The Seahawks’ stunning defeat to the New England Patriots last Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX released an incredible amount of emotion across the region. The Seattle Times Sports inbox and mailbox were flooded with fans’ reaction. A lot of it was angry, but there was also support for coach Pete Carroll’s (or Darrell Bevell’s) controversial pass call.
Quite frankly, the reaction was unlike anything I’ve seen in more than 27 years as a sports editor at The Seattle Times.
I’ve decided to let readers vent with a double dose of Backtalk. Here’s Part I, with every letter to the sports editor devoted to the Seahawks.
Look for Part II online Saturday and in our print edition Sunday.
That play will be questioned for years, but for me it was easy to put it in perspective: As a Cowboys fan watching the 1967 NFL Championship, I would have loved it if Bart Starr had decided to throw a pass instead of running the ball.
—Scott Forrest, Tacoma
Don’t expect same
level of fan devotion
Where was the love for the fans when that pass call was made and executed? All of sudden we didn’t matter anymore. That victory was ours, too, and it was given away to the Patriots.
Going forward, Seahawks, don’t expect the level of devotion from the fans you’ve come to expect. That betrayal is going to hurt for a long while.
— Kim Souther, Valdosta, Ga.
our trust, support
Pete Carroll has willed us to being a model NFL franchise for years to come. He deserves our continued trust and support.
Just hand it off to the Beast next time, please.
— Jon Engman
Agony of defeat
familiar to Packers
I notice the sun came up on the day after, and no doubt the anguish will fade a little every day. But to lose this way does not just sting, it torments a person. This is the agony of defeat.
Come to think of it, this must be how fans of the Green Bay Packers were feeling a couple of weeks ago.
— Tom Likai, Shoreline
made us Super
Darrell Bevell masterminded the Green Bay comeback, the last 31 seconds of the Super Bowl’s first half, and the plays that put us in position to win in the end. Get off his back.
— Lew Witham, Seattle
to blow smoke
When you look at the calls made by Washington’s Chris Peterson for not going into a victory formation, by Washington State’s Mike Leach each week and the passing call by the Seahawks’ staff in Super Bowl, the rest of the country must be questioning the wisdom of legalizing marijuana in our state.
— Rion Moran, Bellevue
Doug Baldwin should be thanking NBC for cutting away from his ridiculous, juvenile, embarrassing end-zone display following his touchdown reception. Too bad the thousands of fans in the stadium were subjected to his tasteless celebrating. What was he thinking?
It was the Super Bowl, for crying out loud, not the toilet bowl.
— Linda Schow, Seattle
Hawks’ Carroll was
I thought the whole game New England’s Bill Belichick outcoached Seattle’s Pete Carroll. The Patriots executed their game plan better than the Seahawks. The best team won.
— Jerri Desper, Renton
Don’t play chess,
throw knockout punch
Love my team. Love my coach. Love my QB. Love my ride on the back of the Hawks.
Clearly, though, this came down to one moment when whoever called that throw lost their mind in ways that can’t be explained.
I’m ashamed for the coaches who played chess, when an uppercut is all it took. Opponent on the ropes. Knock them out.
— Marc Singer, Seattle
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