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December 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Why Seahawks Richard Sherman can stop anything – even Bertha

Seahawk Richard Sherman, shown warming up before Sunday's 49ers game, is credited by readers with stopping not only receivers but Bertha.  Seattle Times photo by John Lok

Seahawk Richard Sherman, shown warming up before Sunday’s 49ers game, is credited by readers with stopping not only receivers but Bertha.
Seattle Times photo by John Lok

Richard Sherman did it.

We asked Seattle Times readers to solve the city’s biggest mystery: What stopped Bertha?

The giant underground machine digging the Highway 99 tunnel under Seattle inexplicably was stopped in its tracks Friday night 60 feet beneath the surface.  No one knew why, though there were plenty of theories.

That’s why we asked readers, who could use an online tool called “word cloud” on seattletimes.com to input a word, phrase or name they believed was to blame for the obstruction. The more times something was typed in or clicked on, the larger it grows in our word cloud.

And, of course, there’s nothing bigger right now than the Seahawks, who own the best record in the NFC and are projected as one of the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl.

So the name of Richard Sherman, the talkative Seahawks cornerback, grew bigger. And bigger. And bigger.

Bigger than “Obamacare” or “alien spacecraft” or “boulder”. Even bigger than the “Seahawks defense” itself, which also is in the word cloud.

So far more than 260 readers have blamed Sherman.

Why Sherman? I’m guessing readers think that if the leader of  the Legion of Boom defensive backfield can stop the best NFL receivers, maybe he lowered the boom on Bertha.

Think about it. It almost makes sense.

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