The Hangover

The Seattle Seahawks will tell you it’s history. A new NFL season has begun. The past is the past.

But in so many ways, what happened on Feb. 1 at the Super Bowl will never quite go away. The Seahawks made it to the 1 yard line, and with a dynasty on the line and MarShawn Lynch in the backfield, Russell Wilson threw, and New England’s Malcolm Butler caught, the most famous interception in the league’s history.

The Seahawks will tell you they’re over it. They’ve spent much of the offseason coming together, airing regrets, moving on. They have joked about it; Marshawn Lynch did a bit on “The League.” They have opened up about it in interviews. They have hugged about it in team meetings.

Is it over? Maybe, but it’s still in the air. Think back to when San Antonio lost Game 6 of the NBA Finals on that Ray Allen shot. The next year, the Spurs were hyper-focused, driven, invincible. That Ray Allen shot inspired that team. That could happen for the Seahawks.

On the other hand, think about the Red Sox losing the 1986 World Series, the ball rolling through Bill Buckner’s legs. Or the 2003 Cubs blowing the NLCS, with everyone blaming Steve Bartman. Or the Buffalo Bills losing to Tennessee in the Music City Miracle. All of those teams decayed; heck, the Bills haven’t even been to the playoffs since.

Of course, we sportswriters make way too much about these kinds of narratives. That’s half the fun.

The Seahawks were a yard away from back-to-back Super Bowl victories and made a choice to throw, a choice that still doesn’t make much sense to many of us. Will that energize the Seahawks? Will it frustrate them? Will it mean anything at all?

It’s great to stop the talk and find out.

— Joe Posnanski

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