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Seahawks had some Broad Street Bully in them

Pete Carroll embraces defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and outside linebacker K.J. Wright in the final seconds of Seattle´s  43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Broncos Sunday night. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Pete Carroll embraces defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and outside linebacker K.J. Wright in the final seconds of Seattle's 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Broncos Sunday night. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

First, let’s be grateful to the big guy upstairs. There may not have been a Super Bowl had we not had an opening of decent weather.

More importantly, this Super Bowl performance should be a lesson to all of us that it doesn’t matter what the odds are against you; if you believe in yourself, good things will happen. It takes me back to when we won our first Stanley Cup against the Bruins in 1973-1974. The Bruins, at the time, were favorites. Just like Denver, they were loaded with skilled players; Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Wayne Cashman and more. They had a heck of a team, and they should’ve won in 4 or 5 games. And here we were; a young team, seven years since our fruition, and we won the Stanley Cup in 6 games.

I have a feeling that psychologically, the Denver Broncos weren’t ready. They weren’t prepared and weren’t passionate enough to take home that win. They took the game too lightly. And then in comes a young team that dreams about winning this Super Bowl 24/7. They’re hungry for it, and they take it.

Peyton Manning’s performance was poor, and it started with the first play, missing the snap. He was named the MVP of the league, offensive player of the year; all of these accolades, and he fell short at the biggest game of the year.

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  • But collectively, the whole team played poorly and you cannot hold one man accountable for this loss. There was a lot of miscommunication and the tackling was terrible. At one point, a Seattle receiver shook off four Denver defenders and walked gracefully into the end zone. There was a clear lack of preparation as a team, including the players, the management, and the coaching staff. I think they came in with the idea that Manning, in general, would take them to the Promised Land. Instead of taking action and doing their jobs correctly and efficiently, everyone laid down and died.

    Will Peyton Manning retire? I don’t think so. If he’s healthy, he’ll play one more. He’s had a heck of a career and a heck of a comeback. He can’t go out like that. That can’t be his last game.

    Seattle’s players individually executed their role on the field and played to the best of their ability. Across the board, from the defensive backs, linebackers, defensive line, offensive line, running backs, and the rest of the skilled positions performed at their highest level. They were more aggressive and created an atmosphere that Denver could not overcome, and collectively, they came together as a team to win this game.

    Going forward, Seattle is a young team with a great coach, and they believe in themselves. If they stay healthy, they will be a tough team to beat.

    Out of the 48 Super Bowls that I’ve watched, as a spectator, you want to have a closer game to be able to enjoy it. After a time, the excitement of the game was gone and it became a social setting. However, no one expected this outcome; but hey, this is the magic of sports.

    Whether you’re in business or playing a sport, as long as you have a team full of players that play their individual roles effectively, it doesn’t matter if the odds are against you. It doesn’t matter what people think about you; it matters what you think about yourself. I lived it.

    Oh, and the Budweiser commercial with the little dog and the Clydesdales was my favorite advertisement.

    And I am officially convinced that Tom Brady is the quarterback of this decade with 3 Super Bowl rings out of 5 appearances. 

    Bernie Parent For Philly.com
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