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Watched XL for the second time last night
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:36 am
  • Brutal.

    Some things that stood out to me

    - I forgot how many catches Jackson had in the first quarter of that game. It's sad they went away from that, seemed to be working for them early.

    - Forgot all about it, but DJ Hackett just missed on a TD in the first quarter, Just through his finger tips. Always thought he had a ton of potential.

    - Wow we moved the ball on them no problem in the first half. Walter Jones had Porter on lock down. Just stupid mistakes.

    - We like to blame the officials, but that was some of the worst clock management I've ever seen at the end of the first half. No clue what happened there.

    - Love how jacked up Holmgren was at halftime.

    - My god Peter Warrick. Forgot all about him. He had some clutch returns in that game (one which was of course- called back).

    - Some great "Sea-Hawk" chants in the first half.

    - I know there's a lot of heat Stevens, but those were some tough passes to catch in that game. Still should have been caught, but tough nonetheless.

    - Tom Brady tossed the coin! lol



    Other than the terrible officiating and annoying Bettis story line, anyone else have any random memories from that game? I know a lot of us try to block it out, but it was our first Super Bowl. Anyone at the game have anything to share as well? Always cool to hear stories.
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  • I went into a deep depression for the next 5 months after that game and seeked counseling, where I was told it's "only a game." What a quack.

    I cussed out my mom before halftime

    Mick Jagger had flabby arms

    The whole experience was a forgettable dissapointment.
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  • I was at a party at Wazzu. I witnessed a crowd of 10 people throwing a lone Steeler fan into a dumpster and one crazy guy throwing his vacuum cleaner by spinning around in circles holding the end of the cord then tossing it. Was a depressing night. Thought we missed our window and figured it would take another 20 to 30 years before we would have another opportunity to win it all.
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  • While XLVIII took away much of the pain...Still. Not. Over. It.
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  • On a big bomb by Roethlisberger, I recall multiple lineman downfield that never got called. If memory serves, I think it was a fairly pivotal play that put them in a position to go ahead in that game.
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  • Saw the original once that was enough. Piss poor one sided officiating, thanks for the screwjob NFL. End of story!
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  • On TV it sure looked like a totally phantom hold by our right tackle that ruined a drive

    I just remember having my jaw dropped the whole because of all the really ticky tack and BS calls against us and the stealers getting away with everything

    Then Our defense missed an assignment for a TD and we had just signed a guy off the street like a week before who missed it

    I also remember my wife saying that , I guess the NFL just doesn't want you guys to win the superbowl and it felt like it even though I really hated that she said that , knowing I had been a fan through all the bad times and since the day they came into town
    It really hurt
    That was one really effed up and tough day for me that lasted years
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  • Sports Hernia wrote:Saw the original once that was enough. Piss poor one sided officiating, thanks for the screwjob NFL. End of story!

    :ditto:
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  • what was it? that 3rd and 27 or 3rd and 28 that the steelers converted? that to me is the biggest haunt from that game... woulda coulda shoulda

    oh, that and they didn't run alexander as much as they probably should have in retrospect.

    and the phantom 'non-touchdown' where jackson nicked the pylon... and then asking... 'if that had been michael irvin, would it have been a td?'

    then a little bit of the 'what if jeremy had made a couple of those grabs?'...

    but that 3rd and twenty-whatever... argh...

    (yeah the refs were biased, but how unexpected was that, in retrospect?)
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  • Sports Hernia wrote:Saw the original once that was enough. Piss poor one sided officiating, thanks for the screwjob NFL. End of story!


    x 3, and that bozo referee subsequently apologizes for the screw job. It is too upsetting to me to watch again.

    I was in the Caribbean and watched the game at the sports complex at my resort with a crowd of Steelers fans and at least one of them apologized b/c they saw the screw job happening, the others were a pain in the rear. I can't imagine how terrible it must have been to have been in Detroit for the game to watch that rubbish.
    Until we develop a pass rush that will cause opposing teams to be forced to scheme to defend it we will never be able to consistently take the final step. The interior rush needs improvement. The OLine clearly still needs work.

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  • #$%& Bill Leavy
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  • I was there with Mark (RockHawk). It was a pitiful affair pretty much the entire time. Steelers bars everywhere. We found one Seahawks bar, the only oasis in the entire city. It was freezing cold...Standing in the freezing rain for hours waiting for a shuttle to take us into the city. Standing in the freezing cold after the game waiting for the shuttles to take us back to our hotel. Passing out Terrible Towels at the stadium as you walked in...

    We might as well have been in Pittsburgh.

    Outside of getting to say I was at the Seahawks first-ever Super Bowl, I can't really think of a single good thing about the entire experience.
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  • I quit watching the NFL for at least 3 years after that. Came back during the Mora timeframe.
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  • I remember that phantom td by Rapeburger. He was down then lunged the ball and the dufus ref put his arms up. They robbed everyone of a great moment for the Bus to get it on 4th and goal. And I remember HOFer Steve Young saying “that’s a td!” At half time on DJ OPI! I remember HOF coach Madden saying I don’t see any holding there. And the penalty on Hass for talking the interceptor
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  • TwistedHusky wrote:I quit watching the NFL for at least 3 years after that. Came back during the Mora timeframe.


    I pretty much haven't been the same Seahawk fan since that game that I was before. Don't get me wrong, the Super Bowl run and the LOB have been great fun, but I don't actually watch the games much. A big part of it is changes in my life (wife, kids, neither of which are particularly interested in football and I'm not going to drop the coin it would take to watch the games), but I remember the aftermath of the game and the following season. I was so broken by how that game went that I realized I should never let something I don't control have so much affect on my life.
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  • Watching XL or XLIX a second time would be like watching Schindler's List or The Red Fern Grows a second time--both depressing and sad in different ways and I just won't do it.
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  • The theme of the day was getting the bus his ring before he went off to broadcasting. It was disgusting. NFL likes the theme super bowls of getting certain guys a ring. ..
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  • Cyrus12 wrote:The theme of the day was getting the bus his ring before he went off to broadcasting. It was disgusting. NFL likes the theme super bowls of getting certain guys a ring. ..


    Nothing told me the fix was in more than when Detroit gave him the keys to the city a week leading up to the game.

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  • Not sure if you guys knew this ...

    Jerome Bettis? He’s from Detroit.

    :pukeface:

    To think how close this franchise is to 3 championships leaves an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach like no other.

    *goes to watch 48 on YouTube again*
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  • Yep, knew that, but still. :pukeface:
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  • BuffaloHawk wrote:- Wow we moved the ball on them no problem in the first half. Walter Jones had Porter on lock down.


    Too bad he couldn't shut Porter's mouth. It was Porter screeching about the reffing in the AFCCG that probably got Levy all afraid to call anything.
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  • The one I remember the most is probably being super excited when Kelly Herndon returned the interception but was too gassed or slow to make a return to the endzone. On the ensuing drive the phantom hold on Stevens was called right? And then the Hasselbeck INT? :(
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  • Long time lurker, first time poster...

    I was at the game so I thought I'd add my .02 from my experience...

    I was with a small group of friends staying at someone's townhouse we rented for Super Bowl week. The location was great; within walking distance to the stadium and downtown.

    Yes, the city was crawling with Steeler fans...but we had a good time with it. For two straight nights we posted up at some circus tent-like structure in what I'm guessing was an empty parking lot. But inside at night the drinks were flowing, there was live music, a decent mix of fans from both sides...mostly Steeler fans but everybody was cool & happy to be in the mix. Met some nice people and had some good conversations.

    The night before the super bowl on our way back to our place after partying all night (probably 2am-ish), we come across two young guys in Bengals gear. We strike up a conversation..."Bengals? What are you doing here?" They said they just wanted to experience the super bowl vibe and road tripped from Cincinnati since it wasn't too far. Plus they hated the Steelers so much they wanted to represent their team and adopted the Seahawks for the day. They had no game tickets and no place to stay; just came in town to have a good time. We loved them right away and took them in, offered up what space we had. We set them up with a warm place to stay and fed them a nice pre-game breakfast in the morning.

    On our walk to the stadium on game day we saw a big tour bus roll into a parking lot and out poured a bus load of Hawk fans. Not only that, but they passed out a Hawk version of the terrible towel (Green Hawk towels) and some other Hawk swag. It was awesome. My small posse joined up with this larger army of hawk fans and we marched down the street together into the stadium area. I thought, "this is awesome! We have this huge hawk mob marching into the city, we'll show them that Seattle is ready!" I was pumped.

    And then we crossed into the city area near the stadium and, I kid you not, it was like the parting of the seas as our mob came into the mix. The streets were closed off so there were people everywhere and our army of Hawk fans cut through like a knife. People were chanting, yelling, puffing their chests out...it was like a fighter entrance in a big time fight. It was awesome.

    And then I heard it.

    The BOO's. The yelling, the screaming...at US!

    The crowd that had parted had now grown to the equivalent of the population of a small rural town circled around us booing and giving us the business. I swear I saw a pitchfork and a torch in there.

    This is when I first realized we were severely outnumbered. No matter, we had fun with it.

    Inside the stadium, however, is when it got real. The stadium employees were handing out terrible towels. "where are the hawk towels?" None. They were walking up the aisles with boxes of yellow towels. It was obnoxious.

    The stadium was 80/10/10...80% Steeler fans, 10% hawk fans, 10% "I'm just here." Luckily, our section was in/around a lot of Hawk fans, so we had a nice corner of the stadium surrounded by a good number of our kind. Still, I'll never forget pregame when the stadium PA announcer is getting the fans into into it and when it was Pittsburgh's turn, the whole place turned into a yellow sea of waving towels. I will say it was visually impressive to see that kind of energy even though it was for the other guys.

    Team intros were on another level for the other guys. So many towels. I'll never hear that intro song again and not think of the Steelers (ugh). The hawks intro was special, though, because it was our first Super Bowl intro. I shed a tear or two.

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    (I have video of both intros but file is too big to upload and I can't figure it out...but the difference is staggering)

    Anyhow, The ball kicks off and we all know the rest of the story. I will say, though, that our section and side of the stadium was loud. In fact, louder than Steeler fans at some points. There's one of those super bowl shows on this game that has a Steeler player mic'ed up on the sideline saying how loud it was at that end of the stadium. We were small in numbers, but our voices were heard.

    A lot of crap factors did the Hawks in that game (bad calls were part of it, fluky plays, and the Hawks killed themselves with dropped balls, poor clock management, etc). Towards the end of the game I locked eyes with a couple Steeler fans in front of me and I said, "At least tell me you earned it. Can you tell me you earned it?" They just turned around and said nothing. I've been to four Super bowls in my life and I have never seen such a 'meh' vibe from the winning teams' fans. They knew.
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  • 1980wasagoodyear you waited perhaps a very long time to deliver your inaugural post...

    ...and it was NAILS!

    Stop lurking! Post more brother. GREAT synopsis, great prose...We need more of YOU!
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  • Thanks Aros. I don't know how often I can contribute but if I get inspired on something I'll drop a post here and there. The SBXL topic got me because the OP asked for stories and I was lucky enough to ride that wave to the bitter end. Despite the outcome, the ride and memories of that season are etched in stone. It was the first one.

    Oh, and we passed by Snoop Dogg and his entourage after the game wearing a Bettis jersey. My friend yelled, "Hey Snoop, what about the west coast?"

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  • 1980wasagoodyear - that was a great post.
    I was pretty upset after the game but there were so many good games and moments during that season that those memories outweigh that terrible SB loss -- and maybe the time that has passed and the Super Bowl victory has made me forget it too. In many ways, the elation of the Super Bowl victory years later wouldn't have been the same for me without that devastating loss -- but that's just me and I know a lot of people really don't feel that way. I picked the Seahawks as "my team" in the early 1990s when they just started their terrible run and I stuck with them despite all the ridicule -- and I'm not from Seattle and I don't live anywhere near Seattle so I could have abandoned them and nobody would have cared. As a result, I think I look at those disappointments now as badges of honor in certain respects since I really believe the good times are never as good if you haven't experienced that terrible feeling of absolute pit of the stomach loss. And, I'm not saying that to say "I'm a true fan" vs the "fair weather ones" -- since we all experience our fandom and team loyalty differently. I truly believe that the struggle of being a Seahawk fan those years gave me more of a bond with other Seahawk fans because of that shared belief each new year that "maybe this year is THE year." Now for me, it is a little bit different and probably will never quite be the same for me since I know what ultimate victory feels like and I have something to try and compare it to.... in a way the "unknown feeling of victory" gave me more hope albeit more false hope many of those seasons! Still, that is why I remember that first Super Bowl now as part of their journey to their eventual Super Bowl victory and not as a pure end in itself. Probably age and having kids has mellowed me too!

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