by Jerry Richardson 2/3/15
Why did the Seattle Seahawks lose the Super Bowl? Everybody thinks they know the reason: Seattle’s Coach Pete Carroll did not call the play to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch—but with 20-20 hindsight that conclusion seems rather conveniently obvious.
The real question is why didn’t Coach Carroll make the call that probably 99.99% of the Super-Bowl viewing world would have considered, before and after the play, the most rational call to make?
I claim—as a working hypothesis—that the Progressivism that is endemic in the city of Seattle, and the State of Washington, was displayed in the decision process; and also in the reactions of many Seahawk supporters after the loss. But how could that possibly be? Simple:
Progressivism is now well known for two tactics: 1) Never stick with the tried-and-true, go with something new; 2) When this formula backfires and needs escapism blame it on racism.
Progressivism is well known for not including unintended-consequences in the calculus of it decisions. And a major part of the working-ideology of Progressivism is to always mistrust the obvious—the obvious is what experience has shown to work.
And so it occurred in Super Bowl 2015.
The ill-fated call came on second-and-goal from the Patriots’ 1-yard line, and on the heels of a strong four-yard run by running back Marshawn Lynch on a first-and-goal play from the 5.
A run by Lynch — who finished with 102 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries — certainly seemed in order. But with a timeout left, the Seahawks put the ball in Wilson’s hands with the in-breaking pass play.
—Coach Carroll Takes Blame on Call
Of course, Coach Carroll no-doubt assumed that likely only one of two things would happen on the pass-play he sent in: 1) Touchdown, or 2) Incomplete pass. And if the pass was incomplete then the Seahawks would still have two downs and a time-out in which to score. But, it didn’t work-out that way.
It is well known, even if often ignored, as the legendary coach at Ohio State, Woody Hayes was famous for saying “only three things can happen when you pass (a completion, an incompletion, and an interception) and two of them are bad.”
As the fates would have it, the pass that Coach Carroll called-for was intercepted and the Seahawks lost.
Why do I suggest that Progressivism played a part in the Seattle Seahawks’ defeat?
It is because of Progressives’ blind-spot, or disdain, for unintended and undesired consequences; which means that Progressives are always, in every circumstance, willing and eager to go with hope-and-change. Another way to state this is that Progressives never trusts the obvious, the obvious being what has been demonstrated to work—a very Conservative concept.
What is the evidence that this description might fit Coach Carroll?
Pete Carroll Might Be a 9/11 Truther
Is Seahawks coach Pete Carroll a 9/11 truther? That all depends: Does badgering a former four-star general about whether 9/11 was real make one a truther?
Here’s what happened, according to a couple sources: Late last spring, retired general Peter Chiarelli, who had just finished his term as the Army’s vice chief of staff, visited Carroll at the Seattle Seahawks headquarters. Chiarelli was expecting a pleasant meeting. After all, the pair had what important businesspeople tend to call synergies: Chiarelli—who grew up in Seattle—is a big Seahawks fan. His post-military work concerns traumatic brain injury research, a cause of some significance to the NFL. And both have plenty of experience leading groups of men on grand American stages.
The sit-down between Chiarelli and Carroll started off normally enough…But Chiarelli’s mention of Iraq sent Carroll in another direction: He wanted to know if the September 11 attacks had been planned or faked by the United States government.
—Pete Carroll Might Be a 9/11 Truther
What is the essence of the Truther mentality?
It is a willful, ideologically-driven disbelief in the eye-witnessed obviousness of two jihadist-commandeered airplanes being crash-flown into the World Trade Center; as well as a third one crash-flown into the Pentagon; and a forth one stopped (crashed into a field) by brave passengers led by Todd Beamer with the final command, “Let’s roll.” But a Truther doesn’t want to accept this overwhelming evidence of a jihadist attack. Why? It doesn’t fit the Truther-narrative.
When it comes down to the toss-up evidence question: “What are you going to believe, the Truther-narrative, or your lying eyes”? The Truther, usually a Bush-hating Progressive, will choose to believe the Truther-narrative over the evidence of their own eyes.
This of course is what makes them completely different from so-called “Birthers.” There is no validated documentary or eye-witness evidence that Barack Hussein Obama is actually a naturally-born-citizen of the United States.
In the closing moments of Super Bowl 2015, Coach Carroll seems to have ignored the obvious evidence of his own eyes: Marshawn Lynch, with high probability, could take the ball into the end-zone—so let him run it, at least once, and then if he doesn’t score the Seahawks would still have a time-out and two downs left, or two downs left if the time-out had to be used to stop the clock after a running attempt. Of course there is nothing inherently wrong with a coach calling a pass play on the 1-yard line. It’s done all the time. But in this case, it was an error of disregard for what was obviously the best shot—the conservative shot: Give the ball to the running-back who had already averaged 4+ yards per carry in 24 carries in this ball game; he only needed one yard for the touch.
To his credit, Coach Carroll took full responsibility for the call. He didn’t do what undoubtedly Barack Obama would do in a similar situation:
You know, it’d be wonderful if Obama would actually stand up and take responsibility for his mistakes like Pete Carroll has. If Obama had made that call last night and it blew up, Obama would say, ‘I knew nothing about it! I found out about it when you did, when I watched the replay on TV from the sideline.
But my speculated-indication of Coach Carroll’s Progressivism is not the worst evidence of Progressivism glimmering in the Seahawks’ now-slightly-dimmed halo. Here is perhaps the worst:
The Nation’s Dave Zirin (the same journalist who brought us the genius idea that not cheering for the Seattle Seahawks is racist) wrote a post-Super Bowl column attributing the Seattle Seahawks’ horrible decision to throw a pass on the one-yard line in the final seconds of the game was due to “the politics of race” and an anti-Marshawn Lynch conspiracy.
The theory, as relayed by Zirin, is that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll called a pass because he wanted the young, clean-cut quarterback Russell Wilson to be seen as the game-winner, not the renegade running back Marshawn Lynch. The only source for this theory is a disgruntled anonymous figure in the Seahawks locker room.
—Politics of Race Behind Seahawks Horrible Play Call
The Al Sharpton attitude has been allowed to penetrate every aspect of modern life, including the Super Bowl; regardless of the fact that an estimated 70% of NFL players are black; and regardless of the fact that both the Seattle Quarterback (Russell Wilson) and the star running-back (Marshawn Lynch) are both black.
But despite bringing up race, Zirin never explains the racial angle to the story. What’s the “politics of race” in making a black quarterback the star player over a black running back?
—Politics of Race Behind Seahawks Horrible Play Call
Of course there is no explanation given any more for an accusation of racism. Playing the race-card in America no longer needs an explanation, thanks to the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the white guilt-trippers who inhabit the ideological media.
Seattle’s loss might have been due to the Coach’s ideology of Progressivism—my very debatable speculation—but it certainly was not due to racism.
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