“But isn’t Seattle your second favorite team?”
And I guess first and foremost that’s the point I want to get across. There’s no silver lining in this for me. None of that “if I had to lose to someone…” crap. Losing a championship game is the worst. Losing a championship game to the city that you live in might be the super worst. When I went for a walk to try to clear my head after the game, I was bombarded by fireworks and shouts of “go hawks”. You Seahawk fans deserve to celebrate. You earned it. But, for me, it’s miserable to be around.
As for the game itself, there isn’t much to say. Seattle were better. A lot better. They dominated every single aspect of the game. On a different day, I think it could have been different. But today, they were better prepared, executed better, and proved that they’re the best team in the league. When you do have to lose, you at least hope it’s because you were out played. Not because of bad luck or a bad call. So I do take some solace in that.
For the bazillion Seattle fans who have forced me to take a Facebook hiatus the last couple weeks, my advice for you is to enjoy this win. Enjoy it, but also respect it. Super Bowls are rare. Remember that the before the “12th man” “Legion of Boom” brilliant marketing makeover of the franchise, your team very nearly moved to California because hardly anyone gave a shit when you were bad. And I say that only partially to be insulting -- my team lost, I’m bitter. But it’s also true. Sports are fickle. Fans are fickle. Don’t take any of this for granted. So many things have to go right to win a Super Bowl. They went right for you this season. You never know when it’ll happen again.
For me, it’s time to move on. This was an amazing season to be a Bronco fan. Peyton Manning, at his best, is an artist on the football field. His stats this year are mind boggling and he was thrilling to watch. But I’d trade it all -- and I’m sure he would too -- for that Lombardi Trophy. Damnit. These losses don’t get any easier when you get older.
But hey, Sounders season starts in just over a month. So, there’s that.