Thank you Pete Carroll.
Signed, Scott Norwood.
After the juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse, God spoke to Pete Carroll and said, "I have made you the luckiest man on earth." And Pete responded, "Um, no thanks."
I've seen boxing champs reverse a would-be certain loss by knocking out contenders in the final rounds. I've seen horses sprint from behind to pull off surprise wins. But, in all my 78 years, the last time I was stunned as much by the conclusion of this Super Bowl, was in 1951 when Bobby Thomson hit a home run in the ninth inning to give the New York Giants a 5-4 victory over my beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. The surprise and shock I saw on those faces in Arizona were the same dazed and astonished faces I saw on that fall day in the old Polo Grounds 64 years ago.
Apparently Bill Plaschke's strong suit is not logic. On the one hand he criticized Pete Carroll for calling a pass play in lieu of handing the ball to the best power runner in the NFL. On the other hand, he criticized Carroll for handing the ball to the nation's best power runner in the 2006 national championship game between Texas and USC. Make up your mind, Bill.
Maury D. Benemie
Easy to understand why Pete Carroll "always thinks he is smarter than everyone else" when he's in the same room with Plaschke and colleagues.
Jack Von Bulow
The Seahawks did not blow the game on their birdbrain pass play from the one-yard line, although that was the inevitable coup de gras.
They blew the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter when they reverted to the age-old failed tactic of resorting to a "prevent offense," attempting to foolishly guard their 10-point lead over Brady and Co. with too much time left.
How many times have we seen teams do this? Place the blame where it belongs — on the offensive coordinator who failed to learn from history.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
I was in the Coliseum in 2004 when Cal, trailing USC 23-17, had four shots from the Trojans' nine-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game.
Marshawn Lynch was making five yards a pop regardless of what defense Pete Carroll dialed up, but Jeff Tedford inexplicably had Aaron Rodgers try, but fail, to win the game with his arm.
Michael J. DeNiro
Forget Pete Carroll's decision to throw on second down from the one-yard line. Focus on the unsung hero of Super Bowl XLIX — Julian Edelman.
After Tom Brady was picked off by Seattle's Jeremy Lane at the goal line in the first quarter, he was viciously tackled and knocked out of the game by Edelman. Lane's replacement, Tharold Simon, was at Brady's mercy throughout the rest of the game. Edelman caught nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, but most likely will not be remembered for his game-changing tackle.
In the third quarter, Richard Sherman kept putting up two fingers, then four fingers. The announcers thought he was dissing Darrelle Revis. Actually, he was stating how many points the Seahawks would score. Psst, Sherman, they needed 29.
Bruce N. Miller
Playa Del Rey
Malcolm Butler waiting on that slant pass reminded me of Kirk Gibson waiting on that 3-2 backdoor slider.
Contrary to all the accusations, evasions, denials and phony mea culpas, as summarized in your articles, all of us know in our heart-of-hearts who bears ultimate responsibility for the worst decision in sports history at the Super Bowl: It is Obama.
Do the Dodgers really care about their fans being able to watch games on TV? No. Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter has no interest in renegotiating the TV contract. I support the cable and satellite companies saying no to this ridiculously expensive contract.
Do I miss Frank McCourt? I am embarrassed to admit this, but yes. At least he let me watch the Dodgers implode daily on TV.
With the Dodgers increasing parking to $20, it is the current version of a Magic Johnson no-look pass, taking the extra $10 out of fans' wallets hoping they won't notice. As a Time Warner customer, I think I will sell passes to my house so people can watch the games. For $10, they can park their Dodger Blue behinds on my couch.
When you start to list the worst moves/trades in Los Angeles sports history, the list includes the Dodgers trading Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields, and Paul Konerko for Jeff Shaw; the Rams trading Eric Dickerson for draft picks; and the Kings' history of trading No. 1 picks for over-the-hill players.
Now that Kobe Bryant is out for the season, Byron Scott spoke to Steve Nash, asking him to come back in an effort to mentor the players and support the team. After careful consideration, Nash finally relented and told Scott he would join the team when they enter the playoffs.
Not the way to go
What a sad time for all sports fans, as we all watch the breaking down of two of the best athletes of our time. Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant, both with strong local ties, are in the physical struggles of their professional careers, their futures are in doubt and the curtain might be coming down on their long-running stupendous performances.
They have delighted us with their mind-boggling talents, and we all want them to come back, one more time and win and go out on top. It might not happen but these two superstars will always be remembered as two of the best ever in the world of sports.
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