Led by their fist-pumping, egotistical head coach Pete Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks have not only shown they are the dirtiest team in the National Football League, but their celebrations over what was clearly a game-ending interception by Packers safety M.D. Jennings in the end zone were stunning.
Have you ever seen this ad on television: The scene is a basketball game where the ball sails out of bounds and the referee makes the call for one team. However, an honest player on the other team tells his coach that he touched it before it went out of bounds. The coach then tells the player to go out onto the court and let the referee know that the ball belongs to the other team, which he does.
Clearly, Carroll hasn’t seen the ad, nor have his players.
Instead of taking the high road and coming clean on the last play of the game, Carroll and his minions, including QB Russell Wilson who is supposed to be a man of God, stood by and soaked in the win – exclaiming how it was a great play that was called correctly.
Many are saying that this is the game that will be the tipping point in the negotiations between the referees union and the NFL and that it will speed up a negotiated agreement.
Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt told ESPN that he wasn’t so sure. He said that there are so many other mitigating circumstances involved in the negotiations that to reach an agreement is still a difficult sea to cross.
But we must get back to the Seahawks and their integrity, or lack thereof. How can they possibly present the image of victors in a game they clearly lost? How can they celebrate and thank God for their victory on the field?
Shame on you, Pete Carroll. Shame on you, Russell Wilson. Shame on you Golden Tate.
This is what you would call integrity and honesty?
Yes, it’s the National Football League and it’s a dog eat dog league. But this goes beyond just winning and losing. Your behavior at the end of this game was pathetic, shameful and just plain embarrassing.
And where will the league come down on this? They won’t. Commissioner Roger Goodell has been hailed as the savior of the league, but he has now crashed back to Earth as he oversees this boondoggle – this sinking ship.
Maybe it’s time for the players and more importantly, the owners, to finally say enough is enough.
We don’t like seeing teams like the Seahawks get saddled with looking bad.
When you have a player like Golden Tate – who “caught” the final touchdown pass – say “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” when asked about his blatant push-off of Packers cornerback Sam Shields just before leaping for the ball, you wonder about his character … and he went to Notre Dame?
You call that classy? You call that dignified? No, it’s a blatant denial of the truth … oh, a lie, you say? Of course. Tate’s college instructors are now in hiding, shameful of the behavior of their former student.
One might ask if the Packers players and coaches wouldn’t have done the same thing … I would hope not. However, they weren’t put in that position and it’s not them we are talking about.
One thing is for sure, the Packers are a team that knows how to deal with adversity, and if there’s any situation that wreaks of adversity, it’s this. They will come back from this and live to fight another day.
And while the Packers may have lost this battle tonight, I have the feeling that the Packers will eventually win the war.
This all goes beyond whining and crying. This is about doing what’s right.
Pete Carroll and his players didn’t come close to doing that Monday night.