 yards and 8.9 yards per kick and punt return, allowing 24.6 and 8.3. The Seahawks need to win the field position game both offensively and defensively to win.

  10. Kicking Game

    In order to win the field position battle, the Seahawks need a strong game from punter Jon Ryan. Ryan has been one of the best in the league the past two seasons limiting return yardage and avoiding touchbacks. Meanwhile, Steven to-the-Hauschka was near-perfect this season, making 33 of 35 field goals with only one true miss. Phil Dawson made 32 of 36 but is already 6-for-6 in the postseason and kicked four field goals when these teams last met.

  11. Communication

    I separated this from audibles because it involves more than just pre-snap reads. During a game with this much on the line, regardless of fan noise, Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh are going to be taking in a lot of information from coaches, officials and players and will need to communicate well with others in order staying focused, operate within the game plan and avoid costly mental errors.

  12. 12th Man

Is it Sunday yet? #GoHawks