So it was kind of surprising to me the first time my "home" team, the Seahawks, made it to the Superbowl in 2006. I kind of expected them to lose because i'd been used to the Seahawks losing all throughout my childhood, and they lived up to my expectations.
Then they got to the Superbowl again last year, and from what i was hearing from family and friends it sounded like this time they actually had a chance. I found it hard to believe, but we've already established i don't know much about the sport and they went on to clobber the... Broncos? (For a Seahawks "fan" who knows very little about the game it was a great one to watch. I still have a gif of the opening toss thing going past the quarterback's head as he stares at it dumbfoundedly.)
So since some friends from Washington have been in town for the last week on business we actually ended up watching the game against the... somebody or others the saturday before last over at thumbie and shamiksan's place. And then we got together at a Karl Strauss on sunday to watch the final pre-Superbowl game against the Green Bay Packers.
As usual, i expected the Seahawks to screw everything up, and my friends expected them to pull it out of the fire in the second half. In fact the Seahawks managed to fulfil both of our expectations, to the consternation of pretty much everyone.
I'm still very hazy on a lot of the rules (sometimes you can let the ball bounce on the ground before picking it up, and sometimes not?) but even i could tell that going into the second half with a score of 0 to 16 wasn't good. And going into the 4th quarter at 7 to 16 is possibly worse. And going into the last 4 or 5 minutes of the game at 7 to 19 is really bad.
When the Seahawks managed to accidentally throw the ball to the Packers at that point everyone figured it was probably over. In fact a table of 8-10 people who'd been loudly cheering for the Packers got up and left at that point, and as they left i overheard one of them saying something along the lines of "Yeah, the Packers have won this."
The Seahawks managed to get the ball back though, and scored a touchdown.
But at this point there were about 2 minutes, and the friends we were hanging out with said something about "they have to try for an onside kick, but the Packers know that so it's now going to work." Apparently an onside kick is a special thing you can do instead of kicking the ball to the other team, but it's pretty easy to counter if the other team expects it. The Packers expected it because it was the only thing the Seahawks could do and still have a chance of winning, and so they had a guy waiting right where the ball came down. And it bounced off his helmet and straight into the arms of one of the Seahawks. (Can you use "Seahawk" as a singular for one of the members of the team?)
This was vastly amusing and we spent awhile all going "boing!" at each other. It was almost as amusing when the Seahawks got a touchdown and for the thing you do after getting a touchdown the receiver guy actually ran in circles briefly before finding someone to throw the ball to so they could get the two point thing.
The rest of the game was nerve-wracking but straightforward. The Packers get a field goal to tie it, Seahawks win the overtime coin toss and get a touchdown.
So all in all it was a pretty exciting game, and we'll definitely be watching the Superbowl as well as the commercials this year. Still not enough to turn me into a regular sportsball watcher though. It may be fun to watch your favorite team in the championship games, but most of the games involve neither your favorite team nor the championship, and apparently i just don't care enough without the combined incentive.
Also, i think i need to see if i can get a gif of the ball boinging off the Packers guy's helmet to go with my gif of the Broncos guy completely missing the opening ball :)