|This morning's Seattle Times website.|
It was as shocking a denouement as could have been imagined - the Patriots taking the lead on a clutch drive led by Tom Brady, and then allowing the Seahawks to move down the field as if they had forgotten the point of the defense was to tackle. And then, what nearly became the most incredible play in Super Bowl history, a catch by Jermaine Kearse that made what David Tyree did to the Patriots look like child's play.
And then, after a bruising run by Marshawn Lynch (hold that thought), came "the call" - a slant pass, intercepted just inside the goal line. Game over.
The great baseball writer Bill James once defined "managerial blunder" as an unorthodox move that does not work. Certainly, a slant pass on the 1-yard line when you have the toughest running back in football in your backfield qualifies as "unorthodox." And while kudos go to Pete Carroll for being a stand-up guy and taking the heat for the call, there's really no explaining it. It was a bad call.
And so my sympathies go out to the fans of the Seattle Seahawks - welcome to the "Epic Loss Club."