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“We did some good stuff while we were there, but it didn’t work out, and time to move on.”

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An historic Super Bowl finally arrives.

Nike Womens soccer cleats On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks go for a second straight NFL title, seeking to be the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots a decade ago. A victory, particularly a convincing one, would stamp the Seahawks as one of the great teams of the Super Bowl era.

womens nike mercurial superfly Meanwhile, New England's coach and quarterback chase a record-tying fourth Super Bowl ring.

Yet, as has been the custom this season, major distractions have taken the focus away from the field.

As much as the Patriots' Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the Seahawks' Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman might want the spotlight to shine only on the game itself " and the potential achievements at hand " much of the buildup has been about anything but.

From the New England deflated balls saga to injuries for defensive backs Sherman and Earl Thomas to Marshawn Lynch's code of silence with the media, the 49th Super Bowl has taken on a circus atmosphere.

That seems fitting given all that has gone wrong for the NFL off the field " even as American football remains as popular as ever in the U.S.

Just finding any comments about the matchup of the dynamic defense from Seattle and the potent offense from New England has been a chore.

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Everything else, it seems, has been in play.

At least Seahawks cornerback Sherman insists the left elbow he hurt in the NFC Championship will not be a factor.

Womens Nike Tiempo Legend V "If I had to slap my brother, I'd be able to do it," he said jokingly.

There's hasn't been much light-hearted stuff coming from New England. Not much football talk, either.

Belichick, who can equal Chuck Noll's four Super Bowl championships as a head coach, has endured grilling about the air pressure in a football, not about the pass pressure Seattle can bring on his quarterback, Brady.

Brady, in turn, has been cross-examined about the weight of the footballs, not about the weight of trying to reach Joe Montana/Terry Bradshaw territory with a fourth Super Bowl triumph.

As for Lynch, he's hardly said a thing. While it's certain the Patriots are scheming how to slow down Beast Mode, the league has yet to react to the running back's latest silent treatment of the media. He's been docked $100,000 for violating the league's media policy, and was fined $20,000 last week for an obscene gesture in the NFC Championship win over Green Bay.

Some folks in the NFL offices must be wondering what else could happen to shift the focus from the game.

To get back to the machinations on the 100-yard gridiron, there's a key showdown between Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, perhaps the only defender who can somewhat match Gronk's power and speed.

Can Seattle avoid the pitfalls that plagued it for much of the NFC title game, when it fell behind 16-0 to the Green Bay Packers?

And how will high-priced Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis perform in his first Super Bowl after seven seasons of falling short (on the field if not at the bank)?

There's also what some have dubbed "Pete's Revenge," recalling how Carroll was canned by the Patriots after the 1999 season and replaced by Belichick. Carroll went on to phenomenal success at the University of Southern California even as his successor was turning New England into a power. He's displayed no animosity toward the Patriots organization " anything otherwise would have fit in with the theme of the season and the past few weeks, of course.

"It was a real challenge," said Carroll, who went 28-23 in three seasons with the Patriots. "It's a great place to be in sports: A great town, a great following, much like it is here (in Seattle).

"We did some good stuff while we were there, but it didn't work out, and time to move on."


Yes, maybe it's time to move on from all the tangential stuff and concentrate on what the Super Bowl is supposed to represent: American football.

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