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January 28, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Super Bowl XLIX: Early national media picks, and it’s close

This one is going to be close. That’s the conclusion from most early predictions for Super Bowl XLIX from national media and major newspapers, including our own. Four of our six writers or columnists covering the Super Bowl pick the Seahawks to win, although most figure it will be a tight game. Larry Stone sees an overtime…

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January 27, 2015 at 9:17 PM

Super Bowl XLIX: Snappy answers to stupid media questions

Welcome to Super XLIX Media Day, where thousands of members of the media stand notepad to boom mike and ask stupid questions. After that they make things worse  by scribbling earnestly into a notepad or smiling and nodding while thrusting their mike or tape recorder into someone’s chops. It’s embarrassing, even for someone like me who has…

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January 27, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks: A 12’s heartfelt thanks to her team for thawing Seattle’s deep freeze

BY MELISSA PERINCHERIL Dear Seattle, If you’re a die-hard, a bandwagon, a red wagon or a Volkswagen, I don’t care. Thank you for participating and making the experience of being a Seattleite, and a Washingtonian, even better. I’ll be honest. I didn’t grow up with football. My great-uncle once asked (jokingly, we hope), in a thick Indian accent, why everyone…

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January 27, 2015 at 5:37 AM

Seahawks vs. Patriots: National media on Pete Carroll’s firing, Doug Baldwin’s anger

Super Bowl XLIX is about more than just deflated footballs. Honest. As the international media and major newspapers converged on Phoenix on Monday, stories were written about Pete Carroll, Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson. And some of them weren’t exactly complimentary. Here’s a roundup on Super Bowl that (mostly) avoids the whole DeflateGate issue. “WHY PETE CARROLL’S…

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January 25, 2015 at 8:16 PM

Super Bowl Deflategate: What the national media are saying about Patriots’ controversy

The Super Bowl is only seven days away, but it’s football inflation, or lack thereof, that has been the focus of much of the coverage from national media and major newspapers. Welcome to Deflategate, the NFL’s latest controversy in a season filled with them. This time it’s about whether footballs used by New England in the…

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January 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Seahawks’ comeback cheers, Patriots’ scandal jeers: Seattle Times readers sound off

Deflate-Gate Let each team apply pressure Why not let each team choose their own inflation of a standardized football? Why have a rule that makes footballs harder to handle in certain conditions? Let’s bring out the best of the sport, as in catching passes and not fumbling in inclement conditions. And while we’re evaluating football, why have a championship game’s…

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January 23, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Don’t hate me: Confessions of an ignorant, rookie Seahawks fan

BY DIANA J NOBLE I am an ignorant, inexperienced, unschooled football rookie. That’s an embarrassing moniker, given I live in blue-and-green, fan-obsessed, Seahawks-land. But, heavens, am I trying to get spooled up on this hard-hitting, brain-jangling, bone-breaking, complicated, thrilling game. Growing up, my life was consumed by gymnastics, so I missed out on team sports, both playing and…

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