So consider this pretty much the last Sunday without football until after the Super Bowl.
Will the Seahawks make it back?
That was the focus of Larry Stone’s column that led off our preview of Seahawks training camp in today’s paper.
“The truth is, it might never get better than this. I happen to think the Seahawks can avoid the pitfalls that have struck down past Super Bowl champs: The entitlement, the egos, the distractions, the contract issues, the shortened offseason, the bull’s-eyes on their backs and the complacency in their hearts.
But every champ thinks they can avoid it, and no team has repeated its Super Bowl triumph since the Patriots in 2003-04. In fact, the 2005 Patriots were the last defending NFL champion to even win a playoff game. There’s a reason that the terms “Super Bowl jinx” and “Super Bowl hangover” became part of the lexicon.
It’s a very real and very poignant risk: The warm feelings of joy that have filled the hearts of Seahawks fans getting pushed aside by the harsh realities of a new year. Do you think Red Sox fans, so delirious last October, are still singing “Kumbaya” as the Sox tumble into last place in their division? Every one of them I’ve talked to is filled with bitterness and irritation. The post-title glow does, indeed, burn out eventually.”
In other news. …
— Tarvaris Jackson with some thoughts on getting into the Super Bowl.
— Seahawks.com with some coverage of Jacob Green’s golf tournament.
— Denver Post columnist Woody Paige says Bobby Wagner was right about the Broncos being scared in the Super Bowl.
— Shannon Sharpe says the Seahawks earned the right to talk all they wanted.