Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end
is interviewed during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
1. History. The Seahawks are trying to become the first team to repeat as champions since, ironically enough, the Patriots did it. Any time there’s a chance at history being made in a Super Bowl, football fans have to bow their heads with respect if not cheer for the event to happen. What the Seahawks are chasing is truly unique, and certainly something that doesn’t happen often in a parody-driven league. In some senses, seeing Seattle repeat would be like staying up late to watch a rare comet through a telescope.
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2. A likable core. With players such as Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson along with multiple likable role players like Ricardo Lockette, Michael Bennett and company, the Seahawks are a team Detroit could wrap their arms around. Imagine if the roles were reversed and the Lions had similar personalities. It would be nearly like the Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys on the football field. There’s plenty of similarities between the Seahawks and plenty of Detroit teams of the past, making them a quality choice.
3. Cliff Avril. The former Lion has a chance to become a two time champion. That won’t make many Detroit fans still hungering for one a title feel good, but it’s tough not to appreciate what has happened to Avril since he left Detroit. He was with the Lions throughout all the bad times, and made it through to see the top of the mountain. After the fact, he’s stayed incredibly classy. Cheering for Avril to play well and win another title is certainly a reason to pull for the Seahawks.
4. Quiet revenge. Detroit was blasted by the Patriots this season, and had their noses rubbed in the 34-9 defeat afterward. It’s tough to see New England’s logo and not remain smarting from such a humbling experience if you’re a true Detroit fan. It was the Lions’ worst loss of the 2014 season, and they were dominated in every phase. Some would likely enjoy seeing the smirk wiped off the faces of Tom Brady and company on football’s biggest night if for no reason other than a tiny bit of payback from November.
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