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Originally published February 5, 2014 at 7:41 AM | Page modified February 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

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Editorial: Seahawks rule the NFL roost

Legions of 12th Man fans will bring Sunday’s Super Bowl championship home with Wednesday’s victory parade. Go Hawks!


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CONGRATULATIONS to the Seattle Seahawks, 2014 National Football League champions, and the decisive victors in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Oh, and thanks for a whole lot of pure fun. The 12th Man fan loyalty persevered through years of ups and downs to savor a sweet, sweet moment.

Enjoy the welcome home Victory Celebration Parade scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The parade will start on 4th Avenue south of Denny Way and will end at CenturyLink Field.

Sunday’s Super Bowl triumph over the Denver Broncos is a tribute to a shared effort. Players, coaches, staff and management all moving in the same direction.

Such unity of purpose and vision sounds so obvious, but it is hard to do and hard to replicate. No pressure, Seahawks, but you know your fans are already wondering about next year.

The winning precedent was set by the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, with championships in 2004 and 2010. The departed Seattle Sonics of the NBA take the region all the way back to 1979 for its first professional sports title.

Securing the glittering Lombardi Trophy means a lot to the community, and for some it has all the grown-up status a driver’s license used to empower. Super Bowl Champs! Yes, Seattle is a first-class city now!

Thankfully such analysis inspires as many eye rolls as it does head nods.

Better to think about the athletic skills and leadership that combined on the field to provide unstoppable play on offense and defense. An exquisite, complementary effort provided by gifted players and equally talented coaching. Take a bow coach Pete Carroll.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen provided the resources and patience to find the right mix of management, coaching, staff and players to make the magic happen.

Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Do not dwell on the past, or get too imaginative about the future. Celebrate the moment. A memorable victory by a strong team over a solid opponent.

Go Seahawks. Well done, and thank you.

Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Sharon Pian Chan, Lance Dickie, Jonathan Martin, Thanh Tan, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).



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