Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 11/11/14

The Seahawks Peck And Claw Back From An NFL Disgrace

If there's a common truth for sports fans to embrace, it is this:


Don't mistake Golden Tate catching the Green Bay Packer who caught the ball as any sort of payback. That's not even a decent start, not when titles come into play.

With Super Bowl championships hanging in the balance, it's hard finding any comparisons. After Seattle's Lombardi Trophy ended up in the Steelers' collection, sports-debt interest began accruing.

Taking down the Cowboys and Packers on successive weekends, no matter how it happened, is a true beginning.

The two teams the Seahawks beat have been the cream of professional football. That's what they were before the first Super Bowl ever played.

Like the Seahawks in their recent Packer game, the Cowboys faced an unexpected challenge when they played the Pack to decide which team moved forward to the last game of the 1966 season.

The challenge's name was Bart Starr, a game manager style quarterback with a green light to throw. A lot.

Before the first Super Bowl in LA, the Packers and the 'Boys played a barnburner in Dallas.

Before Super Bowl II in Miami, both teams lined up for the Ice Bowl. As a non-sport challenge, the weather was the Packers' 12th man the way replacement refs were Seattle's this year.

Green Bay swept the first two Super Bowls with Bart Starr the MVP of both games. Back then the networks didn't present the Lombardi Trophy, not while Coach Vince still prowled the sidelines.

If you're looking for games that changed the course of the NFL, look no further. The Ice Bowl helped professional football owners understand hot and cold temperature and the difference a domed stadium makes.

The replacement ref's 2012 call against Title Town USA changed the dialogue between the NFL and the ref's union. In a move faster than De'Anthony 'Black Mamba' Thomas, regular refs took the field for the next scheduled game.

Here's the timeline:

  • On a Monday replacement referee and full-time banker Lance Easley gave Seattle a victory over Green Bay.
  • On the next Thursday, three days later, game-ready NFL crews officiated.

Does it feel like the NFL refs were warmed up in the bullpen waiting for that call?

Like other fans of losing teams you can argue that replacement refs screwed the pooch in the Emerald City. You can't say it here because karma owes the Seahawks too much. Why? Because games fall into one of two categories, wins or losses.

There's no column for 'stolen.'

Replacement refs couldn't have called the Seahawk vs Steeler championship game any worse than the real guys. It's as if the Super Bowl refs had a direct line to Jimmy The Greek's hotline from heaven:

"Don't rush to judgment before checking the point spread."

"Remember you're on the payroll to make a late holding call."

Or the worst, "Seattle won't mind losing as much as Pittsburgh."

That the Seahawks went through the Cowboys and young Romo on their way to the biggest game in team history isn't as important as the return they're owed for getting hosed by the refs.

"A day later, former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren told fans at Qwest Field, “I knew it was going to be tough going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn’t know we were going to have to play the guys in the striped shirts, as well.”

Beating both the Cowboys and Packers early in 2012 doesn't make things even, but it's a start. What would balance the scales of sports fan justice?

  • The Seahawks go undefeated like the '72 Dolphins.
  • They play a Super Bowl against a team their head man used to coach, like Weeb Ewbank and the Jets against the Baltimore Colts in '69.
  • Club ownership starts slipping around like Carroll Rosenbloom of the Colts and Robert Irsay of the LA Rams who traded teams in 1972.

Why not take all the wrongs in professional sports, every cheated game, every fixed fight and rigged race, and let the Seattle Seahawks' redemption ease that pain?

The record book will show a home win against the Packers on Monday Night Football. There will be no asterisk, but it needs an explanation. Use your own, or this one.

Choose wisely.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers with full page newspaper ad

Ray Lewis: Patriots should have asterisk for cheating

Report: Cavs players believed team lacked depth

Richard Sherman calls out Kraft, Goodell over their friendship

Brandon Jennings to miss 6-9 months with Achilles injury


Report: Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: Yankees reject A-Rod's request for apology meeting

Jim Harbaugh has landed three recruits in 24 hours

Report: NFL tried to catch Patriots in the act

John Harbaugh: Bill Belichick is best coach of this century

Van Gundy rips Bulls management about Thibs

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Sherman, Peterson hug it out at Pro Bowl

WATCH: Chris Berman is not happy at the Pro Bowl

WATCH: Hassan Whiteside blocks five shots in 7 minutes

Duke unveils 'K' hats after Coach K's 1,000th victory

Irina Shayk dumped Ronaldo over cheating rumors?

Mike Napoli almost retired because of sleep apnea

WATCH: 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Deflategate

Should Tom Izzo be worried about his Spartans?

Five potentially fatal flaws for Seahawks in the Super Bowl

WATCH: Urban, OSU students send message to Mark May

The five best Super Bowl matchups ever

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Berman isn't happy at the Pro Bowl

Brandon Jennings out 6-9 months

Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: A-Rod's apology meeting request gets rejected

Harbaugh rapidly landing recruits

WATCH: 'SNL' spoofs Deflategate

NFL tried to catch Pats in act?

Bill Nye: Belichick didn't make sense

Is it time for Tom Izzo to worry?

Jennings suffers horrific injury

Seahawks GM: I love Lynch's act

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.