A night that was supposed to go down in history as one of the greatest regular season finshes ever has been clouded in drama and controversy. Everywhere you turned on Tuesday morning was a debate over the final play of last night’s thrilling victory (or is it, say the so-called experts) over Green Bay. It was inescapable; even non-sports fans didn’t hear the end of it. And there we are as Seahawks fans in the middle of it, not sure whether we should be proud of that victory last night. After hearing all the national criticism and people saying we shouldn’t be proud being 2-1, I’m here to say that I fully disagree and I think you as Seahawk fans should too. There are three things I’ve heard in particular that have continued to bug me (I’m sure you too). Here is what they said, and why they are wrong.
- “The replacement officials were to blame for the Green Bay’s loss.”
The rage goes on about how the real NFL officials need to replace their replacements; that I strongly agree with. What disgusts me is the argument that the final call was “bad” purely because it was made by replacement officials. Who is to say that the call would have been correct had those officials been the regular NFL ones? There is no way anyone can say that, and those who do are likely in the wrong. How many times in previous seasons do you as fans jump up and scream at the TV on a Sunday afternoon, clamoring at a bad call made during the game? I’m willing to bet plenty of times. Bad calls are part of the game, and many times the Seahawks are on the tail-end of the call. Super Bowl 40, anyone? Take this fortunate call and run with it (although in my opinion, it’s arguable that it was fair to begin with!).
My point is that you can’t put the blame about the outcome of the game solely on the replacement officials. You win a game by playing out the entire 60 minutes, not just 59 minutes and 48 seconds of it. I’m not going to sit here and argue whether it was a catch or not either; that debate would be endless. What I will say, is that it was a hard call to make in real-time. Sure, everyone can sit back on their TV’s or laptops and dissect the play to see what was correct. But in real-time? It’s a totally different ballgame. That catch happened so quickly that anyone could have gotten the call wrong, professional or not. Even if it was a bad call, mistakes happen and it’s football. Time to move on, it’s a big-boy sport is it not?
- “Seattle was handed a victory by the Packers and the referees.”
The conversation about who caught the ball was controversial. The quote about us being “handed” the win is not; it’s dead wrong. On a night where the hawks played their hearts out in front of a national audience, nothing was just given to them. Garnering 8 sacks in one half is not a “gift” they were given, they earned it! Holding Green Bay’s offense, one of the most potent ones in the league, to just 12 points? That’s not something that was “handed” to them (not to mention it might have been under 12 if there was no blatant pass-interference call on Kam Chancellor on their lone touchdown drive, but that’s besides the point). The final call itself was not “handed” to us either. We put ourselves in position for that call to happen. We kept the game close enough for a game-winning drive, drove down the field on that drive to set up that final throw, and Golden Tate fought for the ball and put the officials in position to have to make the call. Any of those components missing, and we’d have a completely different conversation. We put ourselves in position to win that game; no one else did that for us. The predicament the officials were in at the end was just a result of what we did to put them in that situation. The final play is not necessarily something we should be overjoyed about, but the team that we saw on the field last night? Impressive, be happy that you have them.
- “Golden Tate is full of ** too. Saying he should have caught that is embarrassing! ** jokers!” –Josh Sitton, Packers Guard
I just find this quote funny. Coming from a tough offensive lineman makes it hilarious. Imagine you are Golden Tate for a moment. The game is on the line, you leap for a jump ball, and then you come down with it simultaneously with another player. You both have possession (yes, they BOTH did indeed have some possession when they hit the ground), although the other guy might have just a bit more. You have two options: Hold onto the ball and try to win possession, or let go of the ball and tell the official “Oh darn, he had a bit more of the ball than me. He won fair and square.” Which would you choose? THE FIRST ONE, OF COURSE! What kind of competitor, teammate, and athlete would you be if you chose the second?! I find it funny that Sitton would even tweet about something like this. Would Sitton have done the same as Tate if he were in the same predicament? Heck yeah he would have. I find it astonishing.
My point here is that we should be proud of the team we saw out there last night, as well as their victory. They competed, they played through the whistle, and they deserved to win. Both teams did, but we were in the right position at the right time. There is nothing shameful in finishing with 8 sacks and holding THE Green Bay Packers and their MVP quarterback to 12 points. I hope you agree with me; but whether you do or not, the fact of the matter is the Seahawks are 2-1 and they hope to improve to 3-1 this Sunday. It is time to move on, go Seahawks.