BY JAY GILMOUR
Reports that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked to Marshawn Lynch about how he celebrates after a touchdown makes me wonder how that conversation must have gone down.
Here’s my guess, using their special language that only they really understand, along with a translation.
Pete: “You OK?” (Well, here we are facing another Super Bowl challenge, thanks in large measure to your contributions. Well done.)
Beast: “Yeah.” (It was tougher this year. I wasn’t sure my back was going to hold up, but it’s a go.)
Pete: “Sorry about this nonsense.” (As we’ve talked many times, this is a game that teaches men to grow, and always compete for accomplishments that bring joy to their hearts, creating a bond, based on the brotherly love of teammates that support us through all the dark spaces and filling our senses with the potential of the possible.)
Beast: “Yeah, boss.” (Roger Goodell’s obviously got issues. He must owe the media big time for those lucrative TV contracts. He’s trying’ to pry my mouth open so I can say something stupid for a headline that will make him look good. Won’t happen.)
Pete: “You got a plan?” (I hope, for your sake, it all works out. We’re all behind you.)
Beast: “I’m thinking.” (You gave me the opportunity to be myself. I appreciate that. I don’t want to let you down. You’ve been good for me. But the media? They write and speak what they want to hear, rather than what I say. They don’t know the game. They think Beast Mode means putting your head down like an ox and plowing forward. They have no idea what goes into it. The vision; identifying defenders on the move and calling up their tendencies. But I’ve been doing it so long it’s instinctive. I don’t think, I react. And they want me to dissect it and tell them how I “felt” when I scored. Sheesh! Stupid! I’ll think about it, and then see what I think when I’m faced with it.)
Pete: “Have fun!” (Be yourself, OK?)
Beast: “Thanks for asking.” (You’ll get everything I’ve got on Sunday.)
Seattle Times reader Jay Gilmour lives in Port Ludlow.
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