I can't believe I just wrote that headline. This is the same guy who believes that he is stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day-related fan loop when it comes to these Seahawks. I am INCREDIBLY FUCKING NERVOUS about this game, and I'm following so many stupid superstitions (that I dare not break) leading up to this Sunday that I can't keep count of them all. Also, I really do have a ton of respect for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, and the fact that hardly no one is talking about their defense makes me paranoid that they're going to do some damage, even without Von Miller. I've tried to avoid thinking too much about this game, to keep from being reduced to a neurotic mess.
But I'm not a football player, playing in such a momentous game. There is a line of thinking (which is totally reasonable and logical) that the best-performing athletes, especially at the most critical moments, are the modest ones that have respect for their opponents and don't get too distracted by all the glitz and glamour of playing in the Super Bowl. And that is good advice....to a certain degree. Modesty is good for some, but there are others that thrive on arrogance and confidence, and this particular Seahawk squad seems particularly confident both on and off the field. There's cocky, and there's confidence in one's self and one's team, and the guys on this team have a whole lot more of the latter than the former.
I like how comfortable Richard Sherman is in front of the cameras, and at the same time I like how Marshawn Lynch seems to be more afraid of reporters than he is of playing in the Big Game. Everyone seems so loose and comfortable this week, which is noticeably different than the buildup to that other Super Bowl this team played in. I will admit it's a little hard to read Russell Wilson something, though, but he has shown a lot of poise late in closely-contested games both years of his short career, and I'm confident (as confident as I can ever be) that he won't wilt in this spotlight. It's fairly clear that Pete Carroll is responsible for cultivating this attitude, just as John Schneider has done so well in finding guys who fit in with this mold so well.
Again, this is not me doubting the offensive prowess of the Broncos, or doubting their ability to compete with my favorite team, which obviously skews my perspective. I may struggle with faith, but it's clear to me that the Seahawks do not, and if any team can will themselves to victory, it's these guys.So here I am, tempting fate, throwing caution to the wind, and a third metaphor for acting daring in the face of adversity that I can't think of right now. I'll say (or para-phrase) it again: The Seattle Seahawks are going to win the Super Bowl in two days, and become NFL champions.