ST. LOUIS Pete Carroll, the moneybag in his hand, addressed the striped mammoth in the room first.
"No, no," the Seattle Seahawks coach said Wednesday, when asked if he would give back a controversial victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 3. "We're fortunate we got a win under extreme circumstances, and we feel very fortunate that we got that done."
But the mushroom cloud that rose after a red-faced officiating blunder what's the hardest part about moving past that?
"That you drag it," Carroll continued, speaking to St. Louis media via teleconference. "You drag the conversation and you drag your focus into the next week. We've had a big approach to all of that that we've worked on so that you don't just try to pull it out when the time comes."
There's always a sunrise after the circus. On Monday, Carroll fist-pumped into the night after claiming a 14-12 "victory." Meanwhile, Packers guard T.J. Lang and others with working eyes pumped Twitter with vitriol.