Change of Pace.

Past posts have been too dark so here’s a picture that’s made its way into my heart this week. I hope it finds its way into yours.

He’s controversial. He’s a cheater. I know I’m supposed to hate him, but I can’t quit Bellichick. There’s a comforting warmth behind his eyes. You know not to trust him, but you can’t help but give him the benefit of the doubt.

Billy's Smile

WHY

Today’s blog post about the morality of prostitution and other sex work has been cancelled because of the worst playcall in Superbowl history.

Sherman heart break

Yeah.

Now back to the last minute of the Super Bowl…

Seahawks is driving after the defense let in more points. Everything goes their way. Kearse makes a one-in-a-million catch. Marshawn Lynch is given the ball and stopped at around the 1 yard line. 2nd and goal at the 1.

Everyone in the entire world is waiting for Seattle to feed the beast. For his 25th and game-winning carry of one yard. It’s all about how you finish.

But Seattle didn’t finish.

The No. 1 ranked rushing offense for the 2014-2015 season threw it all away on a pass. Seattle was ranked 27th in passing offense. Russell Wilson was coming off a four interception game. They had a time out. Marshawn Lynch existed. How could this be?

There is no rationale that will make the pain stop for Seahawks fans. Carroll will never be able to explain away this play. Nothing short of Carroll admitting he was paid off will satisfy anyone.

If the Seahawks had been blown out in this game, it wouldn’t hurt so bad. I could say that they didn’t prepare well enough or the injuries took them out of it. If Marshawn Lynch had been stuffed three times, that would have been okay. They stopped the best RB in the league three times. The Patriots defense held when they needed them the most. They deserve the Lombardi. If Marshawn had fumbled the ball, I could chalk it up to bad luck. If they had scored and Tom Brady beat the Legion of Boom in 20 seconds, I’d just admit Brady was the greatest of all time and deserved it.

Seattle had the power of choice. Bevell, Carroll, and Russell chose wrong. They paid the price for not sticking with what brought them to the game.

What is next for Seattle? What does the future bring? Can the team bounce back from this shocking loss?

Will Marshawn Lynch be playing for the Seahawks next year? Will Superbowl 50 be ring number two? Or will Seattle fans have their hearts broken again? Has the window closed for the Seattle Seahawks and their hopes for a dynasty?

None of those questions can be answered now. But there is one thing I know for sure. It’s a fact that helps me feel better about this whole ordeal. It helped me sleep last night after the game.

The San Francisco 49ers won’t be playing in the Super Bowl next year.

Destiny.

“Circumstances dictate where you start—a single mother raised Kam Chancellor to become the man he is today—but each individual determines his course.

Where I came from, in Compton, kids were brainwashed into thinking that if they weren’t athletes or rappers or drug dealers they were nothing.

My son will understand that he’s in control of his own destiny and that education, work ethic and discipline will guide him to an even better life than I’ve enjoyed. He’ll be the man who makes this world a better place through positive actions and influence.”

– Richard Sherman, February 2nd issue of Sports Illustrated.

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