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January 26, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Seahawks Fan Buzz: More flashy cleats coming; What does Madden know?

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Remember the gold-plated cleats Marshawn Lynch was going to wear for the NFC Championship? Turns out new custom-designed shoes could be in store for the Super Bowl.

There were threats of fines from the NFL and Lynch didn’t end up wearing the bright gold cleats. But that won’t stop the same designer from supplying some players with fancy designs to wear in the Super Bowl, and here’s why, via a Nordstrom blog interview with the shoes’ designer, Marcus Rivero, aka Soles by Sir:

What kinds of designs have you done for them?
Normally stuff that matches the uniform. I’ve incorporated the Seahawks design that they have running down their pants. Seahawks colors. Sometimes they have me do their initials, their wives’, their friends’, their babies’–stuff like that.

So the gist is that custom designs are OK as long as they incorporate the team colors. Gold is not a Seahawk color. Rivero goes on:

Which of your designs should we look for at Super Bowl XLIX?
Let’s just say there will be one of Seattle’s that you’re gonna know it’s mine from a mile away. And the same for New England. I’m doing several, but there’ll be one on each team that–by far–it’s not that they’re the best, it’s that they’re the most out there. I can’t say who the players are because I don’t want to get them in trouble with the NFL.

Madden 2015 predicts a 28-24 victory for the Patriots on Sunday.

Madden 2015 predicts a 28-24 victory for the Patriots on Sunday.

Madden Schmadden

This just in: Madden 2015, the popular NFL video game, predicts the Patriots will beat the Seahawks 28-24 in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

So how accurate is a video game at predicting winners? Madden NFL has a lifetime Super Bowl prediction record of 8-3, according to the folks over at EA Sports.

But here at Fan Buzz, we question whether Madden NFL can predict the Seahawks with any accuracy. Reporter Jayson Jenks and a buddy attempted to recreate the end of Seattle’s NFC Championship win over the Green Bay Packers with a brand new “Madden Moment” that went live just last week. It took 18 tries and the Seahawks’ were victorious at 12:12 a.m. Symbolic? We think so.

Besides, Richard Sherman was on the cover of Madden 2015, so maybe that counts for something?

 

The ‘Deflategate’ saga continues

OK, we were trying to avoid Deflategate today, but that just doesn’t seem possible — there’s still too much funny stuff out there. Did you see the “Saturday Night Live” skit? It’s not outrageously funny, but it’s got some good bits.

The best line from the parodied Tom Brady: “I’m not worried about the air pressure in the ball. That’s nerd stuff.”

Speaking of ‘nerd stuff’

Bill Nye the Science Guy weighed in after Patriots coach Bill Belichick did his own science spiel in a Saturday afternoon press conference, talking about “atmospheric conditions” and how rubbing the ball could affect the inflation level.

“The preparation of the ball caused the ball to, I would say, be artificially high in PSI,” Belichick said.

What did Nye have to say? He basically called BS. But he also finished out with a “Go Seahawks,” so the Science Guy might be a bit biased by blue and green.

 

High-flying security

There’s going to be a lot of fans at the Super Bowl on Sunday. What’s that mean for national security?

Fighter jets and helicopters will be patrolling the greater Phoenix-area skies during the Super Bowl after practicing earlier in the week, according to reports from AZCentral.com.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct aerial training exercises on Tuesday, and will patrol the skies over Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, as it has for every Super Bowl since 2011.

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Paul Allen’s reported new amplifier. It goes to 12. (Photo from Geekwire.com)

It goes to 12

You’ve seen the “Spinal Tap” amp that “goes to 11”? Well apparently Paul Allen’s new amp “goes to 12.”

GeekWire.com reports that Seattle-based Verellen amplifiers made Allen a special custom amp to take with him to Arizona for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The amp sports a 50 watt super lead with a blackface twin preamp, and footswitchable BEAST MODE overdrive (hawk eye turns red), according to GeekWire.

Allen and his band, “the Underthinkers,” played after last year’s Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos, so most likely the he just wants to be prepared for a Sunday night celebration.

Get to work!

From junior high to the NFL, team spirit tends to reflect the attitude of the coaches. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll? He’s Mr. Positive. In fact, other coaches around the country are buying into his vision.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick? He’s known for being a hardcore, no-nonsense coach, who’s maybe a little grumpy.

Here at Fan Buzz, we think the difference in attitudes is reflected in team slogans. Seahawks have used “Why not us?” “We all we got, we all we need,” “I’m in,” and, of course, anything to do with the “Spirit of the 12th Man.”

What’s the Patriots’ slogan? “Do your job.”

New England even put it on a big banner that’s going to hang in the team’s hotel, according to a tweet from the team’s official account.

We like to think the Seahawks are all about doing their job and don’t need to be told. …

 

Carol Wyda sent us this photo of Michael Bennett, who borrowed the bike of Federal Way police officer John Stray (Wyda's brother) for a repeat cycling performance.

Carol Wyda sent us this photo of Michael Bennett, who borrowed the bike of Federal Way police officer John Stray (Wyda’s brother) for a repeat cycling performance.

Serial joy rider

When the Seahawks were getting ready to leave from SeaTac Airport on Sunday, defensive lineman Michael Bennett borrowed the bike of Federal Way police officer John Stray at the sendoff for a repeat of his ride following the NFC Championship. A bike manufacturer needs to snatch up Bennett as a new spokesman. Maybe for heavy duty cycles?

Give it up for creative fans

paperWe’ve gotten a ton of great pictures from fans using their Paper Hawks. Check Wednesday’s Seattle Times for a surprise Paper Hawk. Who will it be? Wait and see. See the gallery of reader photos.

Today we announced the winners of the Lucky Lanterns photo contest. The competition was fierce.

Speaking of stuff like lanterns and paper dolls you got in the Times, check out the printed paper every day this week for a new Hawk Shot page. Monday: Michael Bennett.
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Can’t get enough Fan Buzz? Wait, there’s more!

Friday’s Seahawks Fan Buzz: Michael Bennett’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ bike ride; Super Bowl weather

Thursday’s Seahawks Fan Buzz: Let’s talk balls; super hero Super Bowl bet
Wednesday’s Seahawks Fan Buzz: Could ‘DeflateGate‘ change fan loyalties?
Tuesday’s Fan Buzz: New bike might make those Packers-fan tears go away

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