You know Seahawks fever is threatening to break the thermometer when even The Seattle Times arts and entertainment staff (some of whom don’t even know we publish a Sports section every day) get all sweaty every time Russell Wilson scrambles out of the pocket.
It’s not the bootlegs, the sweeps or the quarterback sneaks that enthrall the arts aficionados among us, however, as poetic as some of those may sound. It’s the celebratory dances the players improvise to punctuate feats of startling athletic prowess — touchdowns, sacks and interceptions.
Here, in my aesthetic opinion, are three of the best examples of freestyle football footwork performed by Seahawks players in this magic season.
1. BRANDON MEBANE, Nov. 17, 2013, vs. Minnesota Vikings
You’ve heard of the famed ragtime pianist Jelly Roll Morton. Well, this is Belly Roll Mebane, demonstrating an undulatory technique that legendary dancer Earl “Snakehips” Tucker would have envied. Mebane was inspired to jiggle his abominable abdominals after sacking Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in the first quarter. (Ponder that, Minnesota!)
2. MICHAEL BENNETT, Dec. 15, 2013, vs. New York Giants
Bennett one-ups Mebane with this pelvic pirouette, executed in the aftermath of bagging quarterback Eli Manning. (Is it just coincidence that Bennett shares a name with one of Broadway’s all-time great choreographers, of “A Chorus Line” Fame? I think not.) If Mebane’s belly dance was PG rated, this one’s PG-13, a fact that led at least one SB Nation writer to call the Seahawks “the sexy Super Bowl pick.”
3. RICHARD SHERMAN, Sept. 15, 2013, vs. San Francisco 49ers
Sherman is the most irrepressibly Terpsichorean of all the Seahawks. At the slightest provocation, he breaks into a trash-talking boogie on the sideline, in the locker room, on the field … especially when he makes an interception like this one. His dance moves are bold and bouncy, but frankly, the most impressive maneuver captured on this video is the spectacularly balletic grand jeté he performs to catch the ball. The best news for Seahawks fans? That’s 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick on the losing end of this particular turnover.
Which one is your favorite?
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